It is hard to believe it is already 2015.  The past year has flown by and has been a wonderful adventure of interior transformations, weddings, web/graphic design and photography. Here I will focus on interior and home transformations and will post on weddings, flowers, photography and graphic design in Part 2. And, ironically (because I own a very nice camera), most of my project pictures were taken with my phone….

As you can imagine, one of the best things about my job is that with a little wallpaper or paint and a few hours, I can watch a room transform before my eyes. This past year I did several wallpaper projects with some great geometics.



Stenciling is a very fun way to add chic to any room or space.


For the first time, I experimented with painting furniture with metallic paint and absolutely loved the result!


I also tried my hand at making my own chalk paint (add 4 tablespoons of plaster of paris to a quart of paint and about 3-5 tablespoons of water and mix well).  I finish the pieces off with Annie Sloan soft wax.  Here are some of my creations!


I got to sew a rainbow of window treatments!


And make custom cushions and throw pillows!



I had the privilege of helping a friend recover her couch and chair with paint drop cloths and did some other re-upholstery!


Working with clients to design new homes and spaces is so rewarding.  Here I designed this mudroom space that was “stolen” from part of the garage.  Unlike some mudrooms, I designed this one with fully closed cabinets to create a very tidy space.


One of my favorite things is doing bathroom and kitchen tile design.  This bathroom was a complete gut and turned out gorgeous.


For almost the entire year I have been working with clients Rick and Cheryl on their new construction home. I have helped them with every aspect of the interior design: paint colors, light fixtures, granite, etc.  I painted the entire interior, acid stained the concrete basement floor and designed the bathroom and kitchen tile.  It’s been awesome to watch it come together and when Jack Frost finally moves somewhere else, they will be able to pour the concrete driveway and it will be complete!


Some of my clients encourage me to be creative with their projects and let me learn while I am creating things for them.  I built this table out of reclaimed pallet wood and used a combination of paint and stain to make a statement console table that fits perfectly in the room.


One of the most challenging and satisfying things I did this past year was add decorative molding to the inside and outside of two huge door openings.


And I got to hang this larger than life world map mounted on painted MDF.


People often overlook the beauty of a transformed floor and these two are fab…a garage and an old wood floor!


Finally, during some scarce spare moments during the year, I got to redo my own bedroom. It has pale gray walls, white girly ruffles, purple accents and a display of my flower photography.  It is the place where I work on my computer…where I dream and rest; to be at my best and to give my all.


My greatest passion is to create beauty and my greatest blessing is to create it for other people.  I am grateful to all of my clients who allow me to live my passion every day.  I am excited for what 2015 has in store!



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As I begin writing this, snow is softly falling outside the window!  Winter is here and Christmas is just 6 weeks away. I have already begun decorating homes, making wreaths and centerpieces, photographing families and designing fun custom Christmas cards.  In my world, Christmas starts early.  Last year, I had the privilege of working with the Goodwin Family as they gutted and renovated their home.  We spent 9 months planning, picking out cabinetry, granite and tile, paint colors, furniture, fabric for window treatments I made, doing custom paint in bedrooms and on the entry-hall floor, and putting every last touch on their new home.  In order to ensure things would be done by the holidays, Sarah signed up to be on a Christmas home tour.  It gave us some pressure and the accountability we needed  to keep on task and press on to complete the final details.

It was a blessing and honor to work on every last bit of the house with her and then to get to “deck the halls” for the home tour. It snowed on the day of the tour, which added a picture-perfect back drop to our winter wonderland.  I was thrilled with how everything turned out, and hope you will be too!



Following are before and after pictures that you have to see to believe!


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Thank you to the Goodwin family for allowing me to design and create beauty in your home.  I had a truly wonderful time!



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For the past week I have been in the Pacific Northwest doing a little magic on my parent’s kitchen.  Over the years my mom and I have done many projects in their home, but we have never touched the kitchen. It was like a serious time warp.  This week I was finally able to get my hands on it.  We removed what we thought was “faux” brick on the walls (which ended up to be real brick) and replaced it with white subway tile hung in a herringbone pattern.  My mom is always great because she lets me try my hand at new things in her house.  I have hung back-splash tile, but never in a herringbone pattern.  It was a lot of work, but definitely worth it!! I sprayed the the cabinets, added some pulls, replaced the light fixtures and much more.

Here are the before and after pictures.




Happy Mother’s Day to the best mom a girl could ever hope for.  I love you!!



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I have known the Ramirez family for a little over a year and was honored when they asked me to take pictures of their family.  As a natural light photographer, my favorite time of day to take pictures is during the “golden hour” (the hour or two before sunset). We strategically chose the first warm afternoon of early spring, which also meant the parking lot at Creve Coeur Lake was packed.  As soon as I got out of the car it was not hard to spot 4 year old Eliana jumping up and down holding the picture she colored for me…it is pictured below and now proudly adorns my refrigerator.

I love photographing families/kids that I know.  Taking pictures is as much about relationship and interaction as it about having the right equipment. My job is to capture moments…of joy, laughter, tenderness, and even uncertainty. Having the ability to immediately connect with my subjects makes that part of my job easier. . . and gives me the ability to capture these moments.



Since Spring had not “sprung” yet, and there were no leaves on the trees to provide shade, I chose this woodsy back-lit setting to capture some family moments. When shooting in the bright sun, I always position my subjects so that the sun is at, or mostly at, their back.  Then I expose the image for the darkest part of the scene to create the “glow” effect of the rest of the picture.


I am absolutely in love with these sibling moments.


A part of every shoot is catching the “in-between” candid moments.  As we transition from place to place, I always keep my camera close.  These unexpected images are usually some of my favorites.

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Ramirez Family you are gorgeous! Thank you for the privilege and joy of capturing your priceless moments!



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