DIY: Kitchen Renovations – Part One

The bigger picture.

Our kitchen is finally coming together, its been a labour of love and planning, now just to add the finishing touches, we will be ready to move on to our next project.

Going back a while, when we viewed the house prior to purchasing it, this is what we walked in to.

The picture on the right shows the entrance from the garage into the kitchen. The floor tiles were having an effect on my eyesight!

The floor tiles were slate with rough grooves and totally unsuitable for a kitchen.

Wall and floor cabinets were the original units built in the 1980’s

Renovation underway. First, take up the floor tiles, then remove all the existing predated cabinets. The curtains had to go!



The floor had to be leveled, popcorn ceiling re-boarded and skimmed. Temporary cabinets in place (garage shelves). Did you notice that there is no sink, dishwasher or range. We were literally camping.

Moving forward –


We have cabinets

Thank goodness I measured the floor correctly, the pattern we designed fit perfectly

DSC00808DSC01690Slowly our kitchen renovation project is coming together. Under cabinet lighting installed. My husband tried his hand at tiling the backsplash. Tiles from Home Depot.

Floor tiles from Tile and Stone Express Douglasville

Appliances from Appliance Smart

The floor tiles we decided to take into the hallway as you enter from the garage and also into the downstairs half bath. More photographs in our next DI Y series.

Kitchen Renovations – Part One. More to come. The finale. Watch this space


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Cozy Up on a Chilly Autumn Day

It isn’t often that I wake up here in Georgia to a bleak, dismal chilly Autumn morning. However, it would seem that today will be one of those rare days.

The leaves have already turned and the trees are almost bare. Our back garden looks like a leaf landfill site and now its raining. Blowing and raking the leaves will have to wait for another day.


No we don’t have a large snake in the garden (well I hope not), Its  semi-permanent drainage! As we progress with our back garden redesign, this will be addressed.

thumbnailToday is Sunday. Sundays were always said to be “A day of rest,” therefore, on this  Remembrance Day I am going to cozy up in my little Geraldine Nook in front of our log fire.

log fire

cozy nook

With a cup of tea, a light lunch, and the obligatory good book. I may even get my knitting project underway.

Cozy Up on a Chilly Autumn Day. How are you spending your Sunday?



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An Evening of Culture – Robert Kent Galleries

There is a new Artists Gallery in Town.

Why do I say Artists? Because not just wall art or paintings were on show. Exquisite pieces of hand made jewelry and stones. Beautiful wood, glass and metal sculptures.   Quirky items, thought provoking. So much talent from landscapes, portraits, Abstract art and so much more.

Such a different way of presenting art.

Different genres.

How unique to have a mobile art truck  parked just waiting to deliver one of a kind art pieces to your studio, home or office. Sizes to fit every wall, canvas or framed. The gallery has a vast amount of inventory as well as an elite picture framing service.

Price points to suit every pocket.

Set in quaint Marietta Square on Church Street, it boosts a perfect position with plenty of car parking space nearby.

With Kathy Phillips Interior Designer Project Style

Sophistication, education, history, beautifully laid out.

Did I mention the sparkling wine and delicious chocolate truffles?

Recommended go visit

Robert Kent Galleries

An Evening of Culture Robert Kent Galleries Marietta Georgia


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Sherwin Williams Colour Mix Forecast 2018

I was privileged to accompany Interior Designer Kathy Phillips of Project Style to the launch of Sherwin Williams 2018 colour palettes.

Sincerity, Unity and Connectivity. Each with their own story to tell and what influenced the palette choices and themes.


Influences :- Silence, Instagram, Minimalism, Hygge, Normacore.

Less is more as we are de-cluttering, moving more possessions into the cloud. Silence is no longer empty but instead rare and rich with possibility. Blending is the new standing out. Flaws are treasured. The hushed tones of this score playout in sand, complex grays and hazy botanicals. Calming spaces, quiet nooks, reading areas, mindful experiences, meditation, relaxation. The need to disconnect from digital noise that harms our focus and sleep therefore, increasing stress hormones. Treasure the beauty of rustic imperfections, A rustic rugged piece of wood with knots. Hygge (whoga) – a calming colour scheme, lit candles, snuggly bedding, Nordic wood, gleaming details, brass, copper, frosted milky glass, tactile, marbled surfaces, agate and stone – spiritual healing.


Influences:- Roaming, Transculturalism, Community, Artisanal Crafts, Indigenous Patterns. Ethnicities and culture begin to influence daily life. Nomadism.

