Design Bloggers Conference 2015

As I look back on my experience at the Design Bloggers Conference last week …

I am so thankful
for the women and men I met, the speakers who shared their stories and body of work with us and the relationships that were fostered.

Design Bloggers Conference 2015
Bunny Williams

I’m grateful
for my personal growth during the conference nurtured by a room full of hundreds of talented, hard-working, dedicated, open and kind women and men.

I’m inspired
to move my business forward … my newly designed website launch complete with custom product offerings by Intentional Designs should take place within the next couple of months!

Design Bloggers Conference 2015, Pirch at the Lenox Marketplace
Pirch at the Lenox Marketplace

One of the first things my husband asked me when I got home was
“what was the funniest thing that happened on your trip?”
I really had to think hard,

other than a miserable hair day …
Friday due to me trying yet once again to use a curling iron, which I have already tossed in the garbage …

and maybe at a stretch …
the awkwardness of having a picture taken with Nate Berkus only to find out the lens cap was on the camera … but true to the gracious person Nate is, he made sure we had a picture taken.

Design Bloggers Conference 2015, Nate Berkus and me!
Nate Berkus and me!

But really nothing to funny.

Although Brian Patrick Flynn was pretty hilarious!

Design Bloggers Conference 2015
Brian Patrick Flynn

and the “Kitchen Cousins” John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino are always entertaining.

Design Bloggers Conference 2015,
“Kitchen Cousins” John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino and me!

However, I said to my husband more than laughing and I love to laugh …
I cried happy tears
several times tearing up during many of the presentations and after thinking of conversations that I had with the extraordinary women and men as we shared our journey.

Some of the women and men I met …

“it was the best night of my life”
My friend MaryEtta had dinner at Vern Yips home Thursday night. She was so excited to be invited and I was so happy for her, I couldn’t wait to have her tell me all about it Friday morning. As she shared her photo’s she said “it was the best night of my life”.

Friday my new friend Mitzi …..
spoke as part of a panel. I met Mitzi Wednesday night at Bjork Studio, she was funny and engaging as we ate we shared our stories and immediately I knew she was one-of-a-kind and I am fortunate to call her my friend.

Design Bloggers Conference 2015
Mitzi Beach

I sat with Amy on the bus….
as we headed over to Phipps Plaza to hear Alexa Hampton speak. Again on Friday I counted my many blessings that in a group of hundreds I found myself with the most amazing hardworking smart and funny woman.

I also met Deadra ….
on Wednesday, she’s a total inspiration. Deadra is on the way to writing her first cookbook dedicated to local Colorado cuisine. We shared our stories, each having two boys we had a lot to talk about!

In the elevator I met …
Nick and Allison McCullough, speakers Thursday who helped me to understand Instagram! A million Thanks!
Nick Instagram NICKMCCLAND Allison Instagram ALROHRS

Design Bloggers Conference 2015
Nick and Allison McCullough

Our last speakers were Kika Gilbert, and Bekka Palmer,
Who brought my new understanding of Instagram into an “aha” moment.

Design Bloggers Conference 2015
Bekka Palmer + Kika Gilbert

A few of their quotes I loved …
“just do you”
“embrace the weird”
“kindness is key”

Truly I believe the face of our workplace is changing like never before with courageous women like Kika and Bekka who are bright, funny, real and kind. Please know you make a difference in the world.

So thank you to …

Adam Japko, Founder of Design Bloggers Conference and Garden Bloggers Conference
because of your vision, we have now have a community to call our own, developing life-long friendships supporting one another as we negotiate our path in the world of a Blogger.

Adam Japko, Founder of Design Bloggers Conference 2015
Adam Japko, Founder of Design Bloggers Conference and Garden Bloggers Conference

To the speakers ~
for sharing your inspiring life and work lessons with us.

To the sponsors ~
without your support events like this are not possible.

Design Bloggers Conference 2015, Bjork Studio, Traditional Home, Sunbrella
Wednesday’s Official After Party sponsored by Traditional Home and Sunbrella hosted at Bjork Studio

To my family + friends ~
much love, good health, success and time to enjoy it all.

To my husband Paul, my sons Scott and Alex, and my daughter-in-law to be Ali ~
you are the best support team anyone could ask for, love you all dearly.

Have a great week! ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

2015 Architectural Digest Greenroom

2015 Architectural Digest Greenroom Design from the renderings to the actual room. Take a few minutes and check out the interview below from Architectural Digest with Steven Johanknect, Pamela Shamshiri and Roman Alonso from Commune.

Such an insightful interview allowing us to understand Commune’s inspirations and design elements; such as the banquette seating, lighting, door design and bar, as well as the selected products from Holly Hunt, Stark and Sherwin-Williams, just to name a few that so perfectly worked together bringing the stars of the Oscars a bit of relaxation while backstage.

