Today marks the one year anniversary of the Cathy Green Interiors blog! birthday cake


Over the past year, I have shared ideas, inspiration, crafts, DIY projects, and much more.  To celebrate the blogoversary, I wanted to recap my 10 favorite posts from the past year.

1.  My first post ~ Sweet Frog Mood Board

Dessert was the inspiration for my first blog post!  I created a mood board for a welcoming blue and yellow foyer.  With a giveaway to Sweet Frog, I hoped to bribe readers into following my blog ;)!

2.  Merry Mantel

I participated in my first link party with our red and silver mantel.  Leading up to this post, I also gave tutorials for the three wreaths (here, here, and here) and for the Pom Pom Christmas Tree.

3.  Cous Cous Inspired Bedroom

Another mood board and another giveaway!  I had so much fun searching for all of the Moroccan themed items for this bedroom.

cous cous inspired bedroom4.  Fabulous Side Chair Facelift

My sister, Beth, and I worked hard to reupholster her antique store find.  I have received numerous comments on this post asking me about her fabric and where to find it (we purchased at Williams & Sherrill); we must have made a good choice!

reupholstered chair

5. My First Guest Post ~ for Saffron Marigold

I was excited to write a guest post for another blog!  Saffron Marigold has so many beautiful hand printed linens, and their Chasing Butterflies bedspread was the jumping off point for this bohemian girl’s chic bedroom.

Bohemian Butteflies Bedroom mood board6.  Dining Room Reveal

Andrew and I spent about 12 hours stenciling our dining room.  Even though it was a lot of hard work, we love how it turned out!

Blue stenciled dining room7.  Style Trend ~ Neon

Neon isn’t just for the 1980s!  It is back in fashion and in home décor.  From pillows and lighting to artwork and accessories, there are so many ways to bring a fun pop of color into your home.

neon pillows


8.  Filing Cabinet Makeover

I made organizing fun by turning a regular filing cabinet into an attractive accent piece of furniture.  This project was also featured on the blog Mod Podge Rocks!

Mod Podged filing cabinet

9.  Color Trend ~ Gray

Gray is the new beige, and it is a wonderfully versatile neutral.  It was fun to search for pictures of gray rooms paired with mint green, purple, coral, and yellow.

gray and purple living room


10.  Chippenham Playroom Project ~ Voting & Dedication Ceremony

Working with A Small Comfort to redo the children’s playroom at Chippenham Medical Center was an honor.   There were so many dedicated people that helped make the room transform into a special place for the children and their families.

playroom art wall

Thank you to everyone who has read, and continues to read my blog.  My transition from teaching high school into the design world has been exciting and I am thankful for all of the support that I have received along the way.

Here’s to another great year!

º  Which was your favorite post? º  Any requests for year two of the blog?

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Galaxy Diner Lounge

My recent window shopping trips have put 1950’s and vintage décor on my mind.  I’ve mentioned before that in our next house I hope to have a 50’s inspired eat-in kitchen area.  We’re not moving any time soon, so I decided to create a vintage lounge mood board to channel my vision. For more ideas and inspiration, I headed to one of my favorite diners ~ Galaxy Diner, located in the heart of Carytown.

Photos of Galaxy Diner, Richmondphoto of Galaxy Diner courtesy of TripAdvisor

Galaxy Diner serves classic diner food with a ‘cosmic twist’.  Try the ‘Knock me up Scotty’ (fried pickles and ranch dressing with a hardboiled egg and a side of ice cream), the ‘Big Dipper Double Burger’, or my personal favorite – the ‘Black Hole Pancakes’ (pancakes with an Oreo center).

