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"So long...."

One of the things that has been so amazing about this whole Dwell by Cheryl experience has been the fact that no matter what I've needed along the way, God has provided;  From a seamstress, to fabulous upholsterer, to a fabric source and even help.  I've been blessed with some awesome interns.
You likely recall Chelsea, my first intern and Kasia for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. 
Well, today it is with great sadness that I announce the departure of my current intern Shawna.

Shawna has been working behind the scenes with us for the past six months.  Shawna's hard work and dedication are unparallelled.  She has helped me get organized, stay on task and on time and had the opportunity to get hands on experience with clients and design projects during her brief tenure with Dwell by Cheryl.  She was an integral part, start to finish, of making the following projects come to fruition.


....And I cannot thank her enough.  She will, no doubt be missed. 

Shawna, it has been an absolute pleasure working with you.  Thanks so much for your tireless work, your passion and your dedication, and the ability to put up with me.  I wish you all the best and much success for an undoubtedly bright future. 
She Turned Her Cants Into Cans And Her Dreams Into Plans

Have a fabulous Labor Day weekend!

"Upgrading with Upholstery"


I'm getting the inside scoop from my favorite upholsterer, Mark Baity of Baity's Custom Upholstery.  Stop by the Metrolina Restores blog to check out my latest guest post where we're talking all things upholstery. 

"Key West Color"

I'm just returning from a fab extended weekend trip to Key West, Florida and if you know anything about the destination, you know that it's know for it's color and vibrancy. 

It was actually perfect timing because I had just attended my first class of the semester, Color Theory.  My professor asked us to conscientiously become more aware of color around us.  This was, without a doubt, the perfect place to do just that.  You can't help but be awed by the beautiful blue skies, bright colored doors and storefronts and the crystal blue-green waters. 

This was the view from my balcony.  Seriously.

And this was sunset....


I was in total relaxation mode. I was able to do a little shopping and I picked up these two colorful prints that are inspiring my home office makeover I have on tap for later this year. 

I'm going light and bright with bold hits of color.  Similar to this inspiration room....


You can see more of my PINspiration hereFollow me while you're there.

I have to admit, it was difficult to leave, but so nice to get away to enjoy these last few days of Summer. 

"Top 3 of 300!"

You're not going to believe this because I had a hard time believing it myself, but today's post is my 300th Dwell by Cheryl blog post!  Wow!  Seriously, it seems like just yesterday that I wrote my 200th post.  I guess time really does fly when you're having fun. 
I thought I'd take this milestone opportunity to take a look at some of my favorte blog entries since this adventure began.  Let's call it....
As I looked back over some of my past posts to determine what was my favorite DIY project to date, I discovered that it's actually one of my more recent projects.

 "Open Kitchen Cabinet Reveal"

I think I liked this project so much because it was something I thought about for so long and finally went for.  I still smile every day when I grab my mug and canisters for my morning cup of Joe.  Can't beat that!


"...All Thing Work Together..."

This post was my most revealing to date.  It was very personal, but I'm so glad I decided to share it.  I hope perhaps it even served as encouragement for someone else.  If this blog is indeed intended to be a chronicle of my design story, then that means sharing not only the highs, but also the lows.  This was one.

"Nursery Reveal"

Needless to say, this is my most popular project to date.  With nearly 4,000 ideabook additions on Houzz, this project earned me the coveted Best of Houzz award.  It's also special because the client was my BFF and the room's occupants are her twins that are so darn cute you could just eat 'em up.  Wouldn't you know, the project that I was asked to help with due to a set of unfortunate circumstances turns out to be my best.  Go figure.

So, did your favorite Dwell by Cheryl post make the list?  If not, leave me a comment, there's a chance I've completely forgotten about a few. 

I'd say after 300 blog posts, I deserve a break and that's exactly what I'm taking.  Have a fabulous weekend!

Here's to 300 more....

"Removing the Wallpaper"

It's no secret that I'm a woman of action, and this weekend was no exception. Unfortunately, I wasn't having the best day on Friday, and when that happens I have a desire to stay busy.  I happened to see this awesome project Shannon of Burlap and Lace posted on Instagram and my wheels began to turn.

Burlap and Lace
"Hmmm, a stencil", I thought.  You see I've never actually loved my living room wallpaper.  I actually purchased it before I moved in six years ago.  It was one of those things that I found at a great price and decided to make it work.  Note: Always a red flag.  I'm learning slowly but surely that if you have to make it work, it probably should be left at the store. 

