Tips to giving your entry a designer look.


This week I completed an entry for one of  my clients.  When I met with her, she explained to me that she really loved her entry table because it was a gift from her mom who she recently lost.  She also loved her artwork that she and her husband chose together on one of their trips.  She wanted me to add color and personality to the space to make it feel BRIGHT, HAPPY and WELCOMING.





No Problem!  I found these wonderful yellow lamps and knew they would make the space so much more inviting and happy.  They came with black shades but that wasn't going to give me the look I wanted.  I traded them out for these fabulous striped gray and white shades.

Ruthie Tip:  If you find lamps you absolutely love, trade out the shade to bring it up to the next level.  A patterned shade can change the look completely.


Ruthie Tip:  If your lamps don't come with beautiful finials then add some gorgeous ones to make them have grandeur and class.  You will be so surprised how that one thing can bring them up to the next level.  I personally love large crystal ones like the ones above.



Placing family photos on your entry table is a nice thought, however, in this case they are off scale with this large painting.



Ruthie Tip:  Layer your accessories and choose items that either have a unique shape or texture.


If you look at my website you will see that I always use something from nature to make my designs come to life.  This driftwood looks fab against the wall color.


Ruthie Tip:  Fresh flowers always makes an entry feel alive and happy.



Curved entry walls are always a challenge.  Because we were on a strict budget for this entry, I had to be creative without going over budget.



I found this wonderful bench with a curved back.  It fit perfectly in the space.  I added colorful pillows that coordinate with the artwork and we were all set.

Ruthie Tip:  If you have a large open entry, don't put small items there.  Choose large items that fill the space so the scale looks right.  I'd rather have one larger item that makes a statement than lots of clutter that says nothing.


Ruthie Tip:  When using a bold, colorful pattern, tone it down with a masculine print like a plaid, stripe or houndstooth.

Hope you are inspired to go decorate your entry this weekend.



Creating homes as unique as you are!

 True fulfullment is being able to enrich a families life by creating a home that suits their lifestyle. My goal at DecRenew Interiors is to create a space that is as unique as the client.

 Our tag line is: "Creating homes as unique as you are."


 I  met with this client after they had been living in their newly built home for a year.  This is the second home that I have had the opportunity to decorate for them.  It is always such a pleasure to work with the same client over and over again.


 The drapery fabric (mainly the colors)  was my inspiration for pulling the entire room together.  I adore all the  vibrancy and so does  my client.  As you scroll through the after pictures below, you will see how I made sure these colors were all married together somehow.  Different textures, patterns, shapes, etc. together created a mixed up, eclectic style with a transitional flair.

They had some things that I knew we could repurpose.   These two club chairs were reupholstered because the client loved them and they were super comfy.


 They just needed a makeover after being used in their gameroom surrounded by kids and all that goes with that!

before and after

My goal is to use as much of what the client "already have" in order to save them as much money as possible.  Of course, only if the item was  still stylish :)  Often times, my clients will say "really, keep these old things" and I say "yes, they/it has HUGE potential."


Ruthie Decorating tip:  Use unique items for your flowers. This candle holder was perfect for the fresh flowers on the coffee table.  Make sure that the item is not pourous if you place the flowers directly in the vase.  If it is, I put a small drinking glass inside the vase and use that for the flowers.  


 We were going to redo these two ottomans.  As the room started to come together, I thought they could stay "as is" since they go beautifully with the animal print rug.  I'm crazy about the round side table.  Such great detail!


Gus loves his new home too!


 The coffee table is so unique and the texture and color make the reupholstered chairs united.  See how the detail of the book on the coffee table pulls together the ottoman color?


Those are the details that I think about for days and days before the installation.  I often wake up in the middle of the night and get up and write things down.


What color florals to use is also a huge decision.  


Notice how these flowers make the entire room pop.



The new gray sectional is perfect for their family life.  This family room is where everything happens in their house.

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The stripes and houndtooth patterned pillows add a masculine touch against the more feminine draperies.


