Today I’m sharing this recent guest bedroom makeover that I completed for a client this past week! We started with basically nothing except a plain bed and transformed the space into a cozy and layered bedroom that any guest would love to stay in. I think everyone covets that high-end and super cozy Anthropologie look especially in a bedroom, but not so much the price tag. I was able to copy the look for a quarter of the price using bedding and accessories from Target. Their new Opalhouse line in particular has a ton of Anthropologie inspired pieces. We also added these gorgeous nightstands and headboard from Wayfair which really anchor the room.Read More
Introducing the Gathered Living Decorating Club! Want to begin transforming your home into the space of your dreams for under $20 a month? Every club member receives dedicated custom design services each month that you can use for anything and everything you may need help with in your home. You’ll also get exclusive access to our shopping events at our favorite local home decor shops. At the events, I’ll help you shop and guide you on how to style your purchases once you get home! You’ll also receive a special discount or gift with purchase during the event.Read More
This past week I started wrapping up the final stages of a design project I've been working on for the past couple of months for one of my favorite clients. The install day of all the finishing touches and accessories is always my favorite because it always makes the space feel the most complete and cozy! This was my first time tackling a loft living space at the top of the stair like this and it was definitely challenging, but I love the (almost) finished product. The main challenge was trying to make such an open space feel cozy and comfortable, as well as figuring out the right way to arrange the furniture when you are basically missing an entire wall of the room!Read More
It's finally patio weather season and there's nothing better than a cozy + inviting outdoor space. I'm helping several clients with porch and patio designs right now, so I've definitely got outdoor decor on the brain! I like to think of these spaces as just another room of your home that should be equally as cozy and beautiful! Since these areas are usually used as a summer entertaining space, I recommend adding in some pops of color and fun decor elements that might even be a little outside of your normal style! Patterns, textures, and bright colors will definitely give your space that warm and inviting feel. Starting by picking a few pillows or an outdoor rug will give you a good direction on your color scheme for the space. As far as furniture, I recommend investing in pieces that are comfortable, durable, and neutral (and that includes neutral cushions!). Outdoor furniture can sometimes be pricey, but the more expensive pieces will probably last longer and be way more comfortable (so you'll end up using them more!). You may have space for both a sitting area and outdoor dining space, but if not choose which type of seating you think you will use the most.
A few of my essentials for decking out your space:
1. a printed outdoor rug
2. several outdoor pillows in mixed prints + colors
3. a couple of lanterns
4. mix + match side tables + a coffee table, pouf, or ottoman
5. cute string lights or twinkle lights for hanging above your space!
6. planters: all sizes including hanging, tabletop, + floor planters
I've put together some of my favorite patio picks that are available now in-stores for you below! Even better, all of these items can work + coordinate together to give you the super bright + modern patio space of your dreams! You can click on any of the photos below to see more details + pricing of any item too. Happy shopping and let me know how your patio decorating comes along!
I've been dying to share this design project ever since the install a few weeks ago! The finishing touches are what made the biggest difference in this space and I think the end product perfectly emulates this couple's style and vision for the space. I was also lucky to start with a pretty clean slate and had some great base pieces to work off of (the couch, ottoman, and built-ins). Take a look at some of the before photos below:
We added some more furniture pieces like the leather recliner, baluster style sofa table, and mirrored accent table to fill the room better and make the layout feel complete. I also restyled the built-in bookshelves and added quite a few new framed photos and prints, more books, + small accessories. To fill the large open window on the left side, we added a long oil rubbed bronze rod filled with several gray wool curtains from West Elm. I created some custom Kentucky map wall art to fill the large, empty wall above the couch and the barnwood frames perfectly tie the rustic, modern, and industrial elements of the room all together.
The overall color scheme of the space is neutral but with a few pops of green and blue (like these glass bottles, greenery stems, and lots of plants). I tried to tie in lots of distressed wood, recycled glass, and industrial metals to give the space that refined farmhouse feel but also lots of texture and warmth. The styling of the sofa table behind the couch did stump me at first because I'm so used to just placing lamps on these to anchor each side. Due to the location in the middle of the room, there was no way to plug in lamps without having a cord strewn across the walking space. So I went on the hunt for something tall to add some height here and the glass bottles ended up being the perfect choice (found these at HomeGoods and Hobby Lobby)! Since they are clear, they also don't block your sight lines into the living room or the natural light coming in from the windows. I placed some faux stems inside them to add color and they will last forever without wilting or watering! The super simple combination of the white pillar candles on the oval tray in the center ended up being one of our favorite elements of the entire space too. Adding a cluster of candles like this is such an easy way to make any tray, crate, or dish into a chic arrangement.
Above you can see a closer look at some of the frames and prints I chose to fill in the built-ins. They had lots of new pictures to frame since they just got married a few months ago, and I wanted to layer lots of different styles and sizes of frames to add dimension on these shelves. We also added a few Kentucky/equestrian themed prints from my shop to break up all the photos and add some unique character.
When we first met, this couple mentioned getting some type of map art to fill this wall and they really liked the idea of the divided style with multiple frames. I was able to enlarge an old Kentucky map and then divide it between four 16 x 20 barnwood frames from Hobby Lobby (the larger sizes are only available in-store but I linked some of the smaller sizes at the end of this post). I was thrilled to find these frames because they are all unique and completely made from reclaimed wood from barns and farm fencing across the U.S. I love the texture and warmth the frames add to the room and they fill the open space above the couch perfectly.