Naturalism and Globalism are in flux, challenging terrestrial boundaries. Global hubs of crafts and gastronomy. We crave security and adventure in equal measure. A culture of Nomadism. The bright folklore of this story is told in memorable pops off peacock colour. Mixes of trends and styles – a worldly flavor.  Re-drawing boundaries. Botanical effects – green – textile recycling, eclectic decorations. Architects are community builders. Natural crafts, tassels and knots. Patina, metal and glass look aged, burnt and rusted, chunky weaves, tribal, folk patterns.  Indian saris and mosaics. Silk, serenity and adventure. Think out of the box.


Influences:- California Pop/Culture, Techies, Virtual Reality, Productivity, Environmentalism.

We are each moving to the beat of our own algorithm,. From choosing a dry cleaner to choosing a college. Data powers nearly every decision we make. In Silicon Valley, Berlin and Beijing techies are the new hippies, full of breakthrough ideas and utopian ideals. Looking for revolution not evolution. The fashion revolution radically changed the way our clothes are now being sourced. Geometrics, Complex designs, changing stripes,  grid lines, highly decorative. Colours are vibrant and bold with an accent on attention seeking furniture, lighting and décor.

A generation waving the flag of colour freedom and instagramming everything. This high- tech palette is pixelated in orange. violets, digital greens and high-def yellow.

Which palette would you choose? What inspires you?

Sherwin Williams Colour Mix Forecast 2018.



The Sherwin Williams colour of 2018 is Oceanside SW6496. A blue like no other, Infinite, Irresistible, Honest. When paired with velvets, satins and antiques classic and refined. Metallics shimmer.

Sherwin Williams


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Show off Your Style

Get up, Get Dressed, Get out and Show off Your Style.

Anything goes, no faux pas this season.

Bold checks or a smooth dog tooth check – from shoes to Jackets, Skirt suits with accessories, Velvets, leather and lace, or maybe your prefer more of an Asian influence, sateen’s and embroidery, structured, boxy, fluid, asymmetric – shapes to suit all sizes and ages. Mix fabrics and textures, throw the rule book out of the window, design your own style.

How do we keep up with the fashion trends? Look no further.

Seriously, this company are right on trend and on point. Literally, hot off the runway and reasonable price points. I have my favourite pieces.







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How the Catwalk influences Home Décor or Vice Versa

on many windowsLooking for Autumn Winter inspiration for your home?  Look no further than the Catwalk. London, Paris, Milan and New York are all the key players where fashion houses are concerned.

So what’s trending right now?

Brocade –

Decadent, luxurious. Once adorned windows, now on the catwalk. jackets trousers, waistcoats and accessories.




Drapes were seen in Victorian homes and seem to last years, associated with being dark and dusty, Not anymore.

Add a little touch of decadence to your home.


Velvet –

Who doesn’t love the feel of velvet? Rich, opulent and elegant.  So much choice whether jewel tones or grays and blacks, anything from dresses to accessories to full suits and even footwear.


Emerald Green jacket with gold buttons paired simply with Jeans.

Velvet doesn’t have to be boring in the home either. Look for accessories such as cushions, throws or add to other textures such as wool, leather and linen.



Patterns, bold and intricate. Embroidery meets the colour wheel. Imagine a burst of colour, spring, summer, autumn or winter. Bring your garden onto your clothes.

Embroidery an be found on anything from Jackets to Jeans, tops and sweaters, accessories and footwear.

Think wallpaper, wall art, drapes, cushions, let your imagination run wild.

Look no further than Pinterest, here you will find a hue of colour, textures and ideas.

What inspires you? What look will you be adopting this fall season ?

How the Catwalk influences Home Décor or Vice Versa

Credit The Shade Store,, Business Insider

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Shoe Shopping in the UK

First stop Marks and Spencer for underwear, plus, checking out the shoe department. While I was browsing I spied boots! Now I really wanted a pair of ankle boots to wear with jeans, as well as black tights and knee length skirts or a floral dress.


These beauties were just perfect, suede ankle boots, colour mink, price £59, a wider fit meant I needed a smaller size.


Endorsed by the UK College of Podiatrists, Insolia Flex® makes walking in flats more comfortable by insuring your foot is correctly placed within your shoes – improving the natural rotational movement of the ball of the foot. Super soft suede makes these shoes extra durable. Teamed with a floral dress, ankle boots are a great way to tackle the temperamental British weather.


