Friday, July 11, 2014 press for bath

My bathroom, which was once featured in BHG Kitchen's and Bath's magazine here, is currently featured in the Fall edition of BHG do it Yourself Magazine. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 tour

My cousin Marie is going to be staying with us in our loft for the next year while she completes an Anesthesia Fellowship at Texas Heart. Her extended visit prompted me to clean, organize, and de-clutter my loft. It has been awhile since I've shared any pictures of this space, which has previously been featured here and here. The loft is about 800 sq ft of space above our garage, separated from our bungalow. Tyler re-worked the staircase to the loft this past fall, which you can see here. The loft includes a sleeping space, a full bath, a painting area, my sewing/craft studio, and a lounge area with projection TV movie wall.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014 way

I  was recently commissioned to create the above graffiti style painting of the lyrics to Frank Sinatra's song "My Way".  My client Kristy had seen a similar painting in a local gallery, but the size and price were not right for her, so I took the challenge to paint her one for her living room.
I got a 48x48 canvas at the art supply store, and using my acrylic paints and medium created a spatter/drip background painting.
Next, I used a blue paint pen to begin drawing on the bubble font letters to the words of the song.
Then, I began painting in each line of the lyrics in the negative space created by the lettering.
This step was the most tedious. I added some paint texture to the top of some of the lines, and used some oil-based paint pens to outline the lyrics when I finished coloring in the lines. In total the painting took me about 30 hours to complete.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

#417...spec house style

I recently worked with a local builder on design selections for this house which is for sale in a near-town neighborhood. I got involved in the project after the exterior was painted. I helped with selection of interior cabinetry and wall colors, lighting, counter surfaces, tile and stone selection, and stair rail design. Spec houses need to appeal to a broad range of people, so my job is to select a backdrop of neutral colors and classic materials that buyers can tweak and personalize easily to their specific tastes.



Monday, June 9, 2014

#416...e-design boards

Here are a few virtual room design boards that I've created lately for clients.

master bedroom
home office
dining room
family room
master bath

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

#415...audrey's desk makeover

We were out in California this past weekend for a visit, and my 6-year old niece Audrey asked me to help her make-over her brown wood desk. The desk formerly belonged to Audrey's Dad when he was a kid.

Step 1: Lightly sand the desk to scuff it up, which I did with a mouse sander.
Step 2: Make Audrey change out of the school dress she came out to paint in.
Step 3: Paint. 
We used a 4" smooth foam roller and a brush. We painted the desk with a white enamel that we got from the "oops" section of the local hardware store for $2!
We painted about 4 coats of white paint on the desk. I lightly sanded with a sanding sponge between coats. Audrey's Mom spray painted the old drawer pulls with silver spray paint, which really make them look clean and new.
While Audrey was at school, I painted a few butterflies, bees and lady bugs onto the desk at her request.

We moved the desk back into Audrey's room to surprise her when she got home from school. I made the wall hanging fabric letter "A" for her a few years ago. You can read my tutorial on making 3-D fabric letters here. Before Audrey was born, I painted a large surfing mural on the wall opposite this desk, which you can see here

Monday, May 19, 2014


This past weekend, I worked on staging a house for a client getting ready to sell. It was a fun project because the family was not home and I had free reign to do whatever I wanted. I worked with a small budget to add a few items to each room, and primarily hung art. Here are a few before and afters.
living room before
living room after
kitchen after
dining before
dining after
hall bath before
hall bath after
kid bedroom before
kid bedroom after

master before
master after

guest before
 guest after