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Find me at Finishing Touches Interiors

Sarah, a UK interior designer, invited me to be part of her blog series where she interviews her favorite designers!


So, I’m over there answering some questions such as:

What inspires you as a designer when creating a space for someone else?

Tell us a bit about what would be your dream home and what would be the key elements to making it perfect for you?


Join me on her blog, Finishing Touch Interiors, today!


Guest Post from Houzz.com – Library Ladders

Hello everyone! My name is Becky and I’m a contributor at Houzz, a home design site focused on helping design professionals and homeowners manage the remodeling and decorating process. Thanks so much to Kristy for having me!

Once only seen in libraries and charming old-fashioned hardware stores, rolling ladders are popping up all over the house. These handy ladders allow homeowners to add storage and display space all the way up to the ceiling of a room. Here’s a look at how architects and designers are putting them to good use in a variety of spaces.

D-House modern kitchen

modern kitchen design by boston interior designerBunker Workshop

Look at your kitchen cabinets. How much room is in between the top of the upper cabinets and the ceiling? Not only is this wasted space, but chances are the dead bugs and dust bunnies have collected up there, and it’s tough to access for cleaning. Taking the cabinets all the way to the ceiling is the smart way to go, but you will need access to your new storage spot’s soaring heights.

A library ladder adds an interesting architectural element to all styles of kitchens while allowing easy access to the uppermost cabinets. In this particular design, Bunker Workshop has turned the challenge of the railing into a bonus. They left an open cubby, lined it with identical canning jars and lit it up, creating a carefully edited, eye-catching design element in a very streamlined kitchen.

b+h contemporary home office

contemporary home office design by san francisco architectBraytonHughes Design Studios

In most home offices, storage space is at a premium. You may be missing prime storage opportunities closer to the ceiling. A library ladder will help you take full advantage of every inch.

Speaking of smart storage, look very closely at those cabinets on the right – can you see where the desk came from? Two free-standing desks have a storage area underneath the counter and atop those long file cabinets, and both can be tucked away to create more space in the room. Is that clever or what?

Mudroom with Library Ladder traditional entry

A mudroom is another spot where maximizing storage will keep clutter from spreading to the rest of the house. Store seasonal items and holiday decorations up high. This way, you won’t have to climb the ladder as often.

The two most common top slide ladders are roll type and hook slide. The roll type attaches the ladder to the rod permanently, while the hook slide allows the ladder to be removed for storage or to be used along another track.

Take a look up and see if you’re missing out on any lofty storage opportunities. A rolling ladder may be the solution for you.

Find more eclectic storage inspiration from Austin interior designers and more design professionals at Houzz.

Guest Posting at Crazy Wonderful

Today, you can find me at Shelley’s blog where I’m talking about what is in my bag!

Check it out!  If you haven’t visited Shelley’s blog before, it’s worth a look-see!

Guest post from Arcadian Lighting

Recently, I hosted a giveaway from Arcadian Lighting.  Even if you missed, the giveaway, check out the post so you can see some examples of their inventory!  It’s awesome.  I want everything on that post!   Today, a writer from their company is guest posting.  I hope you enjoy it!

Hello! I’m Jessica, a writer for Arcadian Lighting, a website and blog with a wonderful selection of affordable lighting fixtures and interior design inspirations every day! I’m delighted to be guest posting for Hyphen Interiors because I’ve compiled eight fabulous rooms to share with you. When entertaining guests, the majority of the evening (or day!) will probably be spent at the dinner table. No matter what occasion you’re celebrating or theme you have chosen, it’s important that your dining room be attractive, dynamic, and accommodating. I hope you enjoy!

Room for Entertaining

I love the soothing pale green and white color palette in this dining room, and the subtle ocean inspired accents. The floral patterned chairs and heavy black table draw the attention to the center of the room.

Room for Entertaining

This cozy room is surprisingly dynamic and elegant, despite its small size. Each area is divided by a different wall color or a rug to make the room feel more spacious. The built-in seating is particularly contemporary and luxurious.

Room for Entertaining

The amazing view of Chicago certainly makes this dining room a fabulous place to host a party. But failing an impressive skyline view, these types of stunning chandeliers and golden and wood tones really make the room warm and exciting.

Room for Entertaining

A former garage gets a fabulous new life when given a fresh coat of paint and colorful paper lanterns. The mix and match patterns and garden furniture are a fresh and casual touch. This would definitely be a nice place to have a summer party with close friends.

Room for Entertaining

This stately dining room is both spacious and fun. The bright pops of yellow give a fresh vibrancy to the overall black and white color palette. I love the painted floor and the corner alcoves.

Room for Entertaining

This beautiful room proves that just a few key details can make all the difference. The antique mirror wall and sparkling ceiling light must provide a gorgeous quality of light in the evening. The blue velvet chairs with silver accents are so simple and perfect.

