Before & After :: My First Upholstery Attempt

June 30th, 2015

Don’t look too close, but here is my first attempt at upholstering a chair. I was given this chair from my sweet neighbor. It was almost brand new, but the Tommy Bahama fab isn’t our style. I have always loved the Restoration Hardware deconstructed chairs. I thought I would attempt that look. Also, on my last visit to HD Buttercup I loved all of their kantha quilt upholstered chairs. So… with one kantha quilt purchased from Etsy, a lot of burlap, grey canvas fabric, upholstery tape, staple gun and pins I got to work. All in all it came together well. Right now it is just pinned in place, but I think I will go back with a hot glue gun or fabric glue to secure the tape trim better. So here it is….if you attempt this yourself I recommend wine, Pandora and a lot of patience. Oh and don’t strive for perfection…life isn’t perfect ;)

Have a great Fourth of July weekend all!

Xo, Annie


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Now we will see if it passes the bouncy Tinker Bell test!

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Sneak Peek :: MyDIAB Atlanta Refresh

June 26th, 2015

So many clients of mine have lovely homes that don’t need any major work. However after so many years you just need a little refresh. This was the case with this Atlanta Living Room and Breakfast Area. The furniture layout still worked it was just the fabrics and accessories that needed some life. By brightening up dark wood built-ins and white washing the stone fireplace you can really give a room new life. Finishing the focal point of the room off with lively art and color coded books goes a long way. If your furniture already has good bones than updating pillows and upholstery is all you need. Here is a sneak peek at this Decorator in a Box refresh.

Would you like a space refresh? Let me help you with that! Send me an email with your design needs and we can work on a custom quote to meet your style and budget.

Xo, Annie


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Ready To Ship!

June 17th, 2015

It has been a busy few months of designing. I always have a full project list before school let’s out . All my Mom clients are trying to get as much done as possible before the kids are home all Summer. Next week I will have a few sneak peeks of some of these projects. Until then here is a little peek in a box ready to ship. Wouldn’t your just love to get this for your home? It’s so fun opening up a box full of fabrics, art, accessories and furniture hand picked just for you. Let’s start to decorate your home with a custom Decorator in a Box!

Xo, Annie


In The Details :: Textile Love

June 8th, 2015

It’s fun getting projects that need a little re-upholstery. One of my favorite parts of being a designer is coming up with that perfect fabric combo. Fabrics truly give a space new life. By adding grasscloth texture to walls, reupholstering chairs and new pillows a room can totally transform. Here is the Summer combo I’m playing around with on my desk at the moment. It’s cheery don’t you think?

Xo, Annie


MyDIAB Dallas Kitchen Remodel Before & After

June 1st, 2015

Some of you may remember my post from a few months ago showing a sneak peek of a Dallas kitchen design. They have already completed construction and it looks amazing. It’ clean, white, bright and cozy. The kitchen is now open to the  living room. This design really shows how  Decorator in a Box works well for remodels. With Decorator in a Box plus the right local contractor your remodel will go smoothly.  I can help you make all those material, plumbing and appliances selections to keep the ball rolling.  When big decisions are being made fast it helps to have that plan, design boards, shopping list and samples to reference. It’s also nice to  have me an email away to ask a quick question if you make tweaks to the design. Here is the before and after of this lovely Dallas kitchen. I just wish I lived close enough to come over and enjoy a glass in their new wine bar.

Xo, Annie




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Happy Weekend All!

May 30th, 2015

I hope you all have fun and relaxing weekend plans. Sometimes no plans are the best plans. I will be working on designs in between coffee and getting outside. Here is a photo from Wednesday morning at our favorite coffee shop Hidden House Coffee in San Juan Capistrano. Nothing like hearts on your chai tea and hot cocoa to start the morning off right. Oh and a cinnamon roll and strawberry scone doesn’t hurt either. Happy weekend all! Check back Monday for a Decorator in a Box kitchen remodel before and after.

Xo, Annie

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DIY Tuesday :: World Market Table Before & After

May 26th, 2015

We have had this World Market coffee table for 11 years. We got it after we purchased our first home in Minnesota. I guess it has sentimental value to me.  It has held up very well I think that’s why we never replaced it. At times I wished it would just collapse to the ground forcing me to get rid of it. Then there were those first two years after having a baby that the coffee table was tucked away in storage.When I began looking to replace the table I was drawn to styles with mid-century modern hairpin legs. That’s when I thought let’s just remove the base to this table and add hair pin legs. So….that’s just what we did this weekend. I’m so happy with the result. Instead of cringing at my tacky coffee table I now smile. I’m also proud of myself for being a little thrifty. This transformation only cost $48. The 14″ legs were only $12 each. They even gave me a discount off that because it was Earth Day. What a great way to recycle something old simply by adding new legs. I purchased mine at and they came promptly in a few weeks. They are very sturdy and well made. So….the next time your end table, coffee table, dining table or desk needs an update…think hair pin legs. They will take an old furniture piece from lame to lovely. I think we may just get another 11 years out of this old table.

Xo, Annie




Dreamy Memorial Picnic

May 22nd, 2015

I hope you all have wonderful weekend plans remembering our brave military. I think the best way to do this is to be with loved ones and family. When I think of Memorial weekend. I think of hitting the beach with a picnic. I’m always looking for new ways to improve on this. I was very inspired by these tips from the Design Mom  blog and the lovely photos by Lindsey Johnson. If you haven’t been to the Design Mom blog you must go, it’s a favorite of mine. See all her tips HERE. You will be glad you did when you get to enjoy the beach or boat ride a little longer. Happy weekend all!

Xo, Annie