Anyway, it's one of those little things in my home that I've never been really satisfied with.  I LOVE wallpaper, don't get me wrong, but this pattern was never truly me.  Which made me wonder, why do we live with things in our homes that we don't love. 

Of course, I understand that some things are out of our reach financially, but others could easily be changed.  So, I made the decision Friday night that I wasn't settling for mediocre wallpaper anymore...
...and down it came.  For those of you who have never removed wallpaper, this was a BIG decision.  You just never know what's going to happen once you get started, and there is absolutely NO turning back.  I'm pleased to report that by mid-day Saturday (me, a steamer and 6 hours of work later)...


... I had two full bags of wallpaper and that was that.  The next step was paint.  I knew that I wanted something lighter as the base coat and I was hoping that Lowe's would have a can of $5.00 oops paint that would fit the bill.  Unfortunately, all they had were these clearance containers of Pantone Paint.

The color is lovely, but the paint is about the consistency of cocoa butter.  Let's just say it's been way more trouble than it was worth.  After going back to pick up some paint thinner, I was able to get the majority of the wall painted.

And then, of course I ran out of paint.  Urgh!! When bargains backfire... (that's another blog post for another day).  So, this week, I intend to hunt down another container of Seedpearl, and finish up the wall.  Afterwards, I'll need to decide what pattern I'm going with.   I'm debating between...



The pattern will be a brown similar to the existing color on the other walls in the room. Thoughts?

Friday Find: Dwellings by DeVore

First things first.  Thank you all for you kind words and kudos regarding my recent client project via the blog, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I can't tell you how great is feels to get positive feedback and encouragement. 

One of the great things about the design blogosphere is all of the talented and inspiring bloggers there are to follow.  I certainly have my favorites, one of which is Dwellings by DeVore.  This lady is a master at coming up with inventive, yet classy, ways to repurpose, reuse and reinvent frugal finds.  Seriously, she never ceases to amaze me.  I'm often inspired by a lot of her projects.  Remember this one? DIY Lucite Tray

Earlier this week she offered up a tour of her home office and it sparked the idea to introduce you guys to her.  If you've perused my website thoroughly, you probably recognize her blog from my list of favorites.  However, if you're not checking out what she's up to on a regular basis, you are totally missing out.  So today's Friday Find is a blog called....

For your viewing pleasure, here's just a glimpse into her home of awesomeness...


Stop by and check out her blog at WWW.DWELLINGSBYDEVORE.COM and
be sure to check out the HOME TOUR.  I know you're going to love it.  I sure do.
Have a great weekend!

"Going Bold: Client Project Reveal"

Guess what day it is?  Guess what day IT IS?  Yes, (for some of you) it's hump day, but more importantly, it's REVEAL day.  I understand a number of you have been waiting on this one.  Thanks so much for your patience.  You know the fact that I don't do this full-time means the projects usually take a little time to complete.  Hopefully this one was worth the wait.
I know you all remember the project with the bold colors.
Well, without further delay, here are some before and after pictures.....



Isn't it amazing what color will do?  I mean seriously.  We began with literally NOTHING in this room except a taupe leather sofa. 

I knew the homeowners weren't able to paint, so this project would have to be all about bringing in color and pattern.  I started with this graphic rug that I found on Rugs USA (I knew you'd ask) for 80% off nonetheless. I always shop their clearance page first.

I will admit, at first is scared me. I knew I needed a color that would complement the rug, so I ended up with this chartreuse.  As if the rug weren't bold enough. 

So, with the client on board, we went for it.  I called on Baity's Custom Upholstery to take these legs that I picked up at the Habitat Restore...

...you may recall (from social media) and create a coffee table/ottoman that was a little less funky to balance things out.  That man is the tuft king!

The room is so open and has ceiling high windows which let in lots of light.  I think it was the perfect space for such a bold scheme.

The client also wanted to display some of their family photos, so we started a gallery wall that can be added to along the way.  Ideally, I would've liked to incorporate art as well, but on these value engineered projects, you have to stop somewhere.

We had the television installed above the fireplace and the components will actually be added to the left in a small cabinet, yet to be selected. 

All in all, I'm pleased with the result.  Of course, there are always things that I'd add if the budget allowed, but for an extremely budget friendly room makeover, I'll take it! 

What do you think? If you like be sure to comment, pin, post, share, etc....

Special thanks to Cam Richards Photography.
TDC Before and After
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