Faux Sho-House: Dining Room Edition!

Formal dining rooms are interesting spaces in the home.  They, generally, aren’t used on a daily basis but they have the uncanny ability to hold all of the unopened mail, unread magazines, deserted backpacks and art projects that every family generates.  It’s so easy to clutter up a space that’s used twice a year because, why not?  It’s a big table that is calling out for a volcano science project extravaganza.  I think it’s time to take back the dining rooms of America and make them a space that is used more often than on Turkey day and that was my inspiration for my “faux-sho” dining room.  I decided to make a dining room that is beautiful and interesting and that won’t be ignored and it all started with the fabric.


I have been in love with this pattern from Schumacher fabrics for a very long time and I knew immediately that I would be using it in my dining room.  Big, bold patterns and vibrant colors can transform a space and this particular fabric has all of those attributes.  Not to mention, it has a dragon.  Hello, it’s a dragon.


Lighting is so important in a space and it is often overshadowed by furnishings and fabrics.   I wanted, no I needed, conversation pieces that also had the added benefit of lighting up the space.  The gilded tortoise shell wall sconces were the perfect combination of laid-back and glam and the pendant had the understated elegance that I needed to offset the other selections in the space.  Both selections are available thru BHD.


The large furniture pieces in this space are very electric.  I have a reversed silhouette grandfather clock, a reclaimed walnut dining table with an aged brass base and a console that is faux painted in a most artistic manner – a spilled stain over wood grain, tricking the eye and adding a playful and edgy feel.

Dining Table is from Hudson Furniture

Console is from Damien Gernay


Animal feet details on furniture have been around for a very long time but these arm chairs from Oly Studio have an Alice in Wonderland sensibility that aren't so serious.  Every room needs something quirky and a little bit left of expected.  I don’t always mix and match my dining chairs but in this case a little animal foot goes a long way. My choice of side chairs balance that –  a distressed rattan chair in teal.


Graphic and organic is what I was looking for in an area rug.  The pattern reminds me of sand dollars and anything that is ocean related is always a good choice.

Area Rug from Modern Rugs


A bright, ethereal 48″ x 48″ canvas adds a final note of intelligence and elegance: Point of Origin by Anna Jaap –  Acrylic, charcoal, and pastel on canvas.  The room is now ready for cold lemonade and afternoon snacks, ready to talk about how the kids' days were and share joys and concerns.  Or ready for a quiet evening for the grown ups, away from the television, enjoying each other's ideas.

Anna Jaap's work is available through Tinney Contemporary

All other Selections throughout are available through BHD.


Stay posted for the next room in our Faux-Sho House!

By |August 13th, 2013|Dining Room, Faux-Sho House, Karrie|Comments Off on Faux Sho-House: Dining Room Edition!|

Faux Sho-House: Kitchen!

When BHD decided to take on a “Faux-Sho” House for our blog, I was so excited to show my personal style in my designated rooms.  I’ve been very lucky in my design career to have worked on a lot of kitchen projects and each one has taught me some very valuable lessons.  One of the lessons that I learned very early on is that a kitchen needs to have longevity that goes beyond paint color choices and fabric selections.  Building a kitchen is a lot like putting together a really great outfit because you need a solid foundation before you layer on the fabulous.


I started at the floor and worked my way up when I started on this kitchen.  Antique, chestnut hardwood flooring was my first selection in this space and I haven’t wavered on it for a second.  I love the look and feel of painted cabinets  so I combined a painted island, in a bold color, with walnut perimeter cabinets.  Love, love, love this combo.   I wanted durable and timeless for my countertops so white quartz was a no-brainer for me when it was time to select.  All of these selections came together very quickly and I truly believe that first inclinations are the right ones.

Left to Right:

Antique, Chestnut Hardwood Flooring

Island Color: Sherwin Williams SW6425 Relentless Olive

Quartz Countertop: Cambria , Whitehall

Perimeter Cabinets: Natural Walnut


I’m an unapologetic tile addict.  There are so many options out there and it sets my little designer's heart to pounding.   I looked at so many different options for the backsplash in this kitchen but I kept coming back to this particular one from New Ravenna Mosaics.  It is a water jet, glass mosaic and is part of the Erin Adams collection.  It’s simply called Clouds and I adore it.


