HGTV Urban Oasis 2014:: Part 2

Here is Part 2 of the tour with Lindsay Pumpa, HGTV Urban Oasis Interior Designer. Lindsay is a delight, not only was she hand-picked as the Urban Oasis designer, but she has a portfolio of work that is truly stellar ( Based out of Florida she has been the lead on the last three houses. She is engaging, talented and funny. Which was just what I needed after getting caught in a torrential downpour that was taking place outside this sanctuary. While she looked picture perfect, I looked like I had stuck my hand inside one of the Jonathan Adler light fixtures, and the electrical shock went straight to the top of my head. So you’ll notice that there are pictures of me with Lindsay suspiciously missing. I’ll be taking a rain-check on any photo opportunities.

Part 2 is all about the back of the residence, the one that is accessed by walking down a long hallway accentuated by bold horizontal stripes running down its length. An added treat was the custom artwork painted by various Atlanta talent lining the walls. The lucky winner will have their own personal art gallery of sorts housed inside this haven of luxury. Our next stop was the Master-bedroom whose walls are bathed in the richest tones of plum. This space reflected Lindsay’s love of a neutral foundation and layers of sumptuous texture, paired with modern furnishings and sculptural accents. Of course, what Master wouldn’t be complete without a fully equipped wet-bar perfect for cocktails or breakfast in bed all while enjoying the million dollar views. Quiet niches for relaxing, a leather wrapped bed to envelop you in modern comfort or a soothing colour palette all define a room that is designed for luxury living. Off the bedroom is an ensuite bathroom with state of the art fixtures, a Kohler ( shower with automated controls, and a soaking tub (also Kohler) overlooking the vibrant city of Atlanta. I do want to give honourable mention to the state of the art toilet, which was not only a full functioning bidet, but also had lights, a music stream and remote controls. A man’s dream commode wouldn’t you say? From here Lindsay and I made our way to the guest room, the first thing I noticed was the stunning sculptural light from AllModern, and the geometric pattern painted on the wall that skillfully mirrored the pattern of the rug. The painter was genius because it is a unique and eye-catching focal point (if only I knew his name I would totally share). This room is playfully wrapped in sophisticated neutrals and bold pattern, defining city chic. The Oasis was designed to ensure that the lucky winner is indulged and pampered. Like most who have entered, I am hoping that I will be the lucky winner enjoying this residence of sumptuous living complete with signature amenities of the five-star Mandarin Oriental. Yes, I even made sure to get to know the doormen, after all they’ll be seeing me a lot in the future. A girl has to dream, and it might as well be big, right? I want to thank the HGTV Design Team of Lindsay Pumpa, Jack Thommason and Gary McCormick and Kristin Alm from Scripps Networks for being such gracious hosts. Also, special thanks to AllModern (, one of the sponsors who provided all the stunning furnishings and accents that you’ll see here. And lastly don’t forget to enter for a chance to win- visit The giveaway runs through October 10th. P.S. If I don’t win and one of my readers happens to be the “lucky one”, can I at least get invited over for champagne and caviar?

Here is a video I produced highlighting the tour, and more pictures for your viewing pleasure completely uninterrupted and without any of my snazzy graphics…I’ll be adding a bunch of photos to Pinterest later today with tons more images…

For a video tour of the residence click the arrow above…


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I didn’t get a good shot of the entire Master-bedroom so I borrowed an image from HGTV. From the plum coloured walls to the millionaire views this space is designed for your enjoyment and relaxation..


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Luxe seating covered in plush lambswool, this space is all about luxury from the luxurious fabrics to the fully equipped wet-bar.


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The masterbath was huge and stunning. The tan and cream colour palette was the foundation for the basket-weave floor tile and the completely automated steam shower.


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A standalone tub, perfect for soaking the day away…


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Punchy geometric patterns from the floor to the wall…


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One of my favorite features the Foscarini Allegro Ritmico suspension light with a cool price tag of $5,063. from AllModern.


 Photo courtesy/ Vicki Gladle Bolick- The Ace of Space Blog

Quite a line-up from the horizontal stripes to the stunning pendant lights…

I hope you enjoyed the tour, the pictures simply do not convey how beautiful this residence was…but if you win I suppose you’ll be able to see for yourself.

I’ll be posting more pictures this weekend on a Pinterest Board here:

Check back on Monday to find out about our project with Kohler, it’s going to be gorgeous! Of course we are so excited to be partnering with this leader in the kitchen and bath industry.

Until then,


The Great Wall of China :: “Plate-scaping”

Who doesn’t like a great wall-scape, and having one is as hot as a pair of leather Culottes in the world of fashion. In fact, some of the big box retailers sell perfect groupings of collected wall art leaving you to figure out the hard part, how to get them to look exactly the same on your wall. Because if you’re like me, you’ll eye-ball everything and hammer away putting more holes in the wall than a piece of moon rock. If you look behind any picture in our house, you’ll see evidence of my wavering eye. I don’t feel the least bit shy about revealing this because Mr. B. rarely reads my blog. So when I was in California recently, I took a side trip to the Viceroy Hotel and if you love Kelly Werstler (like I do) then it’s a must if you are ever in Santa Monica. I’ll do a whole post about it one day; it’s that good. The one thing that caught my eye, (and I had to see in person) was the plate wall, Kelly had created the mother of all plate displays. It made me want to cover every wall in my home with a grouping of plates to rival her stunning presentation of the porcelain kind. So I did a little research for my readers and found some incredibly inspired combinations. If I had more of my grandmothers flow blue china, you can bet they would be gracing the walls of Casa B. right now, mixed in with a little Hermes,’ hand-thrown and otherwise eclectic group of serving-ware. In fact, look at the work of the most notable designers of our time and you may find that they have done at least one (which is reassuring). I would do anything in the name of design if it looked great and I could incorporate some personal items and a plate wall would give me the perfect opportunity to do so. It’s that over-powering nesting instinct that takes over as you get older-the desire to bring in more of your life and less of the meaningless.

