"Joy to the Soul Summer"


My talented friend and fellow blogger (real writer) Joy asked me to participate in her Summer blog series, "Joy to the Soul Summer", a six-week series where she's featuring several bloggers and asking them to connect the season with their faith.   She's asked that I join in the fun! You can link to her blog HERE.  I'm so happy to be sharing a little bit about opening up your home to others in a fun, fulfilling and stress-free way.

I view myself as a steward of everything I have and that includes my home.  I figure if it belongs to God, I think He'd want me to share it with others.  Don't you?


 Romans 12:10-13 "Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.  Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality."

This is one of the many reasons why I love to entertain.  Lately however, I have let my busy schedule get the best of me and haven't done it nearly enough.  That all changes this summer!


One of the things that holds many of us back is the pursuit of perfection.  I know because it chokes my creativity and keeps me from moving on ideas too.  We tend to think that everything needs to be "PERFECT" before we open our homes to family and friends.

Homemade Photo Booth - New Years' Eve Party

The problem is, things are never perfect and honestly, your family and true friends likely don't care too much about perfection.  I've found that people just like to be in a laid back environment, gathered around great people, good food, with a little fun mixed in.

Here are a few ways to open up your home this summer while keeping things pretty simple:



1.  Begin with a theme.  I find it much easier to plan when I have a theme in mind.  A few of my favorite past events include an outdoor Movie Night, Friendsgiving and an Afternoon Tea.  This helps to drive the decor, the menu and games and makes planning much easier.

Friendsgivingmas Tablescape


2.  Keep the decor simple.  Literally, clean the house, set the table and be done.  Remember the guests are coming to spend time with you and others, not to admire your decor  (although they may) or scrutinize your home. 



Outdoor Living 
"Summer Salads" Spread

3.  Maximize your strengths.  Don't let a weakness keep you from opening your home.  No one is good at everything and the fact that you aren't either, often puts guests at ease.

Romans 12: 6-8 "We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a]faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

For me it's cooking.  It totally stress me out, so while I like to entertain,  I often host potlucks or outsource the food.  Hey, I'm a designer not a chef.  😃  Because I love to create a beautiful home, I often play that strength up when entertaining.  I host events just after I've decorated for the holidays or revamped my back porch.  Maybe you make great desserts or cooking is your thing, maybe you love creative party games.  Whatever your "thing", play to that strength and your guests will be happy to help in areas where you need it.


4.  Relax and enjoy!  It's really not about you.  The purpose is to share what God has richly blessed you with, with others.  Shift your focus off of what hasn't been done or what isn't perfect and focus on creating a great time for you and your guests.  

Above all, be intentional about enjoying yourself.  That's what it's all about. 


Outdoor Living Refresh Party
Friendsgivingmas Party 




"Small Changes, Big Impact: Client Project Reveal"


Well, we've made it halfway through 2018! It's been quite a year for us so far.  I can hardly wait to see what part two has in store.  Today, I'm checking in to share one of our recent project reveals!  

Our goal for this project was to make this home's main living spaces a little more reflective of the client's current style.  We wanted femininity with a touch of modern and I think that's just what we achieved.  



For starters, we needed to address the dated fireplace area.  It was a corner fireplace, which can be challenging themselves, with a large tv niche above the fireplace.  There was also no mantle or fireplace surround.  We needed to finish things off for a more updated and streamlined look.  While we liked the existing gray paint color, the blue wasn't pairing too well, so we painted the entire space in the same hue. 



Big difference, right?  At the entrance of the home, we removed the molding that seemed only to chop things up a bit and switched out the entry light for a simple flush mount option. 

We let the client's original color selections drive our choices.  The existing gray paint color had a hint of purple and it was obvious that she also liked a bit of blue.  We created a plan that utilized a muted purple, green, blue and gray to update the space and create a cozy living area. 


In the dining space, we created a casual dining area for four and tied the color scheme in from the adjacent living space.  Lighting made a huge difference here, elevating the area a bit.  


The client had already purchased new countertops but was looking to spruce up the kitchen a little as well.  We helped select a striking backsplash, which really helped to jazz things up.  A single cabinet door was changed to a glass door to provide a place to display items and we also changed out the cabinet hardware, added new lighting and decor. 



Small changes can indeed make a BIG difference!



The client loves her new space and that makes us VERY happy!  





Until next time...

"Project Breton Reveal"


I'm so excited to share the reveal of our latest project! 


In this one, we tackled the great room, guest bathroom and the formal dining room that was converted into a gentleman's den.  The project, which was completed for a young family who'd recently relocated to the Charlotte area, was inspired by their existing art collection. 

Here's a look at where we began...




A small collection of music inspired and abstract black art featuring golden shades of yellow and orange, purples, teals and greens, became the jumping off point for the color scheme. 


In the living area, we focused on livability with a large sectional covered in performance fabric from my partner Revolution.


Revolution Romero 
The subtle herringbone print adds just the right amount of texture while still remaining a neutral backdrop for pops of color.



The clients decided to keep the backdrop neutral for now and opted not to paint just yet, so we purposefully added color to the space with a pair of teal chairs.  



They are by far one of my favorite elements.  

In the adjacent area, we created a cozy eating area just off the kitchen with the addition of a table and seating for six.  The custom banquette we designed (fabricated by Baity's Custom Upholstery) was just what the space needed to add a casual vibe to the eat-in area. 



Next up was the guest bathroom.


York Wallcoverings 
We amped up the guest bath with a swanky wallpaper from York Wallcoverings.  It changed the entire feel of the space.  


New lighting, mirror and artwork and this space is now ready for guests. 


The man of the house wanted a space to call his own, so we converted the formal dining room into a space just for him.  Here's a look at the before...



With the addition of Sherwin Williams' Pewter Green, the space instantly became more warm and cozy. 


We added a silver clad cabinet with upholstered doors for tons of storage and two swivel chairs for super comfortable seating.  



I don't know about you, but this space definitely looks like a place I'd like to watch the game.  


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