Thursday, April 20, 2017

Brimfield Flea Market Style

Flea market style is a staple in the design arena. Whether mixing industrial elements into modern style or creating a shabby chic vibe, most of us love the rush that comes from the "hunt" for the perfect piece. Walking around a huge flea market is such a fun creative outlet. Every year I try to head to Brimfield Antique Show (Massachusetts) and at least get a full day of design inspiration. Since it's coming up next month, I thought I'd start getting ramped up with my shopping plan.
Last year,  I was wrapping up building my house so I went with a short list of key items I wanted to find. I was looking for a dining table that was 9ft long and narrow. Voila... I found just the thing.

The past few years I've gone, I always take a bunch of pics and think I'll do a post but then I never do. So here it is. In case you've ever thought about going, here's a peek into the world of Brimfield. If you're lucky, you might bump into Nate Berkus or Joanna Gaines. If you're really lucky, you'll bump into the perfect piece you never knew you needed.

 (My table)

FLEA MARKET SHOPPING {What to know, before you go.}

  1.  Walk through your house or space and make notes of the spots you want to decorate and measure the area so you know what will fit. I always write the minimum and maximum size of what I'd like to find.
  2. Bring cash and then add some back-up cash just in case. The ATM is usually a long walk and the fees are high.
  3. Clean out your car in preparation for bringing back randomness you never imagined you'd buy.
  4. Dress weather appropriate and wear comfy shoes. You will walk in dirt for miles.
  5. If you're planning to buy something large, estimate the cost of getting the item to where it needs to go and factor that into your budget.
  6. Get there super early on first day to find the really good stuff. If you really want a strategy to beat the likes of Ralph Lauren & Tommy Hilfiger store buyers, you should research the map and go to the hot spots first. And bring your wallet. :)
  7. If you're a Designer or business owner, some booths will give you an extra discount. Don't be afraid to ask.
  8. Bring a back-up phone charger and a rolling cart or backpack. Carrying your handbag is a huge pain (literally). 
  9. Young kids will likely not be able to hang in there. It's usually hot or raining and it's a gazillion miles of walking in and out of small spaces. If you want to spend the whole day, I would recommend leaving the kiddos at home. 
  10. There's not many places to eat nearby, actually, there's not much in the area except for traffic. Grab a bite at the food court before you leave. 
Happy hunting!

Monday, November 21, 2016


This time of year is always sentimental. We've got food on our minds, but more importantly, friends & family in our hearts. It's so nice to gather around a home cooked meal and spend time with those we love. No matter where you call "home", decorating is certainly part of the tradition. Transforming your space allows your personal touch to not only shine, but uplifts everyone's spirit and reflects the blessing of all we've been given.

This week, we kick off a little decorating spirit with our first Facebook LIVE event. Hosted by First for Women magazine on Monday 11/21 at 1pm, Kelli will show you how to create a stylish yet simple place setting just in time for the holiday season.

This year's most popular trend seems to be adding natural elements to the table. This is great because you don't need to spend money to transform your space into a warm and stylish setting. 

There are so many ways to incorporate organic style into the home at the holidays. The table setting is certainly a popular place to start the creative juices flowing. Here are a few other hotspots in the house that can bring some extra style to the party.

~The Porch~

Another perk to having fresh snips of greenery around the house is that you can use items you already have in the house. Kelli will be touching on this with her table styling tips, but it really is great to accumulate less "new stuff" when we can. Perhaps it's because we see so many homes and so much STUFF when staging homes and editing out the clutter. It sure seems like a good idea to recycle some of our holiday goodies. 

The kitchen is certainly a hot spot for adults but can we discuss this ADORABLE kitchen for kids?!?!

Via PB Kids

I saw this in person and just died. It looks like my new grown up kitchen! 

Another space that can be so much fun to decorate is the Guest Room! Adding personal holiday touches helps make your guests feel extra special.

Here are few other favorites to give as Hostess gifts or simply enjoy for yourself.

sf fall

SHOP the Fave's

For the Hostess gift: This book, with a cute candle and bottle of wine in a little wire basket. Favorite recipe from the Sunday Supper book:

So, hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and we look forward to our discussions from Kelli's Facebook LIVE event!

Happy Holidays!!

*Sponsored post

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

DESIGN STAGE with Kelli Webber

Staging your house & need a little help?
Just Ask Kelli   

Q: "I bought new bedding for the beds but I'm not sure how they should be made?"
{Kelli} A: I recently posted pictures of all the beds I have styled recently on my various projects and received emails asking how I make a bed look so good (why thank you, btw), so if you want to style a bed like me you'll need 2 things:

1. Clean bedding – because a bed can’t look gorgeous if it’s dirty, that’s science.  

While I have my favorite way to make a bed (I’ll reveal this later on), not all bed making is created equal. So first and foremost to consider; “Who is sleeping in the bed?” 
Hopefully it’s not the 3 little bears! In my world, and for this blog post, there are two rooms that take priority for a great looking bed; 

  1. The Master Bedroom is the sweet spot for gorgeous bedding, after all, that is where the “King/Queen(s) of the castle” do sleep! 
  1. The Guest Room, where you will comfortably entertain your overnight guests with your amazing new bed making ability. *disclaimer* it’s not my fault if they don’t want to leave. 
The second thing to consider is the style and design or décor in the room. The bed is surely the focal point and centerpiece to a bedroom so it should complement the rest of the room. Depending on the style of the room, there are a few options for how to make the bed accordingly. 