The décor inside the diner is a perfect match for their name and menu items.  When you enter the restaurant, the comet-like pendant lights are the first thing you see.  They immediately provide the fun and funky vibe that is echoed throughout the restaurant.

galaxy diner lights

Once your eyes travel back down to earth level, you’ll notice their diner bar stools.  They’re covered in sparkly red and silver vinyl and create the perfect spot for a hearty breakfast or a late night drink with a friend.

galaxy diner bar stools

If a booth is more your style, they have plenty of those as well.  The same red and silver vinyl is used, and a swirly design on the table tops makes me think of outer space.

galaxy diner booth

After my visit to Galaxy Diner, my head was full of ideas for a 50’s inspired lounge.  I knew I wanted to use three main elements as my inspiration:

  1. the hip pendant lights
  2. the red and gray color scheme
  3. the bar stools
Galaxy Diner Lounge Mood Board

1. I started by finding these sparkly red pendant lights from ($300).  When the light is turned on, the bubbles in the glass look like tiny little stars – perfect for my Galaxy Diner inspired room!

2. I covered one wall in the room with the gray, black, and white ‘Walldots’ wallpaper from One Stop Modern ($110 / roll) to serve as a feature wall and to be backdrop for the red pendant lights.  A traditional printing technique is used to make the pattern appear as though it has been hand painted.

3. Every lounge needs a bar, so I chose this vintage cocktail bar from Metro Retro Furniture ($2900).  The wood parquet pattern adds warmth to the room while staying with the retro theme.

4. A twist on the traditional bar stools, the Swizzle Bar Stools’ low profile keeps the bar from being blocked (red ~ $61, silver ~$75).  I chose a red one and a silver one in honor of the alternating stools at Galaxy Diner.

5. &  6.  No bar is complete without bar tools ($20) and Old Fashioned glasses ($52).  Both of these are vintage pieces I found on, but you could easily find similar items at your local antique store.

vintage bar set

7. To truly lounge in your lounge, you need comfortable seating.  The grey Sutton loveseat ($460) in Renu leather is comfortable and durable, and provides the perfect spot to relax with friends.

8. Two Bradstreet Chairs ($303 / pair) add more seating for entertaining.  With their clean lines and multi-colored stripes, they reflect the mid-century modern vibe.

9. Pillows are always easy items to mix and match.  I loved the mod chain link pattern of the two Shape Up Retro Taffy Pillows ($55).  On the loveseat, I continued with  geometric prints and paired a square pattern ($21.95) with a playful owl ($10).

10. In order to carry the color red around the room, I choose the Red Sasquatch wool rug ($327).  Keeping with the geometric theme, the chevron pattern provides an alternative to stripes.

11. Have you heard of CB2?  CB2 is Crate & Barrel’s online sister store.  They describe themselves as “affordable modern for apartment, loft, home.”  I loved the round shape of their Reprouvé Coffee Table ($299).  The white top keeps the piece feeling light and the wood details reflect the wood in the bar.

12. Another modern light fixture, the Robert Sonneman Floor Lamp ($595) is from a local store – Metro Modern – and adds another fun and funky feature to the space.

13. The Gathering is an original painting by artist Will Wieber ($700).  The bold colors and shapes reflect his take on mid-century modern art.

14. If you splurged on the painting, save money with this DIY sunburst wall clock tutorial from HGTV.

15. Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter ~ HC-172 completes the space with a soft silvery grey backdrop.

Funky light fixtures, a red and gray color scheme, and mod bar stools were my inspiration for this Galaxy Diner themed lounge.  By adding warm wood tones and mixing and matching geometric patterns, the room comes together into a lounge that would stay hip for decades to come.

º What is your favorite diner décor element? º Have you seen funky light fixtures in other restaurants?

*Comment on this post with your answers to the questions for a chance to win a Galaxy Diner gift certificate valid for lunch or dinner for two.

A big thank you to the team at Galaxy Diner for donating the gift certificate!

*Congratulations to Emily ~ she was the winner of the Galaxy Diner gift certificate!

(Winner will be chosen at random.  One entry per person.  Comments must be posted by Monday, July 23, 2012 at midnight to be eligible for the gift certificate.)

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Guest Post ~ Saffron Marigold

Today, I am beyond excited to be making my guest post debut! Head over to Saffron Marigold to see how I created chic bedroom for a growing young girl using their Chasing Butterflies duvet cover as my inspriation!

