Bellissimo - /belĖˆlis.si.mo/ Italian. Adjective. Lovely, beautiful, splendid, magnificent. Bella - /bel-uh/ Italian. Adjective. Beautiful, fair.

4.15.2014

Gender Neutral Nursery Mood Boards


I love that these clients have decided not to find out what they're having -  that when they meet their baby for the first time, they'll be surprised with the gender. 
How fun in a day when there are so few surprises! 

We wanted a nursery that could be fluffed with a tiny bit of pink or blue after the baby is here, so we're sticking to a cream, gray, and white color palette with texture and softness. 
It's going to be adorable and I can't wait to show you the AFTER! 


4.11.2014

Spring Cleaning: My House


I've been on a cleaning kick! 
There isn't a drawer, closet, cabinet or box that hasn't been organized lately.
How long they'll stay like this, we'll see. 
But for now, I am tickled pink that my things are actually where I can find them.

First up, the party cabinet. 

BEFORE


AFTER
Birthday party essentials, plastic cups, paper plates, place cards, napkins and straws are along the top shelf and easy to grab

Decorative plates, votive holders and candles, and serving pieces are simple to find on the lower shelf


I moved a few pictures, plates, and shells around to make the powder room a little less bare. 
I also found this old shelf in my grandparents' storage shed, and it was the perfect little piece to store essentials as there isn't a cabinet in this room.

I also grabbed a few old baskets from the shed - score!


The wicker basket was cleaned up and now stores paper rolls.



This round basket got a bath too, and holds clean white towels.


on to the next thing: the linen closet

I am a little embarrassed to show this BEFORE image. 
Who am I kidding, I can't be along in this plight, right?



AFTER:
towels are all folded the same way and organized by style, size, and monogram.
now, the sheets are all folded and shams are together too


You guys rarely see my office, and that's on purpose. It's usually a disaster-zone. A maze of projects, drapery panels, pillows, furniture, and accessories in piles according to client, all awaiting install. Initially, I had attempted to make my shelves in this room "pretty" and "styled" - well, function has trumped form now.
It makes a lot more sense to have my floral containers and craft supplies within reach than to make it look pretty.

BEFORE


AFTER


ahhh....it feels so much better now.



4.09.2014

Before and After: Client Reveal - A Place to Call Home

When I began this project, the client and I clicked immediately. She's so sweet and open, and wanted a bit of help pulling things together in her new home - she and her husband, along with their 2 adorable kids, had recently made the move South from Maryland. 

With family pieces and neutral sofas to work with, we strived for balance while adding color in doses for this young family of 4. 

I posted about her pretty dining room updates here. Be sure and check that out if you haven't already.

I thought I'd begin with a few BEFORE shots of the whole project:
living room, keeping room, dining room

And here's the current living room with maja updates! 
I love what we've done to spruce up this space! 

The walls were already a neutral greige, and she had the neutral sofa too, so I brought in color through pillows and softness in the drapes, as well as texture in the two new wicker chairs. 



Shades of cream and blue with a shot of coral are on the textiles.
This color combo is a shocker I know. :)


Gray washed end tables with aqua gourd lamps balance the sofa, while the large reclaimed wood frames highlight her beautiful children and bring the eye upward. 

A round mirror now graces the space above the fireplace with a bit of shiny mercury on the mantel.



In addition to the dining room and living room, we fluffed the keeping room too. They spend most of their time there as a family, and wanted to keep it bright and fun. 

For my Instagram followers - y'all remember this?
Pretty amaze-balls right?


We gave new life to the old wing back in the corner with a graphic punch in aqua and cream. 



White ceramic garden stools are able to be moved for little feet to play, and a new table and floor lamp make the blue chair a great place to snuggle.


Here, red gourd lamps give another punch of color with bright, cheerful pillows beneath a mix of whimsical birds and gold sunburst mirrors. 
I love the rustic vibe provided with the reclaimed wood and iron end tables too.



Hope y'all liked this mini-tour! 
It has been so fun to work with this sweet family! 


4.07.2014

My Talented Friends!

