Laurels Place Before / After

As you may know, my husband, Bill, and I tend to have a minor obsession (nothing balanced about it, haha) when it comes to homes....we just can't leave them alone! Not sure if it's in our DNA or a much needed creative outlet for us. I am usually the catalyst in most of the new projects, going to open houses and coming home just to drag Bill out to see home so he can fall in love as much as me with the space. He must be my sole-mate, because we always seem to walk away feeling the same way!

It seems weird, but both of us walk into homes looking at the bones, not the decor. We get so excited at the prospect of "creating". We most famously goaded my folks into buying a place out-of-state, sight unseen because the bones were A-HMAZING!! My parents ended up walking in and immediately asking how to get out of the house... but I will save that story for another time!(spoiler alert: they kept the house).

This post, my first design post, is dedicated to a project that gave us a lot of creativity (initially), taught us many lessons and brought us much relief when the project sold (we started it in 2015 and it sold it JAN 2017, yikes!!). This 4 bedroom / 4 bathroom house was a complete transformation, nearly a full gut job and a lot of time and involvement, but looking back at the before and afters AND hearing all of the people that walked through and loved, makes the grueling months (and years), somehow worth it!

Here are some of the before and after's, as well as the video.

 Front Elevation Before / After:

Kitchen Before / After:


Dining Room Before / After:

Family Room Before / After:

Master Bathroom Before / After:


Master Bedroom Before / After:

Bedroom Before / After:

Office Before / After:

Before Video:

After Video:

Trending: Hides & Fur

Ok, you caught me! I guess I have a "thing" for all things animals (since last weeks post was about baby animal pictures)....I think it started when I was very young and my Aunt Jan always loved anything leopard and I loved her style. From then on, I wanted to be like her and had to have anything leopard....obsession was born.


There is something just so beautiful and organic about hides and furs, they can make a space feel warm, cozy, soft and it doesn't matter if you are super contemporary or very traditional, a mountain retreat or a condo in the city, it is a trend that transcends the spaces.

Bill and I have been working on furnishing our latest place and I FELL IN LOVE (head over heels) with this beautiful Century chair, so we splurged on it. It is in the office and adds another layer against our wood-look wallpaper we installed. I think it is always so important to mix "softs" (flowers, furs, rugs, throws,etc) with the "hards" (tables, lamps, pictures, cabinets, leathers, etc). 

If you go back to last week's post, you can see that we also have a faux hide in our guest room and provides definition and depth to a space that would ordinarily be blah! Guys, fur and hide isn't just for winter any longer and can be found in many different applications, including Florida!!

When purchasing fur I always recommend Mongolian Lamb, it is just so soft and beautiful. West Elm has done a large application of the Mongolian fur here.

When purchasing hides / faux hides, I have great luck with and best of all, the price points are reasonable and most have reviews you can read before purchasing. That is exactly what we did for our faux hide in the guest room.

Below are some more applications of fur and hide that are ON POINT! Step out of your comfort zone and try a small application somewhere, even if just a throw pillow or two, my guess is that you are going to end up loving it!


XO, b

Photo Credit: Studio McGee

Photo Credit: Studio McGee

Photo Credit: Studio McGee

Photo Credit: Studio McGee

Photo Credit: Tamara Magel

Photo Credit: Tamara Magel

Photo Credit: Tamara Magel

Photo Credit: Tamara Magel

Trending: Baby Animal Photos

Bill and I thought people would think that we are a little loco when we decided to style our guest room with baby animal pictures, but we just couldn't resist!!

Restoration Hardware Baby & Child has probably the most popular collection and what we decided to use, as it fit the "look" of the rest of our room. Pictures can be found HERE.

We decided on 3 over the bed. Most mistakes people make when designing their bedrooms is NOT putting some sort of art / decor above the headboard area and it can look very sparse. A grouping of pictures is a great way to add some height, get rid of some of the negative space and 'style it up'!

Bill and I decided to hang a larger picture from a different collection, albeit still RH, to make the room flow as the eye bounces around. I sit under Barry the Bear almost everyday working on my computer and just love this part of the house!

I have some of the other items seen in this room tagged below, as well. Hang in there gang, it's almost Friday!!



Rods:  DESIGNER DRAPERY HARDWARE   Curtains: Custom by Peter & Rita Upholstery in Vero Beach   Purple Flowers:  Z.GALLERIE


Curtains: Custom by Peter & Rita Upholstery in Vero Beach 

Purple Flowers: Z.GALLERIE

Monogrammed Pillow: EASTERN ACCENTS, no longer available  Faux Rawhide:  O.CO   Magazine Basket:  POTTERY BARN   Table:  CARACOLE

Monogrammed Pillow: EASTERN ACCENTS, no longer available

Faux Rawhide: O.CO

Magazine Basket: POTTERY BARN