Tuesday, December 1, 2015

HOLIDAY CARDS: Design by Occasion

Hi! December is here and that means the countdown to Christmas Day is near.  One thing I enjoy during the holiday season is to send Christmas/Holiday cards.  I love the old tradition of giving cards out to those special people in my life.  And, with that comes a special card.

My sister, Rose Angel of Design by Occasion, showcased her new holiday cards.  I immediately placed an order and received them in the mail over the weekend.  I LOVE her cards!  Not because she's my sister but the detail and creativity that goes into each card she handcrafts.  They are so beautiful, I almost hate to give them out . . . I want to keep them for myself!!

Here's a glimpse of the cards I purchased:

So pretty and the details are amazing in person.

One of my favorites!

To see more and purchase her handcrafted cards, head on over to her Etsy shop here.  You won't be disappointed.

Photo credit:  Design by Occasion

Happy Shopping!

Monday, November 30, 2015


Hi all!  Hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday.  It was nice to have a few days off from work and spend some time with family as well as spending time at home.

Now that Christmas is around the corner, it's time to start (or continue) with some holiday shopping.  I've rounded up some home decor gift ideas for those on your shopping list (or for yourself).

And, be sure to check out any sales today for Cyber Monday. 

1// Nest Fragrances Birchwood Pine Classic Candle (perfect for the holidays);
2// Prouna Catchall Tray (Bloomingdales - 25% off);
4// Hide and Wood Box (Williams Sonoma Home)
6// Rosenthal Plissee Matte Mini Vase (Bloomingdales - 25% off);
7// Charcoal Ginger Jar, Gourd Vase (Williams Sonoma Home);
8// White Shagreen Tray (Bloomingdales - 25% off); and
9// Bel Air Mini Scoop Vase (Jonathan Adler)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


I'm super excited to share with you my sister's master bedroom makeover!  While the room is not 100% complete (a few of the items purchased didn't arrive on time), we couldn't resist to show you the reveal.  We're even more excited to post a Part 2 to show you more of this amazing room (stay tuned).

A few months ago, my sister, Rose Angel from Design by Occasion asked for my help; coming up with a design plan for her master bedroom makeover.   I was honored and psyched to be part of the process!  Her existing room was dark, lacked functionality and not so glamorous.  I don't have any "before" pictures and I think she would be embarrassed (and kill me) if any were posted (lol).  Rose Angel wanted her new room to be light, modern, calm and serene.  Key elements to think about for the new design plan.

Her inspiration . . .  this jewelry tiered tray, purchased at Target (no longer available).  This was the jump start to a beautiful bedroom retreat!

When sourcing options for the makeover, I pinned items like crazy!  You can see my Pinterest board here.  I wanted to make sure I was going in the right direction when I went over my design plan.  Once we were on the same page, it was time to narrow down the choices.

Here's an inspiration board created for the new space (an e-design):

Since we live in two different states, most of the items were purchased online.  Online purchases can be tricky because you're getting a picture view as opposed to seeing it in person.  To make sure you are getting the item as pictured, if you have the store in your area, visit it first.  For items that are online only, read reviews and item descriptions.

Let's get to the reveal. . .

Okay, I've kept you waiting long enough!! Here's a look at the master bedroom:

Let me take you on a tour and walk you through the room and items picked.

One of the items purchased, was the Skyline Furniture Mystery Upholstered Wingback Bed purchased from Wayfair.  Since, this was an online purchase, the option to return the bed, really wasn't an option.  So, the next best thing was to order fabric and color samples.  This particular color was called Dove.  Once we received the samples, we moved onto the next phase - picking out paint colors, rug color and accessories.

Next big item were the nightstands.  My sister went back and forth with the idea of choosing two different nightstands, one with drawers and the other with a shelf and drawers.  When sourcing different options, I found this Madelyn Chest from Joss and Main.  I immediately knew this would be the perfect piece for her bedroom.  The glossy white finish gave it a modern feel, while keeping with a classic look.  The shape of the drawers and legs, paired with the gold hardware was truly stunning.  And, it was in her price point.

For lighting, wall lamps were on the wish list.  It saves space on the nightstand and the swing arm makes it convenient when reading in bed.  I found these Kohle Chrome and Acrylic Ball Swing Arm Wall Lamps at Lamps Plus.  The outer shade has this beautiful silver sheer fabric.  The acrylic ball adds a jeweled look and the chrome finish gives it that sleek modern feel.

And, don't be afraid to mix different metals. This room has gold and silver finishes throughout the space.

For the wall color, we chose by Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore.  The wall color is so creamy and dreamy.  It lightens the space and gives it that calm feel.  Benjamin Moore describes this color . . . "Reminiscent of the majestic white oak, this beautiful neutral is graceful and elegant, conveying a sense of style and quiet restraint. "

One of the biggest challenges in this space, was the window above the bed.  Window treatments would have looked out of place; especially considering the fact that window treatments for the other two windows are still being worked out (fabric shades would be the way to go).  I suggested artwork large enough to cover the window.  After several attempts of finding the right artwork piece, my sister was not in love with any of them.  I asked her why doesn't she paint her own artwork?  She's very creative and has painted a few in the past.  She gave it a go and I think she did a damn good job!

She took this picture of her artwork (with her iPhone) and I love how the sunlight filtered through.

I guess having that window has some advantage - LOL!

Another big change in the space was a custom closet design.  I love the way it turned out and the gold hardware really gives it the wow factor!

Custom closet design and install by Closet Factory
Lewis Dolin hardware in brushed brass (pulls and knobs) - Hardware Hut

Her original closet also got a makeover.  Since the closet is small, it needed to function properly.  The new space is organized and easy to access.  My sister found this Petal Pusher Tile (Taupe) wallpaper tile and used it to accent the wall - giving it interest and glam.  

A closer look at the wall.  What a great idea!

Another piece added to this design was a desk.  This Sector Office Desk by Modway Furniture was the perfect option to use as a vanity in the bedroom.  Storing her makeup and displaying her perfume bottles gives it that ultra feminine touch.

Adding this Forza Mirror by Z Gallerie completed the look.  The ghost chair seen below, is temporary until we find it's replacement.

White and gray bedding was on the wish list.  This SFERRA Orlo bedding (in white/charcoal) gives the bed a crisp clean look.

I also picked up some accessories from Williams Sonoma Home that were perfect for the color scheme.

Ribbon Glass Vase 
Watercolor Vase, Sand

Want to see more??  Head on over to my sister's blog via Design by Occasion for her story and more amazing, detailed images.

    Photo credits:  All master bedroom photos were taken by Autumn Stankay of SkySight Photography
A special thank you to my sister, Rose Angel for giving me the opportunity to help bring her vision to life.  I hope this new space brings you peace and relaxation for years to come.  Looking forward to future design projects with you!

Preview of Part 2

Here's a glimpse of what's to come.  Fabric selection for custom pillows.

Plaything - Pewter fabric