I made a mistake,I should have ordered 2 pairs – although its not too late to place an online order. I haven’t hardly had them off my feet since I bought them. So versatile,  as well as comfortable.

Next, I couldn’t resist stopping by Moda In Pelle, one of my favourite shoe shops, this one I visited in York. So much choice and so little time.

I knew that the likely chances of me walking out of this store without a purchase were near zero. I wasn’t wrong! These Estela Ombre loafers were just too tempting £79.

Shades of red and black with gold embellishments.

Moda In Pelle shoes

The temptation was too great. I succumbed, no regrets whatsoever.

What’s your most recent shoe purchase?

Shoe Shopping in the UK

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Habitat Muse Designing a “Mood Board”

Redecorating a Room from designing a Mood Board

When you are thinking of refreshing or redecorating a room what is the look you are wanting to create? What colours have you in mind?

Choosing colours can be influenced by existing furniture or a set of beautiful drapes, an object, even a cushion. Inspiration may come from a variety of sources such as TV shows – Property Brothers, HGTV or Home magazines, even a shop window.

Have you ever thought about creating a “Mood Board”?

A mood board is similar to a vision board but using paint colours, fabrics, pictures, wall paper and textures. Use your imagination.

Quite bizarrely my first mood board I created before I moved from the UK to the USA as part of an Interior Design course that I had decided to undertake.

I felt drawn to the colours of autumn, particularly red , cinnamon, mustard, taupe range of colours which is very unusual for me as I am more of a neutral base person.


A little injection of colour therapy.

I think its more than a coincidence that the colours we chose for our home in the US were influenced by these boards..


The living room in our first home in the USA and below our dining area.


Fast forward to our current home in Marietta Georgia.

Warm and cozy. Autumnal colours, wrap around our family room that looks out to our deck area and garden. A log fire in the grate, ready for those chilly evenings, I picture myself on the chaise reading a book, glass of Ruby red wine in hand and a blazing log fire lighting up the room.

We chose only lamps to give this room a more intimate ambiance.



The second mood board. A more of a Monochromatic effect.


Our TV living room, Cool tones of Grey and White creates space whilst giving the room freshness. Adding colour come from accent pieces, plants, cushions, an area rug as well as the unique vinyl framed LPs on the wall.




Breathe life into an empty room by creating your own personal canvas.

What influences you when you are thinking of redecorating or refreshing?

Habitat Muse Designing a “Mood Board”


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An Introduction to Kathy Phillips Project Style Georgia LLC.

Project Style Georgia LLC

Kathy Phillips A self-taught designer, Kathy has become an in-demand source for practical design and beautiful aesthetic in Cobb County.  Specializing in residential and office projects, her creative mind and genuine passion for what she does make her an invaluable force when it comes to developing new ideas and completing projects.  She loves collaborating with clients to create their perfect spaces and tell their stories.  Her knowledge of construction and remodeling allow her to work closely with contractors and remove much of the stress associated with large projects.

A lover of the outdoors, she enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, bird watching and kayaking with her husband, as well as participating in canine sports with her Border Collie.

You can follow Kathy on FaceBook at projectstylega; on Instagram at projectstyega; and on Pinterest at Project Style Georgia LLC.

My Story
Regardless of whether your personal style is traditional and layered or modern and minimalistic, your home should tell your story—who shares it, where you came from, where you have been, what you cherish, what you remember. Space should be a reflection of the people who use them.

Kathy P

Every room in my home, even the rooms that don’t get used on a regular basis, holds things that are meaningful to my husband and me. I can close my eyes and picture my siblings and I doing homework at the table that now sits in my kitchen, or my family gathered around it for dinners and cutthroat Monopoly games. When I prepare one of my rooms for guests, I think of the fun times my sister and I had when we shared that furniture in our bedroom, whispering secrets in the dark, dressing our dolls and experimenting with make-up and hair styles. When we first got married, my husband refinished several case pieces that belonged to his grandparents to serve as our bedroom furniture. He has fond recollections of those pieces in their homes.


stack of boxes

When I travel and I want to bring something home with me, I like to look for something unique to that area that will later spark memories of the great adventures I had on that trip or the interesting people I met along the way. Each object makes me smile and takes me back to a great experience. On holidays and when I entertain, I love to use my mother’s table linens and serving pieces. She collected them with great care and they remind me of what a fabulous hostess she was.