SM Chasing Butterflies duvet

Be sure to leave a comment with your answer to my question!

While you're there, check out their other unique and beautiful textiles that are handmade in India.

Happy Friday!

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Shyndigz Inspired Kitchen


Do you like cake? Shyndigz cakes

(All cake images from Shyndigz's Facebook page.)

If you live in Richmond and have not been to Shyndigz, you are missing out!

Shyndigz outside

Shyndigz is a local bakery that makes wedding and specialty cakes.  They also have a store front and open their café on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights serving delicious desserts and locally roasted coffee.  For a dessert fanatic like myself, as soon as I saw the shop and realized what it was, I knew I had to try it!

The inside is equally as charming as the outside.  They’ve painted green tonal stripes on the walls and continue the stripe theme onto the café tables that Nicole, co-owner and cake artist, painted herself.

Shyndigz cafe

Another fun feature in the café is the chalkboard presentation of their menu each evening.  Fresh Fruit Cake, Chocolate Chip Pie, Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding, Apple Cider?  Yes, please!  May I have one of each ;)?

Shyndigz menu

They also have a few bakery related items and other fun goodies for sale.  Even their display pieces are cute!

Shyndigz for sale items

Since Andrew and I have become regulars at Shyndigz (he likes that they have ties to Appalachian State), I decided to use the café as the inspiration for my latest restaurant mood board.  With visions of sugarplums and chocolate dancing in my head, I chose three of the café’s design elements to serve as jumping off points for my Shyndigz inspired kitchen:

• the green, brown, and white color scheme • the stripes • the chalkboard menu

Shyndigz Kitchen green & brown mood board

  1. White cabinets give the needed storage for this kitchen.  The Shaker style cabinets provide just enough detail without being too traditional for the space.  Both the wall cabinet ($213) and the base cabinet ($307) are available at Lowe’s.
  2. Like jewelry to a nice outfit, the perfect hardware is essential for kitchen cabinets.  The oil-rubbed bronze knobs ($3.12) and pulls ($3.44) are also from Lowe’s.  The dark color allows them to pop off of the white cabinets and ties into the brown used in other areas of the space.
  3. The striped tile backsplash is my take on Shyndigz’s stripes.  The beautiful combination of the green glass tile (color: Peridot), brown porcelain tile (2”x12”), and white subway tile (1.5”x3” mosaic) create a unique backdrop for the kitchen.  (All tiles from Mosaic Tile Company.)
  4. Every kitchen - especially one inspired by a bakery - needs a KitchenAid mixer!  The Green Apple color of this one ties in perfectly to the color scheme of the kitchen. (Available at Macy’s, on sale for $299.99.)
  5. Another must-have accessory for a bakery inspired kitchen is mixing bowls.  I found this set of 5 colorful bowls at Crate & Barrel for $39.95.
  6. I recently helped a client select cork floors for their kitchen, so cork was my first thought when choosing the floors for this room.  Cork provides many benefits to any space – comfort, warmth, renewable & sustainable – and the rich chocolate brown color of this selection grounds the room perfectly.  (WeCork, color: Dark Shade, 12”x12” tiles or 4”x36” planks, available at ProSource)
  7. A beautiful countertop is a key component to any attractive kitchen.  These quartz countertops are from DuPont’s Zodiaq Terra Collection (color: Coriander, available at Lowe’s).  Quartz is a nonporous, natural stone surface, which is durable and easy to clean.  DuPont describes Coriander as: “A mixed stream of brown and clear 25 percent post-consumer recycled glass, with a hint of green, combined within a light tan base.”  With elements of all of the colors in the room, I knew it was perfect for the space.
  8. A white farmhouse sink ($510.00) nestled between the countertops, cabinets, and backsplash adds a subtle touch of charm to the kitchen.  It is accessorized with an oil-rubbed bronze faucet  ($375) that echoes the hardware on the cabinets.
  9. Benjamin Moore’s Ashen Tan ~ 996 provides thebackdrop to the kitchen.  The light chocolate brown color with just a hint of grey is complex enough to hold up to the other elements in the room, but gentle enough not to outshine them.
  10. Offering a touch of softness to the space are the window treatments.  The green scroll fabric ($15.98 / yd. from is modern and playful, and reflects the pattern on the backs of the chairs.  The brown band (10.98 / yd. from along the bottom of the window treatment ties into the brown strip of tile and the cork floors.
  11. The stainless steel appliances are a sophisticated addition to the room.  They provide the necessary functions for a kitchen, while adding a touch of style with their clean lines and sleek finish. When choosing appliances for your kitchen, it is a good idea to choose the same brand for all pieces so that the finishes will be an exact match.  I chose KitchenAid appliances, available at Lowe’s.  (French door refrigerator ~ 2,899;  double oven gas range ~ 1,935; microwave ~ 1,199; dishwasher ~ $765)
  12. One of Shyndigz’s most notable features (aside from the cake, of course!) is their chalkboard menu.  To incorporate that feature into the kitchen, I found this framed chalkboard from Camille Montgomery’s shop on Etsy (2 ½’ x 3’, $75).  In a kitchen, a chalkboard is a fun feature with endless possibilities:  shopping lists, menus, to-do items, kids’ drawings.  This look could also be achieved by using chalkboard paint directly on the wall and framing it out with molding.
  13. Completing the Shyndigz inspired kitchen is a breakfast nook.  For lighting is this area, I chose this pendant light (Lamps Plus, $329.99).  The shape of the fixture stays with the modern feel of the room, while the glass accent balls add a touch of shine.
  14. The adorable green ‘Dahlia Chairs’ from Target ($84.99) provide seating for the space.  Their laser cut backs are intricate and unique, and the spring green color is a fun pop for the room.  Complementing, but not overshadowing, the chairs, is the modified tulip table from CB2 ($199).  Big enough for four chairs, it is the perfect spot for breakfast, a casual dinner, or even working on homework.  As a finishing touch in the breakfast nook, the green and white birds and branches fabric (15.98 / yd. from would make lovely napkins.

