My black and white powder room update: Lighting, Faucet and a sneak peak

My black and white powder room update: Lighting, Faucet and a sneak peak

I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally see the powder room coming together.  After two stabs at vision boards using wallpaper, I finally came to the conclusion of what I wanted it to look like.  In case you missed it a few weeks back, here is the vision board I put together a while ago using the bold floral print I picked up from Home Goods.

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Black walls with picture frame molding, the print, gold faucet and accessories, similar white mirror, and some other fun art.

Here is one picture I used for inspiration for the molding.  I love the moodiness of the room.

Donna Dotan Photography Inc.
Donna Dotan Photography Inc.

I also added some white crown molding around the ceiling.  The ceiling itself will be painted in thick black and white stripes for added drama.  Being that it’s a nine foot ceiling, we could afford to make it a little more interesting without having a cave-like feeling.

Inspiration for the ceiling:


Source: Hudson Valley Lighting

Besides the crown molding, all of the other molding and the door will be painted in the same black paint as the rest of the room.  I chose Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black for the walls.  It’s a nice, saturated black with a touch of grey and I think it will be gorgeous when done.





Towel Ring and Toilet Paper Holder

I’m crossing my fingers that all of the “golds” blend together.  If not, I have a few other options up my sleeve but I will wait until they all come in to decide what works (or what doesn’t).

Finally….a sneak peak.  I have a feeling that I’m going to be in love!


I’m a Coffee Table Book Addict

I’m a Coffee Table Book Addict

I admit it.  I’m a big sucker for a good coffee table book.  The more unusual the cover or size, the better.  I love books that are beautifully adorned with abstract art, textiles, paintings, or prints.  I also love spines that have titles spelled out in a beautifully written font or in big, bold letters.  Most people have some type of collection.  I guess you could say that I collect pretty books.

One day I would love a bookshelf that lines an entire wall of a room or study.  One that has many shelves to showcase all of the books I’ve collected over the years.  That way, my entire collection could come together in a spot that highlights their uniqueness all in one place.

I took a few snapshots around the house to show you how and where I style them.  Some are older pictures, and some are current.  I often use books to give height to other objects.  Sometimes they are on their own as a design piece, and sometimes they are used to hide unsightly wires on the mantle or a book shelf.

Take a look…


Tip:  Sometimes I wrap books in pretty wrapping paper to jazz them up a bit.  I just use the “old school” book covering technique I used back in middle school.


The other day I picked up this (prefect condition) Elizabeth Taylor book at the thrift store.  Tip: I like to take off the book jacket because I love the linen texture that lies underneath.


So what are your thoughts?  Do you collect anything?  xoxo


A Peacock Inspired Birthday Dinner

A Peacock Inspired Birthday Dinner

My mom celebrated a birthday over the weekend, so I tried to make her day extra special.  On Saturday we went to Eddie Ross’s Style School and learned how to design pumpkins using upholstery tacks.  I don’t have enough words to express how much fun we had!

Then on Sunday night, I hosted a small birthday dinner for her and some friends and family.  I know I’ve mentioned it before, but prior to designing a tablescape, I always find one piece de resistance as a jumping off point for the theme.  In this case, I found an amazing peacock feather wreath on the clearance rack at Michaels a few weeks ago.  The colors were vibrant and fall-like and so, so rich.


To elevate the wreath a bit, I simply placed it on top of a white cake pedestal and added some wild flowers in a white crock.  I also used varied sizes of mason jars for floral vases and scattered them around the center of the table.  Each guest was able to take one home, along with a ramekin of Snickerdoodle Cinnamon bread.



To assemble the rest of the table, I used a combination of gold and blue chargers with varied patterns of teal and gold napkins.  Each place setting had a gold bread plate and a peacock feather.  I love the shades of blue, green and gold all mixed together to create a soothing palate.


Take a look at some different views of the table…


For the menu, I scoured Pinterest for some new and exciting dishes.  My kids have been asking for Beef Stroganoff for the longest time, so I decided to make that the main dish (with noodles, of course).  Here are the links for some of the menu items:

Sesame Rosemany Pecans

Parmesan Onion Canapes

Beef Stroganoff

Arugula Salad

Snickerdoodle Cinnamon Bread

The chocolate cake was ordered from ShopRite.  It was soooooo good, and I would highly recommend it if you have a special chocolate lover in the house!

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The charcuterie board with salt & pepper cashews, the pecans, and chocolate covered almonds.


