Monday, February 20, 2017

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Design Show House

Two years ago I toured the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Design Show House compliments of Sherwin Williams and loved every minute of it.  As I was touring, I noticed several of the designers had used fabric I have chosen for projects, paint colors that I have in my own home, and many accessories that I own or have admired from afar (let's face it some of them are pricey).  This gave me a boost in confidence that maybe I do have what it takes to take my love of design and put it out there for the world.

The Guildford House I toured in 2015


This year, I have decided to try my talents and submit designs for this year's BSO Design House, Mayfair.  When the opportunity presented itself, I jumped on it, touring the bare house with my dear friend and partner in crime, Sarah.

This year's Show House: Mayfair

On our way in to check it out

The grand staircase from the Foyer

My plans are due later this week.  I will be sure to share a sampling of what I put together for the three rooms I chose.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Agate: A Little Slice of Heaven


Something about naturally occurring sparkle that makes it seem refined and elegant enough to use in home decor. So imagine my excitement in coming across Freckles Chick’s blog post about how she created art from agate coasters she bought at West Elm.  I can totally do this!! I l was hoping to find some slices that were larger than the 4 inch coasters  so I set out to find a seller where I could find slightly larger pieces in the color I wanted.  That is where I found Light Accents by Linda. She shipped 3 pieces of 6-7 inches.  I purchased some Gold Rub n Buff and set off to create.  It was surprisingly easy and not messy at all.  (The smell is pretty intense though.) 


My frames are from West Elm I scooped them up during a 20% off sale. I didn't need to use any adhesive to attach the slices because they were thick enough to rest between the glass and the back of the frame. I love the way they look with the couch and the creamy color of the walls.  What do you think?





Sunday, March 17, 2013

New Cookop at Casa~Pena

We finally did it!  We said sionora to the ceramic cooktop.  Having a ceramic cook top seems like a good idea but I am here to tell you it is not.  This stove collected so much dust, dirt, spots, etc.  I spent more time cleaning it than I ever did cooking on it.  Not to mention all of our appliances are stainless so it made more sense to match the rest of the kitchen.



We chose to stick with the same brand (Whirlpool) because the space cut out of the counter was the same exact dimensions. Can you see all the little particles and spots that collect on the surface:



It was a fairly simple process of disconnecting the gas, unplugging the cooktop, and lifting it out.  My husband cleaned the counter around the opening and put down new foam tape to seal the edges.  We placed the new cooktop in the opening.







Doesn't it look so much nicer?  It matches the rest of the kitchen and gives me a flat surface to place pans when I take them out of the oven.  I am one happy cook today!



Saturday, December 8, 2012

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