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My Client’s Rock!!
May 12, 2010, 4:40 am
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I have to say, I have the BEST clients. In most instances, I have to be dragged away from their homes kicking and screaming when our project ends.  We have formed a bond through their project.  I have seen most of them at their best and worst and many in their pajamas too!  The good news is that we usually stay in touch and hopefully one of us devises a new plan or project so that we never really cut the cord.

One of my clients wrote the greatest recommendation on Angie’s List for us.

“Bob and Jami walked us through every step of the redesign and remodel projects from Oct-May. Came out to meet with us in person when any questions arose, and were available to communicate via email, text and phone almost anytime day or night, weekend or weekday. Worked many Saturdays in order to get finished faster. Worked with our budget and provided options to save but also encouraged us to spend our money for maximum impact and longevity. Their staff of carpenters, painters, laborers, and designers were always friendly and energetic. Their contracted services were quick and any problems that arose were handled quickly and exceeded our expectations.”

This made me so giddy!  I felt like Sally Fields winning the Oscar, “You like me, you really like me.”

As a designer I strive to make all of my client’s happy by doing creative, budget-friendly work.  I want them to be “Wowed” by my ideas and service.  And although I don’t have a red carpet to walk and don’t get an award in the end….I walk away with a new friend and a happy heart!

I LOVE my job and clients~!

She’s Crafty!
January 7, 2010, 2:48 pm
Filed under: Cool Decor, Uncategorized

I LOVE being crafty!  The thought of a room filled with colored pencils, paper, glue and glitter get me all fired up.  I think all women are really just adorable 6 year-old-girls at heart that thrive on cutting out paperdolls and making glitter hearts.  A craft room is just the fix for a life’s creative blocks .

Craft rooms needs to inspre.  Check out these inspiring craft room designs.

They also need good storage, lighting and task areas.  We made this green custom scrapbooking table as well as this storage cabinet made from found objects,

My Turn
December 30, 2009, 1:39 pm
Filed under: ReStyles, Uncategorized

Designers are definitely the cobbler’s kids.  We beautify the world but when it comes to our own spaces there is not much left in the creative savings account.  This year I hired myself to makeover a few rooms.

I started with the dining room. I have to come clean, we NEVER use this space.  I designed a curvy custom booth in metallic blue green leather and nail head detailing to give it a trendy restaurant appeal.  The walls were painted aqua and then given a bronze metallic glaze for depth.  I stamped the walls and added some bling for effect. I love how it turned out and we have actually starting using it more.

 Our formal living room has become a library/music room.  At any given time there is someone reading on the couch while another is trying to form the new Jonas Brothers.  Amps and guitars usually fill the space.  I wanted this room to have a whimsical feel while also giving a nod to the library aspect.  I went with a tree and poem wall that I think rocks the space.  This Robert Frost poem has always been a favorite and it now serves as a reminder to take the road less traveled (I have definitely always taken the scenic route). 

Master Bedrooms are always last on most of my client’s design to do lists. I definitely advise against this.  But, I’m a “do as I say and not as I do” kind of gal.  The master suite was not really on my radar for this project go-round.  But, it somehow made the cut.  We painted the walls a pewter metallic with a putty swirl design.  We added pops of orange with the vintage sofa, bedding and art. 

 Creative people need creative spaces.  For my office, we went with a large stripe on the walls with a dark aqua and candle light metallic paint combination.  The desk was made from my dads old workshop table (I love this touch).  I finally got a chandelier in my office along with all of my favorite books and pictures surrounding me.  No excuses now…I better get the design whip crackin!

I finally got my turn!!!!!  And, I would definitely recommend my designer…she was great!

Go Wild With Style
November 7, 2009, 2:00 pm
Filed under: Cool Decor, Kid's Spaces, Uncategorized

Sometimes you just have to hear the call of the wild…especially if you are a tween looking for a wild new room. We had a grrrreat time helping Jadyn go from a little girl space to a room fit for the queen of the jungle.

Metallic blue walls and a custom zebra wall

We started with Metallic blue walls and a custom painted zebra wall.  The zebra is black gloss and candlelight white metallic. We added a custom high gloss tufted black leather headboard for heightened drama.  The look was finished with custom bedding.

We completed the look with custom painted found marquis letters with peace signs and bling for added unique wild style!

Wash Away the Blahs
September 30, 2009, 5:42 pm
Filed under: Cool Decor, ReStyles, Uncategorized


Who says that laundry rooms has to be boring??  The land of the lost socks and stinky football gear (at least in my house!) needs love too.  If you dread this room like the Swine Flu then your clothes aren’t the only thing that needs s fresh start.  Wash that blah right out of your room!!

Start with the walls.   Unless you plan to entertain in your laundry room then casual, whimsical and fun is the direction.  Pick a color that makes your smile for the walls.  Neutrals are not allowed.  You can also go with a pattern, wallpaper or chalk paint.  The key is to make this a room that you love to be in.IMG_1008

Hang things on the walls that make you happy.  Ornate frames with children’s art tacked inside are great for laundry rooms.  I love the picture my daughter drew of us riding giraffes.  It’s hard not to smile while riding a giraffe.  I also like the idea of vacation pictures, childhood black and white pictures or even framed book pages from your favorite novel.

Make sure there is a place for everything.  I am definitely not the most organized person, but I love baskets and bins — they make me FEEL like I am sorting my life out.

Clean up your act – and while you’re at it give your self some scenery while airing your dirty laundry.

Here Come the Storm Troopers
August 5, 2009, 2:05 pm
Filed under: Kid's Spaces, Uncategorized

Waz Up?

So when I meet with a new client, we usually go over their favorite colors, style, interests, etc.  I like to interview my clients (sometimes I hold them down and shine a flashlight in their eyes if I really like them).

The first time I met Caleb he said, “I Like Xbox, Legos, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and I just learned to ride a bike.”  I said, “Ok give me something hard…”  Seriously, trying to combine all of the varied interests of an active 10-year-old can be complicated to put it mildly.  Caleb, his mom, Denise, and I devised a plan to make it all work together. Ready, Break!

 Caleb's grafitti050

We started with metallic silver walls and added custom grafitti.  It incorporates all of his interests now while giving him room to grow.  My favorite part is the Storm Trooper riding the bike.  I seriously think it’s genius!


We built a platform bed with drawers underneath for storage and added an upholstered headboard.  I combined several metallic and patterned fabrics  so that it has plenty of modern attitude. The bed also has a custom fitted coverlet and metallic black pleather euro shams.

 We added touches of red and black with the trim and desk area (also his fav).  The lighting is a Euro shaded track light.  Think modern disco. His bathroom went red too with a special treatment above the potty area.   Does it get better than that??


We are working on his brothers’ rooms now so stay tuned….

Drum Roll Please
August 5, 2009, 1:50 pm
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Today is my anniversary!! 

Look how ADORABLE my very own Bob the Builder is.  Happy Anniversary….SO GLAD I married you! JZBobPhotos13_resize