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Design Shuffle {Guest Blogging}

15 Jan

I’m honored and excited to be guest blogging on Design Shuffle today!  If you have been intrigued with online design and wanted to to know more about the process, pop over to their fabulous site to see the post. See how online design can give you access to an interior design with out the design fees involved.  This up and coming service allows you to design your room on your time & budget!

At Studio Ten 25, we call our online design service HOME AWAY FROM HOME! We would love to talk to you about putting the finishing touches on that unfinished room!

A few of my favorite Home Away From Home Projects

Home Away From Home: Living With Options

23 Nov

I recently finished a Home Away From Home project with two color options for the living room. It’s always nice to show a client how versatile their existing pieces can be with just a few simple changes.  This living room has dark espresso wood floors, a fresh coat of soft blue paint on the walls and a fabulous creme sofa to anchor the space.  Here are the additions we suggested!


With such simple basics in place, adding a pop of color and pattern will bring the room into the eclectic chic feel my client is after.  The silk drapes bring in a touch of sophistication while the warmer green hue is fun and a great accent against the blue walls.  By using pillows and x-benches to bring in more of the green and teal accent color, this room screams chic!


Media Console

Coffee Table


Accent Chairs

Another accent chair option.

Green Accent Pillows |  Teal Accent Pillows |  Patterned Pillow



Side Tables


If a softer look & feel is what my client is more comfortable with, this palette is going to be the best choice.  By using an eclectic patterned drape, we are able to set the stage for the blue and yellow accents.  When we change out the rug with something more simple but still graphic, the overall feel stays eclectic.  I love mixing patterns in a room, it keeps you eye moving.  And by keeping the pattern similar in color, they will relate well to each other.

Drapes In Boteh Jade:  I love the fact that we can do the drapes or roman shade.  I also like the white with blue accent roman shade mixed with the drapes.



Blue Accent Pillow |  Zig Zag Accent Pillow |  Yellow Accent Pillow

Need help pulling your space together? Check out our Home Away From Home packages and fill out our online questionnaire! We would love to help you create the room of your dreams.  AND, all HWH packages come with a 20% discount code to use at Shop Ten 25!

Home Away From Home – Hollywood Regency

9 Nov

Home Away From Home – Guest Room Update

5 Nov

Home Away From Home: First Impressions

20 Oct

Amanda contacted me for help with her newly updated entry and was ready for a major change.  After replacing the worn out carpet with espresso stained maple hardwoods, adding crown moulding and updating the paint she had no idea what to do next. She said the “boxy” entry felt cold and she was ready to add pieces that would make a “wow” first impression. She was ready to bring in statement pieces and go chic!

Since Amanda send me pieces from Shop Ten 25 as inspiration and requested our “home away from home” online design service, she will receive a discount on any purchase she makes from the shop!

So, here is what I have come up with! A space that is classy, chic and full of statement pieces! I’m in love…

Here are a few of the requests that Amanda gave me for the space and the breakdown of the pieces:

* “I’m open to a console table, but really have my heart set on a large piece that can also be used as storage.”

This espresso lacquer and mirrored buffet piece is from World’s Away. It brings in the sophistication and chic feel that Amanda was wanting. We have also resolved the storage concern that she has. This AVA buffet will be the perfect place for anything that Amanda needs to tuck away.

* ” I am open to bringing in art as long as it’s something bright and abstract. I’m really not a landscape / floral type of girl”

Silver Lining from artist Chris Judy is simply stunning and the colors will give us plenty of options when selecting the accessories!  With four sizes to select from, Amanda can work with the scale that fits best in the entry. I  have suggested the 36″x54″ on canvas and if framing the print is not a priority, it will be gorgeous just stretched.

* “As for the walls in the entry, I really really really want to bring in a wallpaper. Something with a pattern but simple, I don’t want to spend money on something that won’t look good if I change things up down the road.”

