Sneak Peek :: New York Den Update

October 17th, 2016

Often times when you update your home it makes other rooms look more out of date. It can be a domino. This can be frustrating when you invested a lot of money in furniture and now it doesn’t match the rest of the home. Often times you can keep the large pieces like your sofa and coffee table. Then just update the art, pillows and key accessories. This was the case with the recent Den update in New York. By changing the rug, pillows, art and built-in accessories we made this room match the updated Kitchen. No need to reupholster that sofa when pillows are so powerful. Here is a little peek at the design. Of course all design details and shopping list are for the client.

Do you have a room that needs an update? Let’s take a look and come up with a plan that meets your needs. With a custom Decorator in a Box I can mail you a design that meets your style and budget.

Xo, Annie




Family Office Thoughts

October 3rd, 2016

I have said it before and I’ll say it again. Taking your formal living/dining space and converting it into an office/den is a smart solution. Well that is if you work a lot from your home office. This also works nicely if you have kids of homework age. Formal rooms do not get used in our house. Our family likes to hang in the kitchen and family room. This creates wasted space and which then takes up space in my brain thinking of design solutions. That is why I’m now pinning away family office ideas for our formal living room. I envision a space where my husband and I can both work at the same time. Plus my daughters can sit with us doing their homework. I don’t know when this will happen, but for now my design wheels are turning and will be until I make this ideas come to life.

Would you turn your formal dining or living room into a den or office? Do you need help with a space in your home? Let me help with all those tough design decisions. Let’s start a custom Decorator in a Box today. I will create a design that meets your style, needs and budget.

Xo, Annie


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Top Five Pinterest 2016 Home Trend Predictions

September 26th, 2016

I enjoyed a great family weekend on the North Shore of Minnesota. It was a beautiful kick off to Fall. A weekend of local pie eating, water fall viewing and gazing at the best lake of them all Lake Superior. Now I’m back to finding inspiration on Pinterest for my next Decorator in a Box.


My business depends on Pinterest a great deal. It’s always my starting point with clients. I tell them to show me their pins. This always gets me headed in the right style direction. It helps me clearly see their room vision and then take it to the next level. I just discovered Pinterest’s 100 for 2016. It’s 100 of their most trending pins from the most influential pinners. My favorite are the top 10 home predictions. It’s nice to take all the guessing and opinions out of what a trend is. Pinterest can actually  see what a trend is. According to their 100 million users it looks like gray tones, geo tile and Scandi design inspiration are here to stay for a while. Here are my favorite five of the Pinterest home trend predictions. What pinners trend will you add to your home? You can always just start by pinning it.

#1 Geo Tile – Whether it’s in your entry, powder bath or dining room this modern floor is sure to have some major style impact. erin williams design//elle decoration




2. Scandinavian Inspired Design – It’s clean, simple and cozy with texture. Look to the Scandinavians for your next style inspiration. my scandinavian home




#3 Shades of Gray – Gone are the days of gold walls and beige. It’s all about gray and it will be for a while. Lonny Mag//feed puzzle



#4 Woven Wall Decor – These wall hangings can be d.i.y or found on Etsy. Whichever way you choose to get your woven wall hanging going it’s a decor must. I personally love them in nursery decor. woven laine//kipi blog 



#5 Black and White Interiors – Black and white can have just as much impact as color. Especially, when a deep thinking Bob Dylan poster is involved. elle decor//aesthetic oiseau




Sneak Peek :: Decorator in a Box Dining Room in New York

September 19th, 2016

Here’s a sneak peek at a Decorator in a Box dining room design on it’s way to New York. I’m especially excited about this design because it’s a traditional home with a modern twist. This house is an old English Tudor that the owners have updated. They lightened all the dark wood paneling by staining it a lighter gray. They also lightened all the floors. Traditionally when you walk into an English Tudor home it can feel very dark. Not the case with this update. This design will now take a modern twist even farther with it’s decor. Good design is finding that balance of old with new and modern with traditional. Mixing juxtaposing accents like a vintage rug with a modern table can really create interest. Adding more classic accessories such as chinoiserie ginger jars with modern furnishings gives a space that twist. It gives a space that wow factor. Here is a sneak peek at the design. Of course all the custom design details and shopping list are saved for the client.