I like the juxtaposition of industrial with classic in a space.  Combining the Kohler Karbon faucet with a traditional apron sink created the balance of opposing styles that I  wanted.  Not to mention the faucet has three articulating  pivot points that make it very user friendly.


Good lighting can make or break a space.  Lighting is truly the earrings on the outfit.  I didn’t want to do a traditional island pendant that was small and glass so I went in the opposite direction and went large and burlap.   I wanted my lighting to anchor the space and these bad boys were perfect!

Curry and Company, Wiggins Orb Pendant.


There is no rule that says only one hardware style per kitchen so I decided to mix it up.  I wanted hardware that looked old and worn- in so I used a variety of brass/bronze finishes.

Left to Right

Anthropologie: Antler Melody Knob

First Dibs: Antique Cabinet Latches

Chinese Brass Hardware


I appreciate a lot of different design styles.  This became very evident when I was selecting the furniture, fabrics, and floor coverings for this kitchen.  I selected the items that I truly love and I couldn’t be happier with the compilation.

Right to Left

Dining Chair: Indulgy, Modern Windsor Chair

Dining Table: DWR, Saarinen Dining Table

Area Rug available through Beth Haley Design

Bar Stool Fabric: Schumacher

Bar Stool available through Beth Haley Design


Kitchens are my passion.  I talk about them, draw them, and select for them almost everyday and I never get tired of the process.  A kitchen needs to stand firm in the face of ever changing design trends, new technologies, and growing families.  Think longevity on the big stuff and have fun with the rest.  That’s how I approach all the kitchens I’ve ever worked on and this one was no exception.

By |August 7th, 2013|Faux-Sho House, Inspiration, Karrie, Kitchen & Bath, Kitchens|Comments Off on Faux Sho-House: Kitchen!|

Faux Sho-House: Powder Room!

Welcome back to the  BHD Faux Sho House Tour!


I was the lucky duck that drew the powder room; they are always some of the most fun rooms to design. Probably because people are more open to being daring and unexpected in such a small space. 🙂 Enjoy the tour!


The Faux-Sho powder room  is all about an earthy-glamour! This room is a great stylistic representation of my personal design aesthetic.  A nature inspired palette and combination of rough and refined finishes is the perfect recipe for any room, but is especially effective in this room as it makes a real statement.  The powder room  should be THE statement room! Bold Jadite green on the walls, brass accents and reclaimed wood all combine to create a fresh, hip vibe for this small space.


From top to bottom this small space is wrapped in color and texture. The ceiling is covered in a  hand crafted  paper which has a randomly patterned linen effect. It has a subtle effect, but overall  it enhances the powder room with a soft glow from it’s neutral metallic shades.

Jadite from Sherwin Williams is seriously green and just the perfect shade to ground the glam gold accents. Wall Paint: Sherwin Williams 6459 Jadite – Eggshell

A glossy trim out is the perfect finishing element for the walls. In a color that is just  a few shades darker that the walls, the contrast is low and keeps the room feeling modern. Trim Paint: Sherwin Williams 6460 Kale green – Semi Gloss

New Ravenna Mosaics  was a great resource for our powder room. A graphic mosaic on the floor amps-up the glam factor in a starburst pattern. The gradient stone and marble on the vanity backsplash creates a great effect that takes your eye upward toward the hexagonal mirror.


I love this mirror designed by Thomas Bina, with a rough wood frame and leather strapping. It is an interesting shape that works well with everything in the room while also being a definite focal point.

How gorgeous is this little stool?! Made of natural teak root, it brings an organic and sculptural element with its beautiful variety and movement.

For the vanity, a custom, reclaimed wood cabinet is attractive as well as practical with its ample storage and  durable finish.


Designer Laura Kirar was imagining a spider web dream-catcher when she designed this antique brass ceiling pendant. The fixture is a simple design that serves its purpose of lighting up the room while still being beautiful.

The Harper sconces from Hudson Valley Lighting are a great contrast to the reclaimed natural wood of the mirror that they flank. Their aged brass base and smooth opal  glass are just the touch of glamor that this space needs.


A lovely print called “Moon Moths” by Becca Stadtlander and an equestrian ink sketch from Etsy are the perfect finishing touches to this Faux-Sho House Powder Room.


I hope you enjoyed the tour of the powder room and hope you come back to view all the other fabulous rooms  throughout the rest of the month!