"Dwell with Goodwill"

I love a good deal!  I always have and I always will.  One of the places I love to shop is Goodwill.  I don't get to do it as often as I used to but when I have the time I love hitting the local Goodwills to see what treasures I can find.  I even incorporate some of them into my client projects.  I'm a firm believer that having a beautiful home doesn't have to cost a fortune.  I also love Goodwill's mission to....
I'm so excited to be partnering with them on a project for this spring.

We've asked the Goodwill fans to if they have any interior design dilemmas in their home?

You know, things like...
Don’t know how to style your living room coffee table? Looking for tips on what on-trend color to paint your dining room? Need help with how to decorate your screened porch for the warmer weather?

Well, we've collected their questions and I'll be helping readers solve those dilemmas each week in a Tell Dwell Tuesday post. (A bit of a throwback if you recall.)  My advice will be posted to the Goodwill blog on Tuesdays over the next few weeks, so be sure to subscribe and follow along on social media @GoodwillSP and @DwellByCheryl using the hashtag #TellDwellTuesdays!

In addition, join us for a free “Spruce Up for Spring” decorating class I'll be facilitating!  Bring your girlfriends for a Girls’ Night Out, or your spouse to learn new ideas to transform your shared home. The class will be hosted on Thursday, April 27 at 6 p.m. at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus (5301 Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte, N.C. 28208).

I'll be offering advice on what’s trending and how to find the "good stuff", including identifying furniture with “good bones.”  I’ll share my tips for shopping thrift stores such as Goodwill – including the best times/frequency/locations to shop – and more. A signature “mocktail” and hors d’oeuvres will be provided, plus giveaways including a coupon to Goodwill's retail stores.

Space is limited, so RSVP now on Eventbrite at this link here. We hope to see you there!

"Fab Finds"

A friend and faithful reader recently reminded me that I used to share fabulous deals and steals on a post series entitled "Fab Five Friday".  She went on to say that she and another friend and blog reader had even purchased an item or two as a result of those posts. They both expressed a desire for me to do more of the types of blogs I did when I was first starting out. 

Ok, in my defense, I used to publish about three blogs each week, so there was plenty of time to round-up my favorite finds at various retailers and share them with you here.  These days however, I'm doing good to get one post out a week and it's often a status update or reveal of a client project I've been diligently working on.  I get it though.  This blog is really about you.  Those of you who read it are likely here because you want to learn more about how to spruce up your home on a budget.  Sure, you can glean inspiration and ideas from my client work but I probably should make a better effort to share with you some of the places I'm shopping for those amazing deals and fabulously affordable finds.

So with that,  here's a brand new "Fab" post and since it's not Friday and I couldn't stop at five, let's just call it the Fab Finds post.

You may or may not be familiar with Brylane Home.  I recall them from years ago.  For me, they've always been the mail-order curtain and bedding people.  They've always had very affordable pricing, but the style factor of their merchandise was, well.....yikes.

Don't get me wrong, you could occasionally find a winner or two.  In fact, my most popular project on Houzz includes bedding from Brylane.

But for the most part, it was slim pickings.  Well, not anymore. I've rounded up ten (and it was hard to stop at ten) of my favorite finds at Brylane Home.

I was shocked at how stylish the inventory has gotten.  I even spotted a find that I've used in a project that DID NOT come from Brylane. 

They are definitely worth a second look if you remember them and a first if not. 

Along that same vein of sharing with you tricks of the trade and tips for sprucing things up, I've got some news for the locals...coming soon! Stay tuned!

Note: This is NOT a sponsored post (although it probably should be).

"Sprucing Up Your Home for Spring"

Not sure if it's the couple of days of amazing weather we've had or my recent visit to Fox 46, but I'm itching to get outdoor and savor every bit of spring. 

I'm planning a little update to my patio space in the coming weeks, but until then, check out my recent segment on Good Day Charlotte.  I shared a few quick and easy ways to spruce up your home for spring. 

Are you as ready as I am? 

"One Day Design Plus Reveal: A Tranquil Retreat"

A little over a year ago, I introduced a new service called One Day Design Plus.  It was born out of a need to provide design assistance to those needing a little help pulling things together.  Most of my One Day Design clients have already purchased furniture, painted and even gotten a start on decorating their space.  However, they've usually stalled shortly thereafter and need a little help pulling together a cohesive and finished look.  That's exactly what my recent One Day Design Plus clients needed. 

Their master bedroom was in need of those finishing touches that would make it into the tranquil retreat they desired.  They'd already selected a beautiful paint color called Silver Sage by Restoration Hardware, a lovely muted gray green. 