º What is your favorite Shyndigz décor element: the green, brown, & white color scheme, the stripes, or the chalkboard feature? º Are you a dessert lover like me?  What is your favorite dessert?

*Comment on this post with your answers for a chance to win a $15 Shyndigz gift certificate. (Wow, that’s a lot of cake!) A big thank you to Nicole, co-owner and cake artist of Shyndigz, for donating the gift certificate!

*Congratulations to Lauren P. ~ she was the winner of the Shyndigz gift certificate!

 (Winner will be chosen at random.  One entry per person.  Comments must be posted by Saturday, February 18, 2012 at midnight to be eligible for the gift certificate.)

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Cous Cous Inspired Bedroom

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season with friends and family. I am starting off 2012 with another restaurant inspired mood board (remember the Sweet Frog Foyer?).

My restaurant of choice this time around is Cous Cous.  Cous Cous serves Moroccan cuisine ranging from delicious soups, salads, and entrees, to small plates that are great for sharing.  They also serve traditional tagines and kabobs.  I thoroughly enjoy their food, and their décor inspired me to create a Moroccan themed bedroom.

Cous Cous restaurant, Richmond, VA

(Image from Cous Cous’s website)

There are many traditional Moroccan décor elements in the restaurant, but the two that inspired me the most are their light fixtures and beautiful, dark wood.

They have an authentic collection of Moroccan lanterns throughout the restaurant.  I love the textured glass and the punched metal.

cous cous lanterns

The dark wood helps to create an intimate atmosphere in the restaurant.  The circle and quatrefoil cutouts provide an extra detail to the mirrors and the benches.

cous cous mirrors

cous cous bench close up

With my senses stimulated from the sights and smells of Cous Cous, I was ready to design a Moroccan inspired bedroom.  My color inspiration came from Pantone’s 2012 color of the year: Tangerine Tango.

