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Publication Features + Happenings on the Homestead

As the Summer approaches, my plan was to *try* to slow down since the kids will be out of school in less than a week, but once the warm weather hit this year, everyone & their moms seemed to come out of the woodwork wanting to revamp their homes.  To say the last weeks have been busy, is an understatement.  Certainly no complaints though  – busy is good in my book.

Before I share more news on what’s been happening on the homestead, I am excited to tell you that there a few publications currently on newsstands that I am featured in…


First up, the June issue of This Old House magazine has an article on E-design and since I offer virtual design services to anyone in the US of A, they reached out to me a few months back gathering some insight on how it works and it’s success.

Publication Feature in This Old House magazine on E-Design

My “feature” is small (3 lines on page 28), but a quote or 2 in a national publication is pretty rad! The whole article is about a homeowner in California who worked with an E-Designer to create a new kitchen space, which in my opinion came out gorgeous.

Publication Feature in This Old House magazine on E-Design

I loved this thought by the homeowner…

“I didn’t need a full-service designer to hold my hand, but I did need someone experienced to give me good, solid answers.”

YES!  That’s it.  I’ve worked with many folks around the country through email, skype, and phone that share the same thoughts on working with me.  I love pointing homeowners in the right direction to get them on track to revamp their space.

[Learn more about my E-Design services here]

Publication Feature in This Old House magazine on E-Design


Onto the next 2 features, which are in local (to me) publications… Saratoga Mama + Simply Saratoga

Simply Saratoga and Saratoga Mama publication feature

Both of these magazine features are articles I wrote.

In Saratoga Mama, I shared my DIY Kids Tent tutorial that I made for my kiddos a few Summers back.  The entire issue is based on Summer Unplugged, so these fun & simple-to-make tents seemed like the perfect addition.  And they really are easy to make!

If you’re local, definitely snag a copy of this Summer staple.

Saratoga Mama magazine featuring my DIY kids tents

[click to check out the full tutorial on making these DIY Kids Tents]

DIY Kids Play Tent

For Simply Saratoga magazine, I wrote a feature on Creating an Outdoor Oasis, which is similar to the post I shared a few weeks back here on the blog.

Simply Saratoga magazine featuring an article on Creating an Outdoor Oasis

About a month ago, I was full-steam ahead with getting the outdoors spruced up for the Summer and creating an outdoor living space on the patio, porch, and deck.   I’ve calmed a bit since…

[Check out more ideas on Creating an Outdoor Living Space]

Creating an Outdoor Living Space

It’s always amazing to me and such a blessing to be featured in a magazine!

onto other things…


What’s on the boards?  I am working on a slew of exciting projects – more for clients than myself.

I just finished up 3 teen rooms (all siblings), which was a first for me.  Their parents wanted to give them the opportunity to create a space that truly reflects them & their unique style.  Before our initial meeting, I took pictures + measurements of the 3 rooms, and each teen wrote a list of wants / needs.  I met with each of them to discuss their vision and then created these mood boards…

Teen Room 1

Teen Room - Creative Vision Board

Teen Room 2

Teen Room - Creative Vision Board

Teen Room 3

Teen Room - Creative Vision Board

They’re going to do most of the “shopping” so I am excited to see how it’ll come together!

Along with those 3 rooms, I am also working on 2 kitchens, one of which is almost done – countertop is being installed tomorrow!

Kitchen Remodel

So crisp + fresh with new white and gray.  It’s a whole lot different than the dated look of the wood in the “before” space.

Here was the vision board I created for the kitchen…

Kitchen Remodel creative vision board

Plus I have an exciting restaurant project I am working on – pinch me – with a rustic industrial aesthetic… It’s going to be awesome.  More on that in the near future

As you can see, a lot is happening!  All good things which is wonderful.


One more bit of “what’s happening”, Year 3 of the Creating a Meaningful Home Series starts next Monday the 22nd!  I’m screaming from the rooftops with excitement.  Can you believe this is the 3rd year of the series?!