The furniture was substantial but unassuming and definitely worth keeping.  We pulled together a quick mood board and agreed on the design direction for the space.

The biggest challenge was the large window nook.  We needed to fill it with seating but for an ample space like this one, a chair and ottoman was just not going to do. 

Our first thought was two chaise lounge chairs, but they proved illusive. 
Soft Surroundings
So, we ended up with an awesome daybed.  I stumbled upon this beauty and knew it would be PERFECT! 
Crate and Barrel

I was right!  Let's take a look at a few before and afters, shall we?  (Excuse my sad photography.)

The original lamps were way too small for scale of the bed and nightstands and while the wedding photo was beautiful, the placement wasn't ideal.  The room was also screaming for some softness, so we added silk panels and hotel bedding to add a bit of lushness. 

The clients loved the idea of a retreat, but didn't want the space to feel like their parent's bedroom.  We kept it modern with the addition of a few pieces of abstract art. 

Despite my lackluster photography, this bedroom turned out great.  They couldn't have been happier and that's what matters most. Start to finish, this project was completed in just two and a half weeks and on a pretty modest budget.  I'm constantly amazed by the impact that just a few key elements can have on the look and feel of a space. 

Interested in our One Day Design Plus service?  Give me a shout. 
Have a great week!

"Light and Airy Great Room Reveal"

If you're like most people, you probably love a good before and after.  If so, you're in luck.  This reveal is all about the transformation.  This is indeed one of my absolute favorite projects to date.  It's amazing when your clients not only hire you, but trust you completely with the design plans for their homes.  Such was the case with this project. 

Honestly, from the very start, my clients didn't have a lot of opinions about what they wanted the space to look like.  What they communicated, more than anything, was how they wanted it to feel.  They both expressed a desire for a light and airy space.  I got to work at the end of last year putting together a plan (read more about that HERE) and things quickly began to come together. 

Before we get into the details of the transformation, let's see some before and after pics, shall we?

I told you!  Big transformation, right?  I love how it all turned out.  Let's take a closer look..

We began with a backdrop of Sherwin Williams' Agreeable Gray.  I love what it did for the space. It immediately seemed so much larger. The clients also sprung for new flooring. The espresso engineered wood provided the perfect foundation.  Although, I'll admit I voted for cappuccino instead.  Hey, you win some, you lose some.

As I mentioned previously, the design began with this Century Furniture ottoman I scored while home for Thanksgiving.  The Duralee/Tilton Fenwick Collection Soskin fabric in coral is to die for and was the impetus for this little reading nook.  It's not a DBC project without a furniture makeover, so I went with a classic wing chair.  Baity's Custom Upholstery did an amazing job with this cream lovely.  The light blue welt and the nickel nail head trim are my FAVS!

The clients have a young child, so storage was key.  This Hooker Furniture console was just what the space needed.  It was low, long and packed with storage.  The wood tone works perfectly with the coastal airy vibe.  I also knew a large bonded leather (a.k.a. pleather) ottoman was the way to go.  I love the fact that we maximized durability without sacrificing style.  I drew up a plan for this functional piece and Baity's made it come to life.  The addition of casters makes it super easy to push aside should play ever trump pretty. 😊 

I made a conscious effort to go more minimal than usual on the accessories.  I knew this would help with the airy vibe. 

Since the home has an open concept living/dining/kitchen, it was important that we address the kitchen space as well.  The color of the cabinets was a major hindrance.  We decided it made more economical sense to paint out the existing cabinets.  We went with Sherwin Williams' Mega Greige to complement the wall color and provide just the right amount of contrast. 

We opted for glass subway tile in gray to keep things super simple and clean. These two simple and affordable changes changed everything in the kitchen.  It's pretty astounding actually.  Same countertops, same tile floors; new kitchen.

Lighting was a big part of this project.  We used a of mix of what they already had (kitchen peninsula fixture minus shades), and a few budget friendly options.  Late in the project we even decided to address the entry and hallway fixtures. 

Absolutely obsessed with this project!

ADDED BONUS:  During the initial consultation, I think we all knew that addressing the living areas without tackling the formal dining space would be a huge mistake, especially considering the room was red.  Yikes!

Since an entirely new space wasn't in the budget, the clients asked for wallpaper and lighting suggestions.  I provided three options for both and the result is, well.....


This project may have just topped the list of my favorites.  It's such a blessing to get to do what you love and help clients love their homes in the process.  This was the perfect way to kick off my new year and my new career!! Cheers to many more!

Photography by: Cam Richards Photography
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