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January 4, 2012 / clinerose

We’ve Moved.

The time as come! It’s finally here. We’ve moved!¬†Please be sure to check out the new blog located at

I hope that you will join Design in Bloom at the new site address. Thank you for following along and I hope to see you soon! I’ll be by the tippee if you need me! ūüėČ

Photo credits: Fugu Fugu Press via Etsy.

January 3, 2012 / clinerose

A Somewhat Clean Slate.

Twenty twelve. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Typically, I like to¬†completely¬†start over when a new year begins.¬†Start a crash diet. Fail at a crash diet.¬†Wipe¬†the slate clean and forget about all the¬†mistakes¬†I made. But not this year. This year, I’m taking it all with me. The ups, the downs, the highs and the lows. It’s all coming along for the ride. I’ve experienced too much to just¬†wipe¬†it all way. Which is why I am not¬†declaring¬†a true¬†resolution¬†this year. The diet coke stays and the gym membership might not. No deadlines, no deal breakers. I’m just going to practice, improve and enjoy everything and anything I can.

2012 is a big year for me. In six months (almost to the date) I turn 30, the same day my design business turns 5. And in a few short weeks, this crazy little blog I’ve created will hit the one year¬†mark. I am most proud of the last two things, especially after this last year. Last year was a year full of¬†transitions, some great, some not so great. But I learned a heck of a lot in a short period of time. And I plan to do the same over the next 12 months.

And while we are on the subject of fresh starts, here is another reminder that we’re going to be transitioning to the¬†¬†address soon.

Photo credit: via pinterest.

December 31, 2011 / clinerose

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

 Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.

December 22, 2011 / clinerose

Happy Holidays!

I realized this morning that I didn’t blog yesterday. Sorry about that. I’ve never done that before. But I have a good excuse. The truth is that I was busy playing Santa. Or an elf. That’s more accurate. You see, David’s grandmother has been in the hospital for a little over a week now, so as a surprise to David’s Grandpa we decorated their house, inside and out, with anything we could find in the 70 million boxes in the garage marked “Christmas”. We weren’t there to see the big reveal, but apparently he cried which just melts my heart. Mission accomplished.

My plan for the next few days is to soak up as much family time as possible. That’s what it’s all about right? That and trying to convince David’s six year old niece that Santa is in fact real. Apparently, a boy in her class, Adam who will remain nameless, told her that her parents are Santa. Her parents buy all the presents. And eat the cookies. Can you even believe that? Ridiculous, right?

I will check back with you, my fantastic readers, when we return home from Nevada. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Photo credits: Shannon Blue via Lovely Cluster

December 20, 2011 / clinerose

Almost there snap shot.

Almost there of the O'Country Club

Just a quick snap shot of The O’Country Club taken by my iphone when I was last onsite. All the furniture is in. We’re almost there. All we need is need that final layer of accessories (mostly old leather bound books).

Photo credits: Me (See resources here).

December 20, 2011 / clinerose

Under the Boardwalk.

When the sun beats down and burns the tar up on the roof,
And your shoes get so hot you wish your tired feet where fireproof,
Under the boardwalk, down by the sea,
On a blanket with my baby, that’s where I’ll be.

Beth and Jeremy Boardwalk pictures just hitched in front of graffiti

Beth and Jeremy Boardwalk pictures holding hands

Beth and Jeremy Boardwalk pictures k-i-s-s-i-n-g  Beth and Jeremy Boardwalk pictures on a carousel

Beth and Jeremy Boardwalk pictures  Beth and Jeremy Boardwalk pictures rickshaw

Beth and Jeremy Boardwalk pictures orange taco stand  Beth and Jeremy Boardwalk pictures funnel cake kiss

Beth and Jeremy Boardwalk pictures black and white

From the park you hear the happy sound of the carousel,
You can almost taste the hot dogs and french fries they sell,
Under the boardwalk, down by the sea,
On a blanket with my baby, that’s where I’ll be. ~ The Drifters

Okay, so clearly these pictures are ABOVE the boardwalk but I just had to use the song. Under the Boardwalk. We’ll be falling in love.¬†These photos are of my girlfriend, Beth, and her¬†husband, Jeremy, the day after their wedding on the Ocean City boardwalk. Beth wore her second dress that she changed into for the cake cutting and the dancing at the reception the night before. Romona Keveza, I believe? It is such a fun and¬†flirty¬†dress (perfect for Beth!) and its the perfect accent for a fun and flirty¬†photo shoot¬†on the boardwalk.

Photo credits: LoveStruck Images

December 19, 2011 / clinerose

Some Things Never Change.


This scene is from the movie Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House¬†(1948) staring Cary Grant. A client was teasing me during our consultation that I sounded just like this when talking about paint colors.¬†I hate to say it but it’s true. I did do sound just like this.¬†Now the kitchen is to be white. Not a cold, antiseptic hospital white. A little warmer, but still, not to suggest any other color but white…I love it. Ha.

