02.23.2015 / Meanwhile at Copper Dot

In the midst of dealing with this crazy winter and my flipping frenzy, I’ve also been keeping myself busy(er) with my design business, Copper Dot Interiors.  I did a dining room install over the weekend and snapped a few quick shots as I was on my way out that I’m eager to share.

My clients hadn’t really touched the dining room at all since moving in a little over a year ago and the previous owners clearly hadn’t done much since it was built in the 90s.  Don’t you just love builder-grade brass chandeliers??


My clients weren’t sure what their style was, but they knew it wasn’t this.  Turns out they were looking for a quirky yet sophisticated room with some color that could be used by the whole family (including small children).

There are still a few small tweaks to be made and I’ll be getting better pictures when I’m there next, but what a contrast!


The trim color stayed the same off white since it runs throughout the entire home, but aside from that I was given a blank slate to play with.



In just switching out the maroon walls for Benjamin Moore’s St. John’s Bay, the room feels instantly about 5 thousand times brighter.  It’s amazing what a swift injection of color can do to a space!


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01.28.2015 / Snowed in Staging with Chairish

Ah snow days.  The rush to get things done before the snow starts, then the inevitable cleanup and catch up afterwards.  Over at Millie, I’ve got record amounts of snow to shovel.  Literally.  Yesterday’s 33.5″ apparently beat the old record by .5″  Luckily, Millie has super amazing neighbors who cleared the front sidewalk for me.

Even though there’s still quite a bit of work left to do (understatement of the year) before I can list Millie the fliphouse, my mind has already shifted to staging.  I don’t want it to sneak up on me at the end and then run out of time to stage it properly.  She deserves better than that.  So when Chairish asked me to put together a styleboard using one of their latest rugs, it was right down my alley.

If you aren’t familiar with Chairish, it’s an online consignment shop for awesome furniture and decor.  Doesn’t sound like anything I’d enjoy, right?

Today I was in the mood for a bit of rustic glamour and chose this Turquoise Overdyed Turkish rug to base my design off of.  I started simple with a few staple pieces:


1.  West Elm, Ainslie Sofa

2.  Serena & Lily, Reese Side Table

3.  Chairish, The Foundry Factory Cart

4.  Target, Carissa Shelter Wing Chair

The fun really comes into this room once you start adding accessories.  I wanted to balance out the rusticity of the wood and patchwork with some sophisticated metallics.


1.  Target, Nate Berkus Geo Printed Resin Tray

2.  Anthropologie, Arca Jewelry Boxes

3.  West Elm, Moorish Tile Printed Curtain

4.  Rejuvination, Merchant Floor Lamp

5.  Anthropologie, Ink Drop Pillow

6.  Tonic Living, Handcut Shapes, Rain Pillow

7.  West Elm, Beaded Corners Pillow Cover


Now I’m itching even more to get to staging!  Have I inspired you too?  Check out their other available rugs for more inspiration.


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01.21.2015 / Make it Work: Door Headboard

In the series, Make it Work , I show you how to take a seemingly random thrifted find and hypothetically ‘make it work’ in an awesome space.  WWTGD (What would Tim Gunn do?)

I’m getting the thrifting bug lately.  It’s not tag sale season, and I’m at a point with the flip where I’ve purchased all the materials and lights but not yet ready to stage, so I’m at a thrifting stand still.  What better time to dream about new (old) awesome decor and share it with you guys.

In today’s Make it Work, how about an old door as a headboard?

craigslist old door

Currently listed on the Boston Craigslist, it’s more than a little steep in price at $450, but I think it’ll give you a good idea.

All over pinterest you’ll find crafty- looking door headboards, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  A door used as a headboard can look so sophisticated if done right.


This bedroom from Country Living shows a very successful door-turned headboard.  The key to this room is simplicity.  The headboard is the focal point and you don’t have a gaggle of craftiness distracting from that.

So, how would I make the very different door from Craigslist work?  It’s all about balance.

Make it work: Door to headboard via Year of Serendipity

The heaviness of the headboard is grounded by a heavy rug, and everything else becomes a textural supporting character.  If you try and add too much pattern or color, that’s when the bad crazy happens.  I’m also a big proponent for style mixing.  High/low, new/old, hard/soft.  It creates a nice, balanced, and interesting space.

Curtains: Cotton Canvas Stamped Dots, West Elm

Eggs Prints: OldAgePrints on Etsy

Sconces: Congress Wall Sconce, Rejuvination

Night Stand: Threshold Parson Side Table, Target

Bedding: Waiscott Oxford Weave, Serena & Lily

Rug: Kasari Printed, Pottery Barn

Bench: Vintage Steel and Vinyl, Chairish


I hope you’ll think twice next time you come across an old door.  Doesn’t this room just make you want to curl up?

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