I'm not the show off, this blog is....

Naturally drawn to beautiful decor, rich textures and designing, I created this blog as an outlet to post about my decorating and DIY adventures. If one of my pictures inspire you, simply hover over the photo and pin! If you have a question please leave a comment or email me using the 'Contact Me' link below. Interested in Home Staging services in north Atlanta? Please click on 'Staging Services' below for more details. Thank you!

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Thursday, January 29

Chairish Style Board {Taking a room from white to bright}

A few days ago, I was came across Chairish, an exclusive online retailer of seriously beautiful vintage furniture.  They asked me to put together a style-board designed around one of their beautiful accent chairs to showcase how I would transform a plain white room to something bright and fun using their furniture.  Of course I said yes because any type of design challenge/project is right up my alley!

After receiving a few sample chairs to select from, I decided on a beautiful French Chair in New Blue Velvet; but to be honest I was torn between two styles, this Mexican Embroidery Regency Chair is so so pretty as well!

I quickly got to work on Olioboard to create my style-board.


When I saw this particular chair, I thought: regal - fun - statement piece! In this plain room, I wanted to play with some bold color so I added pops of yellow to brighten up the space, the credenza was my jumping off point.  I then added the beautiful gray sofa, also from Chairish and more shades of blue in the poufs and a fun graphic rug ties the room together perfectly.  Styling with vintage pieces is easy and fun, and adds a nice touch of class and drama to any room!

So there you have it, my take on bringing a room from white to bright!

Friday, July 18

Before and After's

I love a good before and after; no matter what the subject: weight loss, hair, make-over, make-under...you get the idea.  A good before and after helps you visualize the potential that you can do with a little (or a lot) of tweaking.

Since my love is decorating & decor, I put together a few before and after photos of different rooms in my house.   If you are a regular reader of my blog some of these pics may look familiar to you; but I haven't ever posted them in a side by side version.  Seeing the side by side transformation is always fun!

***some of these pics have the watermark for my soon to launch home staging business Show Off Staging; you can use the 'contact me' link if you are in the Atlanta area and have any questions.

On the deck, I simply added pillows and plants for more color to make the space really pop.

The built-in's before were boring; after purchasing a stencil, I made them more interesting in about a day and half's time.  I really love this simple transformation.


Our master is pretty big, but its rectangular big, so I added a sitting area in front of the bed to watch TV.  I also hung pictures, panels that I hung high above the window frame and accessories from various home stores.  I originally thought I would paint this room, but I figured a way to add color through the pillows and throws instead.


In our master bathroom I decluttered, added a rug runner (found at Pier 1 Imports), capiz chandelier and a mirror over the bathtub (which is hard to see in the after picture - sorry).


Our basement has 2 sitting rooms; In the longer odd shaped room I painted wide tone on tone stripes on the TV wall.  I love the look of wide stripes and it took about 2 days to complete.  I hung some pictures (the left wall is not completed yet) and added a sofa and love seat and accessories.  Eventually we will change out the sofa and love seat for theater style seating and change the TV.


For our entryway, I added a console table that I found on clearance; wicker storage baskets to put under the console table (we dont even use them - just decorative) and a fun NY themed subway art hanging...and of course accessories for the console table.  This was such and easy change.  Took an hour or so if that.

In the living room, I added a rug, stenciled the built in's and changed our the couches for a sectional and of course added accessories.

This picture is from my house in Connecticut.  In the living room there, I hired someone to put in the mosaic tumbled stone surround - it was also added to the hearth (not easy to see in the after photo).  I painted the wall my favorite color gray (Martha Stewart Cement Gray) and added scones and accessories.

And that concludes my home before and after's!  I found that I had more 'during' and 'after' photos as I looked through my files. So while there are many other pics I can post, I have to first find the 'before' pics.  Stay tuned for a part 2 of Before and After's.

I hope you enjoyed this and can use it as inspiration to visualize your 'after's.

Best,

Tuesday, November 19

Thanksgiving on the brain

About a week and a day away, but who's counting?  ::raises hand::

So yay, we are hosting Thanksgiving this year and we are expecting about 20ish people, maybe 18.  Either way, I need to get moving on the planning and table-scaping.

I figured we will have 3 tables.  Our dining room table (seats 6), a rented round table that seats 10, and our kitchen table (which seats 4); so that's 20 seats  (check my math!).

