Tear Sheets: Better Homes and Gardens April 2013

I love a good remodel and this Atlanta cottage is a stunner. The homeowners are pretty cute too, huh? My job is to highlight what’s really great about a room and to make the picture “pop.” I brought out even more yellow in that top picture with daisies and lemons to emphasize the fun trunk on their beautiful porch. I also loved that bright orange lamp base in their guest room so I paired it with some equally orange ranunculus. That’s a trick of the trade that I use a lot in shoots and one that you can also use in your own home. Look at what you already have and then play it up with same-hued florals or serving ware the next time you entertain. Simple as that.

Fun fact: This is the home I styled for my Bravo TV pilot!

Photography: Reed Davis

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Tear Sheets: Better Homes and Gardens March 2013

This killer kitchen renovation featured in this month’s Better Homes and Gardens was such a fun styling job. I love the beams, pops of green, and industrial black lights. Don’t you? I’m loving the mismatched islands that I’m seeing everywhere. For this home they chose a distressed mint green. Very on trend.

The renovation allowed the homeowners to open up there once closed off kitchen into the living space. The end result is airy and warm all at the same time and a perfect space for entertaining. The room felt huge with several areas for gathering which I really love. They wanted a more open concept and they definitely achieved that.

The bumped out breakfast wall made room for custom built-in benches and plenty of seating. The farmhouse look is completed with the cow painting by local artist Amy P. Collins. So great. The view is not so bad either. A perfect spot for catching up on your blog reading. Have any new ones you’re loving these days?

I thought the custom wine glass rack between the beams was a really cool touch. As far as styling goes, I played up the green with limes and complimentary colored fruit (like the oranges). For the florals I went with simple white daisies in a rustic ceramic vase and gorgeous overflowing white tulips in the living area. I set the table with stacks of plates and french blue linens. All keeping with the farmhouse theme. If you have any questions about styling of any of my projects please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m happy to answer! Happy Monday!

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photos by edmund barr

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Tear Sheets: Better Homes and Gardens February 2013

I styled this shoot for this month’s Better Homes and Gardens. This is the beautiful home of Jennifer Pritchard. She has the most gorgeous condo. This issue of BHG was all about color so we really played up the mustards, navys, and greys in her home. I also love a good fresh cut. Each room was filled with flowers that gave another extra pop of color.

photos by lauren rubinstein

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Tear Sheets: Valentine’s Day Edition

With Valentine’s day just a few days away, I thought it would be fun to share these simple + crafty Valentine’s ideas for your sweethearts. These are from a shoot I did a few years back with Better Homes and Gardens.

1. Put cupcakes on display with this pedestal that’s wrapped up in colorful paper and fun ribbon.
2. Roses get an instant update when submerged in a vase with a pop of color from the ribbon.
3. Personalize your cupcakes with alphabet crackers and some colored sugar. The kids will love this!
4. Happy Valentine’s Day! You’ll love these easy-to-make cards. Simply take card stock, some of your favorite snapshots, double-sided tape, ribbon, and a hole punch and you’ve got a really fun card in minutes.

Watch me on Better Mornings on February 13th at 9:45 a.m. for more great ideas for your Valentine.

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Tear Sheets: Erika Ward in Better Homes and Gardens

This is a really fun shoot that I produced for Better Homes and Gardens‘ January issue. Erika Ward and I have been friends for a while and I was really excited about the idea of a “mommy and me” workspace. I know tons of work from home moms who manage to balance it all and I thought we should highlight that. Erika is a talented interior designer based out of Atlanta with four (!!!) kids. She makes it look easy. She’s super organized and offers lots of great tips on how to stay on top of everything.

photos by rob brinson

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