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Ready for a Refresh? My Best Ideas, All in One Room

When the editors at Westchester Magazine asked if I would decorate a living room for a young family in Connecticut, I said, "sounds fun!".   When they ALSO said they were looking for super budget-friendly ideas I shouted, "HECK YES!" My greatest joy (oh yes, except...

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Tweaking 2 Dining Rooms…Before & After!

I've been wanting to share these before & after photos with you, just about forever.  A lovely, young SF family asked me to tweak two rooms off their kitchen.  Just freshen them up, make them a bit more modern. The first room is a full-on formal...

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From the Heart! A Before & After Makeover

I've been a busy bee this spring.  Projects galore!  Our new house! BUT over everything else, I am so excited by one special project I've been working on for several months. Meet Tricia: This lovely lady is part of an organization called Parca, which helps people with...

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Re-Invent Your Space in One Morning? Yes. We. Can.

Friends, I just had to share this "before & after" project with you because it's just too good to keep to myself.  My buddy Becca Berk of Be6 Designs created this incredible bunk bed situation from a boring nook at the top of her clients' stairs.   Buckle...

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Should I Paint my Fireplace?

I hear this a lot from decorating clients and blog readers: "Help!  I hate my ugly fireplace!  But I can't possibly PAINT IT, right???" I'm here to tell you that if you have an ugly brick fireplace, it is okay to paint that ugly brick fireplace.  I give you...

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Moving Across Country and Making a Home

Big things were afoot in the Dyner household this summer.  We moved to California! I think I underestimated what a big undertaking it would all be.  But now I sit here nearly three (!!) months later and we are really, truly settled.  I have lived to tell the...

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A Sunny Before & After

I recently completed a living room revamp for a lovely young family - we all loved that it came together easily and quickly!   It helped that the wife had already had the room painted a pretty, light gray - Purbeck Stone from Farrow & Ball - and that the room...

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It’s here! My Office Reveal: The Before & After

Way back a few months ago I made a proclamation - while helping other people redo their work spaces, I was also going to revamp my own.  And revamp I did!   Ready for the big reveal?   Here's the BEFORE:   And the AFTER:   And remember the view from...

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Easy DIY Project: “Upholstered” Ottoman

A loyal blog reader (and now friend!) Pam sent me an email recently, showing off an "upholstered ottoman" project she completed after being inspired by my "no-sew pillow covers" feature on the Today Show: (You can watch the segment here). I was blown away by Pam's creativity and ingenuity.  If you...

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