Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Finds...Ombre!

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I found this image and love the idea! An ombre dresser for a little girls room!
Here are some more ombre ideas...
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Thursday, August 30, 2012

drench me please

Some mornings I need one of these...
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My parents have two cedar lined outdoor showers in Lewes, DE and it is magical how they wake you up when you step into them...warm shower with a breeze! This is a must have in my dream house! 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Painted Places to Walk

I absolutely love a painted floor, which sometimes is a place in your home that is overlooked. There are so many creative ideas that will make your floors really stand out. Check out these fabulous examples!
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As you can see painted floors can be featured in casual and formal rooms throughout your home! Get creative. Be unique!
If you want your floors painted and you live in the DC area contact McNamara Design!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Calling all music lovers! I saw this and loved the idea! Easy DIY too...
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Using a large poster frame, which can be found at your local craft store, take old music sheets and glue them to the poster frame arranging them in any pattern you like. Then place them into the frame creating a unique and one of a kind piece of artwork!
Happy DIYing!

Weekend Wrap Up!

I'm happy to share some photos from over the weekend. My grandfather turned 103 years old...can you believe it?! He has seen a century roll by from the invention of the telephone to the ipad! We were happy to celebrate this momentous occasion with our whole family!

granddad and I
here is my sister Molly, my Mom, Dad, myself, Caitlin, and grandad!
All the cousins!
May we all strive to live our lives to the fullest like grandad!

Monday, August 27, 2012


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My Mom and I often find gems at yard sales, thrift stores, or just curbside. Sometimes pieces may be missing a door, drawer, or leg but don't think its trash. This is an old dresser that the doors were removed and given a fresh coat of paint. Adding hooks for organization gives this oldie new life!
Have you repurposed any items in your house? Email them to The Notebook! 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Frinds...Fun Photography!!!

I recently organized our family to have a professional photographer to take family pictures. I just love the different approaches you can take...getting away from the traditional family photograph!
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Happy Friday Notebook Readers!!! Enjoy your family this weekend! We will be celebrating my grandfather's 103rd birthday in New York! Cheers to a long life!!!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Chair to bench!

I have been helping out on a restaurant project in downtown DC this summer and the team has been working hard putting together all our creative ideas to make the place amazing. Here is one of them...turning two old chairs into a bench!
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I am totally making one for my home! All you need are a couple old chairs, a piece of plywood, some foam (if you want a cushion), fabric, and a fresh coat of paint! Can't wait to try this!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Mostly Monograms!

My Mom has her own business called Mostly Monograms. She runs it out of Bethesda, MD and I am SO proud of her for opening up a shop! Here are some pics of her new space!
cover ups to hand bags she will personalize any item!
get all your new born and baby gear here!
great little boy and girl items!


monogramming available in store!
Head over to
6912 Arlington Road Bethesda, MD 20814
to check out her new fall items!!!
And if you can't make it by the shop or you live outside of the DC area
head over to her website

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Blue background!

One of my clients hired me to paint the backsplash of her built ins! Love the dark blue against the crisp white!!!

the color also brings out the flooring!

more after pics to come once we get the room together!!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Chevron Wedding Runners...easy DIY!

A friend has asked me to help with her tablescapes for her upcoming September wedding. We agreed that the coral would the center of her theme...check out these easy DIY custom runners we made for her tables!

we measured the width and length we wanted the runner and then cut out each. After that we sewed a 1 inch seam around all four sides of the runner. 

the coral chevron will lay on top of a burlap runner we cut and left the sides fringed for a more natural look!!! 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Rattan wins the Gold!

I was hired to paint these amazing rattan chairs for a restaurant space downtown...check out the before and afters!!! Love.

These gold goodies will make a total statement for the lobby!!!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bathroom Redo!

before I hung these great butterfly prints I found at the dollar store but I felt it was time for a change...

I found these amazing nautical prints spelling out LIFE on Etsy for $20 and bought the frames from IKEA for $9.99...and I love how they turned out!!!

Happy Redecorating!!!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday Finds...Fantastic Fonts!

This week I'm excited to share this awesome custom wood lettering website

Check it out by clicking the pic!

You can choose from font to size! These letters can be used for any space or event too! 

Here are a couple ways to incorporate lettering into your home!

Hang them in your kitchen

Place them in your living room

Or design your own art installation using a variety of fonts and sizes! 


Headed to the beach for one last weekend with the fam before school starts! Be back Tuesday!!!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Funky to Fab

I don't know about you but I have had many relatives try to give away their furniture to me...well after this piece remember to always check it out before you say no. My client was offered this piece and it is now looking gorgeous!!! Just waiting for some gold ring pulls and it will be competed!!!

This brown geo design buffet has great bones but is in need of a facelift

Here is the piece primed ready to paint!

I used a semi gloss black for the top portion of the piece

Here are the pulls...for less then $7!!!

A white matte finish for the cabinets...also I little peak inside and you I will find a lined backing! I removed the back carefully, spray adhesived this black/silver/white fabric and then reapplied the back piece!!! It gives an extra pop when you open the doors! 

Can't wait to deliver this piece and see not only how my client reacts but the generations before her that experienced this piece!