Exciting New Projects

Posted on February 3, 2011. Filed under: Baltimore, decorating |

I have been working with several new clients since December and I am ready to start sharing them with you. They each present me with different challenges that I find are quite common. I have one couple that is a young family trying to create a multi-functional space for children and adults. I have another couple that have down-sized now that their second child has left for college. I another couple that bought new furniture when the down-sized and now they don’t know how to pull it all together in a fresh way. Then there is the family with a young teenage son and an enormous house. They up-sized and need help making their new spaces feel warm and inviting. Finally, I am working with a bachelor who bought his home a few years ago. He admits that he doesn’t have a clue how to make his space feel comfortable and functional. Lucky for him, he won a sweepstakes sponsored by the people who make STAINMASTER carpet.

I was chosen by the company to work with the winner to re-design his space using STAINMASTER  carpet and a budget of $15,000. He has chosen his family room. He is an excellent candidate for this because when he bought his house, it came with wall-to-wall mauve carpeting (ver 1980’s) in every room except his kitchen. Seriously. The mauve is in the family room, living room and all 3 bedrooms. He is so grateful to know it will be gone from one level of his home.

I have been working with him to determine his wish-list and we have already started working with a local craftsman on a custom media cabinet. I don’t want to spoil the surprise but I will share with you one before picture and a few of my ideas for the space.

stainmaster sweepstakes winer before 1

He has a great fireplace and natural light. This family room will focus on the custom media cabinet, flat panel tv, fireplace and personal art.

None of what you see here is staying except the sofa. The sofa won’t be in this location and you will be amazed at the transformation I have planned. Some of my concept includes:


This is a single man who likes to entertain in small groups. He likes clean lines and minimal accessories. He has a collection of pottery and art that he has accumulated over the years and this will be used on the mantle and walls to create a personal space that only contains objects with emotional significance. The wall color will likely be a warm taupe or khaki. It will be chosen after we choose the carpet which will be based on the wood tones in the custom cabinet.

I am very excited to be working with STAINMASTER Carpet and their sweepstakes winner. I look forward to updating you as we move this project forward.

’til next time,
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Great Home Decorating Sources in Baltimore

Posted on December 8, 2010. Filed under: Baltimore, decorating |

I was very lucky to spend Friday with Meg at Pigtown Design. She hosted a ” Shop Hop” of some of her favorite sources in Baltimore. This was a great opportunity for me to explore parts of Baltimore that were unfamiliar as well as to get an insider’s look behind the scenes at one very special shop.

We started our day at Housewerks. They specialize in architectural salvage and have some of the most interesting and unique pieces I have ever seen first-hand. In addition to the items for sale, the building itself is an architectural salvage wonder. You can read all about Housewerks on their web site. Their inventory is constantly evolving. While we were there, one of our group purchased some enormous glass fishing floats in a great shade of green.

After Houswerks, we continued by visiting McLain Weisand. They gave us a tour of their workroom and we go to see their artistry in action. In addition to the location in Baltimore, they sell their pieces through furniture showrooms. The store in Baltimore also has some great smaller decorative items. I bought some resin molds of architectural ornaments for my Christmas tree. They also had some antiques and jewelry.

Work Room at McLain Weisand

Work Room at McLain Weisand

Our next stop was Red Tree. It’s a quirky store with a great combination of unusual gifts, home decor and furniture. I had to walk around the store at least twice in order to see everything. I bought some mini pinecones and dried berries to add to my holiday decor as well as a small gift for my husband (shh, it’s a secret). They also generously gave each of us a gift. A lovely dove tree ornament made of ivory felt. Thank you Red Tree!

Next we had lunch at The Dizz. Located on the top floor of an assisted living home, it has the best views of Baltimore I have ever seen. The food is good and the decor is very casual. I will definitely bring my family here the next time we have out-of-town guests.

The Dizz Rooftop Restaurant. Roland Park, Baltimore

The Dizz Rooftop Restaurant. Roland Park, BaltimoreThe view from The Dizz rooftop restaurant in Baltimore

Across the street is The Turnover Shop. This is a well-curated consignment store with furniture, china, accessories, jewelry and art. I almost came home with a primitive wood doll on a stand. I stopped when I realized that my daughters would never let her just sit on a table and be admired. She reminded me of the reproduction santos that I have seen in some catalogues.

The Turnover Shop, Roland Park, Baltimore

The Turnover Shop, Roland Park, Baltimore

We were a little late getting to Gore-Dean. It is not easy to keep a group on schedule when thee is so much to see. We walked in the doors and were greeted with the most amazing and subtle aroma from some of their candles and reed diffusers. This store has a great collection of upholstered furniture and wood pieces as well as table-settings, accessories and art. One of our group bought the fir scented candle. It was very realistic and not perfumey (real word?).

Our last stop was supposed to be Mount Clare for their shop and greens sale. They had an interesting variety of vendors and the greens were very fresh. This should have been our last stop but we couldn’t resist one last stop at DuBois Textiles. I’m so glad we went there! They have some very high-end designer fabrics (Ralph Lauren, Kelly Wearstler, and more) at extremely low prices (less than $5 a yard). I will be working on a pair of chairs and plan to return there for my fabric.

This was a fun and exhausting day. I saw some parts of Baltimore that I didn’t know before, met some great people, and was introduced to some fantastic sources for home decor.

Thank you Meg for putting this together! I will definitely be joining you for future shop hops.

‘Til Next Time,

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