Adding unique wooden side tables makes the room feel warm and cozy.  With the high ceilings in this room, we needed that.  Also adds that shape that we needed to soften the edges.



Unique lamps and a fun shade add personality, fun and a more relaxed feel.  The painting on the mantel is huge and is all the mantel needs to make a statement.  Less fussy!

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The chair pillows add a punch of turquoise without going over the top with this bold color.


  I found a cake platter in one of the kitchen cabinets and created this vignette.

Ruthie Decorating Tip: Accessories placed in different heights make more of  statement and draws your eye into each item.  Look for bowls, books, boxes, etc. to raise things up.  It's more appealing to your eye. 


This telephone was in their junk pile.  I rescued it because I think it adds some history to the room.


I have a love for lamps and this one is to die for!

The family also enjoys playing batgammon.  I placed it out as decor since it is used often.  The kids loved seeing their treasures out and displayed.  I also placed some of their other items like family pictures, grandma's clock, etc.



Paired with this cute piece of pottery that their son made a few weeks ago, it makes for a nice combination.




So you probably want to see a totaly before and after right?

It's a hard room to get a good picture of the entire space because of the light that pours in (a good problem to have).  These are the best we could do but it gives you an idea of the dramatic transformation.





I loved what my client said when she walked in her new family room.

 "Is this really my house?  I don't feel worthy of this gorgeous space!"  

Yes, you are worthy!!!!  I so appreciate the opportunity to work with such a wonderful, worthy family!  Thanks for trusting me and for allowing me to be part of this project.


Thanks for joining me for this recap! I'll be posting before and after pictures of their dining room next.

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DecRenew Interiors and Design Bloggers Conference 2014

I just returned back from a wonderful few days with my Design Blogger friends in Atlanta.

It was a fun filled few days with amazing speakers as you see above.
I so enjoyed getting to see Cheryl Luckett from Dwell by Cheryl.  She has the same passion for Design as I do.  She loves to renew, restore and revamp old treasures and enjoys the hunt of a good find.  Follow her blog, it is full of amazing transformations.
Watch this quick video to give you a quick glimpse into the fun we had!
Of course the highlight for me was meeting Candice Olson.  She is my Design Idol!  I absolutely love her design style.  She is brilliant, incredibly kind and fun.  Of course they took the picture while I was telling her I wore high heels just for her!
Here are my top 25 takeaways from the event:
  1. Even the best of the best have struggles in this business.
  2. Being an overcomer is key
  3. If you fall, get up and try again
  4. Find where you shine in this industry and stick with that
  5. Comparison is a bad word, everyone has a different walk 
  6. Be where you are planted and do that well
  7. There is insane talent in the Design industry
  8. Don't let fear steal your joy
  9. Videos are key in our market right now
  10. You don't have to be like everyone else, stand out.
  11. There are lots of tools out there for us to use that make our job easier
  12. Take time to rest or you will burn out in this business
  13. It takes years to build your brand. Stick to it, be consistent and it will pay off
  14. It hurts when you grow, get help and don't feel guilty
  15. Build a good team that represents you well
  16. Social Media is a must but choose the one you like best and be good at that one
  17. Trust your gut, don't be shortsighted
  18. Just say yes!
  19. Collaborate with a fellow designer
  20. Find your tribe and do this together
  21. Show a piece of your personal side
  22. Give your readers topics they want
  23. Listen to your readers needs
  24. Have rich content on your blog
  25. Show before and after pictures, they are incredibly effective

Hooked on Monkey Hooks

Do you have trouble hanging pictures?  Are you not handy with a hammer? You may have already been using these little gadgets but if you haven't, let me introduce Monkey Hooks to you.  They can be found at any home improvement store.
I use these when I'm doing my installs to hang pictures and all sorts of things. 
They are EASY to use and come in different sizes for different weights. 
Watch this Youtube video to see how they work! 
Just wanted to let you in on a designer secret!  Go hang some pictures!
Visit my website at DecRenew Interiors to see my design portfolio.