A while ago I searched for a small print painting to go with my super busy wallpaper and found one that cost over $700. For dots. Painted on a canvas. I didn't understand why it would be so expensive to own a print or a painting that was literally DOTS. So I went to my crafts store and purchased canvases, paint, and a paint brush, and made my own version of dot art. Since I posted it on my Instagram page I've had lots of inquiries and requests for a tutorial. Apparently I'm now some kind of dot painting genius, which is exactly what my parents had in mind for me when they brought me home from the hospital nearly 48 years ago. So here you are, my beautiful friends. Dot Art Tutorial Para Ti. (for you)
Look. At. This. Kitchen. It's crazy that five weeks ago this room looked nothing like it does now. The transformation is so amazing I can't stand it. The only thing that would make this kitchen better was if it was mine.
Look where we started. It wasn't a bad kitchen. It just needed an update. My sweet client Samantha told me that the thing she disliked most about it was that it always felt dirty even when it was clean. That told me that it needed to be lighter and brighter.
The plan was to take out the island altogether and put in a new one. Sam wanted a farmhouse sink so we needed an island to accommodate that. We also agreed to get rid of the curve in front for a more sleek, modern look. The cabinets were in good condition so we just had new door fronts made in a shaker-style. The rest of the kitchen plan was this: new floors, new lighting, new countertops, new backsplash, new furniture. Basically everything new. Scroll down to see the before and after photos. Enjoy!
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Last summer I met Erin and Gary at their home in Fort Worth. They had lived in their custom built home for twenty years and were ready for an update. One space I was excited to tackle was the kitchen. It's positioned in the center of the house, with views of the den and living room. One thing I loved about it was its location. It had the potential to be a real showstopper.
Here's what the kitchen looked like before.
See that step up? I thought, hmm, what if we tiled it? And the cabinets were in good condition. They just needed a facelift. And there were no pendant lights, so we definitely would fix that. The rest was a no-brainer. New floors, new backsplash, remove the wallpaper, new counter tops, add hardware.
After Erin & Gary reviewed the plan and approved it, it was go time!
Here's the kitchen now.
I love how this kitchen renovation turned out. The space is light and clean and invites you in to stay a while. I'm sure Erin and Gary are going to enjoy their new space for years to come.
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Months ago I entered the home of Erin and Gary for the first time. I remember it was dark. And filled with twenty years of stuff they no longer wanted. The spaces were not being used to their full potential. It was dark. (Yes, I'm saying it again).
My plan was to paint everything--walls, trim, built-ins...you name it. If you have been following me for a while you know I love the color blue. I remember Erin looking at me and saying, "by the way, I don't like blue." Some people might have freaked out then, but not me. I thought, you just wait. You will love blue, trust me.
Guess what. She loves the color blue.
I'm going to share the whole house makeover, but I want to start with the den. Gary hangs out in this space all the time. He's retired so he's home a lot. He needed a comfy chair and his large TV mounted on the wall. I got you covered, Gary!
Here is what the den (and powder bath) looked like before.
See what I mean? Dark.
The first thing we did was call the painter and had the walls, ceiling, and trim painted Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams. The trim was painted Snowbound by Sherwin Williams.
Next, I came up with a design plan. Then, it was time to get the show on the road!
Here is the newly updated den and powder bath. It's quite the transformation.
One of my favorite spaces to style is a dining room that needs a little love. It's not terrible, it's just lost its luster. The dining room is an important place in the home. Gone are the days where dining rooms were a place you visited only on special holidays. Families are using them daily for meals and homework, and game night on the weekends.
I'm going to show you three of my favorite dining room space makeovers.
Beth's dining room looked like this the first day I visited.
The table was beautiful and staying. The chairs were in good shape, so I suggested we reupholster the captain's chairs and paint the side chairs. The plan became...
1. Paint the walls and trim
2. Replace the ceiling fan with a light fixture.
3. New rug
4. Paint the existing side board.
5. New lamps
6. Turn the table the other way to open up the space between the living and dining areas. (Note: in the above photo we turned the table around so I could show her what it would look like)
7. Add drapes
8. Use textiles she already owned (like the suzani) and make them into art.
Here is how the room transformed.
Here is what the dining area looked like before...
