Copper Dot

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!


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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Copper Dot Office


After getting kicked out of my home office for Copper Dot Baby's nursery, I swiftly realized that the dining room table wasn't going to cut it as an office.  If you don't recall the "before" office teaser that I shared with you back in January, let me give you a refresh.  Partnering up with Stephanie of Stephanie Rita Photography, we rented a 237sf office in a historical town building from 1874.  My commute increased significantly from 50 steps to the dining room table to 1/2 mile down the road, somehow, I'm finding it manageable, however.  **this post may contain affiliate links**  


I started working here as soon as we got internet hooked up, but it took us a little bit to really make it "home."  After painting the space a crisp coat of white, we slowly moved things in and accessorized, finally putting the last finishing touches on just a few weeks ago.  I'm so excited to show you what the space looks like now!


Come on in!!




We got a little creative filling the space: we used a lot of items we already had, a table and chairs from facebook marketplace, and a few awesome hand-me-downs.  The sweet credenza was inherited from Stephanie's grandfather who was conveniently downsizing.



Not to be left out, my parents had a few pieces in their basement they were just itching to offload on me.  One of the items from my parents that I would have been a complete idiot to say no to was a card catalog that my retired librarian mom adopted when she was cleaning out a local school library while she worked there.



Since we couldn't have it just chillin on the floor, I raised it up on metal hairpin legs and I'm totally in love.  Currently, it's the perfect size to hold my paint fan decks and fabric samples sorted by vendor.  Really trying to get and stay organized here!  Some days I'm better than others, but it's WORLDS more organize than my home office ever was.

The white walls have been great for both of us as a designer and photographer: I have a white backdrop that I can tape up samples or view paints without being muddied by weird other colors reflecting, and Stephanie has already used the white backdrop for several photo shoots.



With the space being only a rental, there's more than a few things we need to work around such as permanent in-window air conditioner (that we "hid" with a black cover... totally tricked you, right??), dark blue carpet that hides nothing, pipes that are a bit less conspicuous now that the entire shell is white, and my person favorite.... fluorescent lighting (ick).  Luckily the natural light coming in from our 8 FOOT TALL windows and the character that just oozes from the old trim, high ceilings, and doors makes the other things completely forgivable.




Before breaking out on my own, I spent more than a few working hours sitting in cubicles and corporate spaces that just ended up zapping my creative energy.  I'm loving the vibe our little office has!  A little boho, a little vintage, a little modern, and a little chic.  Renting this space has been the best decision I've made for Copper Dot!!  Not to get too woo-woo on you, but I swear, moving to the office was apparently my subconscious way of telling the universe I was serious about my business and ready for it to grow- and the universe reciprocated!  I have so many exciting projects coming up that I can't wait to bring you along on!!



RUG!!!! // Hairpin legs on card catalog // Office chairs // Detail photos and painting by Stephanie Rita Photo



Copper Dot Interiors is Moving!

First of all, please accept my apologies for Friday's lack of post.  Between the holiday at the beginning of the week and the mid-week snow storm/digging out, I didn't grab any updated flip pics to show.  This just means that this Friday's post will be even more exciting!  (seriously, super exciting, I promise!)  But anyway.....  

I'm beyond thrilled to tell you guys that Copper Dot Interiors is moving!!!!!.... out of my dining room and a 1/2 a mile away!!!


Ever since I gave up my home office for Copper Dot Baby's nursery, it's been a bit trying working from the dining room table.  There's usually a very cute distraction playing with Daddy/Grammy/Nana/nanny in the next room or walking past to get to the kitchen.  I saw an "office space for lease" sign almost a month ago and inquired on a whim, but the more I thought about it, the more it felt like the right move.  Well, keys are now in hand and boxes are being brought over!  Without further ado, the soon-to-be new home of Copper Dot Interiors:



I'll be sharing 237sf of office space in this 1874 historic town building (!!!) with the talented photographer Stephanie Rita Photography.   Without any furniture in it to help to show scale it isn't obvious, however those ceilings are over eleven feet tall!!!



We have some great ideas for the space, but the first thing will be painting over that tan.  It's a lot of tan.  Once it get's painted white, oh boy, this is going to be a fun white box to design.  Aside from the excitement of a new office and hopefully growing my business, the architectural details of the building make me all weak in the knees.  The doors, guys, the doors!



While the hallway carpet isn't my particular cup of tea, this building already has my heart!



I am so so excited for this next step for Copper Dot Interiors!  I have some fun projects in the pipeline and will hopefully be sharing more of Copper Dot's work with you!



Cheers to 2018!!!