Do you need help creating a custom look for your home? I can help you with a Decorator in a Box. Contact me to discuss your specific design needs. We can come up with a plan to meet both your style and budget. Decorator in a Box is all about creating online custom designs in the most financially savvy way.

Xo, Annie






Cozy Cabin Vibes

September 14th, 2016

There is a Fall crisp in the air and I’m loving it. This weather always gets me thinking of cozy cabins. I know there is plenty of Summer fun to be had at the cabin, but I love a Fall trip to the North Shore of Minnesota. There is nothing like red, yellow and orange leaves popping out. Here are spaces that are inspiring me to create a cozy vibe this Fall.

Do you need help creating a space you love in your home? Let me help you with a custom Decorator in a Box to meet your ideal budget and style. Let’s start to decorate today!

Xo, Annie







Images via domino//country living // jurnal de design//liz marie blog//the finishing touch

Inspired :: This Mornings Pins

September 7th, 2016

Oh Pinterest you are such a magical unicorn. I don’t know how I ever lived without you? I can’t believe I use to thumb through magazines. You bring me the perfect blend of style inspiration meets cute kiddo crafty ideas. I will admit I pin a lot of things I will never make or purchase, but it’s still fun to save it to a board. Here’s what I’m pinning this morning. Happy hump day all!

Xo, Annie

Pin #1 – The perfect entry ensemble. That bench + pillow + rug = welcome. via amber interiors


Pin #2 – Cute kiddo clothes. I just discovered this sweet store Darling Clementine. I like the simple Scandinavian style they have.


Pin #3 – Emily Henderson’s tips for styling your credenza. I love this for myself and to help my clients.


Pin #4 – Loving these Windsor Park Indigo pillows. I need two for my sitting room chairs. via tonic living


Pin #5 – How would you like this sweet little wagon at your next wedding or event? via new zealand design blog

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Decorator in a Box 20% Off Labor Day Sale!

August 30th, 2016

Don’t miss out on getting a custom Decorator in a Box at an even better price! Now until Labor Day take 20% off any design service. Enter the code MYDIAB20. Let’s start to create you custom design today!

Xo, Annie


Rifle Paper Co. Fabric Inspired Nursery!

August 29th, 2016

I finally started designing the nursery for our second little lady on the way. Time is flying by and it hit me I better get to work. I didn’t have any ideas of how I wanted the space to look. It’s always so much easier to design for my clients vs. myself. I can be kind of a indecisive client to myself.  With my daughter Nora’s nursery we went for a more vintage/bohemian look. I wanted something a little different this time around. I know both of these girls will be special in their own way and their rooms need to reflect that. While combing Pinterest I saw a nursery with a lovely floral Rifle Paper Co. framed art print. I thought art would be a great place to start. Then I discovered Rifle Paper Co. has fabric! I was instantly inspired after seeing their lovely floral textiles. Both Nora’s bedroom and the future baby room have window seats that need fabric. Rifle Paper Co. florals are just what my little gals need. Once I found these fabrics the designs fell into place. The fabrics just arrived today and I can’t wait to dive into my Sherwin Williams paint deck to find wall colors.

The baby nursery fabric is on the left and big sister Nora get’s the floral on the right. See all the lovely fabrics at Rifle Paper Co.



Here is the nursery vision. The plan is to paint a vintage French dresser I have dark blue. This will function as the changing table. I will definitely share with you how that project turns out. The recycled denim rug I already have, so I thought why not try and use it?


Here is the inspiration for big sister Nora’s window seat. The pillows I discovered at World Market.


I can’t wait to share the finished product with you. I have a d.i.y window seat cushion idea that I will be giving you the play by play on. Alright, now off to pick paint colors.

Xo, Annie