Choices furniture

K Phillips


These are the things that give a home warmth and character and tell your family’s story. When designing a space for a client, I will ask them to lay out on a table the mementos or objects that are meaningful to them. It could be souvenirs from a trip, baby shoes, family photos, a tea set, childhood books or toys, seashells collected at the beach, anything at all. I design a way to display these mementos so that they tell that family’s story. But sometimes, there are no collections or mementos that have meaning. Then we create them! We might turn family photos into canvas art or shop for unique and preferably hand-made items that reflect what they love. We have access to so many great resources that with a few shopping adventures, we can collect and create the things that will be a reflection of you and tell your unique story.

Does your home tell your story? If it doesn’t, let’s pull out the things you cherish and put them on display so that you can enjoy them. Or let’s schedule a shopping day to find those unique things that speak to you and make your house “home.”
Kathy Phillips




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Habitat Muse – Home Staging & Décor. Part 1. Refreshing a Room

Habitat Muse – Home Inspiration – Bringing Ideas to life.

What do you see when you look around your home?

Tidy, fresh, clean? or dated cluttered and worn? Most of us are somewhere in between, we all have THAT room or closet that you dread to open.

Spring is associated with a Spring Clean, but what do you do the rest of the year? By the time it gets to spring again you may have accumulated a years worth of “stuff.”

Whether, you are contemplating moving or just want to refresh, start with one room at a time, decide whether you start upstairs or downstairs, don’t be overwhelmed by the task in hand, you will feel elated when the first room is finished.

Rope in the family to help, devise some sort of project, unwanted toys and clothing for Goodwill, or a charity. Earn pocket money (yes, I know its a form of bribery)

Be ruthless and stick to the task in hand. Sort out clothing you haven’t worn for 2 years or more or that dress you vowed to get into, it was a bargain but still has the purchase ticket on it.

Wash, wipe, clean dust, vacuum, that includes your mattress on the bed too and don’t forget the carpets.

It may well be once you have overhauled a room including THAT closet you may feel that it would benefit from a paint refresh.

Set yourself a reward, a new bed set,  wall art, a new light fixture, or a couple of pillows. It doesn’t have to be extravagant.

Don’t overcrowd a room with too much furniture. If you have small windows and have curtains, make the window look wider or taller by positioning the curtain rods higher and wider than the window itself, add sheers. Floor length drapes will also make the window appear larger.

Look for close outs. This bed ensemble is from Sears


Be armed with the essential: cleaning equipment, cloths, bucket, brushes, mops a vacuum cleaner, carpet cleaner, boxes or bags labelled charity/donations, consignment, rubbish, recycling and so on.

Ideas:- A coat of paint to any room will add automatic freshness. Choose paint colours carefully.

Other Room ideas – Bathrooms

Add a new shower curtain , fresh towels. Hardware on cabinets (which can also be painted), new accessories

Closets: Add bins and baskets for storage, door hooks to hang jewelry, scarves or belts. Shop discount stores.

Look in Home Décor magazines such as House Beautiful, Homes & Gardens, Southern Living and so many more. Follow blogs for inspiration. plus, Pinterest for ideas.

Remember the simplest of changes can make the biggest difference.

Happy Reorganizing!

Habitat Muse – Home Staging & Décor. Part 1. Refreshing a Room

What would be your top 3 tips?

Stay tuned

More coming regarding Home Staging in Part 2. Its a myth that you have to spend loads of money on your home in order to sell it. So stay tuned.



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Habitat Muse Home Office Space

Above our garage we have a bonus room, it quite a quirky space and a definite selling point – not that we are even considering this after all the work that’s been done.

It was like discovering the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland. There are two entrances.

The first one is via the main staircase, along the landing hallway the last door ahead of you, What could this be?, thinking initially a store cupboard, when I opened the door what a surprise. The other entrance is through the kitchen there is a small hallway with a staircase, where would this lead?


Stairway to….

It is big enough for a bedroom, play area, obviously you would require safety gates, sewing room, exercise room or office space.

We tried initially a combined spare bedroom and office area, but that didn’t really work.

So, my office area it is.


I have divided the space so I know where everything is for my diverse and different interests and business.


There is still some tweaking to do but I am so pleased with how it has turned out and more importantly I am using it on a daily basis.

office 1vision board

Working from home has it benefits.

Create your home office space. Keep it tidy, uncluttered, light and airy. Storage is essential.

Did this give you some ideas?

Habitat Muse Home Office Space.




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