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  1.  I started by finding this hand cut brass and white plexiglass pendant light from Tazi Designs ($650).  The intricate brass design echoes the ones from Cous Cous, while the plexiglass and globe shape give the fixture a modern feel.
  2. To start off the color scheme, this paisley fabric from Duralee ($45/yd.) would create lovely window panel draperies.
  3. The focal point of any bedroom is the bed, and this scroll upholstered headboard is from West Elm (Queen, $499).  The shape of the headboard reminds me of the top of the mirrors at Cous Cous.
  4. I wanted to keep the bedding crisp and clean.  This white duvet cover with an espresso accent stripe is from Pottery Barn ($169 – on sale).
  5. To pull in more ‘Tangerine Tango’, a polka dot fabric ($31 / yd.) and a geometric fabric ($75 / yd.), both from Duralee, add a pop of color and playfulness to the bed.
  6. Completing the bedding ensemble is the floral pillow from Overstock ($54.99).
  7. As a more traditional Moroccan element, on either side of the bed are the night stands (my favorite pieces in the room!) from ($399).  I fell in love with the hexagon shape, scalloped edges, baluster legs, and inlay top design.  The top also lifts up to reveal hidden storage.
  8. Providing ambient lighting are the Moroccan table lamps from ($180).  Made of hand cut brass, they project a unique and fun design on the surrounding walls.
  9. The wavy design of the Trellis rug, from ($256 for a 5’x8’), reflects the scalloped edges of the night stands.
  10. To add storage to the bedroom, I found the Dawson dresser from Crate & Barrel ($1,199).  The straight lines add a modern contrast to the night stands, while the clove stain and open grain on the mango wood ties the two together.   They both remind me of all of the rich, dark wood in Cous Cous.
  11. Above the dresser, is the ‘Palace Window’ Mirror from ($195.99).  The arched shape is similar to the shape of the mirrors in Cous Cous.  The mango wood is covered with brass repousse that adds a unique dimension to the piece.
  12. &  13.  As accessories on the dresser I found the white ceramic gazelle from LampsPlus ($59.91) and the tangerine ceramic elephant from VivaChloe’s Etsy shop ($22.00).  Both animals are native to Morocco, adding an authentic touch to the room.
  13. With most of the pieces for the room in place, I was ready to choose a paint color.  In order to allow the rich woods and pops of tangerine stand out, I chose Benjamin Moore’s Royal Silk, 939.  The soft tan color keeps the room calm and cozy, while letting the other elements be the stars.
  14. To complete the room, I needed artwork.  The orange ikat printable images are from Fresh Memories Studio on Esty ($3, total!).  Bordered with brown, chunky frames, they provide the perfect finishing touch for this Moroccan inspired bedroom!

º What is your favorite Moroccan décor element ~ light fixtures, quatrefoils, scallops, ikat, something else? º Would you be willing to incorporate ‘Tangerine Tango’ into your home’s décor?  

*Comment on this post with your answers for a chance to win a $10 Cous Cous gift certificate.   A big thank you to Al, one of the owners of Cous Cous, for donating the gift certificate!

*Congratulations to Shana!  She is the winner of the Cous Cous gift certificate!*

(Winner will be chosen at random.  One entry per person.  Comments must be posted by Saturday, January 7, 2012 at midnight to be eligible for the gift certificate.)

Sweet Frog Foyer

Welcome to my first blog post!  I am excited to be working on my decorating business and to have the opportunity to share design ideas, inspiration, and advice.  I truly believe that you can find design inspiration anywhere.  Anything that appeals to you can be transformed to fit into your home – nature, music, animals, clothing.

(nature wall decals; record framed mirror; zebra tealight holder; sweater pillows)

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m inspired by sweets!  So for my first post, I decided to take one of my favorite places around Richmond and make that my inspiration.  Sweet Frog is a fairly new addition to the area dessert shop line-up, but it is all the craze here.  It’s even become a hot topic of conversation: “How do you Sweet Frog?”.  For those of you that don’t know, Sweet Frog is a self-service frozen yogurt bar.  You pick your flavor, or flavors, of frozen yogurt from the ‘wall-o-yogurt’ (as I like to call it), and then proceed to the toppings bar to pile on as many toppings as you can fit into your cup.  There is quite the art to creating one’s perfect yogurt sundae, and everyone seems to have their own unique way of doing it.