We plan to take my office desk and chairs out of my home office and use that space as another dining area for the 72" round table.  Nice thing is my office is directly across from the Dining room so I think that arrangement will work out perfectly.  The kitchen table will stay where it is and I am thinking about making that the kiddo table; set up with crayons, stickers and brown craft paper set out over the tablecoth.

So today, in between conference calls and HR reports, I started playing around with tablescapes for the Dining Room.

Here is what I came up with.  Keep in mind this is a rough attempt. There is no tablecloth, glasses or silverware set out; I just wanted to get an idea.


Let me explain:  The cardboard box is there to add some height to the table.  I plan to wrap that in burlap.  The pine-cones and gourds will be arranged in a more cascading affect.  The flame-less candles, will stay and the vase of dried autumn colored leaves will stay, but I need a vase filler for the base.


So here, the name tag is from The Pretty Paperie on Etsy $5 for the instant download!  I printed them quickly on my work printer to get the idea.  I will print them on the color printer for Thanksgiving.  


And last, I will add a cream tablecloth to this table and a coppery brown napkin in place of the cream one shown.  The place setting will be pretty simple and modern like this.  Pine cone, napkin, white plate and gold charger.  The centerpiece will be the main focus.  I plan to also add 2 pillar candles to this table (I think).

Anyway, that is what I came up with so far.  I cant wait to do the 72" round table next week.  I am going for high drama in there with the centerpiece.  We have coiffured ceilings in that room and I would like to play up that feature....so stay tuned.

Have you done any Thanksgiving run through's yet?  Are you putting up the Christmas tree in time for Thanksgiving dinner.....I think I am.  Cant wait! I love the holidays!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, February 6

Product Review: Coach Legacy Leather Ipad Case

I haven't been doing much decorating around the house lately.  So I figured I'd do a product review on some new items in the meantime.

I found myself in the market again for another iPad cover.  I don't know about you, but the iPad covers I have purchased in the past either get worn out and start fraying at the seams or I get bored with them.  I've had the Smart Case by Apple and another case that I purchased from Etsy.  Both are sitting in my nightstand drawer now.  Last week I decided to picked up a new iPad case from Coach.  I decided on the bright pink leather case, Coach calls it "Bright Coral", its basically hot pink.

It's a zip around padded case so iPad is nice and protected.  It's made of that famously soft glove tanned Coach leather.  The stitching looks great and the zipper moves effortlessly around the case, no snagging or pulling.

Inside there is a little side pocket for papers or cash if your running out to the Starbucks with your iPad and don't want to drag your huge pocketbook (like me :)  You can flip the front cover backwards and snap the button in place to make the case into a stand.  All iPad buttons are accessible in the small cut outs that were neatly done into the leather case.  There are 2 Coach emblems on the case and they are not gaudy, very tastefully done.  One on the front exterior and the other is inside on the bottom left.  It comes in a bunch of fun colors: Lemon, Carnelian, Ultraviolet, Chambray, Bright Coral and Black.  Click here to see their entire tech accessories line.

Since this is a Coach product you will pay a bit more, it's $198, but its a good investment to protect your other great investment!  Here are some pics of my new case:


Here it is configured into the stand...and a shot of the inside pocket.



I also purchased a Coach cosmetic case which I will review later.  If your in the market for a new tablet case, I would recommend this one!


Saturday, December 29

West Elm's Boerum Bench

A couple days after Christmas I headed out to do a few returns and exchanges like everyone else and their mother & while out I passed a West Elm store and decided to peak in to check out their new Spring line.  Right away I spotted something that really caught my eye.  

I snapped a few cell phone pics and sent them to Mr. Show Off w/a message "This is perfect, what do you think?"  His reply "How much?" nothing else, no, yea I like it, or what are the measurements,  just "How Much?"  as that is usually his question so I called him to tell him about how perfect it was and after a few minutes, I hung up, left the store and about an hour later we were back.  We paid, packed up the truck & headed home.

Coming into our house from the garage you come into this hallway which opens up to the Living Room.  I decided to first find artwork for the wall and was lucky enough to find the Ballard Design Sacha Mirror @ Home Goods for a steal! (click here for that post) but the space was still lacking something. It needed a bench.  Perfect for additional seating when we have friends over and a good spot to put on little shoes before she heads out the door to school.