I am always on the hunt for the inspired, and whether you’re a designer or someone in search of the unique and different this idea is for you. As always, my mission is to help others create a stylish, lived-in space with a mix of high and low end. Although, I’m not a DIY’er, I think that there are opportunities to use your creativity, by even incorporating some plates painted with your children’s artwork. The Fashionista painted some canvas’s over the summer that seriously rival some of the artwork I’ve seen offered by artists. At least to this momma’s eye. So here are some plate combinations that I think are truly wall worthy…


Clockwise (L) to (R) Main Image-via, kellywerstler,,,, All proving that an upscale and curated look can be achieved by using plate groupings…and here are a few more that I absolutely thought you should see…



This vertical display visually extends the height of the room, and truly acts as an art display…



I call this the “turtle configuration” and is perfectly symmetrical unified by the similar tones of the plates.


Image/ Viceroy Hotel

The plate presentation by Kelly Werstler that began my obsession…(

I hope you are inspired to try something different when wall-scaping!

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Kid Spaces & Resting Places

I am back from California, and with my internal clock still somewhere between the West and East coast, I’m barely able to function. Well maybe enough to write a blog post, that never changes. Traveling was just what I needed to revitalize, reinvigorate, and renew. If you have a family, you know that trying to coordinate a trip is something of epic proportions, it’s not much different than working for a world leader (speaking from experience) right down to what goes into the lunch pail while your gone. So by the time my feet hit the sand I was ready to throw off the Hermes scarf, my Tory Burch shoes and run carefree down the Pacific coastline. Ah….the taste of freedom. From drinks at the L’Auberge hotel in DelMar to an afternoon strolling through the tony shops of LaJolla this girl had sensory overload. In fact, not many pictures on this trip because sometimes you just want to turn it all off, and just enjoy the scenery. Which I did.

So upon my return, I’m faced with a complete master-bath renovation, the deck and my office (still)…Thanks to Kohler, I have everything covered except the tile. Which is going to be fabulous. Another change is the Fashionista’s room. While I was unplugging in California she decided she wanted new bedding. Not just any bedding, but something “colorful” for a big girl space. Insert tears here. Wait…she didn’t want the pastel purples and pinks anymore? No. She wanted polka dots. The equivalent of having a twister board as a duvet cover. As a designer turned blogger, I made a complete 360° and went right back into “Designer Mommy” mode. So yesterday, with just a few hours of sleep, we went to seven stores…that’s right. My pint-sized fashion forward tot wasn’t slowing down until she found the perfect dot. I tried floral patterns; Pottery Barn stylized prints and Dwell Studio kids. Forget it. I tried to sway her decision with ice cream, promises of trips to Disney World, and never having to do another chore until she was eighteen. No. The girl wanted Polka Dots. Even Mr. B. had a reaction. When he walked into her room, I heard “Good god!” Enough said. Yes, I gave up my dream of a perfectly coordinated space and let her make a design decision. I was proud of her, and in all honesty I was glad that she is growing up into a young girl with a sense of who she is. As she told me after multiple stores, and looking at all things not polka dot, “It’s just not me.” I am raising a girl who knows what she wants, and I’ll gladly live with Polka Dots (yes I say this as I’m cringing).

Which brings up a point. Designing children’s spaces can be challenging, and as someone who has designed many- I can tell you this- it doesn’t have to be perfectly designed, and kids have an opinion if you let them in on the process. They have “likes” and “dislikes.” If the room is perfectly staged and styled then it’s not livable. While the room may look perfect in a magazine, it’s been manipulated to appeal to the adult eye not your child. Rooms are made to function, and it’s possible to make them pretty too. These are some of my favorite children’s rooms, full of ideas and inspiration.



I love the soothing tones of lavender, and the canopy of striped wallpaper running down the pitched ceiling. How clever is the cornice that fits perfectly into the structural lines of the roof? The drapery has always been one of my favourite designs.



This room has the right amount of elegance mixed with child-like whimsy. I love the fact that it tells the story of who lives here…and with a few changes this room can take this little girl into her teenage years and beyond. How perfect is the wall grouping?



Yes, vintage charm with a modern flair. I positively love the old world pattern stenciled on the wall paired with a modern floral mural. While this room is more rectangular the layout utilizes the space perfectly, function first with a stylish punch.



 I bookmarked this room because it says “little girl” without being overpowering. It’s soft, girly and chic.



The wallpaper is the perfect backdrop for this British inspired boys room. Proving you don’t have to wrap a room in wallpaper to make an impact…


 Designed by Farima Alavi

Do you want to play? This is bunk-room perfection. The simple furring strips running vertically down the wall adds architectural detail, and a simple pallette of blue and white is a telling sign that boys live here.



I LOVE THIS ROOM. The ice chest style of this bed allows for ample storage, and this space also integrates the interests of the child it was designed for. 


 Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick-Designer Jimmy Stanton

Jimmy is a “Design-elebrity” right here in the ATL. His work has been published many times over, and for good reason. As you can see from this boys space at Foxhall, this room has all the elements that define great design.



This room incorporates modern day cowboy with teenage chic from the plaid bedding to the cow hide pattern on the headboard. Genius.


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