Sneak Peek :: New York Den Update

Often times when you update your home it makes other rooms look more out of date.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




Top Five Pinterest 2016 Home Trend Predictions

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




For The Walls :: Creating Perfect Engineered Prints

How awesome are these engineered prints?! At first glance I would have thought they were taken with a pro camera and printed using the best photo printer. Guess what? They were taken on a basic camera and then printed on a plotter. A plotter is what designers use to print their architectural or CAD drawings on. This can be done at your local Fedex store and at a very thrifty price. The trick is to crop them in an artsy way ( like the photos below). Then turn them into black and whites before printing. See the full tutorial via the blog Chris Love Julia.

Do you need help selecting art for your home? Maybe you have another project you feel a little stuck on? Let me help you with that. See the Decorator in a Box “a la carte” options starting at $75. If you don’t see an option that meets your specific needs simply email me and I will get you what you need.

Xo, Annie

Cute Kiddo Stuff :: Modern Scandinavian Dollhouse

This Scandinavian dollhouse is over the top chic. I’m wishing it was actually my real kitchen. The mint color SMEG fridge, waterfall marble island and black oven hood are dreamy. Oh and let’s not forget the accessories complete with modern cutting boards. This is taking dollhouse to a whole new level. See the full tour at Nallie’s House.

Do you need help with your real house? Who knows, maybe we could use this dollhouse for inspiration. Let’s start your custom Decorator in a Box today!

Xo, Annie

modern dollhouse kitchen 3

modern dollhouse kitchen 11


all photos via Nalle’s House


Friday Five :: Outdoor Space Round-Up

It’s Summer! We are all spending plenty of time outside. Whether it’s in your backyard, cabin or beach house outdoor living is important. I like an outdoor area that is as cozy as the inside. Here are five outdoor living spaces that are sure to inspire.

Do you need help with your patio or deck area? Let’s create a Decorator in a Box to meet your design needs, style and budget!

Xo, Annie

#1 Pretty in Pastel. photo via city farm house


#2 Midnight and Twinkly. photo via style and cheek


#3 Black, White & Chic. photo via oh what a room


#4 Striped & Loungy. photo via centsational girl


#5 Dreamy Al Fresco. photo via lonny


Rug Rules :: Four Questions to Ask Yourself

Shopping for rugs can be a challenge. Sometimes it’s a trial and error process. Here are the questions I always ask myself and clients when rug shopping.  These questions will help eliminate some major rug mistakes.

#1 What Size? The biggest mistake I see people make is going too small with their rug. If the rug doesn’t tuck under your furniture it’s too small. Try to avoid the floating rug mistake. In a living space the rug must tuck under the front feet of the sofas and chairs. If it doesn’t it’s too small. The only place a rug can float in a room is in a child’s bedroom or nursery. This is because that rug functions as a play area. Here are some examples…



via apartment 34 // Kailee Wright

#2 What’s my rooms function? Know how you will be using your space. If this is a baby’s room your going to want something soft for baby to lay on? If this is a high traffic area you may want it to be washable or hide dirt? If this is a dining area will it hold up to food spills? Read the care instructions and see if they will work in the space before you make that purchase.


via Catherine Kwong

#3 What’s my Style? Are you modern and monochromatic? Then keep that rug tone on tone or solid with lots of texture. Does your room need that pop of color? Never underestimate the power of a statement rug with lots of pattern and color, think Turkish? Are you beachy? Then I would go sisal or awning stripe. Are your eclectic modern? Then Morrocan is going to be your friend. A rug can really take a room that has no style and give it something major.



via lovely life // My Domaine

#4 Where should I purchase my rug? The first part to this questions is what’s your budget? If your on a small budget then online shopping is going to be your best bet. I like shopping for their affordable rugs. I have even had to return one and the shipping fee was small at $13 for a 5×7 rug. Other budget friendly options are Target, World Market and Ikea. If you want higher quality I would take a look at your local rug showrooms. I also have a lot of luck at West Elm who has a good mix of modern and worldly style.




Lighting Trend :: Extension Arm Sconce

Want to give your kitchen, living or bath high style lighting? Get in on the extension arm sconce trend. The more industrial looking the better. This works well above open kitchen shelves paired with subway tile. It’s also a more interesting option above a bathroom mirror or bookcase. Here is some design inspiration to get you thinking of where to add sconces in your home.

Do you need help with a design on your next home project? Interior design doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Let’s create a custom Decorator in a Box to meet your personal style and budget!

Xo, Annie




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bliss at home  //amber interiors // bhg // sita montgomery 

:: Get Indoor Planting Style ::

A great way to bring Spring indoors is with plants. A large fiddle leaf tree planted in a basket is the perfect way to fill a corner with style. Hanging planters like these clay ones from Anthropologie will create interest above a console table. Lastly, plant at different levels with floor planters like these modern one from Target. With these tips you are sure to be feeling chic indoors and out this Spring.

Do you need help with your space? Let me create a custom Decorator in a Box that is all your budget and style!

Xo, Annie



Target//Anthro blog