Here is the before


 here is after with our new Boerum Bench from West Elm


Here is the view from the opposite side of the hall coming in from the foyer.  At 58" long, its the perfect length for this long wall.  I decorated one side with 2 lanterns and threw on 2 pillows that I stole from our couch, until I find other pillows.  I am thinking about incorporating yellow into the room so I will be on the lookout for yellow pillows. But for now you get the idea.




I am really happy with it.  Its pretty heavy.  Made of solid Mango wood so it feels nice and sturdy when you sit on it.  The bench comes in two colors, Cafe - a warm stained brown and Natural - the color we picked.    Its sold at West Elm as a Dining Bench, but as you can see it works as a bench in any area!  Here is the link with more info on the West Elm site.  My mom thinks we should add a bench cushion to the top of the bench, to make it more cozy and soft, but I don't know I kinda like it without a bench cushion, we will see.






Monday, December 3

Christmas touches {round 4}


This weekend was the main event for my 4 year old little Ms. Show Off.  We put up the tree an decorated it with fun colors of pink, purple, blue, green and red.  I didnt want the traditional silver, gold, red or green look this year so we decided to puch it up a bit with some color.

My daughter loved it!  So much in fact that as the Christmas music was playing she decided she wanted to dance.  Twirl to be exact.  And she wanted to wear a skirt.  The tree skirt.


There she is wearing the tree skirt - fits her perfectly.

In the end, we she finished decorating the bottom half of the tree and for the most part it looks good.  Although the ornaments at the bottom half of the tree are a little crowded and not uniformly spread out....thats ok though, I will fix it later.  But I did tell her how beautiful a job she did.  She was so proud!  For now here is a little sneak peak of the top of the tree so that you can see what colors we used.  I  snapped the pic so that you can see the MINIMAL decorating I did to the table in our dining room.  One ornament on top of each little topiary.  So Easy - hahaha.  I figured its ok since the buffet in there is all "decked" out - click here to see it.


Sunday, December 2

Christmas touches {round 3}

I'm back with another small update on how we (or maybe its just me) are decorating the house with little touches of Christmas here and there.  I am not one one for huge displays or a entire room decked out of Christmas decor....I like just a few touches here and there.

While at Target for no real reason at all, I spotted a set of pretty colored mini ornament balls in the dollar spot.  8 for $1? Sure!  I will take 3 tubes!

I thought I would use them on the Christmas tree but decided to put them in the kitchen instead.  Yes, the kitchen.  In a bowl. On the table.  But not in a bowl like that.  Like this.

Bowl - o - ornaments

Cute and simple huh?  In the kitchen eating area, I usually have this footed silver bowl filled with fake limes...

Before

But, its the holidays, why not add some Christmas-y sparkle and flair in the kitchen.  I quite like this look..

After

So now when I walk into the kitchen, my eye is drawn to that shiny bowl of colored ornaments...soooo Christmas-y! and easy (my motto this season)


Friday, November 30

Christmas touches {round 2}

I'm back at it!  Adding little decorative Christmas touches to the house.  This is really the only other holiday that I decorate the house for (if you count pumpkins on the porch for Halloween as "decorating the house").  This year I decided to just do things little by little, here and there when, whenever the mood strikes me.  Some things I take pics of, others may not be so worthy of blogging about. But whatever.

In the event that you care :)  here is another minor update on what we've been doing to get ready for the holidays (and when I say we, I mean me - ha!)

Remember the post earlier this week referencing the red glitter snowflakes that I hung on the pussy willows?  Well today, I added a little something else to that console table.  A decorative bowl with scented pine cones and a few ornaments placed throughout (smells so good!):

Simple holiday bowl set up

Here is a picture of both newly holiday-ized projects together on the console - simple and easy just like I like it.

Next up I decorated our plain pre-lit wreath with colored ornaments for our front door.  I've had this wreath for about 5 years.  I purchased it at Macy's during on of their after Christmas sales years ago for $10, normally $60!  A girlfriend and I grabbed the last 2 and it has held up beautifully for the past 5 years.  Anyway, here it is:

Approaching the front door.....

Opening the front door....
In the background is the buffet that I just set up for Christmas - loving it!

Check back for more touches....the tree still needs to go up!

