Gloss. Black. Indeed.

I really hate to complain ... but I was looking forward to a fabulous Monday ... and it all got shot to hell by one phone call this morning.  Oh so sorry, we've had a snag honing your countertops ... so now we cannot be there until tomorrow.

Ugh.  okay.  So I am bringing you my Bright Spot of the Day.
Bright. And. Black.

On my quest to eliminate red brick from the inside of our home, I armed myself with my favorite Gloss Black and turned up the volume on the Basement fireplace.

I will do a full reveal of this room very shortly ... just tweaking a few more things.

However, I know you like a good Before and After Shot.

So just to put things in perspective ... here's where we started:

We did have the drop ceiling removed and now have a plastered ceiling with can lights.  What a difference they made as well.

The Red and Glass clock used to hang in our Mudroom.

I absolutely LOVE the way the gloss also camoflauges 
the tv!

What a little Gloss can do to bring a little life to the show!!

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.



A Day in the Life ...

I try to post my Travels on Fridays.  Sometimes I am in luxurious spots (thanks to my sweet husband who allows me to tag along when I can Ditch -Lovingly, the children!) and sometimes I have just as much fun Traveling in my daily routine!

Well, today is Not Friday ... but I was traveling yesterday!!

It was kind of special ... I had a lot on my plate!  Working with a precious young psychiatrist and we are creating a warm, inviting office for her to see and heal her clients.  It currently looks like this!!

Whoa, we have some work to do here!

While driving to see the office, I passed Wilson Farm in Lexington.  I had been there a year or so ago and loved it.  An old Farm Style grocery with fruit, flowers, fresh veggies.  It was 15 degrees outside yesterday.  FRIGID ... and Wilson Farm was warm and a such a treat for my senses ... 

Clearly I understand this is not "local" fruit ... but how beautiful on a cold day!

I checked out with flowers, tomato wraps, butternut squash and edamame.  Yum!  

Then off to another client's home to check out the tile she is considering for her new fireplace area.  I have to admit.  I would have NEVER chosen this tile.  I would have said ... Oh, no. This is for a backsplash.  She isn't that locked in ... she liked and said let's try it.

Well ... she rocked it!!  it is going to look amazing and fun!!  We just had her new Sconces hung over the mantel we found Here.  

Yes, the pink insulation is still showing ... we are putting on the finishing touches!  The mantel we found here.

Then home for some layouts and plans ... 

I Really didn't make any Resolutions this year.  But I did make myself a promise.  To try and slow down and enjoy my days.  Yes, they are busy and things need to get done.  But I don't have to be so frantic.  

I kept my promise ... for one day anyway ! How are you being true to yourself ... today?



One Room Challenge- Week Two

We began last week with the goal of turning a drop zone kitchen area into a family friendly Keeping Room.  

Priority One is to take care of our focal point!  Give this stone fireplace a makeover ... Bring this baby back to life and give it the star role it deserves!


The stone is beautiful but the white mantel, dark firebox and the clutter above just make it fall flat.
And the mirror. ... I love mirrors by the way, but ... 

Here's my tip about mirrors!

If you don't have something fabulous on the opposite wall to see, then it is like looking into a black hole. No Good!

We will be working on a solution for this in the next week or two!

Joe, the painter, can work miracles.  Remember this bedroom furniture he painted?  We told him we wanted to this mantel to be something special ... a piece of art in itself.  

And the inside of the firebox is so dark and dreary ... a little metallic bronze paint to warm it up!  

Joe Delivers!  Our NEW focal point ... and a sneak peak of the paint color too!  

Although I am a big fan of a happy yellow ... we wanted to bring this space into a calmer, but still warm space.

Next week we are going to discuss the need for custom made furniture.  Think about it.  How many times do you go shopping with something really specific in mind ... and can't find it.  I am convinced this is why designers like Jonathan Adler, Bunny Williams, Amy Howard, etc., etc., have come up with their own line of furniture.  If you build it ... they will come.  And we are building it!!

Don't forget to check in with our other ORC girls ... they are all working hard ... and guaranteed to bring you some Design Fun!



Beth - Chinoiserie Chic                    Lauren - The Cottage Mix
Sherry - Design Indulgence             Lindsay - Everything LEB
Barbara - Hodge:Podge                   LisA - Lisa Mende Design
Tiffany - Living Savvy                       Jessie - Mix & Chic
Linda - My Crafty Home Life           Alison - My Little Happy Place
Danylle - Nana Moon                       Nicole - Nicole Scott Designs
Julia - Pawleys Island Posh             Jennifer - The Pink Pagoda
Bethany - Powell Brower Home      Lindsay - The Pursuit of Style
Emily - Rue de Emily                         Lindsay - Sadie + Stella