THIS IS MY FAVE! This is my go-to style of making a bed ESPECIALLY in a Master Bedroom. Simply use a pretty accent blanket or coverlet over your top sheet. Fold your top sheet over the blanket/coverlet right where the bedding pillows end. *TIP: lay your flat sheet on your bed right side DOWN so the right side shows when you do the fold over*.  Take your fluffy duvet or comforter and fold into thirds and lay over the bottom end of the bed! 

The bed shown above is the Master Bedroom in a staging I did in Weston, MA and this home happened to be in a 55+ community. I styled the room with a traditional gold metal bed frame (king size, btw) but made it look more modern flanked with mirrored nightstands and a canvas print overhead. Starting with a crisp white bedding set allowed me to add the luxurious layers in a coral color while topping it off with a few sophisticated, yet neutral, decorative pillows. 

I love the mid-century vibe in this Guest Room. Insert my Luxuriously Layered method and its perfection!  A white (and velvet feel) sheet set laid the foundation for a cool mohair blanket. The duvet was chosen to coordinate with 2 pillow shams, contributing to the layers, but offering a very monochromatic look. 

Another Guest Room here but with all the “feels” of a gorgeous Master Bedroom. The layers here are white and slate blue. The gray upholstered headboard and pattern in the decorative lumbar pillow complete the luxury in the layers.

This is a Master Bedroom in a condo I staged in Cambridge MA. Since the design itself was more modern, I kept all my layers in white, just adding some black and white decorative pillows to tie into the rest of the rooms décor.

This is an easy look to pull off requiring much less thought in the layering department. Simply lay a comforter or duvet over the spanse of the bed and place your pillows at the head. That’s it! 
You do need to be certain the comforter fits well and don't rely on bedding sizes, queen, king etc., not every Queen size comforter is the same size. Factor in that the mattresses themselves also come in varying heights, this is the tricky part of bed-making. 
How do you make sure it fits well? 
Start where you want your comforter to hang on the sides. In most cases, it’s just below the bed-skirt line, while in other cases you may want it to hang to the floor. Measure from this point up to about an inch over the top of the mattress. Take this number and multiply it by 2 (because beds have 2 sides). Now add the width of the bed to that number and you got the measurement for your perfect size Comforter width! Most bedding items will include measurements of their pieces in the description (because they know about the bedding dark side but they just don’t want to tell you).  You may need to buy a size larger depending on what you are going for, especially if you have a tall (deep) mattress.

Here is a Guest Room styled with my Simply Sleek method. The modern design of the room called for this style of bed making. The sides of this platform bed are finished with a nice wooden rail that I wanted to be able to see beyond the comforter. A fur throw softens the cool herringbone pattern of the duvet and the absence of decorative pillows keeps the look super Simply Sleek!

Here is a Master Bedroom in a modern apartment I staged in Boston, MA. I used my Simply Sleek method here combined with my white bedding love. The white duvet here does have a white on white pattern to it to add some texture, but adding a few decorative throw pillows is key to making the all white bedding look work.

One last example for Simply Sleek here, this is a Master Bedroom, waterfront nonetheless in P-Town. You can cheat with this look IF AND ONLY IF you have a bed with pretty side rails. Just skip all the measuring I mentioned earlier and tuck all the bedding in! This look only works with a less fluffy or flat comforter. See how nice it looks? And no one will ever know you cheated. Ssshhhhh.

This is a Guest Room bed I made with my Simply Sleek method but Punched Up with a few decorative pillows. Notice how the colors in the decorative pillows really bring the whole space together!

This Master Bedroom gets the Luxurious Layers treatment but goes all pattern, with a mix of stripes and prints in all the same color way.

The simply Sleek method is a winner in this Master Bedroom but Punched Up with an all over pattern duvet and pillows balanced out only by the solid sheet set and a few neutral decorative pillows

Mixing it up here to show you how I applied the Simply Sleek method to this Guest Room, Punching it Up with many vibrant decorative pillows. This not only made it look fab, but helped define the space as part office too.

And the ultimate *TIP* to make your bed SUPER EASY and come out looking perfect every time is………
Make your bed first,
Steam your bedding second!
No more sweating it out using an ironing board and having to deal with the expanse of bedding with numerous pieces. Just make your bed, then steam it while made! It will look great, perfect even. And for those of us who live in the real world, this is just enough work for what it’s worth, after all, we will be sleeping in our own beds!
So now you can be a skilled bed-maker too!

Send me pics of your newly gorgeous bed!