A Good Buy … Outdoor Dining Chairs

It’s nearing the end of the month … time for “A Good Buy”

Outdoor Dining Chairs

and who doesn’t love a good buy!
I know I’m a week early but with Memorial Day weekend ahead outdoor decorating is in full swing and I didn’t want you to miss out!

Dining Chairs from Target, on sale we paid on sale $93.50 per pair! Regular price $55.00, still a steal!

Designing a space for a relatively small deck area 9′ x 11′ + a separate dining area to seat a minimum of 8 and come in on budget can be a bit of a challenge. This is when making decisions where and how to spend the budget is critical and being able to think outside the box comes into play.

I’ve mixed and matched furnishing and accessories from Target, Crate & Barrel, Ikea, Pottery Barn, Flea market finds + some of the homeowner’s treasures to create this colorful uplifting space.

A good buy ... outdoor dining chairs
A good buy … outdoor dining chairs

Why the dining chairs work …
Design, classic x-back
Colors options
Durable for outdoor use, heavy yet stackable
Versatile, can be used on the deck for additional seating


And so the design plan begins …

First things first …
Take the wish list above
Separate dining area
Separate lounge area
Function of lounge space: entertaining + casual eating area
Seating for 8 in both areas
Budget conscious
Shade for daytime use

create a floor plan …
Scale is the key, always

A good buy ... outdoor dining chair
A good buy … outdoor dining chair

add furnishings …
What to keep and what to replace
To fit the scale of the space and on budget

plan for accessories from the start …
Work within a colorful palette
Don’t forget about the flowers
Add flea market finds + homeowners treasures to the new furnishing for a well-loved + lived in look and feel

A good buy ... outdoor dining chair
A good buy … outdoor dining chair

To keep in budget we reused the dining table. Unfortunately soon after we installed the furniture a storm came through and the glass top shattered. We’ll be replacing the table with a new one since it’s pretty old and this is not the first time the glass has shattered.

A good buy ... outdoor dining chair
A good buy … outdoor dining chair

At least the chairs look great!

Have a wonderful weekend, and as always thanks for sharing your week with me ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

Before and After … Foyer Staircase

Last year my husband and I decided to tackle our staircase …
it turned out to be a total foyer refresh plus the

foyer staircase

The decisions that we needed to make …

Replace the carpet again or install hardwood?
Our Choice:

Hardwood for the treads, finish stain color.
White paint for the risers, paint color.
We hired a professional flooring company to install the staircase.

Keep the railings the same or change it.
Our Choice:

Stain the railings to blend with the new flooring.
Paint the spindles white, paint color, Super White Benjamin Moore.
We sanded, stained and painted.

Landing on the second floor, carpet or hardwood?
Our Choice:

We hired a professional flooring company to install the flooring.

Moldings … upgrade?
Our Choice:

Paint color, Super White, Benjamin Moore
My Husband upgraded the molding.

Paint Color … Change it?
Our Choice:

Change it ~
Bruton White CW710, Benjamin Moore.
We painted.

Chandelier … Replace?
Our Choice:

Find a new one
From Currey + Company

Before and After ... Staircase Refinishing
After Chandelier from Currey & Company.
Before and After … Staircase Refinishing
Instant update: Gold Accents
Wellington Chandelier from Currey and Company.

Accessories …
Our Choice:

We kept the demi-lune chest
We swapped out artwork for a mirror
And updated the lamp

It’s amazing how one decision affects the next one, especially in a foyer.

After. Before and After ... Staircase Refinishing
After. Before and After … Staircase Refinishing

Foyers are complicated…
It’s where you greet people, it’s where you say good-bye to them too.
It’s a “public” space and it’s a private haven when you get home from a long day.
Do you need the space to be informal … a kick off your shoes and drop the book bags space?
Or do you yearn for order and style and at the same time want it to be a friendly “hello” for friends?
Do you want it to look like a model home or showcase your personality?
Do you need it to function for a family, pets, bicycle storage, stroller parking … performing double duty?

If you’re like most you’re trying to combine it all.

Seems a little overwhelming but these are all the questions a designer will take into consideration before embarking on your job, because the space needs to function for you and meet your design style.

My Tip~
Take some time and plan it out … all the details + budget …
the front end goes a little slower but the planning makes the project go much faster and it’s more enjoyable.

Hope the rest of your week is awesome, enjoy! ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

Avocados for breakfast

Tuesday’s food for thought …

Avocados for breakfast

I wonder how many people really eat breakfast?
I’m a 3 meal a day girl, so breakfast is always on the menu for me.

Here’s a quick easy breakfast, looks fancy but it’s only 4 ingredients.