Creating a Meaningful HomePhoto Credit: home of Hanni Liliedahl and Jesse Silacci, featured on Design Sponge

“We love that our belongings honor where we are from and where we have been.  Our home houses our story.”

If you haven’t been following along with the blog for that long (shame, shame, lol), the CAMH blog series is a 2-3 month long series that I host where other Home + Design Bloggers share a guest post on my blog featuring their homes and how they’ve created meaning in their space!  It’s a wonderful series on a subject near & dear to my heart.  This years lineup of guest bloggers is pretty awesome.

[Click here to see & read all the Blogger stories from Year 1]

[Click here to see & read all the Blogger stories from Year 2]

Last year, the incredibly talented Melissa of The Inspired Room (not only a fellow Blogger, but Author of the beautiful book, Love The Home You Have ) kicked off the series and this year I have a very different, but equally talented friend who will be starting the series.

SO DON’T MISS IT! The series kickoff will be next Monday, the 22nd!

Well that’s just a bit of what’s happening on the ole’s homestead, along with a million other things… 

What’s happening in your neck of the woods?

This is BIG!

I can not contain my excitement anymore and am bursting at the bubble to share 2 BIG announcements

First, I’m psyched to tell you that Joss and Main has asked me back for a third run at hosting an exclusive Curator Collection.  My first time hosting was last Summer and it was a blast, then in December I collaborated with 9 other past Curators for a Holiday Collection, and starting this Sunday (3/17) at 9pm will be my latest and best Collection to date.

The Collection that I put together for Joss and Main last Summer was based more on my personal style, Classic Eclectic design. For this new and upcoming Collection, it’s all about COLOR!


Upon finishing my home office / family room, I know this Collection had to reflect my passion and love for bright and vibrant hues.  I still love a great neutral, but layering in color is a must in my book.  If you love pops of color, then this new Collection I have created for you, will not disappoint.

I should take a step back for a moment.  Have you heard of Joss and Main?

If not, no worries.  Joss and Main is an online site that offers new events every day pertaining to different styles / themes which last for a limited time – so you have to act fast; you snooze, you loose.  Items include housewares, gifts, furniture, accessories and much more at prices discounted up to 70% off retail. Major SCORE!  Joss & Main is a members-only site, but no worries because their membership is FREE and here is your exclusive invitation from me.

Here is a sneak peak at just a few of the many colorful pieces you will see…

Joss and Main Curator Collection featureing starting 3/17 @ 9pm

My BIG EVENT goes live the evening of Sunday, March 17 (yes, St. Patty’s day) so mark your calendars!  Are you as psyched as I?! I’m hoping you’ll sign up now so you’ll be ready to shop-till-ya-drop.

Want more?

A little more news to come your way, and honestly it’s a really big moment for me.

I’ve been reluctant to share this in case it’s all a dream, but I received the A-OK that it’s actually happening, so…

A few of my projects are going to be featured in Better, Homes, and Gardens magazine. SCREAMING.

Here are the details.  I was given the contact information of one of the BHG scouts, who after contacting, I found out lives in my town. CRAZY, right?!  I sent her a ton of pictures of my home, as well as a few client homes.  In the end, my kitchen, master bathroom, and a clients kitchen were chosen to be in a future issue of the BHG Special Interest magazine called Kitchen and Bath Makeovers.  Additionally, my home office / family room was selected to be in the BHG Special Interest magazine, Storage, which specializes in organization and storage solutions.

BHG Feature

Can you believe it?  Boy this year has been so amazing thus far.  My FIRST for Women magazine feature this month, and now this.  It’s surely a dream.  Anyway, I just got the go-ahead that the crew will be arriving for styling and photographing the second week of April and it will take almost an entire week.  WOW!  My lil’ ole’ house in a big magazine.  Now that the word is out there, I’ll obviously keep y’all updated as the date nears and more details come my way.

In the end, I owe it all to you, my amazing readers, who keep me chugging along each and every day.  Thank you all!

Now, make sure to sign up for the Joss and Main sale.  I wouldn’t want you to miss out…