Summer Inspirations

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Warm weather and sunshine invigorates me. It gets me excited for new things and new experiences! Usually spring helps to yank me out of my winter hibernation mode, but with all the rain we’ve had, I feel like I’m just coming out of hibernation now. New England brings such weather highs and lows, but the highs make the lows oh so worth it.


Here are a few things that have been sparking my inspiration lately:


I really am in love with the neighborhood that I’m lucky enough to live in, but they always give me new reasons! The newest is the Tunnel of Love art installation at our train station. Around 900 hand crocheted and knitted flowers by different makers unite in a color explosion! This amazing beauty is going to be up all summer AND I get to walk under it daily from home to the office. How gorgeous is it?!?!

I’m constantly finding amazing gems from Target’s Opal House line. This rattan chair is seriously amazing and would be a cozy addition to any backyard oasis!

Cortney Bishop’s designs have been catching my eye for quite a while, so I shouldn’t be surprised that this home tour on Lonny stoped me in my tracks. Click the image for the full amazing house tour!!

Photographed by Katie Charlotte for Cortney Bishop Design

Photographed by Katie Charlotte for Cortney Bishop Design

I am so beyond excited that I have a client who loves this Hygge & West wallpaper as much as I do and is willing to use it in her bathroom!! You have seen me swooning over it on insta-stories and I grow more in love with it each time I look at it! From afar it looks flowery and flowy but up close its all weird and wonderful.

Speaking of that client, there will be exciting things to come! They’re completely rebuilding their 60s raised ranch, and the results will be EPIC!!! Even though the project won’t be completed until 2020, I’ll share a bit of the progress here as we go, so keep an eye out!!

Lastly, with the warmer weather finally, I’m craving all the greenery both inside and outside! Our dry winters are usually pretty harsh on the air plants that I have in my own house and typically 1 or 2 need replacing by spring. Air plants are pretty amazing little plants in my book, because they’re so sculptural and require very little maintenance. I can’t even seem to keep succulents alive, so keeping an air plant alive for a year or more is pretty stellar! I like to go to a local store, Seed to Stem, for my air plants, however most nurseries have them. I’ve even ordered them on Amazon before with success!!

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Cheers to summer, warmth, sunshine, and outside adventures!!

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Cliff House Before and After

Who doesn’t love a good before and after?? This living room in a charming antique home needed a bit of help living up to it’s potential. The client reached out to me shortly after her family moved in. With the “kid zone” in another space, she really wanted the living room to be one where adults could relax and chat while still family and pet friendly. Click through the images to see both the space before and the final result!

One thing that I really feel like makes such an impact in a living room is the pillows! I’ll let you in on one of my secrets: there’s a ‘formula’ that I often use for pattern mixing with pillows:

Small pattern + Large pattern + organic or loose pattern = Pattern MAGIC!

Here I anchored the sofa with a set of small scale patterns, contrasted them with 2 non-matching larger geometrics in the same color palette, then softened it all with an organic pop of color that ties it all together. The real secret is sometimes it’s just about playing with different pillows and seeing what feels right!

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I can never resist a good side-by-side view comparison and I hope you can’t either! The view from the stairs to the fireplace has improved pretty dramatically and includes a custom painting from local artist Julianne of Moss and Blue. Aside from furniture and decor, we added plantation shutters, swapped out the old brass fireplace doors, retiled the hearth, and swapped out the dated lighting. No major construction, but major impact!

It was such a pleasure helping bring this living room to life!!

If you have a space that you aren’t sure what to do with or that you know isn’t living up to it’s potential, please fill out my New Client Questionnaire!

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Cole the Flip House: Before and After!

I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I navigate through the business of flipping houses one house at a time!!  If you’re new here (Hello!!!) or just enjoy walking down memory lane, you can see my 7 previous flip houses here.  Thanks for coming along for the ride as I jump into flip #8!!!  Check out previous posts about this house here and follow along on my insta-stories for more behind the scenes goodness! This post may contain affiliate links.  For more information, see my disclosures here.

I know you've been eagerly waiting to see the "afters" and although I know some of you have cheated and found the house listing, let's do this!  It's going to be a long post so I can fit it all in, so have a seat, make yourself comfy and stay a while!!

While we focused the budget inside, we couldn't ignore the exterior all together.  When we bought the house 15 weeks ago, he was dwarfed behind a forest of overgrown shrubbery.

Aside from landscaping, the exterior got new shutters (which needed to be larger than the previous to cover holes.....), new exterior doors with a great paint color, new lights, and some concrete patching.

Handy dad jumped in to make this adorable house number planter to add a little character to the main entry.

Inside this house is really where the magic happened.  Normally, I like to save the best for last, but I'm going to shake it up a bit this time and walk through the house like you would when in person, so that means that the first room you get to see is the KITCHEN!!!  EEE!  But first, memory lane.  So much potential in this "before" kitchen, but that's about it.

I KNEW this kitchen could be the stunner of the home, so I needed to make everyone else see what I could!  I maximized cabinetry, took down the wall between the kitchen and dining rooms, closed off a doorway to the living room, and shuffled the stove location.

The MOST fantastic thing about this house now is the connection of the spaces on the first floor.

Before we head into the dining room, we need to visit the main bathroom which is off the kitchen.  It wasn't the worst I had to deal with, but it could be SO much better!

This new bright, clean bathroom comes complete with original built-in, antique medicine cabinet, and new everything else.

Heading back out into the dining room, it originally was dark and closed off.  The below view is the view from the living room with the kitchen through the doorway on the right.  The same view as the first "after" pic down below.

Now open and spacious, I can really see holidays being hosted here whether with family or friends.  It could easily fit a long, expandable table!

The living room brightened up the second we took down the old paneling, but this room almost feels unrecognizable.

The old pass-through to the kitchen got closed up to allow space for a wall-mounted tv.  The bigger difference here is with the stairs opened up and the dining room now open to the kitchen, the entire floor feels open and connected.

Heading upstairs to the 2 bedrooms, the rooms themselves didn't undergo huge transformations, but we all know what miracles paint and details can be!

The smaller bedroom is worlds brighter with a new door into the *NEW* powder room.

The original master bedroom didn't seem very masterly to start with.

I definitely rectified that, however, putting almost 12 feet of closets along the wall.  Just staging it with a queen size bed and nightstands makes it feel so much cozier!

The biggest change upstairs was definitely in this closet.

Which is no longer a closet.  The space was perfect for a small jack and jill powder room!  The walls didn't move at all to allow for this space, just some new doorways.  We were lucky that the footprint was already here!

So what do you think??  Did you see the potential in this house 15 weeks ago?

The key to this entire house was MAXIMIZING.  Maximizing the usable space, maximizing it's potential, and maximizing our budget!  We're hosting 2 more open houses this weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 12-1 so if you're in the market, message me for the info!!!

If you made it all the way down here, congrats and THANK YOU!  XOXOXOXO

Have an amazing weekend and Thanksgiving week!