Wednesday, November 28

Christmas touches 'round here

It's not December yet, but we are getting ready for the holidays 'round here!  I love decorating for the holidays and it's so much more fun now that my 4 year old can participate and get into the holiday spirit and really understand what's going on. We play Christmas music and drink wine (me) and hot cocoa.  It's all about creating memories & tradition for the kiddos!

The tree is going up this weekend and we will also be decorating our front porch!  So far though, I managed to decorate the buffet table in the dining room. 



Here is what I did:

  • Added red ornaments to a large hurricane vase
  • Hung ornaments from the candle holders (that were already there)
  • Placed the lantern that used to be in the living room on the buffet and draped red holiday beaded garland around to make it more festive
Simple and un-cluttered.  There is nothing worse than a cluttered holiday set up.

Here is what the buffet looks like normally (non-holiday)


In the pic above do you can see our console table with the vase and pussy willows?  To dress that up a bit, I added red glittery snowflake ornaments to a couple branches.  At night when the lamp is on, the snowflakes glisten, its pretty subtle but I'm happy with it.


So that's what we've done so far.  Be sure to come back for more holiday themed pics and posts.

Tuesday, November 27

Spring & Summer Vacation Pics {Photo Dump}

I can't believe Thanksgiving is over! Where did the year go?  As I started un-packing from our trip to my home state of Connecticut for Thanksgiving, I realized I never posted pics from our vacations this year.  This post serves no decorating and design purpose.  It's simply a photo dump.  Good for me to keep in one convenient place and in case any readers were interested :)  First on the photo dump list NYC and CT!

I'm from the northeast, born and raised, Connecticut girl.  Living in the south is nice, but there is nothing like living in the northeast - I miss it sometimes, so we went to visit my family in July and while we were there we had to spend a night in NYC.  Manhattan is about a 45 min drive away from my hometown so we spent the night in Times Square - right on 39th street, 2 blocks from all the action of 42nd street.  Hot, congested and loud - just like I like it!

The brick city. View from our hotel room.  We stayed at a boutique hotel called The Element -it's  a Westin Hotel.

Think this was from the hotel roof-top - our hotel overlooked Time Square and the Hudson River and you can see Jersey city across the river too. 
Us being silly in our hotel room
Kitchen area of our room - I was impressed with the fully stocked cabinets and backsplash. There was a full size fridge in there too.

 Times Square pic

The Empire Sate! View from our hotel room window

This is the bottom of the new World Trade Center, its 1 of 5 buildings, it is HUGE.  Impossible to get a pic all the way up from the ground looking up.  We attempted to go to the World Trade memorial but the wait was too long and it was too hot that day to just stand in line baking.

Here is the building from few blocks away, heading towards the NYC Financial District

Then we headed back home to CT forthe 4th of July and BBq's and of course we had to have lunch at The Cove one day -- it's a little seaport set along Long Island Sound..the food is fresh and delicious!




Mmmm - you can't get this in Atlanta!
My mom and my daughter posing for me at The Cove play area

Next up - we went to the beach house in FL for a little Summer getaway with the kids...we stayed in Clearwater, FL

Beach House!

The dock
Rental boats at Beach House

View from boat - very relaxing

Next up, Mr. Show Off and I headed to Los Angeles and Vegas for an adult only vacation! Just him and I....it was nice!

The first thing we did when we landed in LA was get food - a friend of mine told us we had to try the Fish Tacos from Wa-hoo's - glad we did, they were soo good!

Wahoo Fish Tacos

View down a nice tree lined street

Hollywood sign
Wilshire Boulevard

Rodeo Drive



Laguna Beach - the water was freezing!

Laguna Beach from the road.  The homes that are built into the hills are amazing!

After 3 days in LA and we packed up and drove to Vegas for 2 nights.  The drive was long but very scenic.  Here is a shot of our loooong desert drive.  Parts of the drive were a little spooky (passing all the abandoned trailer homes)...other parts like in this shot were just relaxing.  Last summer we stayed in Mexico for a week.  We wanted to try something different this year and while the trips were very different, they were both good bonding time getaways.  I think next year we will try Europe - I hope!

Mojave Desert heading towards Vegas.
The end!

Where we stayed:
While in LA we stayed at The O Hotel.
While in Vegas we stayed at The Palms Resort & Casino.
While in Manhattan we stayed at The Element - a Westin Hotel.
 
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