All that aside, I wanted to use Sweet Frog’s modern take on an ice cream parlor to be inspired for a room’s décor.  When you first walk into any Sweet Frog, there are 3 main things about their décor that stand out:

1. The giant pendant lights

2. The bold pink and green color scheme

3. The playful iridescent tile that surrounds the ‘wall-o-yogurt’

I decided to use Sweet Frog’s décor to be the inspiration for an entry foyer.  Out of their 3 main design elements, I opted to use the lighting and the tile for my inspiration.  I adjusted the pink and green color scheme for a pallet of blues and yellows.

So here you have it, a Sweet Frog inspired foyer:


  1.  I was able to find the same pendant light that they use in the shops.  It is from Ikea:  Fillsta pendant lamp, white, $29.99  It would make a grand statement in any entrance way or foyer!
  2. The next thing I looked for was a mirror inspired by the iridescent tiles in the shop.  I found this mirror from The Tile Gal, $40.  The tiles add a little glitz and glam to the space while giving you a spot for one last look before heading out the door.
  3. I decided that a soft, yet sunny, yellow paint color would be perfect on the walls in order to allow the mirror to pop and to make the homeowner and guests alike feel welcome upon entering the home.  I mean, with a name like ‘Sundance’ (Benjamin Moore ~ 2002-50), how could it not make you feel happy and cheerful?
  4. Next it was time to find a console table.  I wanted one that was more traditional than the pendant light, but that would still have a nice shape.  I was able to find exactly what I was looking for in this Cottage White Console Table by Cooper on Amazon.   At $498.00 it’s more expensive than the other pieces in the space, but having a nice sturdy console table that will take a lot of wear and provides some storage, is worth it.  I love how the curves of the legs and underneath the drawers tie into the curves on the pendant.
  5. With most of the main pieces in place, I was able to look for accessories.  This laminated Marimekko tray, $55, from Crate and Barrel provides the perfect place to drop mail, keys, sunglasses, etc.  I love the fun floral pattern, and the colors are perfect to connect the blues of the mirror and the yellow on the wall.
  6. I also found this yellow pitcher by Emile Henry on Amazon, $54.49. I can imagine it filled with beautiful blue hydrangeas or white tulips.
  7. To add a blue accessory to the space, I went in search of votives from They have such unique pieces that can be used in a variety of ways.  I picked 2 colors to tie into the color scheme of the foyer, ‘Pool’ and ‘Dolphin’, and I envision them being used in their traditional way, lit from within by a votive candle.
  8. As a nod to the whole ‘ice cream parlor’ idea, I wanted to find a vintage ice cream parlor chair that would sit next to the console table.  I originally found the one above on eBay, but it sold before I could make my post.  I know one could easily be found at a local antique store or on eBay and spray painted whatever shade of blue or yellow speaks to you.
  9. The last element to tie the whole foyer together is the rug that would fill the space.  I found these 'Yeah, Baby' carpet tiles in 'Cool' for $26.99 / tile from  Because they are carpet tiles, they can be made into whatever size would be needed for the space.  They can also be replaced one tile at a time if they get worn or stained.

° Which of the 3 main Sweet Frog elements – pendant light, iridescent tile, or pink & green colors – would you be most likely to incorporate into your house?   ° How do you Sweet Frog?  ~ I always have to have Reese’s Peanut Butter cups in my sundae, yum!

*Comment on this post with your answers for a chance to win a $10 Sweet Frog gift certificate!

Congratulations to Erin ~ she was the winner of the Sweet Frog gift certificate!

(Winner will be chosen at random.  One entry per person.  Gift certificate valid at the Forest Hill Sweet Frog location only.  Comments must be posted by Wednesday, November 9 at midnight to be eligible for the gift certificate.)