Tuesday's food for thought ... avocado's for breakfast
Tuesday’s food for thought … avocado’s for breakfast

Shopping list:

I really like Rudolph’s Bavarian Multi-Grain Bread. Its 110 calories per slice and 0 added sugars.
Or, Ezekiel 4:9 Flax Bread 80 calories per slice. I like Sprouted grain bread, but I must admit it took a little bit to get use to it.

Literally this all takes about 5-10 minutes, and that’s being generous.

To do:
Choose any type of cooked egg, I like all kinds but find that fried is a little quicker for me to cook.
Add butter to your skillet.
Crack an egg add it to the hot pan, cook to your liking.
Add seasonings, I like to add sea salt, pepper and turmeric.
Pop your bread in the toaster.
Cut an avocado in half. Wrap up half to save for tomorrow.
Scoop out the avocado and slice it.
Take the toast out, cut in half.
Add the fried egg to one half and the sliced avocado to the other half.

That’s it….

Clean up:
Fry pan + spatula … nice :)

quick, healthy and easy … Enjoy!

A couple of cookbooks I like …
Both are available at Amazon.com.

Jodi Liano, Eggs

Michel Roux, Eggs

My thoughts …
So after you have the preparation down

Sometimes it’s all about the presentation …
“people eat with their eyes” … I think it’s so true!

Dishes can add a special touch to a meal, you can make it casual, formal or fun depending on the dishes you use … but one thing for sure if your thinking about the dishes your using, the meal will feel special and I think tastes better!

Avocados for breakfast.  Barn Cambria Dinnerware
Pottery Barn Cambria Dinnerware

The dishes I used were from Pottery Barn many many moons ago, but I still love them and use them a lot.
They don’t carry mine anymore, but have some other dinnerware you may like.


Have a great day …
and maybe try breakfast for dinner tonight!~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

Inspired interiors by May’s flowers

Inspired interiors by May’s flowers

Inspired interiors by May’s flowers … bursting with colorful blooms and lush greens.

Inspired by May’s month of blue and dark floral fabrics, these beautiful blue/purple + orange flowers against a lush green backdrop creates a palette worth exploring.

Sherwin-Williams White Hyacinth SW0046 is a beautiful soft color to play against these lush florals.

Add fabrics in orange as your accent color, for pillows, window treatments or an ottoman or two!

May Flowers inspire paint colors, Orange Fabrics from Vern Yip for Trend Fabrics
Orange Fabrics from Vern Yip for Trend Fabrics

Below Honest Blue from Sherwin-Williams provides a soothing backdrop for the deep blues and orange accents for HGTV’s Dream Home 2015 Guest Room.

HGTV Dream Home 2015 Paint Colors
HGTV Dream Home 2015 Paint Colors Guest Room

It’s Friday, yay!! Take a walk and get inspired :)
I love the lavender against the lush greens with a slight touch of coral. The photo’s below are from The Getty Villa in CA.

The Sherwin-Williams Buoyant Collection brings these lush natural colors together including their 2015 Color of the Year Coral Reef SW6606.

From Sherwin-Williams …
“We’re exploring the secrets of the rainforest, applying the medicinal and cosmetic benefits of its botanical bounty. We’re looking to the natural world in other ways, too, incorporating green spaces into even dense urban environments — trusting in nature to keep our spirits bright.”

Buoyant, Inspiration Photo from Sherwin-Williams
Buoyant, Inspiration Photo from Sherwin-Williams
Left Wall Paint Color: Coral Reef SW6606
Right Wall Paint Color: Paradise SW6720
Buoyant Paint Collection from Sherwin-Williams
Buoyant Paint Collection from Sherwin-Williams

Thanks for sharing your week with me, and as always have a wonderful weekend! ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

Trend Watch: Dark Floral Fabrics

Our Trend Watch for May is …

Dark Floral Fabrics

Monique Lhuillier Pre-Fall 2015
Photo by Courtesy Photo


Trend Watch: Dark Floral Fabrics, Monique Lhuillier Pre-Fall 2015
Monique Lhuillier Pre-Fall 2015

Floral Fabrics have been on the radar for a while but now there is a definite shift towards “dark floral” fabrics.

I remember last year I was shopping for a dress to wear to a wedding and found a dress in a dark floral pattern of deep blues and plums … you know that purchase you wish you had made, that was it! Anyway, that dress was an indication to me of a trend on the way into our homes … dark florals.

So how do we work in a little of this trendy fabric into our homes???

My Tip~
try an area rug + some accent pillows…

Inspiring white room design ideas
From Traditional Home. At Home with Bill and Giuliana Rancic
Tour Bill and Giuliana Rancic’s newly built Los Angeles home
Written and produced by Krissa Rossbund

Home Fashion follows Runway fashion ….

From WWD.com
“the season’s most memorable florals were dark and moody”


Roberto Cavalli Pre-Fall 2015
Photo by Giovanna Pavesi


Trend Watch: Dark Floral Fabrics, Roberto Cavalli Pre-Fall 2015
Roberto Cavalli Pre-Fall 2015

So how do we work in a little of this trendy fabric into our homes???
My Tip~
Go bold … commit to the fabric. The settee below is captivating in this dark global floral fabric from Isabelle de Borchgrave for Fabricut.


