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Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Interior Therapy – Have You Been Watching?

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Jeff Lewis is one of those love him or hate him kind of guys. I love him. It doesn’t even have anything to do with his decorating, which can be a bit one-note (it’s a nice, clean, often heavy on the chocolate brown tones, Ann Sacks-tiled note, but one-note just the same). It’s his facial expressions and the crazy stuff he lets fly out of his mouth that make me love him.

Last night on Interior Therapy he butted heads with client Ross Matthews. I am a Ross fan in small doses, but clearly five days was way too big of a dose for Jeff. I had no idea someone with a voice as high as Ross’s could drown out everyone else. In this case, Ross bulldozes over his partner Sal’s desire for clean and uncluttered decor with a Vespa and a pile of every single designer line from Target. In one glance I recognized Orla Kiely, Missoni and DwellStudio for Target stuff right off the bat, all thrown together in a hodge-podge way that frankly made me see the same Target hoarding problem in myself.

While Ross wanted a new kitchen and Sal wanted a new backyard, Jeff took one look at how overstuffed their home was and knew they needed to expand into their garage. In just five days, he created a salon for Sal, a fashion stylist, to work with clients. The space can also serve as a media room and guest room. He also turned that driveway into a patio:

This is the best garage that doesn’t look like it used to be a garage makeovers I’ve ever seen. Usually it’s ridiculously obvious. French doors, light fixtures and not having a driveway pulling up to the space are the answer. The inside is a chic spot to greet clients, show off the clothes and have them try them on for fittings:

I give this episode a “Bravo!” Did you watch? What do you think of Jeff?

All images via Bravotv.com

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Monday, April 25th, 2011

Inspiration Monday! Bulbs and a Spring Freshening

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Well, it’s steamy as Hades and our bulb plants are long gone, but I know a lot of you who have been buried in snow for months are finally seeing some tulips and daffodils! This morning the Vera Company posted this picture on Facebook*

It’s time to embrace color and bright greens, in your wardrobe and your home. For a quick home makeover, do a few quick and cheap things:

1) Switch out your living room throw pillow covers for a new color scheme. Maybe even through a white slipcover over your sofa.

2) Change your duvet cover for something more fresh and springy. Take those heavy blankets and quilts to the cleaners and then stow them for the next six months.

3) Treat yourself to some new and vibrant placemats and/or a tablecloth. Gather up a few fresh blooms and put them in your favorite vases or mason jars and pop them around the house.

4) Hit the nursery and make sure all the seeds you need for your edible garden. Depending on where you live, you may want to plant them this week!

5) Spring cleaning is a deep cleaning but for now, just get organized. Gather your supplies and clean out the spot where you keep said supplies. Throw your rags and cloths in a cute bucket and organize your cleaners (i.e. do you have three bottles of window cleaner with 2″ left in each? Then combine bottle). Once you are done with this stuff, you can really get buy on vinegar, water, and baking soda for most of your cleaning news!

*I swear I have wound up following the most random stuff on Facebook, which I am sure Big Brother is collecting in to work on my FBI profile while marketing companies pay big bucks to see so they can bombard me with ads down the side for crap like “Join Kim Kardashian’s Shoe Society” – is that last one because once I jokingly put “Becky is keeping up with the Kardashians” as my status? I wonder if they realize half of it is because someone suggested I like their page and I thought “why not make them feel good”? Facebook is freaky. But I digress.

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Friday, April 1st, 2011

Flickr Faves on Fridays: A Bathroom Transformation

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Today I’m very inspired by Flickr Member bijoulovely’s bathroom transformation! It’s great proof of how a floating vanity can extend the horizontal plane of the floor and make things look larger:

finished bathroom.

Impressed? Wait until you see the before shot. This is what she had to work with!

Check out the entire makeover story and find out the sources on this blogpost from bijou lovely. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely bathroom with our Fresh New Spaces Group!

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