I seem to be doing a lot of boys’ bedrooms lately! Case in point, as a part of our recent #HGDBowBeautiful project (which included the master suite), our client wanted to overhaul the bedroom belonging to her oldest son, who would be a new high school freshman in the fall. Sadly, as is so often the case, […]

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  • Nancy

    Room looks great! Love the all the elements, desk, chair, dresser, fabrics. Are the blinds blackout? What was your source?ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Oops! I missed that one. Yes, the natural shades were blackout lined, outside mounted, and the drapes ensured that not one little crack of light came through.

      I have a few vendors, but these shades came from Smith & Noble. The particular pattern was in the clearance section (being discontinued), but since we only needed 2 shades, there was enough material to complete the job.ReplyCancel

  • What a great space Amy, I love the paint color and I think the window treatments are my favorite. I second you on the Target sheets. My college girls have them at school and RAVE about how much they love them – which makes me feel silly for some of the more expensive ones I have bought. Here’s to next week being less eventful.ReplyCancel

  • Becky

    Beautiful. Love it all!ReplyCancel

The answer to that question is long and circuitous. When Erin Gates’ book The Elements of Style first came out in 2014, I gobbled it up like only a decorator-trapped-in-a-frustrated-musician/at-home-nursing-mom-of-infant-and-a-kid-with-challenges’ body could. The book includes a chapter called “Love and Throw Pillows” in which, in addition to talking about bedroom style, Erin discusses how she and her husband […]

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I was going to post a new furniture maker story today, but a few days ago I realized that this was the big reveal week for the One Room Challenge! So I’ll save the other one for after Thanksgiving. ….. I meant to participate in this season’s One Room Challenge over at Calling It Home, […]

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  • I didn’t really follow the ORC this round so it was great to see your favorites – I love your picks. And that mural – Lordy!! Wow. I hope to be back next round too, looking forward to seeing what you do!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the love! That painting really gave me a run for my money! After I get a few massages, I miiiiight be up for doing another one in someone else’s house. We’ll see!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      That was a huge accomplishment and so amazingly creative!!! What a fantastic idea. I’ll pay for a few massages for you, and you can come do one in MY office. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Paula Moreshead

    I really appreciate being able to see your favorites from the challenge. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with all of the craziness! Your blog continues to be one of my favorites.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Thanks so much, Paula! The same to you!ReplyCancel

  • It’s always fun to see which rooms people like. Thanks for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      It’s such a wonderful thing you’ve done, Linda — helping people across the country transform their homes into the comfortable and character-filled spaces they and their families love to be in. Thank you for the ORC!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for including me! I love your choices. Come back when I have better photos — it should be tomorrow or Tuesday, thank goodness!!

    Happy Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      I will indeed! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! Enjoy it in your new space. 😉ReplyCancel

My eyes basically popped out of my head when I received the latest issue of House Beautiful and I saw Lee Ann Thornton‘s jewel box redo of a Connecticut ranch house. The woodwork (which was all brand new, apparently — amazing what you can do with applied moldings), the colors, the patterns, the cozy rooms, everything, everything is […]

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  • Sara

    Love love love this. Have always adored the blue/white combo and secretly want another home to do it all up. I would love to see a post on fireplace andirons/firedogs and/or ways to update your fireplace (can you paint the inside? if so, with what?). The fireplace season is upon us!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      I know. I wish I had room to do a blue and white room here, too. And thanks for the idea! I will definitely give it consideration!ReplyCancel

  • Paula Moreshead

    I really like the wooden sideboard that you added to the room design! As much as I liked the room when I saw it in the magazine, it seemed a little light and in need of some warmth and weight.not that I’m an expert. Also, it’s hard to see the table that is holding the mirror and blue and white ginger jars, so maybe it adds more to the room than appears in the picture. Your options are so wonderful and would make another beautiful room and much more affordable for most people. Thanks for another great post!ReplyCancel

Gosh, 6 months ago, I did a project sneak peek on a Serene Master Suite makeover that was in the works. You can see all the reasoning behind the madness and many of the product picks and whys in the link. And if you follow my Instagram account, you may have seen some updates from my […]

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  • Becky

    Lovely rooms. I’m disappointed that I can’t see the floral highlights in the inspiration rug in the after pictures.
    Congratulations on your house being featured!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Thanks, Becky! I know how you feel about the rug pattern not being shown in the pics. The bedroom is a nice size, but not huge, and the biggest floral pattern is in the corner just as you walk in the door. It’s subtle and beautiful. We didn’t want an all-over pattern.

      The reason that it isn’t shown in photos at that angle partially has to do with lens width. (I’ve taken just enough photography classes to be dangerous in my explanation!) The lens can’t take in all the unaided eye sees. So, in order to get that corner of the rug to show along with more of the room, the camera angle would have had to have been so wide as to slightly bend the room — like in some of those unnatural real estate photos you see. Or a pic would have had to be taken almost straight down, with just a whole lot of the foot of the bed showing. Or taken from outside the doorway of the room, which we couldn’t do because the hallway hadn’t been redecorated.

      In retrospect, I wish Sabrina and I had tried to photograph the other nightstand, because a floral spray was over there, too. But it stupidly didn’t occur to me at the time.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Trafton

    Just gorgeous! You and your client should be very pleased. Did you change the layout of the room and move the bed?ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Thanks Melissa! Yes, we did change the layout. Moving the bed made it possible to create a reading corner, and allowed us to showcase the new headboard, have a bigger dresser, highlight art, and just balance the furniture better.ReplyCancel

  • Sara

    Congrats on the cover and the beautiful reveal! Both rooms are stunning. I can hardly believe the before and after of the bathroom – the after looks like it has 2-3 times more storage.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Thank you, Sara! Yes, the new vanity drawer layout (6 big and the 4 smalls) more than tripled the previous usable drawer space, so that we were able to ditch the old medicine cabinets and have the decorative mirror.ReplyCancel

  • Mila

    Absolutely stunning. I adore every aspect of these rooms. Except the tall skinny lamp in the corner. It’s just weird. Beautifully done.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      I guess you can’t win them all with everyone 😉ReplyCancel

  • Simply gorgeous! I love your color choices and attention to detail! I want this room!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Thanks, Teresa! High praise, coming from you!ReplyCancel

  • Robin in Umbria

    Congratulations on your cover for Old House Journal! The Master Suite is gorgeous! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend with your family…ReplyCancel