Makeover Monday: Cali-Cool Teen Bedroom

28 August 2017
It's Makeover Monday and since the summer is coming to an end (frowny-face) I thought I'd share one last taste of summer decor with this Cali-Cool Teen Bedroom I recently designed.

My client is a 16 year old girl with great style and she and her mom felt her existing beige bedroom was not reflecting her vibrant personality. So, we started brainstorming.

During our initial meeting, my client told me loved the look of her Lilly Pulitzer weekly planner and this Lilly pineapple pillow. We decided to use these pieces of direct inspiration for her bedroom design.

I was thrilled to learn that she didn't shy away from bold colors, so we just went for it. And when I say "went for it," I'm referring to the very bold (and oh-so-beautiful!) deep pink ceiling that we painted in Benjamin Moore "Peony".  For balance against the vibrant ceiling, we painted the walls a crisp white.

For graphic effect, we used this oversized 30"x40" pineapple art print from Minted and custom-framed it in a deep pink. (Tip: while custom framing can get pricey, it can create a "wow" moment in your space. We opted to frame this without glass, saving a bit of $$ while still getting the look we wanted!)

 Fittingly, when we installed the finishing touches on this bedroom, my client was away on a West Coast trip that was wrapping up in LA. I love this Los Angeles print from Rifle Paper Co. right above her cozy reading nook and our next step is to add some of my client's own photographs from her visit to Rodeo Drive and Hollywood!

 This project was such a fun one and I love my clients! You can find more ideas on my Pinterest boards and Instagram.

Now, onto the next season!

Cinema Room Makeover at Ronald McDonald House

02 August 2017
I am so very excited to share a very special design makeover project with you!
I've been hinting on Instagram for the past couple months that I was involved in a special project at the Albany Ronald McDonald House and now that it is complete I can show you the results.

A bit of personal background:

This October I'll be celebrating 15 years of being in remission from Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer of the lymph nodes. It's an exciting anniversary to celebrate and I feel so lucky to be in good health. This project came up at a time when I was looking for a way to provide design in a charitable way. When I heard that a group called Leadership Tech Valley through the Capital Region Chamber would be renovating the basement "fun rooms" at the Ronald McDonald House of Albany as their 2017 class project, I jumped at the chance to donate my design services.

The rest of the Victorian house is beautifully finished and it was now time to transform the tired and dark basement into a state of the art movie theater to be used by the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Our goal was to provide a fun, exciting space for the families to make happy memories in during an otherwise trying time.

I met with the LTV design committee and together we came up with concepts for the space. From there, I generated design boards with inspiration images and detailed drawings with fixture, furniture and finish selections along with technical drawings for millwork designs.

And without further ado, let's get to the before & after photos. The transformation is pretty incredible! 

I designed a faux ticket booth out of trim that is applied directly to the wall. The ticket booth is directly across from the bottom of the stairs, so it is the first thing the families will see when entering the space.

We included gold and brass details to create warmth against the dark walls.

We layered rich textures and colors, including the faux-tin ceiling and velvet drapery. Applied picture molding around the brass sconces creates a finished look. And how about that tin ceiling? It's acoustic tile designed to look like classic tin and it's definitely a showstopper in this space!

And it wouldn't be a movie theater without a fully-stocked concession stand and working popcorn machine, would it?

Thank you so much to the Leadership Tech Valley team for trusting my vision and allowing me to help create such a special design at the Ronald McDonald House! I so hope it brings smiles to the families staying there.

Wisteria + Dwell with Dignity Contest

14 June 2017

Wisteria + Dwell with Dignity are challenging designers to create conceptual dream rooms using only inventory from the Wisteria collection. I'm back with my second entry for the #wisteriamood contest using only products and images from

To set the scene: imagine waking up and sipping your morning coffee in this Breezy Breakfast Nook while enjoying ocean views in Newport or Nantucket or Southampton (it's your fantasy after all; you choose the location!)


Wisteria has long been a favorite of mine for product sourcing. Their global-inspired products add a unique touch to any space. And after following Dwell with Dignity for awhile now, I am so inspired by a company that is devoted to using design for the greater good by providing interior design as a new start to families who are overcoming homelessness and poverty. 

Winners of the contest have the chance to collaborate with Wisteria on a product where part of the proceeds will go towards Dwell with Dignity.

