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A Little Color Goes a Long Way

Alyse Hufford

I recently met with a new client (thank you Emily for the referral) whose busy family of five lives in a lovely Cape Cod style home that has already been remodeled pretty extensively.  They've already painted the exterior grey, overhauled their kitchen, baths, and basement.  They came to me and asked that I make some interior updates to their living and dining room spaces as their current furniture is a little heavy and dark.  While they aren't fans of vintage furniture and are hesitant about color, I'm hoping to convince them that a little color can go a long way and I may be able to sneak in a vintage accessory or two.

Because their dark brown leather couch will stay (I attempted to find a similar couch for this design board) I had to find complimentary colors while keeping with their black and white scheme.  I created a space that exudes a more glamorous feel with the chippendale chairs and a glass coffee and console table.  

For their second living room option, I kept with an all black, white, and blue color scheme that evokes a beachy vibe with lots of texture.  The jute and sheepskin rug will blend nicely with their wide plank grey washed wood floors.  And I was still able to bring in some gold with the sunburst mirror and antelope bookends.

The client has reviewed the boards and is narrowing her options.  We may tweak a chair selection or two but I believe we captured the look she is going for.  So which is your favorite board - Option #1 or Option #2?

A Northwest Ranch Gets a Revamp

Alyse Hufford

I recently met with a client who over the next few months, will have her Northwest ranch renovated to include a new master bedroom and on suite bathroom.  The existing bedrooms will also be reconfigured to carve out more space for her children and a home office. I'm thrilled she contacted me for some design advice and in the coming months, I will be assisting her in selecting everything from lighting fixtures to a mid-century modern inspired vanity to create a serene and classic bath that will withstand the test of time.

With the new addition also comes a revamp of her current living room.  She asked me to give her room a mid-century modern facelift, reminiscent of what you'd see in a Cliff May house.  She already has beautiful hardwood floors and some mid century inspired furniture (the couch, coffee table, and side tables will stay),  so I will be focusing on enhancing what she already has.

I created two concept boards which give a similar vibe but different color schemes.  The first option plays off her yellow gourd lamp (she owns) and adds an air of sophistication with the brass accents.


The second option pulls in more color and exudes more of a Palm Springs vibe.  She asked to see an option with the room accented in blues and greens.



I selected chairs upholstered in a sweet pea green and paired them with gorgeous peacock blue Robert Abbey lamps and a shag rug.  Hints of brass, lucite, and walnut furniture round out the look.

So which look do you prefer?  Which option would you choose?  I'd love your feedback!

A Little Accessorizing Goes a Long Way

Alyse Hufford

A new friend of mine who I've quickly come to adore asked me if I would help her decorate her guest room and bring some new life to the space which as of late, has become a dump zone for her three boys trophies, footballs, games, and books.  We got a good start on the room - she picked up an amazing 1920's brass bed frame - and she started clearing off shelves to make room for some pretties until we got to talking about her living room. living room main

After: All decor centered around the client's family heirloom painting hung above the mantel.  I incorporated yellows and various shades of blue.  Couch, chair, and coffee table are client's.

main couch

After: Blue metallic lattice pillows, AnthologyHouse.  Silver faux snakeskin pillows and mirror tray, West Elm.

And that is where the guest room project ends (at least for now) and we directed our efforts to her living room. My friend already has a knack for picking up vintage treasures (her basement and garage unveiled some goodies) but she wanted a fresh eye on how to rearrange and incorporate a few key pieces in her space while maintaining the traditional feel of her early 1900's home.

bar area

After: Vintage Italian bar cart and vintage wingback chair, AnthologyHouse. Vintage barware accessories (client's own and AnthologyHouse). Print and floor lamp (client's own).

Below was my to do list and the small (yet essential) accessories I picked up to bring a little warmth and sophistication to her already stylish home:

  • Bar Cart - Scored a beautiful Vintage Italian Cart.
  • Vintage Reading Chair - Found a vintage wing back chair in smoke-blue velvet.
  • Colors - My client loves yellow and did not want any brass. I added warmth by bringing in hints of various shades of blue.  I also wanted to capture a little seaside vibe to her room as she has a killer view of Puget Sound.
  • Accessories - I utilized accessories she already owned by shopping other rooms in her home.  Sometimes it's a matter of relocating a book, frame, or just moving a table from one room to the next to get a fresh perspective on a space.  I also shopped for some vintage pieces and picked up a couple great accessories at West Elm to balance the vintage with new.

bar cart close up

After: Bar cart close up with vintage and new accessories.

side table with glass

After:  Side table and floor lamp (client's), vintage owl low ball glass (AnthologyHouse).

bookcase styled 1

After: We relocated this bookcase from the other side of the room to this space next to the couch.  All accessories are the client's, it was just a matter of shopping other rooms in her home to give a cohesive look with white and aqua accessories.

closeup bookshelf 2

After: Close-up of bookshelf.  Incorporated a vintage picture with her children's sea life treasures.

coffee table with tray

After: Coffee table styling with a mirror tray from West Elm and books, a plant, and client's own accessories.

close up fireplace

After: Close up of mantel with new accessories and an old family painting.

I had a blast shopping for my friend and rearranging pieces she already owns in her home.  It just goes to show that you don't have to spend a lot of money to revamp your space.  Sometimes it just take a fresh eye and a little perspective - touches of gold are not so bad - and digging through treasures you already own can bring new life to a space.

So now that the living room has had a revamp, we are getting back to that guest room and can't wait to share pictures once it's complete.  Our goal is to get it done before the holidays are here and guests need a place to crash.

If you are looking to revamp your space - from personal shopping to a complete one room overhaul - please contact me at  I look forward to working with you!