Archive for April, 2011

Don’t forget this Store!

First, I want to let you all know that with my limited Photoshop skills, I did do my best to correct the color in the master bedroom reveal photos. Hopefully it portrays the colors in the room a little better.

On to the post.  I sometimes forget about the store, Urban Outfitters.  But, shopping on their website today reminded me what awesomely unique things they have for the home!  I enjoy a touch of whimsy, which I talked about at The Mustard Ceiling in my interview over there this week, and their products deliver.

Don’t forget to enter the vinyl wall decal giveaway!!


GoatGrin Studio Giveaway

To show my appreciation to my readers, I am giving those who follow my blog (even if you start following today) a chance to win a $35 gift certificate towards a vinyl wall decal at GoatGrin Studio!


GoatGrin Studio is an Etsy shop that creates vinyl decals. Christine, the owner, is a graphic designer by trade and has started a business that allows her to be at home with her two boys while doing something she loves (and is very good at).  And, she happens to be local to me!

I came to know about Christine’s shop when I ordered my own vinyl decal from her. I wanted a an oversized damask pattern that I had seen in a photo, but could not find a place to purchase it. Christine promised me she could create this custom order and that it’d look just like the photo I sent to her. She did and it did!  She now sells the design in her shop.

(Just a sneak peek at my office, which I’ll talk about in future posts.)

GoatGrin Studio is giving away a $35 gift certificate to be used on a one time purchase, at the shop!   Note that it can be applied to custom orders!

Her vinyl stickers are easily removable and can be used on walls, laptops, glass, in frames, and so on.    Vinyl wall art does not damage walls, is easy to install, and adds so much character to the room without the hassle of painting.

TO ENTER (you must be in the continental US):

1. Simply become a follower of Hyphen Interiors (if you already are, then great).

2. Then, visit GoatGrin Studio and come back and leave a comment on this post letting me know which item was your favorite and that you are a follower.

This giveaway ends at 7pm PST on 5/5/11.  The winner will be drawn at random and announced on Friday, 5/6/11.      

Check out some of her products below. But, be sure to go to the shop because there is a lot more!

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So do not miss out entering to win this awesome giveaway. Good luck readers!


The $35.00 gift certificate can be used toward anything in the shop or a custom order.  It is to be used on one purchase and cannot be split between more than one purchase.

Find Me at The Mustard Ceiling

Today I am participating in a blogger series called The Inside Scoop over at The Mustard Ceiling.  The talented Elizabeth has invited five bloggers to answer questions about their style, what they have learned from blogging, decorating tips, etc.  Check out the whole series!  It’s great.

Be sure to visit me there today!  And, a heads up –  tomorrow I am having a giveaway for gift certificate to a vinyl wall decal shop!


Best Link Parties Ever!

In case you don’t know what I mean by link parties (and don’t be shy if you don’t, I just learned maybe 6 weeks ago myself), some bloggers will host a party where they allow readers to post a small thumbnail images of something they’ve been working.  The images are links to the reader’s blog post.  That way other readers can visit and vise versa. 

A characteristic that I value in life is transparency.

I love posts on mistakes that people make.  Of course, they make me a little less hard on myself when I make my own mistakes.  I’m also fond of the posts that “keep it real” and show that the house isn’t clean all of the time and so on.

I ran across this rad party recently and had to share!  While most link parties host photos of beautiful, perfectly staged projects and homes, this link party at The Borrowed Abode was titled “2011 Redneck Yard of the Year Contest.”

The author’s own yard (there is no after photo, as the theme is just redneck yards, ha!):

Her grass just wouldn’t grow.

Hurry, you can still enter.  And, there is a prize! 

Then, I found a link to The Scrappy Housewife’s “Reality Check” party.   Her party is about showing what your house looks like before you clean up and get it picture ready.

And, the dining room.

You may be able to still enter this one as well, I’m not sure.

What unique link parties!  Here’s to keeping it real!  Good work ladies!  You put a smile on my face.


Know of a Photographer in Phoenix?

My house photos just aren’t cutting it!  The color is always off, the lighting is off, the angles are not quite right. 

Anyone know of a local (Phoenix, AZ) great photographer who isn’t too expensive or who would even be willing to trade for design consultation or e-design?

I could use some professional photos of my home…  and maybe eventually of Chris and I (for those I prefer candid and artsy).

And, of course, if you have any photo taking tips for rooms, shoot them my way in email.




The photos above are from Kristen Duke Photography.  I couldn’t resist… they are so good.


Rug has Arrived – Craft Room

The rug has arrived!   And, we will arrange things according to our floor plan that was mentioned previously.

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Here is how it’s shaping up with the rug in the room now.  Lots more to do, though! But, can we say yay chevron!

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Please excuse all of my junk everywhere!  This is not a perfectly posed photo. Ha!

Now to finish designing this puppy.  That means finishing up the storyboard and mapping out the rest of the to-do list which will include painting the table as well as turning an oversized lumbar pillow in a large quatrefoil print into two pillows.


Update 6/24/11: Posted reveal of the room.

E-Design Giveaway Winner

I put the 29 entries for the E-Design plan giveaway into Excel so that each one was numbered.  Then, I went to and clicked generate.


The winner is the 16th entry!  And, that is Shelley from Crazy Wonderful.  

Shelley wrote:
Oooo this is great!!!
My living room for sure. It’s the first room you see when you enter our house, and I just can’t pull the look together. It’s driving me crazy!!!

Congrats, Shelley!   We’ll be in touch shortly.  Can’t wait to help!


Another Reader Painted a Chair

I still get quite a bit of traffic to the painted chair posts, so I thought those readers may want to see more of what painted upholstery looks like.  Another reader sent me photos of her chair.  Kara painted a faded chestnut brown wing back chair a dark espresso brown using my tutorial.

Here it is before and after.

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Looks great!

Kara had one small change to the tutorial.  She used a rigid brush (like for suede shoes) to brush the fabric rather than sandpaper. 

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When asked if it is is crunchy or hard, Kara said it’s definitely not crunchy hard.  She described it like painted canvas.

Thanks for sharing, Kara!  Check it out on her blog.


Note:  At the bottom of the tutorial post, there are links to others who have tried this project.  I’m not yet sure of a better way to organize that.