Room for Entertaining

The many geometric patterns draw the eye to every corner of this stunning room. The sharp corners and sparkling light fixture give the room a snow-inspired atmosphere.

Room for Entertaining

The rich hand painted de Gournay wallpaper really makes this room unique and personal. It makes the room feel like you’re dining in a garden, and the orange chairs really pop. Images 1 | 2 | 3 |4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

How would you decorate for entertaining guests? For plenty of interior design inspirations and the light fixtures that go with them, check out Arcadian Lighting!

You Can Find Me At…

I’m guest posting over at The Blooming Hydrangea today.  I’m answering questions about myself and my blog, so be sure to hop on over!    Find out how old I am, what I think of New Year’s Resolutions and so on.  Okay, I know, too much about me, but just go because you love me, and you want to see Ange’s awesome blog.


Also be sure to enter the giveaway for a $75 gift card to the fabulous Arcadian Lighting!  It’s easy to enter, so don’t worry.

By the way, Google Friend Connect hasn’t been working for me.  I’m going to investigate once I have some time, but I heard (from Allison at House of Hepworths) that it is supposed to stop working for all blogs that are not Blogger Blogs.  Since I use WordPress, maybe that is what is happening.  I’m not sure yet… but if you try to follow that way, I apologize.  What you can do instead is follow via a reader and choose that reader -  I think!

Also, you may find that when you get feed updates you now have to click for the “full story.”  Sorry about that.  Feedburner won’t work for me anymore unless I do that.  I’m not sure why, but there seems to be a bug.  Every once in a while I will try to put it on the full post again.  I know it’s annoying, but bear with me.

Now, go enter that giveaway and check out my guest post!!  Please.


Photo Tips – Pam from Simple Details

This is a new to me blog.  I discovered it through a comment.  Beware – I often go to the blogs of those who comment here!  And, I loved it immediately.  She was clearly doing a great job.  So, I asked her to guest post for me.  So glad she accepted!  Today enjoy some photography tips for your blog from Pam at Simple Details.  They are simple and do not require a fancy dslr camera!


Hey there Kristy’s readers, I’m Pam from simple details.  I was thrilled when Kristy asked me to share something while she’s in the midst of settling in. Is she ever a trooper, moving is bad enough but across the country, during the holidays and being sick…yikes!

I’ve been blogging for a few months and didn’t want to run out and buy a fancy camera, although I’d love to learn the technical aspects of photography it hasn’t made it to the top of my priority list yet. I use an inexpensive Canon Power Shot in auto mode and use auto adjust to tweak my photos.

(Sorry to the experienced photographers out there who are just cringing!)

Here are a few tips on ways to make your photos a tad better without reading your manual!  I’m not suggesting you don’t, and it’s one of my New Year’s Resolutions, but until then…

1.  Make it interesting.

I chose not to use this photo in my post about this table re-do.  It just looked a little boring and didn’t show off the table well.

I  intentionally wanted the nailheads from the sofa and the geometric patterned pillow in this shot, once again, adds interest compared to the shot I didn’t use.

Try getting down low, I was sitting on the floor for this shot.

2.  Use magazines and catalogs to study the composition of photos.

I used a William Sonoma catalog for styling ideas when taking this photo for a potato soup post.

Take your photo in the best natural light possible – you may have to take your craft or bowl of soup to the kids bedroom, sunroom…wherever there is light!

3.  Use a backdrop.

One last tip, I got from Martha Stewart.

Use a piece of poster board as a backdrop behind your project for a nice clean background. I covered this in a cloth, you can use any fabric.  Be sure you crop the photo well, notice I didn’t and you can see the edge of the board on the left side.

Hope these simple tips are helpful! Thanks so much for having me, Kristy!

Thanks for the great tips!  I’m going to work on those myself.  Be sure to check out her blog!


House Project – Shannon from Shannon Berrey Design

Today we have Shannon from Shannon Berrey Design showing how to make custom curtain rods for less.  She’s an interior designer in NC and is one of my favorites!


Hi everyone! I am excited to be visiting with you today–thanks Kristy for having me over!

I am all about creating high design on a small budget. With a little elbow grease, I made curtain rods with one visit to the hardware store.

In my previous home, I had a big formal dining room with soaring ceilings and a huge window. Because of the scale of the room, I felt that the curtains needed an equally heavy curtain rod. If you have priced custom curtain hardware, you know that it can be extremely pricey. When I priced an oversized rod, finials, brackets and rings it was in excess of $460! And this wasn’t even including the fabric!! So, instead, I headed to Lowe’s to create my own.


