Creative Corners

It’s the weekend and you’re hopefully in full relaxation mode. Wouldn’t you love a cozy spot to read (or hide) and relax in?

Find your corner and get to layering!



milton bonus room nook

This affordable nook has personality. I layered patterns, textures, color, and character. Boho chic. (Christina Wedge: photography)

milton bonus room reading nook

If you have a larger area and want to be a bit more planned- try a reading corner with built-ins and a multipurpose table. We added these delicious velvet drapery panels to warm the space.

A budget friendly option would be to incorporate free standing shelves (keep it sturdy) and a chair with an ottoman.

Stylish, cozy, functional, and flexible!

What creative corner can you come up with?

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Happy relaxation!


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Superwoman Has Nothing On You

Superwoman is a powerful, beautiful superhero with a rocking body. I am not superwoman. I do not have super powers or the ability to fight bad guys while wearing heels. Where am I going with this?

Haven’t you heard people say things like “you do so much you are like superwoman!” I have. It’s a playful term for someone to say when they notice how much another woman juggles in her day to day. I’ve said it to others too in admiration of what ‘appears’ to be someone that has it all together. Let’s be truthful. No one feels like superwoman when they are going in ten different directions each day. How together does this sound? Unfolded laundry, a to-do list that’s never done, and that workout you promised yourself you would squeeze in, you bought your children their dinner from a gas station (yep)…and this goes on and on.

Add being a mom to a woman’s role and your even less likely to feel like superwoman. I don’t make the best dinners. I don’t force the veggies (these little people can break you down!). I’m not so sure my youngest has clean clothes on today and I’m so tired of cleaning around the toilets. Here’s the big thing I know about myself- I’m not good at the very hard job of being a stay at home mom. I’ve done it and I have plenty of days and breaks when I’m home BUT ongoing is not for me. I like working and doing what fills me up creatively. I add working mom outside the home to my list and I’m closer to wearing underoos than a superwoman cape.

I’ve always been goal oriented and very driven and I like that my boys see that part in me with my design work. It’s also my desire to contribute financially to the household and it gives me a sense of independence and confidence. It’s just my thing. I’m still at the bus stop and I’m driving to soccer practice and I’m checking emails in carpool. It’s a little circus scenario at times but the imperfections are completely fine with me. I also know that my desires or family needs could all change, and they are my priority.

That leads me to this. We all have a daily balancing act as women and likely never feel like superwoman. Let’s mix in those hard life moments we experience into our day to day tasks. These bumps in the road can turn us upside down, inside out, and make regular daily tasks seem out of control. This is where the superhero comes in. The daily task and juggling can’t stop–well, maybe they can be altered, delayed, or passed on to someone else. Sometimes the superhero is you, and sometimes we need a superhero.

I’ve had many life moments that changed my direction, my thoughts, my desires, and my needs. I shared just one directional shift here My Journey Began with Fear.  Bumps can sure feel like mountains. I know how it feels when you’ve got momentum going and the chain falls off your bike and you’ve got to shift gears. One year ago I had a leg cramp that wouldn’t go away. My inner voice (speaks beautiful Italian btw) was loud and I knew I needed to go to the doctor. They found a blood clot in my leg and put the fear in me about the seriousness of this. I administered shots in my stomach and took blood thinners and tried to not get injured. I had to wear a beautiful compression sock for one year. It’s been a year. During that same time my son had some intestinal pain and my fears briefly went back to his previous health history. He’s good, I’m good. Bumps can be the future driver of new things, good things.

Here’s a little thought I shared on Facebook:

Open permission to reinvent or restart at any time! We’re not boxed in. Whether it’s choices we control or those life moments we can’t control – we sure learn, evolve, and become our better-best self. All in time. Dancing and a little laughter are musts too.

So, to all perfectly imperfect women with juggling acts and wearing many hats you are superheroes. Superwoman has nothing on you.

I live a beautiful life. I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a good friend. I’m so grateful.

Enjoy your Mother’s Day!


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Dining Rooms and Romance

Dining rooms and romance definitely go hand in hand-but that’s not what this post is about. I have a dining room concept to work on so I’ll save that for a future topic. My thoughts today are on my love of a lantern hanging in my dining room.

I’ve shared the progress of my own home renovation and decorating on Instagram (JulieMInteriors) and I’ve been asked many times about the light fixture above my dining table.

dining room light

Meet Darlana by Visual Comfort. No glass to clean and it’s a terrific scale for above a dining table or a kitchen island. Classic.

Here is a pair in polished nickel.

kitchen lighting

It’s simple yet stylish.

Back to thinking about romance. Another project I’m working on is a master suite. My client wants it to be serene and calm with a romantic quality.

These Miles Redd designs for Schumacher would be a gorgeous way to add a romantic quality to any master bedroom without too much femininity. Pillows or drapery panels would be stunning! The colorways are gorgeous-see more here.


Inspiration starts in many ways but for me I love to turn to fabrics.

I’ve got one week until completion and install of a client bonus room- it’s Amazing! Also, soon to hold a photo shoot for a bungalow I’ve completed. So, here’s to great projects and sharing. Next, I’ll begin sharing concepts for new spaces – including a dining room and this master suite.

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Decorate with a Vision

Decorate with a vision in mind when you are not really sure what you like or most importantly how you want to feel in your space. If you don’t know where to begin decorating your space go visit your nearest fabric store and pull out prints and colors that strike an emotion in you. Not the THIS IS THE UGLIEST thing ever kind of emotion, right? More like, I like this but I’m not sure how I’d use it.

Take your fabric samples and play with color schemes, patterns, and textures. Don’t sweat over it. You’ll FEEL what works for you. By creating your vision for the overall space you may find it easier to select your paint colors, bedding, or begin with a few select pieces.

Here are a few of my recent loves for boy and girl spaces and that calming living space.

My favorite colors- BLUES. I happen to love transitional style and the larger scale fabric on top would make fabulous drapery.

Still overwhelmed or need guidance on creating YOUR vision? I’d love to help you. See me services (including e-Design) here.


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Lighting Design

Lighting design is by far one of the most important elements in a home update, renovation, or new build. Don’t let lighting be something that you just grab during a panic attack because your electrician needed it yesterday! Don’t do it. Plan for all of your lighting in the beginning of your project.

Your electrician is going to ask you what type of light will be used in every single space during the framing phase of a construction project. They need to know the type of fixture you will want installed. Is it a ceiling fan with or without a light, a semi-flush mount, flush mount, pendant, chandelier, sconce, recessed…and on and on. Then, your electrician will need to know the location of light switches and which require dimmers…and on and on.

You then need to consider if any rooms require floor outlets – and that you may only know if you know your space plan and furniture layout. Oh, and then there’s the location of cables, phones, speakers…. It’s a lot! I shared the importance of planning in this post (here).

Back to lighting.

I planned out the lighting needs in our renovation when the project first began. This does not mean I chose the exact fixtures but I did have some clear idea of what was needed and what I liked. Lighting makes a space and can set the style in your home.

The wow factor when you walk in my home is our entry chandelier illuminating the barrel ceiling-which we added and love.



The lighting choices in our open living space work together in my transitional style but have different finishes and interest. Here’s a glimpse of some of our lighting.



I won’t leave you hanging on this topic because there is so much more! I happen to LOVE lighting and what it does to a space. It’s magic! If you need help with your project I offer a Renovation Rescue service along with my other services, here.

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