Maybe I am partial, but I really do have THE most talented friends! How lucky am I to have them as friends, confidants, and family - all who inspire me, push me, and make me want to be better. It's all about who you surround yourself with, right? Creative minds, beautiful hearts, their entrepreneurial spirit, young leaders....they're all awesome. 
So, in homage to their incredible talents, I am sharing them with you today - designers, bakers, business owners, wedding planners, painters, artists, photographers, jewelry designers, authors, and more. 

First up is no stranger to Bellissimo and Bella....my dear friend/buddy/bff/big brother/designer in crime - James Farmer. James' latest book Dinner on the Grounds just hit shelves and if I do say so myself, it's AMAZING! Recipes, anecdotes, stories of his family and childhood, gorgeous photos...geez, now I am gushing.
There may be a bit of artwork by moi among the pages too. :)
Not to mention my brother and sister in law's wedding and rehearsal dinner are a feature as well.

If you don't already, you've GOT to get this book (and all of the others too!!!!)
His books are amazing, his store is precious, his interiors are divine, and his landscapes are awesome. 
Follow him on Instagram at jamestfarmer and jamesfarmerinc
Follow his blog All Things Farmer
And visit his website James Farmer Inc.



Next up: James' beautiful sister Maggie. My childhood friend who I adore! She has photographed many of his books and is a super talented photog! And she just happens to have Napp - one of my Henry's best buddies. Maggie is the epitome of sweetness and grace - and she always makes me laugh.
Visit her website Maggie Yelton Photography to get a load of her talents! It's amazing how she captures the perfect moment.



That brings me to my darling sister-in-law Laura Lyn. I just love her.
She's good at everything, and maja organized, and beautiful, and she has a gorgeous voice, and is smart, and sweet, and gosh....you get the picture. :)
She's all these things and a fantastic wedding planner. You need it? She can do it!
Her wedding to my brother was perfection. She left no corner untouched, no base uncovered, and no amount of fun left behind. From the engagement to the wedding {and after too!} she was an incredible bride and planner.
Contact her to know more! And don't forget to follow her blog



Speaking of photographers....have y'all seen my friend Ashlee Culverhouse's pics? She takes make-me-cry pictures of my Henry as well as insanely beautiful weddings, parties, family photos and babies. She's one of my favorite people and I love that I get to see her so often back home. Her farmhouse is absolutely adorable, she has a slew of precious animals, and she's got her own wedding coming up which is sure to be amazing.
Follow her on Instagram at ashleeculverhouse

Here is my angel in a few sweet moments that she captured:



One of my very best friends, Renee, has been nurturing her second-job as a painter, and is set to open her own Etsy store! Her chic paintings are thoughtful, abstract, full of personality and love. I am lucky enough to have one in my home! And you should too! 
Renee loves to travel and has the best style - her wardrobe is to die! Her travels and her love of all things stylish totally translate into her art.
She takes custom orders and works with your color palette, size needs, and look.
Follow her on Instagram at reneebouchon 
Check her out here




My sweet friend Havolynne has begun making it a bit easier to shop for those statement jewelry pieces - her shop The Adorned Collection is chock full of fabulous finds! 
Fun necklaces, chic bracelets, and great earrings - she's a taste maker and oh-so-stylish!
Follow her on Instagram at adornedcollection 




Speaking of awesome jewelry, my friend Natasha designs and constructs the most fabulous pieces! She's got pretty necklaces, earrings, and bracelets in fresh colors and finishes to add to your everyday outfits! Natasha's outgoing, laid back personality and her natural beauty translate into her work - you'll love all of her pieces, promise!
Check out Take Out Jewelry
And follow her on Instagram at takeoutjewelryco


You've all heard me rave about my friend Linsey's cookies! Along with her mom, she's created Two Crazy Cookies - a must-do for your cakes and cookies. And well, any food you'd ever want, too! Everything they make is delicious! Linsey and I have known each other for almost 20 years and she's just as sweet as her confections. 
Check out their Etsy shop here.