Simple, classic and something that works with everything……can you say Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis in Alabaster?! This classic pattern is perfect for Amanda’s entry! The warm alabaster color will compliment the new hardwoods and create movement without overpowering the room.

” I know I’ve asked you to help me with the entry but the dining room is just off of this space. Would you be able to suggest a basic dining chair that will blend with my entry? I plan to place the extra dining chairs by the entry console piece, it’s a look that I have been wanting for a while now.”

Amanda did include pictures of her dining room to help me with the selection of the dining chairs. These ivory leather Marilyn chairs work perfectly with the the pieces in the entry and finding a dining table to compliment these beauties will be easy!

I also love these Trina Turk Shanghai pillows in black and ivory too! They bring in a little pattern without creating a graphic over kill!

* “I must have a starburst mirror! I love them and really want to bring one into the space.”

Check!  How about two of them in a warm iron finish to frame out that stunning piece of art?!  I love the way they look over the dining chairs too, very chic!

*”As for accessories, I am really open to anything. I must say, I have been obsessing over the two ceramic parrots at Shop Ten 25…hint hint!”

Now we need a little bit of color to tie in with the painting, I love these Paulette lamps from Arteriors Home!

The finishing touch, the two white ceramic parrots!

Know what you want but not quite sure how to pull it all together? Let our home away from home online design services inspire you to finish your room!  We are adding our home away from home services to Shop Ten 25 very soon! Any online design services will receive a private discount code to use on all purchase from Shop Ten 25!!


4 Oct

A few weeks ago, Emily contacted us for help with her backyard patio.  She was hoping to put the finishing touches on the space before a large family event so we had to select items that were available quickly.  See more of her before details HERE.

I was so excited to see the “after” pictures of her patio and couldn’t wait to share them.

Here is the BEFORE picture of the patio. The new cushion fabric was great but the area looked unfinished and lacked a cozy feel.  The furniture arrangement also needed a little rearranging too.

AFTER:  By relocating the chairs, the space feels more open and looks more balanced.

We added a simple outdoor rug that compliments the color from the bricks and stone table tops.  It helps to ground the space and create more of a social area.

I LOVE the pillows that Emily went with, the colors are perfect and the pattern looks great year round. The green garden stools are also a great addition and can be used as accent tables or extra seating.

She used down inserts in all of the pillows because the patio is protected from the weather. A great idea for an outdoor space that is used daily, standard outdoor pillows can be stiff so the down creates more of a cozy place to lounge.


16 Sep

I recently received pictures from a client showing the progress of their living room mini-remodel. I am so excited to share them because with a few affordable changes, this living room moved from 1970-2010! The living room was dark and there was a horrible glare in the room most of the day. The family spends most of their time here so it needed to feel bright, cozy and be a great place to read a book.

We hired a professional to paint and cover the brick around the fireplace.  Even though we “just painted”, the wood paneling did not give up easily. They sanded, and sanded and primed and then painted. The entire process took about 7-10 days and did created a mess but it was totally worth the end result!

BEFORE: Wood paneling can really make a room feel dark and dated. This room has a great layout but the details needed to be refined and the fire place needed to be the focal point. The brick was the other issue in the room, my clients were ready to see it go!

AFTER: The room is instantly updated and now has the modern feel my client was looking for. The rich leather furniture no longer gets lost in the room.

BEFORE: If this picture doesn’t get the point across, I don’t know what else to show you! Look how bad the glare is in this room.

AFTER:  OK, so these were taken at night, but you get the point. I love how the shutters are now a beautiful feature in the room.

BEFORE: The fireplace is the biggest change in the room.  The dark brick did not work for the new modern feel that my clients were after. It was time to update this area and really make it the focal point of the room.

AFTER: We covered the brick with sheetrock and used a stunning Marazzi marble around the firebox and on the hearth. I LOVE the way this fireplace turned out!  It looks like a shade or two warmer would make a great accent on the fireplace and will really finish off this space.