The couple also chose this mirrored side table from Ballard and I love the character it adds to the room, especially with all the mixed metals in the space. Once again, I wasn't able to use a lamp here due to it being in the center of the room, so I added some height and color with a tall pillar candle, plant, and an antique book to accessorize the table. I also added some antiqued mirrored frames to the built-ins to pull that old-world antique style throughout the room a bit.
Another favorite accessory would be this giant wood tray I picked up at HomeGoods. It is the perfect size for this oversized leather ottoman and I love that it has the industrial metal handles too. A plant and old book add a pop of color in the center of the room and make the sitting area feel complete + cozy.
I just love the timeless, cozy, and refined feel of this space and I know that this couple will be able to enjoy it for years to come. They chose so many pieces of the highest quality that will last forever, and the neutral color scheme will allow them to add in pops of color whenever they want to. It is amazing how much of a difference a few accessories and finishing touches can make to a room (which is why that's probably my favorite part of the entire design process)! I have linked most of the furniture and accessories that I used in this space at the end of this post for you to shop, but if you have questions about anything I didn't mention, just ask! If you would like more information on any of our design services, just head to our Design page and fill out the inquiry form there.
Last week I had the privilege of installing some gallery walls at the historic Greyhound Tavern in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. The owners of the restaurant had reached out to me because they wanted to update some of their wall art and create more of a gallery wall feel in both the dining room and tavern area. They had such an amazing collection of vintage horse racing and equestrian prints, and I even got to dig in their attic and look through piles of old photos and prints to choose from!
After meeting with them and seeing the restaurant in person, I chose my favorite prints and took home a few boxes full to reframe. Many of the prints had plain, thin black frames before, and most were very old and not in the best shape. I loved the idea of incorporating a variety of gold and more antique-looking frames that really fit with the classic, old-school feel of the tavern and restaurant. I chose frames in a variety of sizes and different finishes to create some contrast and interest within the gallery walls, especially since many of the photos and prints were black and white.
In the tavern area, I used the more colorful and vintage-looking photos and prints that fit with the retro Budweiser light mounted on the wall above this gallery. I like the variety and more eclectic feel of the gallery wall in here especially combined with the wood paneling and classic bar decor they had throughout the space. We had so much art to work with that this gallery practically extends from floor to ceiling, making it a real focal point of the room!
In the dining room, I wanted to stick with a more traditional feel, so I saved all my favorite black and white prints for this area. I used mostly gold frames (and a few gold and black) for this gallery, and arranged them in the middle of the room between two sconces on the wall. You can also see this gallery as soon as you turn the corner from the entrance which I love. I think the frames are the perfect mix of modern and vintage, and the arrangement gives an updated feel to this super traditional space.
I loved getting to the opportunity to work on a less conventional project, especially one with so much history! All of the frames that I used for this project were purchased from Hobby Lobby. And just a little tip: all frames are 50% off there every other week! If you are planning a gallery wall, wait until that week to buy all your frames- their prices and selection can't be beat! If you are interested in getting help with a gallery wall or decorating of any kind at your home or business, you can find more information on our design services here!
Last week I finished up one of my first kid's room projects, adding some finishing touches to this adorable little girl's room! For this project I rearranged all the furniture in the room, added a fun chalkboard wall on one side, rearranged and added new wall art, as well as adding a printed rug and new window treatments. This client already had the cute bedroom furniture and bedding but needed some help tying everything together and filling up the walls to make the room feel complete. Take a look at the before + after photos below:
The biggest impact in the room came from moving the bed away from the corner and centering it on the wall. This opened up the room and anchored the entire space. I placed the new gray and white patterned rug at the foot of the bed, slightly tucked underneath the base. The animal pictures on the left wall were spread out throughout the room before, but I arranged them together to fill the open wall space in this area.
This wall on the right was completely bare and open, so we decided to have some fun with a chalkboard wall and book ledges to fill the space. Since a normal chalkboard tone would have been too harsh with this color scheme, I opted for tintable chalkboard paint in a coral color that matched her bedding. We painted the chalkboard wall just halfway up, and then added a simple piece of white trim to separate it from the top half of the wall.
In the left corner, we added four gold + wood shelves to hold books and create a cute little reading corner. These gold and wood shelves from Hobby Lobby are some of my favorite shelving options and they work perfectly as book ledges! I also added these adorable floral prints above the chalkboard wall to tie all the bright colors of the space together.
Another fun touch were these hanging gold baskets to hold chalk for the chalkboard wall! These baskets and mounting strip all are sold separately at Target and can be mixed and matched to create custom storage for just about anything! The baskets are removable and can slide along the white strip so that you can adjust it whenever you like!
It's amazing how a few simple changes completely changed this room and made it feel complete! I've linked up all the accessories and decor that I added to this space for you to shop at the end of this post!
I'm excited to debut our first "how-to" video thanks to Sarah E Dunn Photo + Design! One of the questions I get asked about most often when decorating is how to style shelves so that they are both functional and beautiful. Bathroom shelves or closets are often overlooked when it comes to decorating and organization and can easily get piled up with clutter. I like to keep all the necessities close at hand in our bathroom but there are some tricks to displaying all these items so that they still look chic + organized! Check out our easy to follow video below for step by step instructions on styling your own bathroom shelves like a pro!