Glamorous Gray and Purple Guest Suite

I'm happy to announce that I currently have a few openings for new Online Design Projects (E-Design). If you're interested in getting started on a room makeover in your home, please click here to make your reservation before we are booked again. Today, I'd like to share a project I just wrapped up in the Design Studio for a local client. I do a lot of online designing for clients that live in the Detroit Metro Area. I have found through the years that my Online Design Service works just as well for local clients as it does my remote clients. It allows local clients who like my design approach to be ble to take advantage of my budget friendly service. It also gives them all of the freedoms of having full control of their design installation as my remote clients have.

I created this Online Design Plan for a family looking to make their Guest Suite feel more inviting and glamorous. Their desire was for the space to look like a high end hotel room and provide all of the comforts of one as well.

Here is the custom design I created for them:

Stay tuned for another custom design for this same client very soon. 
Thanks for stopping by today!

We currently have openings for new Online Design Projects (E-Design). If you're interested in getting started on a room makeover in your home, please click here to make your reservation.

*Product Sources are listed throughout this post. 

Chic and Professional Commercial Office Design

I'm happy to announce that I currently have a few openings for new Online Design Projects (E-Design). If you're interested in getting started on a room makeover in your home, please click here to make your reservation before we are booked again.

Recently, one of my Online Design Clients came to me after I wrapped up a Design Plan for her home, and asked if I could create another design plan for her commercial office space. Commercial projects are not something I do a lot of, but I was excited by the idea of giving her office space a cozy, inviting and stylish look. Her requests were a design that is unique, inspiring and creative, yet still professional, pulled together, organized, and functional. 

Here is the custom design plan I created for her...

(Product sources are provided at the end of this post). 

One of my favorite things about this project is the fact that many of the items I used in this design are quite budget friendly! That makes pulling the space together all the more fun for my client! 

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share this design with you! 

We currently have openings for new Online Design Projects (E-Design). If you're interested in getting started on a room makeover in your home, please click here to make your reservation.

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Quick Bathroom Refresh with Smart Tiles

*Sponsored by Smart Tiles 

Hi there! I've missed you! It's so great to be blogging today! Thank you, to everyone who has reached out to check on me! I've been away, working on some very exciting projects back stage in the Design Studio. I can't wait to share the details! But first, I'd like to share a really quick bathroom refresh I pulled together for my kids' bathroom at The Yellow Cape Cod...

The kids'  bathroom was starting to show it's age and needed some TLC. 
Here's a quick peek...


One day on a whim, I decided to give it a mini-makeover. With everything I had going on in the Design Studio, my goal in this project was to keep it QUICK and SIMPLE. As far as the overall design was concerned, I wanted to give the space a look that was a little more grown up. A new look was an exciting motivator, but overall, my main goal was for the space to feel neat, clean, fresh and bright.


The first step in the makeover was some quick note taking of the things that were starting to show wear. The walls, floors, vanity, tub, toilet, woodworking and fixtures were all on the list! I set out to update and refresh all of these elements on a budget, and in just one weekend. 



The very first project I tackled was to replace the toilet seat. Not the most glamorous job, but it was an instant improvement for only $15! Then, I moved on to the floor. Our ceramic floor tile was still in good shape, but the grout was stained and dingy. It was also worn down and thin in a few areas. I used a grout sanding bit and my reciprocating saw to remove the old grout. Then I bought a small tub of premixed grout and applied a new layer. The results were quite amazing!


Once the grout was dry, I began painting the wainscoting, trim, doors and vanity with a fresh coat of white paint. Instead of painting the walls above the wainscoting, I decided to install Smart Tiles from Home Depot instead. You may remember that I installed these very same Smart Tiles in my Kitchen as a back splash a few months ago. I love how shiny and reflective these faux tiles are, and even more so, I love that I can wipe them down! I had some left over and the company graciously offered to send me the rest of the supply needed to do this space. 

Installing Smart Tiles is a simple process and for me, went fairly quickly. It doesn't require a lot of tools and most of them you probably already have in your tool box. HERE  is a link to a tutorial I wrote for the Home Depot Blog when I installed this product in my kitchen. And, HERE is a short little video. 


I introduced some much needed storage in the form of this cute cart from Home Depot. This piece is great for storing towels and bathroom accessories that would otherwise take up valuable counter space (making the room feel cluttered). 

I hit up one of my favorite discount stores, Home Goods, for some pretty accessories and new towels.  

To make the shower feel new, I deep cleaned it and added a new shower curtain, rings and rod. Around the edges and at the base of the tub, I removed the old caulk and replaced it with a fresh application.  

I dressed up the old vanity with shiny new hardware. I went with a chrome finish for a little bling. 

The last details I addressed in my bathroom refresh were doorknobs and light switch covers. We still had the brass doorknobs that were installed by the builder and they really dated the space. I switched them out with new black knobs from Home Depot. I removed all of the light switch covers and gave them a fresh coat of bright white paint. 

Without any major changes, the bathroom feels brand new. By refreshing the current elements, I was able to give the space a bright, clean, look in just one weekend, without spending a lot of money. 

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share this quick project with you today. I'll be back in a few days to share some of the client design projects I've been busy working on!

We currently have openings for new Online Design Projects (E-Design). If you're interested in getting started on a room makeover in your home, please click here to make your reservation.

*Smart Tiles supplied me with the Metro Grigio Tiles used in this space. 

Enchanted Makeovers - A Season Of Giving

Please join me this Christmas season and help spread joy to a very special non-profit organization! Balsam Hill will donate $2 for every comment left on this blog post!

