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


Organized & In Place :: Farm House Laundry Room

May 21st, 2015

I’m flipping over this farm house style laundry room on the blog Jenna Sue Design Co. If my laundry room looked this lovely I would be washing clothes constantly. What is so amazing is what the space looked like before. It’s such a smart use of space from the laundry baskets on a shelf to the barn wood door. This is every Momma’s dream laundry room. See the full tour plus her accessories closet by visiting Jenna Sue’s blog. Oh and be sure to check out her Etsy shop to see her awesome map prints.

Xo, Annie



DIY Wednesday :: Mineral Rock Photo Holders

May 20th, 2015

Tuesday got away, so I bring you d.i.y Wednesday this week. I’m always looking for creative ways to display photos. I just love this idea from Country Chic Cottage. You take mineral rocks and attach wire to them to display photos. What a lovely and easy way to swap out photos. You can find mineral rocks on Etsy or Amazon and wire at your local craft supply store. It’s simple yet has a major style impact. They look extra awesome clustered in groups of three or more. Happy DIYing.

Xo, Annie


In The Details :: I Love a Nook

May 18th, 2015

I love areas that have a cozy reading nook. I want to create a space like this in my own home someday. A great place to do this is on a stairway landing/ loft area. It can be a cozy reading spot most of the time and a guest area some of time. Creating a nook in a spare room also works nicely in nursery’s and offices. Any way to make a space have more than one use is a wonderful thing. Here is a lovely nook from the blog The Every Girl. It’s a nice style balance of  minimalist yet still cozy. A simple light, plant, layered rugs and pillows is all you need to create comfort in a home. See the full home tour HERE.

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Sneak Peek :: Hollywood Sign Views

May 8th, 2015

I had so much fun working on this mid-century modern home in L.A. The home has a 180 degree views of the Hollywood sign. How cool is that?! The mission was to make the most of that view,  keep the mid-century charm while giving it an eclectic twist. The client loves blue as much as I do, so I created a deep blue color scheme with mostly gray backdrop. Pops of color were added with pillows, accessories and artwork. I think this Entry, Living and Dining will be enjoy by all. Here is the sneak peek…remember the client gets all the shopping details and more.

Do you need help designing your space? I can help you with that. Just contact me at Decorator in a Box to start decorating.

Xo, Annie



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Sneak Peek :: Midwest Mega Deck Design

May 1st, 2015

Everyone is getting deck ready for Summer! I had a great time create a deck design for this return Illinois client. I must say this is a deck that does not mess around and takes full advantage or their lovely lake view. The key to this design was to create several seating groups to maximize comfort and entertaining. I think a fun Summer is in this family’s future. Remember this is just a peek. The client get’s a detailed shopping list and more with their Decorator in a Box.

Do you need help with your patio or deck design this Summer? I would love to help...let’s get started.

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Trend Alert :: Palm Leaf Decor

April 29th, 2015

I’m in love with the palm leaf trend. I want to add some throw pillows in rattan chairs for my back yard ASAP. The other interesting thing is that I have a random banana tree in my backyard. It was here when we moved in. I’m not a California native, so this is strange to this Minnesota girl. What I love about this tree is it will add to my home decor. I can fill a lovely blue and white chinoiserie vase with these lovely banana leaves. I have yet to see the bananas become ripe enough to eat, but it still fun to say “yup, I have a banana tree”. Anyways…. you should all get in on this palm leaf trend it is so Miami Godfather II and then some. Here are some ways to get in on the action.

Xo, Annie

#1 Be fearless and wallpaper your bathroom or entry in wall to wall palm leaf wallpaper. This look works best paired with  black and pink accent colors. via 1 Sarah Sarna//2 Domaine



#2 You can’t go wrong with palm curtains or a roman shade. They surprisingly mix very well with ikat or Turkish pillows. via 1 Domaine Home design by Amber Lewis// 2 Style Me Pretty



#3 Simply stick one or several palms in a vase. I think I will grab some from my random banana tree in the backyard. Yup, I have a banana tree. via 1 Ralph Lauren // 2 Old Brand New Blog



#4 Of course there is always palm art big or small. via Domaine (favorite blog!!)

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#5 Then there is the always tried and true pillow. Mix this with your black & white pillows or a pop of pink ikat. There are several on Etsy for indoor or outdoor use. These are great from the shop kassapanola.


DIY Tuesday :: D*S Vintage Tin Candles

April 28th, 2015

My favorite design blog is Design*Sponge. They feature the most tasteful and chic d.i.y projects. I love vintage tins and candles, so this is the project for me.  I’m also not a huge fan of spending a lot of money on candles. Designer candles are lovely and last no doubt, but I can think of a lot of other things to spend $30-$50 dollars on….like a Suzani pillow on Etsy for example. I can’t wait to makes these. Visit Design*Sponge to see this full tutorial. You can cluster the tins in a collection or they stand alone nicely too. Happy candle making!

Xo, Annie