Trend Watch Dark Floral Fabrics, Settee in a dark global floral fabric
Settee fabric from Isabelle de Borchgrave for Fabricut

My take away ~
Pantone 2015 Color of the year Marsala is a perfect tie in for our dark florals.

Pantone Color 2015
Pantone Color of the Year 2015

Have a great rest of your week … it’s Wednesday! ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

blue, green, lavender paint colors

Over the past few weeks my readers questions have been focused on Blue, Green, Lavender Paint Colors.

Blue, Green, Lavender Paint Colors

Question no. 1 …
One reader asked about French Blue and Red Rooms.

Fabricut has a beautiful line called French General with a wide selection of French Blue fabric combinations.

Fabricut, French General Collection
Fabricut, French General Collection

My tip ~
Take a cue from your fabric, choose a paint scheme from the color family in your fabric it’s a sure way to get it right.

Visit www.fabricut.com to view their French General line, full of blue and red fabric combinations.

Question no. 2…
Where can a sage green paint be used and what color accessories will work with sage?

One of my go to colors for sage is Benjamin Moore Gray Mirage 2142-50.
A beautiful sage can be used in any room of your home, from a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living/great room to a dining room.

Choosing Paint Colors for your home.
Benjamin Moore Gray Mirage
Choosing Paint colors for your home
Gray Mirage 2142-5- Walls
Moonlight White 2143-60 Door, Ceiling
Sparrow AF-720 Hallway

My Tips ~
Accent colors for a sage paint color …

Keep it simple and light ~ Add accent colors in shades of white combined natural textures; from wood, stone and rattan plus touches of black and silver.
Go bold ~ Sage pairs well with the red family.
One of my favorites ways to introduce color without overpowering a room is with an area rug, try an area rug in shades of sage and red.
Be unexpected ~ adding just the right tone of a navy blue is really stunning and unexpected.
Don’t forget about the floor ~ flooring is so important, sage really looks beautiful against a wood floor adding richness and depth.

Question no. 3
Where to use lavender paint colors?

Organdy BM 1248
From Benjamin Moore: “Mirroring the breezy, sheer qualities of the fabric for which it’s named, this light gray-purple is a versatile, easygoing color”.

my tip ~
My tip comes directly from a friend who used a similar color in her powder room with a natural stone accent wall, it is just beautiful. Paired with natural materials this light and airy color has just enough gray to keep it sophisticated.
so for an unexpected twist combine Organdy with a stone accent wall in a powder room. This sheer color keeps the room open while the stone wall grounds the space, keep your flooring and vanity in rich warm wood tones and moldings in a soft neutral or keep them in organdy.

From the Home Depot, Solistone Modern Opera 12 in. x 12 in. Marble Natural Stone Mosaic Wall Tile
From the Home Depot, Solistone Modern Opera 12 in. x 12 in. Marble Natural Stone Mosaic Wall Tile

visit www.homedepot.com for more information.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Enjoy your Monday ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

May Celebrations

May is a busy month full of celebrations + change …

May Celebrations

Mother’s Day …

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever”.

Much Love for a Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom :) my Mother-in-Law :) my family + friends all amazing women + parents.

As a Mom … how blessed I am, my “boys” are a continuous light in my life! It’s so exciting to see our family grow and change, Love you all!

College Graduations …

“You are graduating from college. That means that this is the first day of the last day of your life. No, that’s wrong. This is the last day of the first day of school. Nope, that’s worse. This is a day.” – Andy Samberg

A moment in time to cherish for students and parents ~ nancy
College graduation bring new beginnings + tearful endings as graduates move on from their college community to begin their new career.
Which leads to …
New jobs and maybe New homes.

Memorial Day …
May has always been a busy month at our home, both my sons were born Memorial Day weekend. So for us, May brought cheerful change to our lives and continue to do so each year as we celebrate the “boys” birthdays.

Weddings …
May is also one of the top 3 months in which to get married.

New Opportunities …

A sneak peek …

May will also bring change to IntentionalDesigns.com at the end of the month.
Our newly designed website/blog complete with an e-commerce site will be launched!
Many thanks to our entire team who has been working on the site bringing our vision to a reality.
Our product line will be full of customizable window treatments in over 60 patterns, custom pillows, custom ottomans, window hardware, artwork and some fun accessory items.

Planning for Summer activities …
Outdoor entertaining
Vacation planning
Final push to get your summer home ready for Memorial Day weekend.

no wonder I’m tired, lol :)

Happy Mother’s Day + Enjoy May’s festivities!!
Have a wonderful weekend and as always thanks for sharing your week with me ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home