 The general population tends to think that people are homeless because they missed a mortgage payment and lost their home.  In our experience, the women and children we serve in shelters are there because they are escaping domestic violence, human trafficking or are homeless female vets.  The shelter is the first step they take toward recovery”. – Terry Grahl, Founder, Enchanted Makeovers

Shelter "Before"

Shelter "After" Makeover by Enchanted Makeovers

I’m so excited to announce, that this Holiday Season I’m partnering with one of my favorite companies, Balsam Hill, to support my favorite non-profit organization, Enchanted Makeovers (EM) as part of the Season of Giving Campaign.

It’s no secret that I'm a huge fan of Balsam Hill. You’ve seen their seasonal décor items featured throughout my home for many years. If you've followed me for a while, then you’ve also seen posts on the volunteer work I’ve done with Enchanted Makeovers throughout the years. The opportunity to work with Balsam Hill to support Enchanted Makeovers at the same time is pretty is incredible.

Shelter "Before"

Shelter "After" Makeover by Enchanted Makeovers "The Sacred Sewing Room"

Back in 2011, a friend of mine introduced me to Enchanted Makeovers (EM) in a casual conversation. That night, I went home and read up on EM and instantly became captivated by the story of the Founder, Terry Grahl, closing her successful decorating business to devote all of her time to performing “shelter makeovers”. It wasn’t until I actually volunteered with EM that I realized it was about so much more than decorating and making shelters look pretty. EM is committed to empowering and improving the lives of women and children living in shelters through many different community programs and initiatives. 

EM Founder, Terry Grahl, installing hand made Dream Catchers.

These programs are in addition to shelter makeovers, where large, long term, shelters are transformed into an environment that inspires behavioral and psychological change. EM is also about unifying the community; bringing people of all backgrounds and experiences together to love and support each other through the act of giving/volunteering.

While I tell you a little bit about the ways in which EM changes lives, I will be sharing some photos from some of the various EM events I have participated in.

Detroit Rescue Mission Room "Before" 

Detroit Rescue Mission Room "After" Enchanted Makeover

My family and I participated in two large EM Shelter Makeover projects in the Detroit Area. Alternative For Girls and Detroit Rescue Mission were two of the facilities we had the opportunity to volunteer our time transforming with EM. Some of the various tasks we worked on were painting, refinishing furniture, hanging art, installing drapery and creating handmade décor to beautify the rooms. 

If you would like to see a one of the Makeovers unfold, grab some tissues and check out this video from the Detroit Rescue Mission Project...

Most of the décor and makeover elements used in EM’s shelter makeovers is handmade by volunteers. This touch makes the transformations extra extraordinary. In addition to EM shelter makeovers being beautiful and dramatic, you can feel the love put into each space through every hand made art piece, hand stitched quilt, pillowcase, handmade doll, hand painted mural, etc.

In addition to working with EM at actual shelter makeover events, I’ve also hosted community gatherings where I brought members of my local community together to create handmade art and room décor to be used in EM makeovers. These events not only produced beautiful art for the makeovers, but also provided a wonderful opportunity for camaraderie and bonding for those who attended. 

Through the use of their creativity, each one of the guests at my crafting soirees gave a piece of their heart along with their time. It’s been amazing to witness first hand the effect that EM has on the lives of women and children living in shelters, as well as the effect that EM has on the act of volunteering itself.

Another extraordinary experience I had with EM was the She is Me Gala in New Jersey.  This was absolutely amazing; I traveled to New Jersey to help prepare the venue for, and attend, this special event.  In addition to being a fundraiser, this event was really a giant celebration. Our special guests for this black tie evening included 20 women from a local women’s shelter who enjoyed a day of pampering, make-up, beauty and fashion before the big night. We broke bread together and danced the night away with the common theme of “She is Me” in the air.

She is Me Gala in New Jersey

In addition to events like the She is Me Gala, and Shelter Makeovers, EM has developed community programs and initiatives that improve the lives of women and children nation wide. I’ve had the privilege to gather handmade items for these community programs from local artisan donors…

Here are just some of the EM Community Programs...

The Traveling Pillowcase:
This program collects and distributes hand made pillow cases to women and children living in shelters nationwide. The story behind the Traveling Pillowcase initiative and EM’s goal with this project can be read about here.

Handmade Doll Adoption:
This project provides children in shelters with beautiful handmade dolls donated by crafters from around the globe. To read more about this inniative, please click here.

Capes For Kids:
This one is one of my favorites. The Capes For Kids Program gathers and distributes hand made super hero capes to kids living in homeless shelters around the country. You have to read the story behind the Capes For Kids project. Giving each child their very own super hero cape is all about sending the message of putting on our daily armor and believing in ourselves. We have the power within ourselves to be our own superhero and we don't need to wait for someone else to save the day for us.

Patch Project:
The Patch Project is a sub-program of the Capes For Kids Program. With the patch project, patches made by handcrafters nationwide are collected and attached to super hero capes prior to distribution. To read more about the significance of these patches and how the play a big role in the Capes for Kid initiative, please click here for the full story. 

These are just some of the programs I have had the opportunity to be involved in. To Learn more about Enchanted Makeovers and to see how you may be able to help, please visit the EM website  You will also be able to read more about the programs and initiatives they have in place for shelters including the Stepping Into the Dream Program, The Sacred Sewing Room, The She Cares Program and Makeover Events. 

Thank you for stopping by today and letting me share this amazing movement with you. Please go to the Balsam Hill facebook page and share, like and comment to help raise money for Enchanted Makeovers. I appreciate your support and I’m so thankful to Balsam Hill for their generosity!

Remember, for every Like, comment and share of this post, Balsam Hill will match with a donation to Enchanted Makeovers!
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Thank you!

Back to the Design Studio! I'll be back next week to share some of the  E-Design projects we've been working on! 

We currently have openings for new Online Design Projects (E-Design). If you're interested in getting started on a room makeover in your home, please click here to make your reservation.

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