DIY Tuesday :: Painted Peacock Headboards

My little girl is growing too fast. It’s time for her to get a big girl bedroom. I have been brainstorming ideas and I would love to see a vintage peacock headboard in her space. I’m thinking a bohemian style and vibe would take her into her teen years (scary thought). I have been searching all over L.A. craigslist for these headboards and boy are they hard to come by. I know I could just purchase an already made peacock headboard, but there is something about the thrill of the hunt. I want to find and create my own. I love them so much I’m even thinking of taking a road trip to Inland Empire for the one I found. Once I get my hands on one it will be getting the spray paint treatment. I’m thinking mint green would be a nice pop of color. Mixed with white bedding and an India printed blanket for a printed accent. Whatta ya think? Here is my inspiration..

Xo, Annie



photos via the family love tree

In The Details :: A Look At Design Projects Past


It’s fun to go back and look at designs from a year or two ago. All the designs are so special to me and I remember every detail. Here are a few of my favorite projects passed.

I love the color scheme of  this Newport Beach, Ca dining room design. Even though I designed this a few years ago I would still use the indigo and pink color scheme in a design today. Especially…that Venetian glass chandelier!


Moving on to this NYC  parlor design that is one of my favorites. The client wanted a “happy chic” Jonathan Adler inspired look and we accomplished just that. I mixed mid-century with a touch of  glam and quirky accents to create major style in this space.


Then there is Dallas! Oh how I wanted this Kitchen for myself. One of my favorite things to shop for is wallcover and tile.


Oh and how could I forget North Carolina! The Turkish pillow ensemble for the sofa put me in textile heaven.



Then there was cottage chic in Long Beach, CA. It felt good to not need to shy away from a floral fabric.


Each design was so different and such a delight to work on. Would you like to see more Decorator in a Box projects passed? Visit the portfolio page. Would you like to be a current project? Just visit the start to decorate page. Let me know how I can help you achieve your interior design dreams.

Xo, Annie

Sunday Re-Read :: The Artful Parent

Now that my daughter is two we are having  fun making more art projects. Last night we colored and cut out rockets, planets and airplanes. I had just as much fun as she did flying the rocket to the moon. This reminded me of a post Lacey did at the beginning of Summer called the from  The Artful Parent. Read on to get some art project ideas to do with your littles… Xo, Annie

This book comes just in time for Summer break when you want to be stocked full of new activities for your kids to do. Here are a handful of new art projects as well as encouragements to keep your children artfully engaged. Helping to spark the creativity in your children and keeping them engaged in life is one of the best things you can do for your kids. I hope this book inspires you to break out the finger paints and easels with your kids!

Happy Reading!



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Nice Structure :: Finnaire Glams Up with Marimekko

In movies I see how glam air travel once was. I often take my daughter to the local flight museum and I’m in awe seeing the designer dresses flight attendants use to wear. They served up hot food and coffee on Grandma’s best china wearing Emilio Pucci. While flipping the pages of Elle Decor I saw that Finnair is going back to this glamour approach of flying. They teamed up with the famous textile company Marimekko to adorn the plane inside and out with pattern, color and style. Everything from their signature poppies on the outside of the airplane to china and blankets has the Marimekko touch. Maybe there is still hope for us to fly like Don Draper.

Xo, Annie

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Product Love :: Sheepskin and Mongolian Lamb

I love sheepskin and Mongolian lamb accents in a room. It’s a wonderful way to bring comfort and coziness into a space that needs it. Feeling like your Sisal rug is too rough? Throw down some sheepskin rugs, poufs, pillows or stools to add a much needed softness. Do you love the look of your modern mesh desk chair, but not the comfort? Toss a sheepskin throw over the chair to make it and your office oh so cozy.  Here is some inspiration to get you headed in the right direction. The look works best in small accents and not doing too much.  Don’t miss the D.I.Y lamb stool tutorial below.

Xo, Annie



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 Make your own mongolian stool with this tutorial HERE

D.I.Y Tuesday : Lindsey Adelman Chandi

Lindsey Adelman is the hottest lighting designer right now. She creates fixtures that are works of art. If you hang one of her chandeliers the room need almost nothing else. Obviously, these masterpieces come with a high price tag. That is why I flipped when I saw this D.I.Y to make a Lindsey Adelman fixture of your very own. See the full tutorial HERE.

Xo ,  Annie

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Product Love :: College Dorm Roundup

Getting ready for college feels just like yesterday and it was…uhuumm 15 years ago…yikes! I had so much fun decorating my first place with my roomate. Here is a roundup of fun items to start the school year off with smart and colorful style!

Xo – Annie

 Start with the right duvet cover. via urban outfitters


Notes don’t need to be boring with this pantone notebook. via urban outfitters


Keep items in one place. This is perfect for sox, underware, office supplies…you name it. via the container store5BinStorageTower_x (1)

Every dorm needs one of these. via the container store


You will need a lot of this to-go. via


Take a study break with this hopscotch rug. via


These poof pins will be oh too cute on your cork board. via anthropologie


Keep the laundry contained. via anthropologie


study light is a must. via land of nod


You will need a place to dock and listen to some tunes. via


D.I.Y Tuesday :: Dorm Deer Head

I love these patterned deer head D.I.Y’s ! They would add so much character and personality into a dorm space. They are also light enough to hang with no nails using only command strips. Here are a few of my favorite deer heads tutorials to bring a mascot into your dorm room.

Xo, Annie


photo and tutorial via chronicle books


photo and tutorial via noces de coton