The PVC aisle specifically. You know that hard synthetic resin pipe that is made out of polymerizing vinyl chloride {I totally had to google that, fyi}. It comes in tons of widths and lengths and it is easily cut to a specific length. Bingo. I chose the 2″ x 10′ pipe which cost me $7.

The pipes do have numbers on them.


The print is easily covered up by lightly sanding and then spraying several coats with a gray primer {gray covers the dark letters better than the white primer} Outside, I put 2 chairs covered with dropcloths 8′ apart and balanced the PVC on the backs of the chairs. I continued to rotate the pipe after each spray. After the primer dried, I sprayed the pipe with a walnut brown paint. I wanted the end result to look like a rich dark stained wood. Once the paint dried, I rubbed on several layers of mahogany stain.


Then I headed to the fence aisle. ‘What?’ you ask {I heard you} That’s where I found my finials, also know as fence post caps. They were pineappley shaped and the perfect {big} size for the 2″ pipe. And, they were just over $6 for the pair. They were a little rough, so, I sanded them really well, primed them, painted them walnut brown and then stained them to match the poles.


Then came time to attach the finial to the rod {I didn’t know this then, but they make a PVC glue} The pipe is hollow so I tried using wood glue to attach the finial but the pvc is so thin, it didn’t hold. Plan B–I found a piece of scrap wood. I cut the 2″x 2″ piece of scrap wood 7″ long. I rounded the corners a bit so that it would fit snugly down into the pipe.


Then I screwed a dowel screw into the center of the base of the finial and then into the middle of the end of the 2″x 2″. The piece of wood then slid inside the pvc pipe.



Because 2″ curtain rings were more than $12 A PIECE, they were out of the question. Instead, I decided to make a 3″ pocket and just shirred the curtains onto the ‘rod’. Not my favorite look, but it saved me $350, so I got over it. {If you decide that you want to use rings, they have to be put on at this point}



2 cans of primer $5.00

2 double threaded screws $1.50

2 fence post caps $6.50

10’ PVC $7.00

Stain already had

Brown paint already had

Scrap wood already had

= $20 !!!!

For a savings of 440 smackers!


I failed to include how I hung my PVC rods, so I wanted to do a little follow-up. I don’t have these curtains hanging any longer. When I went to ‘reenact’ the hardware set-up, I realized I had become fuzzy on exactly how I did it. But, my husband and I put our heads together and we have the details.

Just remember that these were stationary panels. I never intended for them to move. That is why the hardware solution we came up with worked.

Because the PVC is much bigger than a normal store-stocked rod, normal curtain hardware isn’t equipped to work. We used {2} 6″ L-brackets, {2} 2 1/4 bolts, and 4 screws {type depends on if you are screwing into sheetrock or studs} Let’s pretend that my hardwood floor is actually the wall:

The L-brackets are placed with the base down and screwed into the wall. I placed them about 1′ in from the finials on both ends. I placed the bolt in the last outside hole, bottom up.

You could put a washer on top to hold the bolt from falling out, but I didn’t. I found that when I placed the rod with the curtain panels shirred on, onto the L-brackets, just the pressure of the rod against the bolts kept them in place. The curtains and rod don’t have any desire to roll off. They are real happy just sitting still. :)  By the way… this is a 2-person job.

Use your imagination and pretend that there are curtains in the above picture. The screw just gets hidden inside the shirring and you don’t see it at all.

I am pretty confident that there are much better ways to hang these, but, this worked for me.

Hope this helped!!

Wow, Shannon, I’m totally using this method the next time I need custom rods.  I know first hand how much custom rods can cost!  I left some behind in the home I just sold!  I hope they appreciate them.  Thanks so much for sharing.

Be sure to check out her blog!


House Project – Jane from Modern Jane

Jane is here today to show us a huge project in her home!  She did an amazing job, so be sure to scroll down for the after photos!

And, if you haven’t already entered the ring giveaway, be sure to enter now!


Hi everyone! I’m Jane from the blog Modern Jane and I’m happy to be here today to help Kristy out while she is busy with her big move.

I purchased my home 3 1/2 years ago and have been slowly transforming it from day one. The first big project was the kitchen. It was definitely a labor of love. My brother built all the cabinets and we did the rest of the work ourselves. It’s been a while since I have shared it so I thought I take a peek back at some before and after pictures and share them with you today!

Here is the kitchen at the very beginning…

The dirty work…

The floors were definitely the first glimmer of hope for me.

I was stunned that they came out so beautiful.

I guess it was worth the time it took to remove all those tiles!

All starting to come together!

And finally finished. I still love it!

If you want to know more details on the renovation, you can check out this post over at Modern Jane!

Thanks so much for having me, Kristy!

Wow, that is an amazing transformation, Jane!  I love those chandeliers!  And the floor… wow.