Refinished and Refined: A Creative, Cozy Condo – Down To The Last Detail!


When my friend, Jan, purchased a condo in Granbury on the lake she had no idea that shortly afterward there would be a fire, her adorable condo would be ruined and she would have to be completely re-do the entire thing!   Fortunately for her (and her husband) she is innovative and creative, has an eye for fabulous finds and knows how to stretch her dollars so that everything she purchases on a budget ends up looking like a million bucks.


See what I mean?  Would you look at this adorable space?  How fun is this – with all this color and these fun patterns?  And, yes, she recovered and refinished these pieces herself! 


Mmmmmhmmmmm….yes, ma’am….she did!  She is one of those people that has that incredible knack for taking other people’s discards and giving them lots of TLC as well as some serious BST (blood, sweat and tears)…..until they evolve into something fabulous, unique and, well, amazing.


I mean…….how stinkin’ cute!  (And, by the way, don’t you just love these dark walls!)


So creative and fun!


Isn’t this a darling coffee table?…….How feminine and sweet!


What a cozy room to snuggle up in with a glass of wine and a magazine!  And that view doesn’t hurt either!


Notice the mis-matched chairs in this charming dining area?  Looks great paired with this vibrant, colorful rug.  The old with the new…..


Such charming details in the kitchen.  So very Jan!  By the way you’ve seen her work before at a couple’s shower I posted a couple of months ago.  Take a look here.


These white frames and mirrors make a wonderful collage. 




You may recognize this chair from the shower.  Isn’t it fab?!

Are you just a little jealous?……Inspired maybe to get creative and turn someone else’s “has-beens” into your own upbeat, “happening now”, newly refinished and refined quality pieces like Jan does?  You can create the same look with a little of your own TLC and BST.  Give it a try.

But, for all you local folks Jan has a booth called Fabulous Finds at an antique mall (Witherspoon Antiques) in Granbury, Texas.  If you are ever out there swing by and take a look!  She may have just the pieces you’re looking for.

Here’s a peak at some of her the other items she’s turned from “ho-hum has-beens” to “oh my gosh I want that” pieces.



Can you say freaking ca-uuuuuute!  She uses such fun colors to make everything so unique! Look her up!

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Happy Decorating!

Brilliant Bedroom Ideas With A Savvy Designer’s Flair


There’s nothing like walking through beautifully done model homes to motivate, titillate, and get those designer juices flowing in all of us.  Even designers get excited and motivated seeing other designer’s innovative ideas.  Take a look at some of these fabulous bedrooms at the Kaleidoscope of Homes in Southlake, Texas this year.   Very bold, very creative…..and Fun, Fun Fun

PA210437 How about that bold, fabulous wall?  Is that great or what?  What girl wouldn’t love coming home to this Hollywood “glam” everyday?


PA210438 Wonderful, feminine black chandelier.  Looks great with the fuchsia ceiling!  (These are the colors my daughter designed her room in.  But that’s a post for another day!)



Love this interesting, fun chair with all the prints and color combinations!  Interesting paired with the yellow nightstand.  Fabulous!



Great idea with the frames.  Wonderful way to bring in shapes and colors to create an interesting wall. (And inexpensive to duplicate!) 


PA210442Notice the details in this girlie bathroom!  Why not make it fun!  Don’t forget paint is your cheapest decorating tool.  And the impact it’ll make on a space is huge!  The writing on this wall isn’t overly professional looking either.  You could do this.  YOU COULD!!!


IMG_8709Now for the boys.  How is this for fun and creative?  And if you’re brave enough you could probably duplicate a similar wall.  It’s not a fine tuned mural. Just fun!  If you can’t do hands and fingers leave that part off and do circles, exclamation points, or stars.  Something simple.  It’ll still look great.  And your son and his friends will think you’re the greatest mom ever!



Great use of space combining seating and storage.  Large painted numbers create a fun look for the wall.

IMG_8711More than likely a wall like this would need to be done professionally.  But isn’t it cool?  Don’t be ordinary… extraordinary! 



Dreamy older girl’s room or guest room.  Regal and sophisticated, but with the unexpected twist of the animal print.  Love that!

IMG_8714  Great finish and fun hardware on this piece.  Love the candlesticks.



Great, fun ideas, huh!?!  Some of these I’m sure you can do yourselves with a little ingenuity, creativity and confidence.  Why not try to duplicate a similar look in your own home?  Be bold, unique and have fun with it!  What you can’t pull off yourself hire a professional to do that part for you.  Make a statement with your home!  Give it personality! Give it attitude!

Happy Decorating!


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