Project Updates

I shared our family room and dining room makeovers a few months ago.  We’ve slowly been making progress on a few of the items on the to-do list as we work to complete the rooms. In the family room, we added blue pillows to the couch.

family room pillows

The blue compliments the green pillows nicely and ties into the other pieces in the room - like the chair:

Family room chair, Tree of Life, peacock

the rug:

indoor / outdoor rug

and the lamps:

spray painted lamp

Piping the blue pillows in a blue and green zigzag fabric is a small detail, but one that really helps coordinate all of the pieces in the room.

family room pillows

I’ve also been working on the mantel in the family room.  I love to collect vases and pitchers, and I look for them whenever I’m in a consignment or antique store.  For now, I’ve arranged an assortment of them, along with a few other special items on the mantel.

family room mantel

Andrew’s family has two cottages on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  Many of the glass vases I have collected are from our favorite shop on the Shore, The Blue Crow Antique Mall.  You know it has to be awesome when they are the “second largest antique mall in Virginia”!

family room mantel

I love the little stone owl :).  He was a Christmas present from my mom.  And, yes, I took this picture today – that is a fresh hydrangea bloom from our yard!

family room mantel

Our list for the family room:

- Change up and/or add artwork to the photos over the sofa - Replace our old pillows with blue pillows - Add crown molding - Bring in a few other accessories for the mantle and bookshelves - Find Remember to look for baskets for the console table

In the dining room, there is only one update, but it’s a big one: we added window treatments!

white valance

We really wanted to keep our plantation shutters – we have them in both the dining room and the family room – so I worked around them for the window treatments.  Because the stencil is so bold, I kept the window treatments simple with a white fabric that has a subtle texture to it.  I chose a scallop shape for the valance to reflect the pattern of the stencil.

white valance

They add softness to the room and help to balance out the pattern that is on the walls.


blue stenciled dining room


white valance

I also want to share a quick update on the Chippenham playroom project.  The room is being prepped and painted this week!

playroom progress

A big thank you to Duane Wallace of Wallace & Sons for donating his time to help work on the project this week!

playroom progress

I’ll continue to share progress photos of the room with you all.  I can’t wait to see this room come together!

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A Small Comfort ~ Chippenham Playroom Project


I am excited to share with you a project that I have been working on for several months!

Vote here!

I’ve teamed up with a local non-profit ~ A Small Comfort ~ to renovate the children’s playroom at Chippenham Medical Center.  “A Small Comfort, Inc was founded in 2009 as an effort to support and comfort parents and their children in times of crisis.  In times of uncertainty and doubt A Small Comfort strives to provide "comfort” and normalcy to families with a child facing a chronic or life threatening illness."

I created two room designs for the playroom and now it’s up to the public to vote for their favorite design.

Design Option 1

Design Option 1 is based around the adorable animal prints by Creative Thursday.  Each print would be framed and matted to accentuate the art work.  The colors on the walls are blues and greens giving a ‘grass and sky’ feel to the room which relates to the jungle theme.  The children’s table is made to look like a tree stump, and the chairs continue with the blue and green theme.  There are wall play units and play tables throughout the room to engage the children.  There is also a ‘tree house’, a ‘garage’ for toy cars, and a storage shelf for movies.

ASC option 1 aerial view

Design Option 2

Design Option 2 is based around the bright and geometric animal wall decals.  Color blocks of different paint colors highlight each animal.  The bold colors and fun shapes give a whimsical feel to the room, while still continuing the jungle theme of the floor.  The children’s table and chairs are a fun shape to echo the playfulness of the decals.  There are wall play units and play tables throughout the room to engage the children.  There is also a ‘tree house’, a ‘garage’ for toy cars, and a storage shelf for movies.

option 2 details

Please take a minute to vote for your favorite design!


Be sure to visit A Small Comfort’s website to learn more about what they do and their mission.  Also, be sure to ‘like’ their Facebook page.

I want to send a big thank you to several people who are helping to make the room come together:

-Lee Ailstock of A Small Comfort -Christine Shepard of Iron Gate Interiors ­­­­­-Cheyenne McQuilkin of Eye Intuitive -Mark Collins and Stacey Eanes of Speedpro Imaging

Working with A Small Comfort on the Chippenham playroom project has been an honor.  I cannot wait to see the space come together and give these amazing children a place to play and have fun!

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