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Top 15 Interior Designers in Charlotte

It's been a minute since I checked in.  I've been busy with work travel and haven't had a chance to blog in more than a week.  I guest blogged last week on the Habitat ReStore blog.  Hop over to their blog to find out the details of one of my latest great finds.
Today I'm actually here to share some great news. Yesterday, I received an email informing me that I'd been featured as one of Build Direct's 15 Best Interior Designers in Charlotte.  I have to admit, when I first read the email, I didn't think much about it.  I receive all sorts of emails and most end up being SPAM.  I clicked on the link provided and began to scroll down the list of 14 amazingly talented designers in the Charlotte Metro. 

Honestly, I started to wonder how I even made this round-up (I'm still working on the self doubt).  When I began this business three years and 2 months ago, I never would've dreamed I'd make so much progress in such a short amount of time, all while maintaining a full-time career outside of design.  So when recognitions like this one land in my inbox, I'm always so humbled by the fact that I not only get the opportunity but I get the honor of being recognized for my efforts.  It's truly a blessing that I do not take for granted. 

Head over to the Build Direct blog to vote for the Top Designer and to check out some of the other Charlotte Designers featured. 

Now I'm off to my "happy place", the annual Design Blogger's Conference.  I can't wait to see so many of my design friends and hopefully meet a few new ones too.  You can read about my past expereinces at the conference here...2013 and 2014. 

" My Master Bedroom Makeover"

Hello, hello!  Hope you had a fabulous weekend.  I was actually able to get quite a bit done this weekend, and the 70 degree weather certainly didn't hurt.

I'm back today to share with you the plans that are currently in the works for my Master Bedroom makeover.  It's been nearly eight years and I'm pretty much over it.  It's one of the reasons you rarely see pictures of it on the blog.  I'm just not satisfied with it anymore and that means it's time for a change.  I was reminded by a reader/friend that I really do take my time in making my spaces exactly what I want them to be.  She reminded me how my living room had evolved over the three years I've been blogging.  So very true!  I'll have to take you guys on a trip down memory lane one day. It's been quite a transformation. 

For today though, let's talk about the Master.  So, I'll likely be getting rid of just about everything I currently have in the space, with the exception of the fireplace and the rug.  Yeah, you might want to be at my next yard sale.  : )  You may remember a few months ago when I scored 14 yards of the iconic Schumacher Pyne Hollyhock fabric for $49.  I blogged about it HERE.  In case you don't realize what a great deal that was, a pair of custom drapery panels made with this fabric currently sells for $1,000.  I paid $3.50/yard!  INSANE right? 

So with that in mind, the room will center around the fabric.  I'm thinking drapery and a custom tufted headboard for sure.  I just need to decide on a headboard shape.  I worked to put together a design board this weekend so I could visualize where I'm heading in my mind.  (In case you didn't know, Chintz is making a comeback.)

The only thing I can't seem to decide on is the wall color.  The above board is a personal fav of mine. I've used it in two projects already.  It's Sherwin-Williams' Balanced Beige and is a great neutral that I could see myself working with for years to come. 

The next option is the designer's favorite, Sherwin-Williams' Revere Pewter.  It's a no fail gray beige and is always a winner.  I've also used it in a project before. 

While it doesn't look like it, Sherwin Williams' Repose Gray is a great gray option (may appear a little green here, but it's really not. 

Believe it or not, I really just usually go with my gut on paint colors.  When it comes to my own spaces, I don't even do swatches.  I know, I know....Scandalous.  What can I say, I know what I like.  I'm sure it'll hit me at some point. Until then, I'm going to get to work on picking out that headboard design...

Metrolina Expo Vintage and Antiques Show

I'm so excited to announce that I've teamed up with ICA Show's Metrolina Tradeshow Expo (a.k.a. the Vintage and Antiques Show at the Metrolina Expo) to promote their upcoming shows! 

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that the Metrolina Expo Vintage and Antiques Show is one of my go-to sources for unique finds at great prices.  I've blogged about it in the past HERE, HERE and HERE.  Since I've been going there, I've found a host of great items and have met some great people in the process. 

Needless to say, I'm thrilled to be featured in their Spring Charlotte Home and Garden Magazine ad, yet to hit newsstands. 

Can't wait to see it in print!  I thought I'd give you guys a little sneak peek. 

I'm heading to the show this weekend.  If you're local, I'd love to see you there!  Here are the upcoming show dates.  Note: The Spring Spectacular is amazing!
Upcoming Shows:
March 5th - 8th
April 1st - 5th (Spring Spectacular)
April 30th - May 3rd
June 4th - 7th

"Light and Bright Living"

I know I haven't mentioned it here, but for months I've been tossing around the idea of lightening up my living space.  Believe it or not, this is the ONLY space in my house that I haven't touched in the 8 years I've lived here.  I think when I moved in, I felt like the color wasn't bad and that I'd just make it work.  Well after years of "making it work", I grew tired of the peanut butter colored walls.  I started to dream of a light and bright space to serve as a clean backdrop to the pops of color I tend to gravitate toward. 
The driving factor in the color selection was actually the need to keep the stenciled wall that I completed last year. 
I decided to go with the base color from that project, a rich and creamy off-white called Seed Pearl by Pantone. 
Here's the thing, once I make up my mind to do something, I waste NO time in getting it done.  Only a few nights later, I had the paint purchased and started to throw up a sample to see what I could expect from the finished project. 
By sunrise on Saturday morning I knew I'd made the right choice.  Now there was the matter of little ol' me getting the largest room in my house painted in one weekend.
I thought about hiring it out, but it seemed like a waste for such a straightforward painting project in which the longest wall (the stenciled one) had already been addressed.  Enter my friend's kids...

Nothing like teenagers with a strong work ethic to help you knock out a project.  They had my entire space painted in a couple of hours.  A couple of pizzas, a two liter soda and a little "change" in their pockets and we were done!
The result was a game changer....
P.S. I need a plant suggestion for an area with low light.  Me and this fiddle leaf in this space aren't working out.


I added this punch of pink to my new leopard chair and I'm still a little ticked off at the monogram shop for totally putting the monogram on upside down.  Notice the zipper at the top of my pillow?  Urgh!  Gotta get that fixed.


Here's a really good before and after.  It's not a huge change, but the feeling in the space is completely different.  It feels bigger.


It really is amazing what color can do.
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