(Note: it was housecleaning day so that's why the chairs and curtains are out of place)
The design plan
1. New table and chairs
2. New light
3. Add a rug
4. New drapes
5. Add plantation shutters
Basically this makeover was all cosmetic. Sheri and her husband have two young kids and they use this space all the time, so it had to be functional and durable.
Here's how it turned out.
When I visited her house for the first time, she told me two things had to stay in the room--the art and the chandelier. So I designed the space around them. Here is what the room looked like before.
The design plan was this...
1. New colorful rug
2. New table
3. New chairs
4. Add accessories
5. Add drapes and art
I think one of my favorite spaces to design is a young girl's room. The first one I was hired to do was my niece's room--and I wasn't even designing homes for a living yet. It was just something my brother asked me to do while they were on vacation a few years ago. It was so fun to use the playful/whimsical part of my brain. Ever since then I have been a huge fan of girly rooms. Young girls tend to appreciate a rainbow of color so that's an easy fit for me. More times than not when I ask little girls their favorite color they're like ALL OF THEM. It's music to my ears.
A few months back I was lucky enough to get to style London's room. She's 10 and one of the sweetest little girls I've been around. She had hot pink stripes on her ceiling and she let me know right away she was over it. "No more pink," she said. She thought the color pink was too girly for her sensibilities. I asked if we could paint the walls turquoise and she very excitedly agreed.
Here is what London's room looked like before.
It wasn't bad, it just wasn't pulled together. Her mom told me she needed a dresser, a place for books and art supplies, and a place to sit.
Funny enough, I was selling my 15 year old daughter's dresser because we were in the middle of redoing her room. So London's mom bought the dresser from me. It was a win for both of us!
I wanted to stay on budget, so while splurging on bedding from Anthropologie and a hanging chair from Serena & Lily, I cut costs by purchasing the other main pieces from Wayfair, Target, and HomeGoods. It's kinda how I am with my clothes. I might spend $125 on a pair of good blue jeans and then buy all my tops at Target. It's how I justify buying expensive jeans!
Everything shipped quickly and my team and I spent an afternoon shopping for art and accessories. At Target I spotted a gold dot print removable wallpaper and decided to apply it to the tops of the night stands. Doing little tricks like this is an inexpensive way to customize plain furniture. Plus no one will have one like it! It's unique, just like you.
Here's how the room turned out after we finished.
I wasn't there when London saw her room for the first time, but her mom tells me that she gets up every day and makes her bed because this is her dream room. And she goes to bed at night and says to her mom, "I love my room so much." That's all I needed to hear.
If you'd like your home or a room in your home restyled by me, please feel free to email me. firstname.lastname@example.org. I even offer E-Design.
Have a great day.
On the 21st day of Christmas my true love gave to me, the best ever dark chocolate martini. But seriously, this drink is so yummy. Serve this at your holiday get-togethers this year and you are bound to be the life of the party. And, calories don't count this time of year anyway. Santa told me so.
Chocolate Martini Ingredients:
Enjoy your favorite cocktails but please drink responsibly!
Ever wonder what to do with the ripe bananas that were left in the fruit bowl just a little too long? When life gives you ripe bananas, make banana nut bread! But seriously, guys, this is the best recipe ever! Not only is it SUPER easy, but one batch makes two loaves of bread. It is the perfect gift for teachers, mailmen, neighbors and the book club group. See below for the recipe!
Banana Nut Bread Ingredients:
*Voted World's Best by all members of Shauna Glenn Design and everyone else who has tried it.
Oftentimes, some of my most favorite gifts come from my stocking. I typically find my favorite beauty products from samples I've received in my stocking. I have shared 12 perfect stocking stuffers, one for all 12 days of Christmas! I hope you enjoy!
1. Exclusive Crystal 3 Pack Low Rise Thongs - $69
2. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo - $22
3. Drybar Gift Card - Custom Amount
4. First Aid Beauty Mask Diaries - $25
5. Monogram Pendant Necklace - $38
6. Cozy Pommed Beanie - $48
7. TOMS Drizzle Grey Wool Tassel Women’s Ivy Slippers - $54.95
8. Bandango Envelope Clutch - $77
9. Tweezerman Glitz & Glamour Eye Essentials - $55
10. TOO FACED Better Than Sex Mascara - $23
11. Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler - $65
The newest member of SGD, my goal is to keep you up-to-date on all the hottest trends!