Happy birthday, Mom!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Love you! xoxo

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My morning with Stylist Eddie Ross

My morning with Stylist Eddie Ross

Can I just tell you how much I love Eddie Ross?  My love affair first started when I spotted his book, Modern Mix.  The book was released back in 2015 when I was first dabbling with interior design in my home.  I was playing with patterns and styles, DIYing everything, and scouring design blogs for inspiration.  But back then, I didn’t realize what true treasures one can find at flea markets and thrift stores if you just open your eyes and look around.  Eddie was certainly my inspiration to finding my own style — which I like to call rustic glam.  Over time, I developed a deep appreciation for the true treasures you can score at these places.  Things that were once loved in someone else’s home and are given new life in mine.  My favorite thing to say to a vendor when haggling for a precious find is “it will go to a good home.”  This always makes the vendor smile and usually seals the deal.

Anyway, back to Eddie.  I took my mom to spend a morning at his Maximalist Studio in Norristown, PA.  He was leading his first Style School titled “Oh My Gourd” and we were going to design pumpkins using upholstery tacks.  Genius!  No mess!

When we got there, we were welcomed into the AMAZING space with light breakfast foods and mimosas in their kitchen.  Eddie said that the kitchen is often rented out for food styling shoots.  The flowers and presentation was lovely.

I was in love with every single detail of their space.  The colors, the neutralness (is that a word?), the texture, light and attention to detail.




Check out these curated spaces within the studio.  My jaw was consistently dropping as I toured the warehouse.


The kitchen was perfectly done using whites and stainless steel which serves as the perfect backdrop for any food photo shoot.



Check out the tree “growing” out of this table!  It can be changed with the seasons…


The dogs were the stars of the show.  They were so gentle and loving to everyone.  Check out the bamboo doggie bed and whiskey dog toy.  I’ve decided that I want to come back as their dogs in my next life! 🙂




Eddie left the old freight elevator in tact for guests to use as a way up to a party of event.


The prop room.  What I wouldn’t do for a space to store all of my props.  Just take a look at his collection!  Plates, candlesticks, pillows, chairs, bowls…you name it.  It was a style girl’s dream!  Eddie even joked…he’s not a hoarder, it’s his job to have all of this!  🙂


Next part of the morning….entering the Gallery part of the studio for the class!


The staged living room in the gallery…So simple, but definitely not.


Another staged area in the gallery…


Ready to start the workshop!



We were able to choose a faux and a real pumpkin to adorn with upholstery tacks and they had such a variety.  Lots of different metals, shapes, sizes and textures.




Eddie’s sample pumpkins…




I think Eddie got a kick out of my mom.  She gave him a hug and kiss for helping her with her pumpkin.


My two finished products: a take on a leopard faux pumpkin and a Kelly Wearstler spiked head inspired (real) pumpkin.  I plan on saving the tacks for future pumpkins!


Here are a few final products from others in our group:


What a fun morning to spend with my mom (on her birthday).  We talked and laughed from start to finish!


My pumpkins at home…



Autumn anniversary Table

Autumn anniversary Table

This week my parents will be celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary and usually this time of year I try to incorporate the colors of the season into the table.  Lots of warmth and texture always make for an inviting setup.  So when I found the mini pumpkins and the pumpkin side dishes at Target, I knew they would be my jumping off point for the color theme.  The brass leaf napkin rings are also a classic find from Target.


When I saw the deep red mums at my favorite flower market, I was drawn to them.  In my mind, I went back and forth with how they would blend with hues of blue and green, but now I’m digging the contrast.  Everything else in the vase came from my yard. Tip: Don’t be afraid to search your own property for interesting add-ins for floral arrangements!



The menu was a very simple, prepare-ahead list of items which I found mostly on Pinterest.


Honey Drizzed Apples with Gouda and Bacon

Autumn Tortellini Pasta Salad

Sweet Corn Pudding

Dessert was a delicious apple pie that I sampled a few weeks ago at Sam’s Club, and I knew I would be back to get it when I was entertaining.  I heated it slightly and served it with vanilla ice cream.  So yummy!

J’s parents joined us too.  Whenever we are all together we hear the same stories, the same names, and lots of laughter, and I love these kind of Sunday nights!  XO



Third time’s a charm: Powder Room Vision Board

I know I have been talking about a powder room refresh for a long time, but I’ve found myself never able to fully commit to something that I loved.  Two times in the past year I created new vision boards and asked for input, but in the end, I wasn’t feeling it.  Playing around with many samples of removable wallpaper made my family crazy.  Some samples even hung in the bathroom for months, and I wasn’t sold on any of them.

Enter this piece of art I found at Home Goods a few weeks ago. I LOVE it!  Everything about it was just what I was looking for without the commitment of wallpaper, removable or not.  Plus, I couldn’t beat the price.


I always knew I wanted to go ‘dramatic’ in this space.  Powder rooms are so easy to test out styles and extend comfort zones since they are smaller in size.  Our room in particular is very narrow and has high ceilings, so the more drama the better!

