Interior Designer Raleigh

A GORGEOUS Master Bedroom Update!

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Everyone deserves to have a gorgeous master bedroom. It’s where you start and end the day. I don’t care what else is going on in your home, starting and ending in a beautiful, restful space is a must.

This project was fun to work on.

Here’s the Before:

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There’s nothing wrong with this bedroom other than it’s a bit dated. It was stunning about 10 years ago, but these clients were ready for a big change from all the dark red. I’ve helped them with much of the rest of their home and the other rooms lean toward a more casual vibe that brings the outdoors in.

We started with this Design Concept:


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I think the only tweak we made in the end was the nightstands. Here’s the After:

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The existing rug and the window treatments stayed, but everything else is new. The upholstered headboard, nightstands and bench are all from Ethan Allen. The custom bedding is from Eastern Accents. The accent wall was created with Stikwood.

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I know, that wall is spectacular! The homeowner installed it himself—with the help of his brother-in-law, who is a carpenter. Both guys are meticulous, which is what you have to be to get everything nice, neat and even around window moldings.

Stikwood is an awesome product. It’s reclaimed wood with peel and stick tape on one side. Please just use the tape to position everything, then use finishing nails to adhere the wood to the wall.

The lamps on the nightstands are from Franklin Iron Works - they’re handsome and well priced.

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We wanted a quiet vibe, but not a boring one. Here’s a design trick to keep in mind: make sure to have varying amounts of texture everywhere. The pillow shams have a nice sheen to them, the bedding is quilted and the bench at the end of the bed is velvety.

Is it time to for you to have a gorgeous master bedroom update? Call me for a 2 hour design consultation in your home and I’ll tell you how to do it!

Ciao,

Anne

Working From A Home Office

The home office is a fab thing.

Mine is big, with great windows and loaded with what I need to do my job.  But guess where my favorite desk is?

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At the kitchen counter!  It's my version of a standing desk. When I get tired of standing, I move to the kitchen table.  Files aren't nearby, but  I can easily climb the back stairs to the "real" office (which I do many times during the day)-and that gives the added bonus of a little exercise.

Plus, I'm near the snacks.  It works for me!

Ciao,

Anne

Flower Power and Gratitude

  "I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness - it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude."  Brene Brown

That Brene Brown quote is so incredibly true and exactly how I felt after walking around the yard this morning.  We've got 2 acres here and every plant on it makes me incredibly happy.  If I don't pay attention, things will bloom without me!

I know I show you pictures of Casa DeCocco often.  It probably always looks the same to you.  But I see differences every day and I am in love with this sweet cottage.  Look at the fig tree over there on the corner of the front porch!  It's going to be HUGE again this year!

The side yard has benefited from lots of rain.  Grass doesn't usually grow there, and it will be gone as soon as the hot, dry weather sets in.  But I like the wild look of this spot.  It feels like the entrance to the forest.

The Annabelle hydrangeas are coming along nicely in front of the living room window.  Soon the big white flowers will fill the window!

The front porch is almost ready for me to hang up the Boston ferns.  First we need to wash away all the yellow pollen. Soon!

Gardeners out here call Hostas "crack for deer."  The only way we get to see it is if we fence it in.  I call it the Hosta Jail.  Sorry fellas--this is Hub's idea.

I've only got 2 surviving peonies, and this is one of them.  Peonies are my favorite flower.  Every year I say I"ll plant more.  Maybe this year?  The garden is in too much shade to grow veggies successfully so maybe I can have a peony garden, with enough to cut for bouquets without guilt.  Decadence!

This daffoldil is a late bloomer, and there's nothing wrong with that.  All the other daffys have dried up, so this beauty gets all the attention.

Now I'm off to pack for High Point.  The International Home Furnishings Market has started and I'll be there tomorrow morning.  I'll let you know if we find anything you can't live without!

Ciao,

Anne