“inside” …
“With a nod to the iconic designs of the 1950s and ’60s, the Greenroom features a picture window composed of 16 Samsung LED displays that stream a sweeping view of L.A. from atop the Hollywood Hills as the city changes from day (shown) to night”.

2015 Architectural Digest Greenroom Design
2015 Architectural Digest Greenroom Design

“outside” space …

2015 Architectural Digest Greenroom Design
2015 Architectural Digest Greenroom Design

Sherwin-Williams Alabaster paint treatment for the brick walls.

Sherwin-Williams SW7008 Alabaster.
Sherwin-Williams SW7008 Alabaster. 2015 Greenroom “outside” space.

For more information on Greenroom, check out the link below from Architectural Digest.

Enjoy your day today ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

Sherwin-Williams Faux Finish Greenroom

It’s a faux-finish for the 2015 Greenroom Design by Sherwin-Williams Faux Impressions Paint Line.

According to my friends at Sherwin-Williams~
3 Walls received a faux finish assisted by Artist Ed Mattingly, creator of Sherwin-Williams Faux Impressions Line and installed with the lead painter of Scenic Express in LA.
The 4th wall … a touch screen multi-media screen.

Sherwin-Williams 2015 Greenroom Faux Finish
Sherwin-Williams 2015 Greenroom Faux Finish

The Faux treatment is a two-step process
-First, a single layer of Venetian Plaster in a Tinted Extra White base was applied in full coverage with soft random edges and shapes.

-Second, a final layer was rolled on to accentuate the highs and lows of the Venetian Plaster pattern. A mix of New Long Open-Time Glaze, Pearl base Metallic and New Aluminum Effect Glaze were combined to achieve a unique “Mother of Pearl” plaster finish.

I for one can’t wait to see the elements of design come together in the Greenroom Sunday!

Learn More about Sherwin-Williams Faux Impressions paint line by clicking the link ~

and check out the video below by Jackie Jordan Director of color marketing, Sherwin-Williams ~

There is also an “outside” garden patio. The ceiling and walls of this area were painted in Sherwin-Williams
SW 6991 Black Magic Emerald Interior Matte.

Sherwin-Williams SW6991 Black Magic
Sherwin-Williams SW6991 Black Magic. 2015 Greenroom “outside” space.

SW 7008 Alabaster Emerald Interior Matte.

Sherwin-Williams SW7008 Alabaster.
Sherwin-Williams SW7008 Alabaster. 2015 Greenroom “outside” space.

It’s Friday!!
Countdown to the Oscars … 2 days!
Thanks for sharing your week with me,
and as always have a wonderful weekend ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

2015 Oscar Greenroom Design

In partnership with Architectural Digest, the 2015 Oscar Greenroom Design team is LA based Commune Design.

And … Julianne Moore will be helping to design the Greenroom this year, I can’t even imagine how exciting this must be! ~ cheers!

Below is the 2015 Greenroom rendering courtesy of Commune.

2015 Oscar Greenroom Design
2015 Greenroom Rendering courtesy of Commune Design.

According to Architectural Digest text by Carrie Hojnicki,
“Employing a distinctly midcentury aesthetic, the designers fashioned the space to bring to mind the iconic modern homes of L.A.’s Mulholland Drive”.

“Sleek furnishings and stylish textiles, foliage and rich textures will ornament the room, which is set to “fully represent the best of California living,” says Commune cofounder Roman Alonso.

According to
Incorporated into the 2015 Architectural Digest Greenroom design are products by AD’s partners: Bernardaud, Caesarstone, Clarence House, Emtek, Holly Hunt, Perennials, Remains Lighting, Sherwin-Williams, Stark, Sutherland, Walker Zanger.

Director’s Cut Mohair fabrics from Holly Hunt Design
– looks luscious so excited to see it … or will it land on the cutting room floor?

2015 Oscar Greenroom Design
Holly Hunt Design, Director’s Cut Mohair Fabric

Mohair is one of my favorite fabrics, whenever I work with a client and they ask me what Mohair is, I tell them ~ it’s the fabric that Radio City Music Hall had on their chairs; that beautiful red mohair, wears like iron, looks and feels great.

Countdown to the Oscars … 6 days!
Enjoy your Monday! ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

Color Crush Blush

My Color Crush Blush.
I’ve always been a pink girl from deep rich tones to barely there shades so I’m very happy to see blush make the runway and enter the home with a modern updated take.

happy mother's day
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Banana Republic’s Spring Line – Blush on the runway. Perfection, a Blush Leather Moto Jacket!

