Sunday, January 26, 2014

Before and After: Transitional Bedroom

nikki M. redesigns a bedroom and bathroom by blending modern style with warm neutrals to create a sophisticated retreat.


The room was cluttered, outdated, and did not accommodate a reading area which the homeowners desired. 


Clever redesign by Creative Storage, of the homeowners walk-in closet allowed several pieces of furniture to be removed from the bedroom freeing up much needed space. Gorgeous wood flooring and a tin ceiling were added to create warmth and architectural interest. Subtle paint color created a cozy feeling while keeping the space open and bright. Modern and traditional items were carefully combined to form a transitional style, enhancing the overall design. 


After photographs by Katie Schneider Photography

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Donut Kraze gets an update

Friends of mine own Donut Kraze,  a delicious doughnut shop on Dingens Street in Buffalo. Last fall, a car ran through the front of their establishment  causing significant damages to the exterior and interior of the store. Since they were going to be making repairs to the building, they decided to update the space and asked me to assist with the design.

Their doughnuts are delicious, which made this project especially enjoyable. ;-) 




♥ Support local! Swing by for some of their doughnuts. You won't be disappointed! ♥

Donut Kraze
406 Dingens Street
Buffalo, NY 14206


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Let's Get Cozy with these simple Fall To Do's

Warm apple cider, pumpkin spice lattes, and chunky knit sweaters, fall is upon us. Here are six easy ways to transition your home decor from summer to autumn.

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Change your throw pillows.

Warm up your spaces with deep hues like burnt orange, dark reds, moss green, and gold. Don't be afraid to pair color with bold geometric designs to bring in drama and fun. Toss pillows are an easy way to change a space, add them to your bed, sofa, chairs, even your dining chairs can benefit from a small pillow.  

Photo Credit: House & Garden via Conran Shop

This year's trend? Chunky cable knit blankets. 

These are a great way to bring soft texture into your rooms. Stash them in baskets or toss over the side of a chair, ottoman, or bed.   

Photo credit: Modern 50

Stack the wood logs.

The presence of wood logs create feelings of warmth and comfort. You don't have to have a fireplace to bring this important design element into your home. Create sculptural pieces by placing logs in a large basket or an old wooden box and setting them in a corner or an entry way.

Photo Credit: Elle Decor

Add some lighting.

Shorter days mean less natural sunlight, be sure to properly light your interiors and exteriors. Combine floor lamps with table lamps. Mix lamps that cast a downward light with lamps that cast an upward light. Use small wattage lamps or wall sconces to add subtle or "mood" lighting to a room. Don't forget about using timers!

Flowers and pumpkins. 

This is the easiest way to bring in fall. Mums, gourds, and pumpkins are great for mantles, dining tables, end tables, bathrooms, etc. Buy them in different sizes and colors and place them around your home. Stack them in clear glass vases, make pumpkin garland, pair them with scented candles...the ideas are endless!

Put up the drapes.

Switch out your lightweight curtains for a heavier drape that will help keep out the cold and dress up your windows for that comfy, cozy feel we all love this time of the year. 

Oh, and be sure to flip your sofa cushions. <wink>

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Garden Fail, Driving on the Grass, and Chalkboards

Sigh. This years garden was (mostly) an epic fail. It started off with such promise. I purchased my seeds and planted them in February/March...and I waited.

Adorable, right? I had such hopes. I planted pumpkins, cantaloupe, cauliflower, green pepper, radish, carrots, and cucumbers.

When the weather conditions were right, I moved the plants outside...and I waited....and waited.

Finally, I started to see signs of mature growth, in weeds that is. Ugh. Relentless I tell you. I could not keep up. They seized my garden quickly and efficiently. After a while I gave in and decided to let nature run its course. My plants were going to have to fight to survive on their own. There was nothing more that I could do.

I did get some radishes, but I had waited too long to pull them so they were very hot, too hot to eat. The carrots were tiny. The edible parts equated to about a palm full. But, they were packed with flavor. The. Most. Delicious. Carrot. Ever. The cucumbers and cantaloupe did well and we have enjoyed eating them with our meals. There is one pumpkin that has survived. I'm not sure if it will be large enough to do much of anything with this fall but my fingers are crossed. To all of you who had the most beautiful, bountiful gardens this summer. I hate you. :-P

Next year, my friends, will be different.

Here is a fun fact:
In the country, you can drive your car on your lawn.

It's true. I ♥ this. There is an excitement to driving on your own lawn, as if some big law is being broken. Sometimes I drive on it for no particular reason at all, just cuz' I can.


At my previous home, all of my kitchen walls were painted in black chalkboard paint. Since this house has an open floor plan and the few walls that I have are brick or barn wood, I had to make my own chalkboard. I purchased a large board and painted it. The board was supposed be wider but we had to cut it down to fit it in our car.

I still have to frame it.
Chalkboard's first word.

I had to share with my 5 year old.

I plan to hang it from a track on the wall. Like these:

Photo Credit: Lynne Knowlton

Photo Credit: Desire to Inspire

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I think it would be fun to do a "white board" also and hang them so that they overlap each other. The real challenge is to convince the hubby that it will be "fun" to do.  :)


Design Tip:

Have a small piece of fabric that you love the print but don't know what to do with it? Make some unique artwork! Follow these easy steps. 

Items needed. Glue gun and glue sticks, fabric or wallpaper, art canvas, iron.

1. Iron the fabric. 

2. Layout the fabric and cut out the desired image. *be sure to leave enough fabric to overlap the sides of the canvas. 

3. wrap the edges of the fabric around the canvas keeping the image centered and glue the fabric to the back side of the canvas. 

4. You can leave the fabric the way it is or spray it with scotch guard or a clear acrylic to protect the fabric. (test these products on a scrap piece of fabric before you spray your finished artwork).

5. Tada! Unique artwork to display.

You can also embellish your artwork with decorative furniture tacks, ribbon, a frame, etc. Possibilities are endless. 

(send me your fabric artwork projects and I will post them to the blog.)

♥ Happy Fall everybody ♥