Thanks for the opportunity, Wisteria + DWD! 
(Love always, Your Biggest Fan)

-Follow me on Instagram for my first mood board entry-

Nola Weekend Travel Guide

13 June 2017
So the big question here is: do I acknowledge the pink elephant in the blogosphere that it has been six plus months since my last blog post? 

At a networking event recently, I had a friend introduce me to someone by saying, "This is Lee Owens, an interior designer and she has a great blog." Her comment was so kind (!) but I felt that it was a bit of a stretch seeing as though I'm not even eligible to call myself an "occasional blogger" at this point. A blog post every six months?  😁

Nonetheless, it was the kick I needed to write a post. (Should hold me over until 2018, right?)

Life, lately, has been busy busy and I am thankful for that! Kids and client projects and throw in a home renovation (our first!) and, well, you know how it is.

If you follow my Instagram, you probably saw photos from our recent trip to New Orleans. I fell in love with the city! So much color and vibrancy. I loved it so much that I decided to put together a little weekend travel guide with my favorite spots.

If you've come across this post via Pinterest, hopefully that means you're heading to the Big Easy for a few days and you're looking for ways to spend your time. I hope this helps and enjoy your trip (bring me with you?)!!


Start your trip on the right foot by heading immediately to Cafe du Monde for your first (of many) beignet and sip on their most delicious coffee Au Lait. Hands down the best coffee I've ever had. Walk off the rich snack with a stroll through Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral and into the French Quarter. If you're anything like me, this will be the start of a love affair with the beautiful colorful buildings and private homes throughout the quarter. Antique store window shopping is another must.

This color combo will surely inspire my Summer 2017 wardrobe

While you're in the Quarter, find out what all the buzz is about regarding Bourbon Street. Grab a beer to go. (My personal preference: daytime Bourbon Street. Nighttime wasn't my scene!)


Begin your second day with the jazz brunch at the Court of the Two Sisters. First, look up: the courtyard is nestled beneath a canopy of greenery. It's breathtaking! Next: walk immediately to the omelet station. You will NOT regret it.

Jazz brunch under a living canopy

Following brunch, hop on the St. Charles Streetcar and head into Garden District to see the stately mansions and the Lafayette Cemetery No 1. The ride along St. Charles Ave is an activity in itself and it's a great way to see the city.

Lafayette Cemetery No.1

Make your way back into the historic districtt and walk along Royal Street until you get to the Hotel Monteleone. Grab a drink at the Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge; maybe you'll be lucky enough to get a much desired seat at the spinning bar.

Next stop: dinner within Brennan's beautiful courtyard. The restaurant's decor is a dreamy tropical motif filled with palm leaves and birds of paradise. The playful salmon pink and dark green color scheme is heavenly on the eyes. The food is yummy, too. (Unfortunately I didn't get the opportunity to dine in the courtyard and therefore, no picture to post. I guess it just means I'll have to plan another trip to enjoy the "Bubbles at Brennan's" champagne happy hour in the courtyard, no?)

End your day with a visit to the Frenchmen Art Market. This charming market is open during the evenings and it feels magical with the twinkle lights overhead and jazz music coming from the local bars. I picked up a great print of a classic New Orleans home exterior to remind me of our trip.

Frenchmen Art Market
Illustration by artist Specer Epps


Clearly it's been too long since your last beignet! Cafe Beignet on Royal St is a lovely setting to enjoy your breakfast before heading to the airport. It truly feels like you've been transported to Europe!

As you can tell, I fell in love with the Big Easy. I'm ready to go back. 
I hope you enjoy your trip and I'll be curious to know what you think of Nola!

Cards of Christmases Past

22 December 2016
It took me awhile to get my act together to make this year's holiday card, but here it is! 
Tartan plaid in all its glory. 



and here are some cards from years past...



Hope you have a wonderful holiday season and I can't wait to see what 2017 brings!

Autumn Tablescape

18 November 2016
Today I put together an idea for an autumn tablescape filled with ivory, golds, browns and accents of peach and orange.

Prior to designing your table top, I always recommend looking around your house for items that you can sprinkle into your tablescape. Here, I didn't need to purchase anything new. Mixing textures and patterns will create interest, while maintaining a common color (in this case, gold) will tie the whole look together.

Even though we will not be hosting Thanksgiving this year, my mind is already in Entertaining Mode and I just can't wait to decorate for our Christmas Eve dinner!

Below is the tablescape from last year's Christmas Eve party, as well as the New Years tablescape from my Instagram Takeover for Raymour & Flanigan.

Will you be hosting any holiday parties this season?
Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see hosting tips and tricks!

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