Thanks for sharing the video clip, Judy!

December 16, 2011 / clinerose

DIY: Colored Pencil Wall Art.

If making Christmas wreathes isn’t your thing, how about making this incredible wall art using colored pencils instead?

Colored pencil wall art

I think this is just about the coolest thing. What an insanely creative idea! Colored pencils (and crayons) are so pretty just sitting in the box so why not display them?

Photo credit. Imgur via Design Boom (Thanks for sharing, Eric!)

December 15, 2011 / clinerose

DIY: Christmas Wreath via Martha Stewart.

I was scrolling through The Iconic Blog the other day and came across a post sharing DIY Christmas crafts via Martha Stewart. One picture in particular struck me as something totally doable. It was this photo:

Noble Fir and Eucalyptus Wreath via Martha Stewart

That Martha. She’s good. This is wreath is¬†phenomenal. It’s made from noble fir branches, seeded eucalyptus leaves and varying sizes of silver¬†ornaments. I knew instantly that I wanted to make my own. I had some cheap plastic silver ornaments that I bought a few years ago for vase fillers that aren’t big enough for the tree (and since they are plastic they aren’t very shiny). I also had a fake¬†wreath¬†(or so I thought) but somehow I misplaced it. It was nowhere to be found. David thinks I threw it away but I’m kind of a hoarder so I highly doubt that. Oh well. Off to Michael’s to find the rest of the supplies. I couldn’t find¬†eucalyptus¬†leaves,¬†especially¬†seeded ones, so I¬†purchased¬†a handful of olive branches (top right photo) instead. I also bought 2 branches of these gold berries (bottom left photo) to mimic the gold foliage in¬†Martha’s¬†wreath. I cheated. Don’t tell Martha. Oh and the wreathes are on sale for $1.99 so it’s not too late to make your own! And if you don’t have floral wire or wire cutters (bottom right photo) pick some up. You’re going to need those too.

1" silver ornaments   Olive branches from Michael's

Gold berries from Michael's   Wire cutters and floral wire from Michael's

Martha has a how-to on her website but this is what I did. I modified Martha’s instructions to work for me.

olive leaf branches in wreath before   olive leaf branches in wreath before

Step One: Cut the olive leaves off the stem. Hot glue the olive leaves in the wreath. To give that fading effect, I bunched more leaves toward the top and spaced them out as I went around and down the sides of the wreath.

Ornament silver

Step Two: Cut floral wire about 3″ long and thread it through the top of the ornaments. Bend in the middle. Shove it through the wreath like a bobby pin and¬†secure¬†in the back by twisting it like a ¬†twisty tie. The wire I used was a thicker gauge which caused the edges to be sharp when cut by the wire cutter. So, after I twisted the ends to hold the ornament in place, I bent the ends back into the wreath so the edges weren’t exposed. Even though all of my¬†ornaments¬†are the same size, I wanted to get that fading effect that Martha created with her wreath. To achieve that, I¬†grouped the ornaments closely together at the top and spread them out as I went around and down the sides. Just like the olive leaves.

Close up of the wreath

Step Three: Cut the gold berries sprigs off the stem. Hot glue the berry sprigs where there is any dead space. Again, I clumped the sprigs together at the top, and spread them out as I went around and down the sides, just like the ornaments and olives leaves.

Final product of DIY wreath

Step Four: Have yourself a merry little Christmas!

DIY Martha Stewart Christmas Wreath on Front Door.

Step Five: Make your neighbors jealous.

Photo credits: Martha Stewart and Me.

December 14, 2011 / clinerose

What I’m Working On.

I’m working with a new client who just bought a¬†beautiful¬†new home in Falls Church, VA. Since the house is currently empty, we have a rare chance to get down and dirty without disrupting any day-to-day activities. We are also able to work through Christmas¬†and New Year’s which almost never happens (out of town guest and holiday parties make sure of that). So, I have been working on organizing contractors for walk-throughs and onsite measures (and ultimately¬†obtaining¬†estimates) in an effort to make the “after” of my client’s house look like these photos below. My client actually ripped these photos out of 2 magazines¬†on two¬†separate¬†occasions¬†so you know she likes it (The photos are from¬†Traditional Home’s September 2010 issue, designed by¬†Ken Gemes¬†and photographed by¬†Tria Giovan).

traditional home 2010 ken gemes foyer

traditional home 2010 ken gemes kitchen

traditional home 2010 ken gemes living room

In the back of the house, where the kitchen and family room are located, my client and I wanted to move away from the sage greens, creams and yellows and¬†incorporate¬†bolder shades of deep green and red. We decided something more comfortable and rich with color would be a better fit than the softer palette¬†shown above. Some a bit more like this. Minus Alessandra Branca. Although, she’s welcome over anytime.

Alessandra Branco red and green

The plan is to have everything ready to allow my client to move in early next year. So, I better be going. I’m meeting more contractors over at her house in less than an hour. Yikes.

Photo credits: Traditional Home September 2010 and Decorati.