Here is my vision board thus far.  Black walls with picture frame molding, bold striped ceiling with white crown molding, gold and chrome accents, some wooden elements for softness, a few added abstract art pieces, and new lighting.  The original white pedestal sink is staying, but I want to add an updated facet.

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I also found a white mirror very similar to the one above at Home Goods.  It’s perfect because it’s tall and narrow.  My friends were a little hesitant when I said I was going with black walls, but J told them just to trust me with design.  I love him for that!

Paint color: Tricorn black by Sherwin Williams. It’s a neutral black with no strong undertones.


Here are a few images that served as inspiration:

Donna Dotan Photography Inc.





 Pinterest Addict


My Domaine

What are your thoughts?

Touches of fall around the home

Touches of fall around the home

This weekend I spent a little time putting out some touches of fall around J’s house.  Some areas (i.e. the front foyer) were slightly nontraditional, but in other rooms I stuck to lots of texture, warmth and neutrals with pops of traditional fall colors here and there.



I curated a blue vignette in the front foyer to coordinate with the new gallery wall.


The front room temporarily houses all of my extra design elements that are waiting to find homes.


I kind of have a “thing” for pumpkins!  If you missed my nontraditional tablescape at my house, you can check it out here.

Nontraditional Fall Table

Nontraditional Fall Table

With Labor Day behind us, this weekend I got in the mood to start thinking about fall around my home.  I found this offset plum pumpkin at Home Goods and fell in love with the shape and color.  That said, I did NOT need another faux pumpkin in my house but it somehow made its way home with me.

I added some pinkish placemats, a large woven tray, a “grateful” bottle opener, a candle, and some hydrangeas from my yard.  Together, they all pulled together to create a tablescape with no orange or red.





Front Foyer Gallery Wall

Front Foyer Gallery Wall

Last year I went to a warehouse sale and bought six huge frames that I knew would be perfect in our foyer.  Fast forward to last month’s photo shoot on the beach and I finally had the pretty pictures to put everything together.  The frames were a champagne color which blended right into the wall.  No good.  So I sprayed them a fresh white which popped against the darker wall hue.

Whenever I hang a gallery wall, I start out by tracing each piece on large paper and hanging them using painters tape.  This is a great way to get a good visual of the final product before putting any nails into the wall.  Plus, you are able to manipulate the items until you end up with something you really love.  In my opinion, this step is worth the time and effort.


Next, I went through our online photo gallery (Elizabeth Henson in Sandbridge, VA), chose the six pictures I wanted to display and ordered them on mpix.  Highly recommend them both!!  Here they are in the frames laying on the floor.


My rockstar dad came to help me hang them.  Let me say that it wasn’t the easiest job trying to get everything lined up perfectly, but he did it!  He’s the best!


I am in love with the final product!  I am thinking a bench of some sort needs to be below the photos.  Maybe?


A view looking back into the house…


This dresser and mirror are currently in the foyer as well.  The gallery wall was a start to this area of the house, but there are a few updates I would like to make eventually:

  • New mirror and dresser
  • Lighter paint color
  • Stain/paint the railing and steps a darker color and install a runner.


I’d love to know what you think!  xo

bourbon-themed 50th birthday party

Ok, so summer flew and I’m looking at single digits before starting school.  How in the world did that happen?  Although there were zero posts on here, I was able to travel and do a few projects around the house so summer wasn’t wasted entirely.

This past weekend I threw J a 50th birthday party.  He did know the date and location, but I left the other details of the party a surprise…i.e. guests, decor, food, etc.  I went with the traditional black, white and gold theme for a half decade celebration, but I wanted to add some masculinity and personal touches as well.  For this, I incorporated bourbon bottles and favor bags, with brown wooden accents.  And God bless my friend who works in a bar for collecting the bottles and other fun pieces to add to the theme.

I also collected a few beer bottles to make this vase.  I love it!  Feel free to breeze through the plethora of photos of the night…





The favors were homemade chocolate covered pretzels in these bourbon bags.  Apparently they are used to crush ice (somehow), but I thought they were cute favor bags.



J’s parents helped me gather some old photos to hang.  To create this display, I found this old frame at the thrift store for four bucks, added eye hooks and tied some string across.  So easy and super cute!  I’m thinking of using it to display holiday cards this year.


The outside table donned these centerpieces. I found little vases from the dollar store that fit perfectly inside these booze boxes and just added fresh flowers.



How cute are these cake toppers that were a digital file from Etsy?  I just had to upload a photo and they were sent to me in a few hours.  Thank you to my mom for cutting most of them out!


For someone who doesn’t like a lot of attention drawn to him, I know he had a fun time socializing with some old high school and college buddies, family and friends.  xo