Sneak Peek :: Coastal Cool in Connecticut

July 31st, 2014

I gave you a little taste of this design while it was in the works last week.  Here is how it came together….whatta ya think? Of course you don’t get the shopping list and furniture plan. Those details are saved for the MyDIAB clients only. I love designing spaces for people who love blue as much as I do. This coastal Connecticut room was designed with family in mind. This is a a space they can all get cozy in together. The mixture of fabric, texture, wood grain and metal finishes say “let’s chill”.

Would you like me to create your “chill out” space? I would love to do that for you! Contact me at Decorator in a Box, so we can get started.

Xo, Annie



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Design Quick Tip :: Live Edge Coffee Tables

July 30th, 2014

I love a live edge table. It works in almost any space and adds an element of nature. It works in modern, organic, bohemian and even sometimes a ttraditional style home. So…if your looking for a new coffee table think live edge. It will bring your space to life. Here is a little inspiration and where to get the look for your space.

Do you need help selecting a coffee table for your home? Let me help you with a Decorator in a Box “a la carte” service.

Xo, Annie



photos via Jessica Helgerson


photo via Merchant Design


photo via Remodelista


Get the look at Dot and Bo.


DIY Tuesday :: Get Your Yarn Weave On

July 29th, 2014

I just want to let you in on a little design’s called yarn.  Yup…artisans are making things all cute by wrapping them and weaving them. One of my favorite yarn trends is the woven wall hanging. These are especially cute in baby nursery’s or little kids rooms. They give a major dose of cuteness, cozyness and color. If your not in the crafty sort of mood you can find them all over Etsy. If you would like to get your craft on here is a DIY via the blog Gathering Beauty. Isn’t it adorable?! It would make a great gift for that trendy Mom to be. You know the one you try to keep on trend with, but she is always one step ahead..she may even be setting the trends…yup she would like this.

Xo, Annie


Here is the “I’m feeling crafty” version.


This is the “let someone else craft it” version.

In The Details :: Fireplace Envy

July 28th, 2014

There  may be many things I envy about Jessica Alba, but most of all it’s her fireplace. I’m loving the before & after shots of her bedroom design exploding all over Pinterest. It got “thematfinish” that’s for sure. I find myself feeling a little bummed about that fireplace not belonging to me. It’s a  beauty and I want it….or at least to design one for my awesome clients. This fireplace is winning!

Would you do this look in your bedroom? Whatta ya think?

Xo, Annie


photo via domain home

5 Things To Do This Weekend

July 25th, 2014

Happy weekend all ! Here are five things you could try….

Xo, Annie


#1 Make folding Popsicle stick watercolor fans with your kiddos. Tutorial via Pink Stripey Socks.


#2  Add a deconstructed piece of furniture to your space then drape a vintage suzani throw over it. Photo via Domaine Home .


#3 Make these DIY chalkboard napkins rings for your next dinner party. Tutorial via Project Wedding.


#4 Save tea and coffee cans to plant herbs in. Photo via Apartment Therapy.

vintage tin herb garden

#5 Save maps from your travels then wrap a box to hold the mementos from that trip. Photo via Joyful Scribblings.


Sneak Peek :: Design in Progress

July 24th, 2014

The Decorator in a Box studio is busy with orders. I thought I would take a little break to give you a peak of a work in progress. It’s blue my favorite color at the moment with pops of orange and lots of organic texture. Alright back to work.

Xo, Annie

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Product Love :: Mexican Serape Blankets

July 23rd, 2014

Every space need that fabric that pulls it all together. I’m loving the use of Mexican serape blankets in home decor. In a simple white modern space the serape is the perfect accent. It adds that splash of color and  a cool beach vibe. Drape it across your bed for style and to have handy for a dash to sunset. Give a vintage chair a colorful twist with serape upholstery. Un toque de color y estilo!

Let’s give your home style that meets your budget! Just contact me at Decorator in a Box to create your custom design.

Xo, Annie


photos via lulu & georgia


photo via chezboheme


photo via coco cozy

DIY Tuesday :: Basket Pendant Light

July 22nd, 2014

I have long been a fan of the basket pendant light. It adds an organic and natural style to any space. Sometimes it can be challenging to find the right size for your room. It can also be difficult to find a light that meets your budget. Well struggle no more. Minni of  Nimi Design blog has come up with a solution. You can follow her tutorial or find your own basket. The supplies are affordable and the instructions simple. See how to make your own here.

Do you need help making your space come to life? Or…do you just need a light selected. Whether it’s a full design or a la carte Decorator in a Box can help you with that.

Xo, Annie


photo via nimi designs