Another amazing baker on my list is my friend Amanda of Buttermilk Pie Co
I don't think I really ever knew how much I loved pie until I had hers. 
An allergy keeps Amanda from trying her own specialty, my favorite, The Pecan Pie. Yes, that is capitalized because it should be. :) 
She's a sweet, driven, talented business owner and I am happy for her success!
Every pie on her menu is divine....and guess what, they also come in minis and tassies - so you can taste them all! 
Her website recently launched, so even if you aren't close by, you can have one too! 
Follow her on Instagram at buttermilkpie 




And last but definitely not least is my dear friend Sara Lloyd. I have been writing about her for a long time (her handmade hand bags are still my favorites!), but she's just launched her new resort line with her sister Molly. I just adore them both and am happy to call them both "friend."
They're the sweetest, and I am tickled for their new venture! 
Check them out here
And here.
And here too!  

Oh and don't miss Molly's custom paper line as well! 










4.03.2014

Bachelor Pad Reveal: Before and After


I was so excited to have the opportunity to "fluff" this primo-location bachelor pad. 
With a new career in real estate, and a new move to the Big City, the bachelor himself felt it was time to graduate to more sophisticated furnishings, and to say bye-bye to those college hand-me-downs. 

Here are a few BEFORE images of the jumbled, non-personal space.


This client is both young and mature, laid-back and preppy, and many parts cool and sharp. 
I pulled together masculine colors and textures with pieces that could grow with the homeowner, and that reflected his style. 
No barcalounger or sports pennants on the wall here. :)

Here's the living space - the large leather sectional is the best place to watch Saturday Gameday!




I love the subtle houndstooth I chose for the windows. 
The cream and taupe color way is modern and neutral for this traditional fabric.


He already had the great, weighty crystal lamps and end tables, but we added the sharp charcoal gray headboard and the bedding -  a fun mix of gray, blue and white.




I added double-width drapery panels lined with Blackout on the windows. A comfy leather chair is paired with an acrylic cocktail table for a fun mix.


I love that the fabrics and nailheads are a subtle nod to men's suiting...very Don-Draper indeed. :) 


The graphic black and white rug keeps the look current and youthful.





The guest room needed to be completed as well. A new upholstered headboard and bedding were all chosen to tie into the fun, colorful traditional rug from the family stash.
A pair of stately brass lamps, also family pieces, now top the skirted nightstands.


I really dig the graphic quality of the navy and white buffalo check bedding paired with the rug.



This was a fun project for me! And I hope you liked it too! 


3.31.2014

Client Condo: Before and After


When this young couple decided to make the move back East after spending time living in Texas, I was tickled they called me to help them with their new space. 
We had previously worked on another apartment together, and their wedding too, so we are no strangers. ;)
In fact, I adore them and we have great fun working together. 

Here are the before images of the empty space we'd be "fluffing."
Consisting of a great kitchen, dining area, living room, and master bedroom, the condo has awesome scale and great, tall ceilings. 


We knew pulling the master bedroom together was important. A shared space for the newlyweds, that neither felt too feminine or too masculine. However, the bride's favorite rug (which graces the living room floor) would set the color scheme for our fabrics. 
Graduating to a king size bed required a new custom headboard. 
And plenty more to follow. :)

Now, a mix of cream, gray and white with a punch of coral and aqua  pulls the look together. 
A pair of brass lamps from the family stash give a little jolt of vintage. 
I love the way the colors and textures compliment each other.



The master bedroom features a fabulous niche - the perfect reading spot or meeting area at the end of the day. I love the softness of the draperies and the coral, gray, and cream hues.




Here are a few more shots of this pretty room:








The main living space got a re-do with new pieces as well. 
I love the neutral upholstery and the color punch from the pillows.







The TV wall got a bit of "fluff" as well.
I LOVE the mix of mirrors here.




A nice stash of wedding gifts called for a space to both store and display, and the dining area had a perfect niche for a hutch-style piece.
I really dig this gray washed china case with open shelving.



I had a table cloth made to pull in our colors from the other rooms.
The table is now surrounded by comfy chairs, ready for entertaining! 





Hope y'all enjoyed this mini-tour! 
And hope you all have a happy Monday!
xox