Blush Color Crush
Banana Republic Quilted Blush Leather Moto Jacket

Love this animal print fabric in Blush, a linen/rayon blend. From, one of many fabric options available for window treatments + pillows ~ coming soon!

Color Crush Blush
Animal Print in Blush

Obsessed with this Farrow and Ball Paint Color ~ Calamine . I need to find a room to paint!

Farrow and Ball, Girl's bedroom painted in Calamine Estate Emulsion.
Contributed by Josie Long
Farrow and Ball, Girl’s bedroom painted in Calamine.

A favorite (blush) Rose wine from Croteaux Vineyards, Southold, NY

diy wine corks
Croteaux Vineyards

I can’t let Valentines day go by without sharing my favorite chocolates, from The Chocolate Fetish in Asheville NC. My very favorite … dark chocolate covered caramel with sea salt, delsih!

From my friends at Wesley Hall. The most delicious chocolate covered caramels from, from Asheville North Carolina.
From my friends at Wesley Hall. The most delicious chocolate covered caramels from, Asheville North Carolina.

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Thanks for sharing your week with me,
and as always, have a great weekend! ~ Nancy

be happy + be comfortable in your home

Bathroom Paint Colors Ideas

Choosing Bathroom Paint Colors can be a fun + it can be a challenge.

Some things to consider:

-What is your design style?
-Are you looking for a spa-like retreat?

Gray Mirage is a soft neutral that pairs well with natural finishes creating a soothing environment.

Paint: Benjamin Moore, Gray Mirage

Choosing Paint Colors for your home.
Benjamin Moore Gray Mirage

What else is in the room?
- What is the finish on your vanity??

The white vanity below lends itself to a multitude of color palettes.

Paint: Sherwin-Williams, Breaktime SW6463

HGTV Dream Home 2015 Paint Colors
Kids Bathroom

- Who primarily uses that bathroom? i.e. a guest bath?
This bathroom is in the basement a perfect location to add some fun color!

Paint: Sherwin-Williams, Gingery SW6363 + Incredible White SW7028

Color Flow in Homes
HGTV Smart Home 2014, Basement Bathroom. Designer Linda Woodrum. Credit: Eric Perry.

- What space does the bathroom open up into?
Add cohesion to a space with color, both the master + mater bath share the same paint colors.

Paint: Sherwin-Williams Cay 6772 + Accessible Beige SW7036

DIY Blog Cabin 2013. Sherwin Williams SW 7036 Accessible Beige
DIY Blog Cabin 2013. Sherwin Williams SW 7036 Accessible Beige

- What kind of light does the space get?
This Master Bath gets plenty of light, no problem there! SW Watery a rich saturated color, brings the stunning white elements in this Master Bath all together.

Paint: Sherwin-Williams, Pure White 7005 + Watery SW6478

Bathroom Paint Color Ideas
HGTV Dream Home 2015 Master Bath.

-What is the function (other than the obvious) of the space?
- will you be using the space to apply make-up?
– strictly a powder room?

I just can’t get enough of this color! A strong statement paint color adds architecture and detail to a space where none may exist.

Paint: Benjamin Moore, Old Claret 2083-30

Benjamin Moore Old Claret 2083-30
Benjamin Moore Old Claret 2083-30

It’s Wednesday, we’re half way there, make it a great day ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

Bathroom Vanity Styles

What’s new in bathroom vanity styles?

I was looking for a vanity last fall for a client on a strict budget so I headed for Ikea hoping to find a vanity to fit their needs. I was really surprised at how Ikea has stepped up their game in the bathroom department.

Bathroom Vanities are widely available in any shape and size, from custom to semi-custom to innovative designs found at Ikea.

From Ikea a “floating” sink vanity the Godmorgon Odensvik.

Bathroom Vanities, Sink Cabinets
Godmorgan / Odensvik Sink Cabinet from Ikea.

In my earlier post, I pictured a Bertch Vanity that I selected for my powder room in a Shale Finish. I absolutely love the vanity and couldn’t be happier with the product functionality and design of the vanity. In know it’s a little intimidating to start with a blank slate but give yourself the time to put it all together, ask for assistance and listen to your gut.

    Most Bathroom vanities are available in a selection of finishes.
From Bertch Interlude Collection, Frame.
From Bertch Interlude Collection, Frame.
    Make your design choices ~ Select your finish, vanity top, hardware + sink faucets and there you have it!


    Maybe even add doors to the frame for closed storage.


    Or make it larger.
Bathroom Vanities
From Bertch Interlude Collection, Driftwood finish in Oak.
    Whatever your style is, one thing is for sure ~ there is a vanity out there for you!

Visit for more information on their vanities.

It’s Wednesday, we’re half way there!
Enjoy the rest of your week,
be happy + be comfortable in your home ~ Nancy