Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday Finds...Owen Olivia!

The Notebook welcomes Owen Olivia! This blog is so cute and has some great ideas...including this one! Creating a pallet wall! Its free with minimal work for a huge change in any room!

using old FREE pallets Owen Olivia removed all the old nails and dirt and white washed them with watered down white interior paint.

Hung the wood pallets on accent wall

the after is incredible!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hoppy Almost Easter

I have been formulating my plans for Easter. As my family heads to FL, my older sister and I are going to rock Annapolis with boy, my Nana, and all my cousins from Baltimore. Check out some fun and creative tablescape ideas for your upcomimg holiday.

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yes please...these gold rabbits would be such an easy DIY! this tablescape mix & match flare is my FAV!

the homemade carrots are classic easter staples

easy DIY book wrapping to spruce up the table

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love these tulip center pieces

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what a great clever idea!


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

All you fabric Fanatics

Having a lot of fabric can create a bit of a mess. I absolutely love this idea I found while searching my new Pinterest account. I swear that website is changing the world as we know it. Anyways this is so simple and a great way to stay organized! They used comic book covers to wrap their fabric in a neat fashion. It got me to thinking you could use cardboard from the dry cleaners too!

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So head over and start following McNamara Design on Pinterest!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Chevron in or out

Trust me Notebook readers I love me some chevron print, but I have a feeling we are seeing it being overused?

A client recently wanted me to paint an accent wall in her nursery...after researching some inspiration pics my feelings of it being the "in" thing were confirmed...but is it being overused. My fear is yes.

Here are some images I found...all wonderful but is it the right move for a room being designed for the next couple years

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what do think? let us know!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Buy Art Get Lucky!

Over the weekend a good family friend of mine, Maggie O'Neill, had an art show in downtown DC. All proceeds went to Downs Syndrome Research...check out the scene! Great job Maggie!

Notebook readers head over and check out her artwork its awesome at O'Neill Studios!

Here is Chris Cooley rocking the wheel..he came to support Maggie's cause and did live art for the people. Check out his work!!!


Friday, March 23, 2012

Finding the right valance!

I posted about valances recently and I am so excited to be doing research on them. I currently have two clients that have hired me to make them custom valances, which is an easy DIY and super inexpensive way to spruce up any window in your home!

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Before v. After

I am having a dining room chair rehab spring break sale! Check out some of the chairs I have completed recently!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Live in DC?

Do you live in DC and want to take part in
McNamara Design's Spring Break Sale? Then check it out!

Feel free to email with any questions!

Reupholstering Complete!

I featured this chair last week and I'm happy to share the results. This chair wasn't lacking any charm. I absolutely love the details on the wood but it need a major face lift when it came to the fabric. My client purchased Serena & Lilly fabric and after a little TLC it has new life!

Monday, March 19, 2012

New Rehab Project!

So excited to get started on this rehab project...the chair is filled with amazing details and the fabric is right up my alley!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Finds....myself having time

Lately I have been so busy working on clients projects that I have overlooked a couple items at home! One of them being hanging this great mirror I purchased from Joss & Main a couple months ago. I added a couple other items to create a nice gallery wall.

now its time for some new throw pillows to be made for the club chairs!


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lay it down right

A client hired me to custom an inexpensive jute bordered rug for her front entryway. The project was a bit time consuming but well worth it once we get this bad girl installed. Check it out!

measured out the spacing for the monogram

use a washable marker to create the lettering

applied ultra black acyclic paint

definitely needed to go back and touch up with a second coat

looking good! can't wait to show you pictures once its in!

Happy DIYing!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Finding fresh fabric

Love these coordinating Waverly prints I found on Spring is coming and I am in search of some new fresh fabric of my throw pillows. Where do you get your fabric online? Leave a comment...I'd love to check it out!

um or these please...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


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Saw this on Pinterest and thought what an easy DIY project! You could incorporate this frame into a gallery wall to mix it up a bit.

1. Old frame
2. Remove glass and backing
3. Staple gun twine across the frame
4. Hang clothes pins with pictures
5. Find a killer spot in your home to hang it

I'm going to use this one definitely and prob paint the frame green or orange...these colors are in my head...St. Paddy's day count down!!!