five easy ways to update your bedroom

Did you catch my latest appearance on Charlotte Today?  It’s so much fun chatting with Colleen and Eugene!  This time, I shared easy ways to update your bedroom … and I promise they are easy with a capital E.  Importantly, my tips address both function and form.

It doesn’t get much easier than putting a colorful throw or blanket at the bottom of your bed … plus, the layering is a perfect solution for in-between seasons like these.  Get it?  We’ve added both form and function!

John Robshaw Tie Dyed ThrowsI’m not usually a tie-dye girl — as in, ever — but these John Robshaw throws are fab.  Lucky for my Charlotte girls, Isabella, one of my absolute fave home boutiques, has these in stock now!

Anthropologie Equestrian KnobsPainting a piece or two is a perfect way to break up that boring five-piece bedroom set,  and chalk paint is a DIY Dream Come True.  Hello, no sanding, no prep?!?!  Annie Sloan created the original chalk paint over 20 years ago, and it’s available both online and at Black Lion in Charlotte.  Updated hardware will make those newly painted bedside tables or dresser even more personal and should be as simple as a screw or two!  Anthropologie has a fantastic selection of trendy and reasonably priced knobs and pulls, including the equestrian-inspired pieces I brought on the show.

Caldrea Linen SprayLinen spray infused with lavender is supposed to bring sweet dreams … but, at the very least, it brings fresh smells!  My studio partner Lisa Mende is a big fan of Caldrea’s Lavender Pine Linen and Room Spray.

Kathleen DiPaolo Lamp Finials Exclusive to Studio 202Do your lamps have built-in dimmers? Soooooo much better for relaxing at the end of the evening!   If not, it’s as easy as plugging into a separate lamp dimmer.  After you’ve taken care of the function, back to the form!  Let’s jazz up those plain lamps with decorative finials.  Studio 202 is the exclusive retail outlet for Kathleen DiPaolo’s signature line of finials.  Most of her designs feature semi-precious stones, and I looooooove them.

See?  Told you it was easy.  You’ll find even more tips in the video segment … including the no-fail way to check if it’s time to replace your bed pillows!

tzd press: charlotte home + garden

Thank you, Charlotte Home + Garden!  I’m so excited to share that a favorite TZD project — a gorgeous Ballantyne home, designed by Christopher Phelps and built by Arcadia Custom Homes — is on the cover of the Spring 2015 issue.

Charlotte HG Spring 2015 CoverMy clients were an absolute dream to work with, and it was the kind of project that every designer hopes to have!  I was brought in as part of the team before construction started, which meant I was able to customize, tweak and special-order to my little heart’s content.  Happy happy joy joy.

Ballantyne Zinc BarI’m always thrilled to share how my signature style — crisp, classic and chic — happily coexists with modern family life!  A large playroom for the kids, a wine cellar and zinc-topped bar for the grown-ups, and an amazing pool and fire pit (designed and built by Overstream) make this a home where entertaining is a joyous part of everyday life.  Isn’t that gorgeous zinc edge simply to die for?  For the rest of the photos, pick up your copy of Charlotte Home + Garden today.  There’s even a tablet issue if you aren’t in the Charlotte area, and you can read the article online (although I loooooove print).  Bonus points if you spot the Traci Zeller pillows!

I can’t wait to hear what you think!

A huge thank you to my fantastic clients for entrusting me with their home and to Kristen Wile and Jane Fields at Charlotte Home + Garden.  Photography by Dustin Peck Photography.  Styling by Matters of Style.  

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