Monday, August 5, 2013

I'm working for Home Goods!

Don't worry~I am not leaving my career at my store Maison Decor!! I was invited by HomeGoods to be one of ten national designers to represent them in a new campaign that will be shown on their HomeGoods Pinterest board "Happy by Design".

I will be pinning for HomeGoods for the next several months to start~so here is my debut.  First order of business was to go shopping at HomeGoods and get some good stuff. Here is my shopping cart last Sunday loaded to the gills at my local HomeGoods.  I was working with a client, Heather, who needed some finishing touches to her living room~so this would be the perfect opportunity to help her out and get some great pins for HomeGoods.
I started with Heather this spring~she got a lot of furniture from her 
dad and was looking for a way to make it work for her and her family. 
 She and her hubs have two kids not yet in high school~
so they are active but past the age of breaking stuff left out on table tops. 
Heather centered the sofa across from the fireplace but it was not lined up
 between the windows and that made for an awkwardness.  
I suggested a new floor plan that would divide the room into two zones. 
Then we would eliminate the bossy carpet and paint the dark furniture with Chalk Paint®.
We stayed with a neutral palette and the plan was to 
use color in the accessories for the room.  
The console is in its original mahogany finish.  
Looking very New England traditional don't you think? 
Well wait 'til you see how this area came out!
 We offer custom painted furniture services at Maison Decor.
 I painted Heather's console Country Grey in Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. 
I added some gilded touches to make sure it fit with the more formal mirror.
 I also painted the coffee table in Chateau Grey Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. 
Its a rich grey green color. We lightly added dark wax for a more aged appearance.
We replaced the carpet with a sisal style rug with green cotton binding.
 Of course this room was not going to be shabby in decor, 
I had something more transitional in mind.  
French touches but also a fun light feeling that fits a younger vibrant family.
Now the furniture is in the proper place, the neutral draperies are hung from simple iron rods,
and the room is just waiting for its finishing touches.
As I said earlier, I divided the room into two zones, and behind the sofa 
sits this ladies desk.  Against the wall is a wonderful french style fall front desk
that adds some height and will be used as a bar area when they entertain.
Heather got the ball rolling by finding this fabric to recover her chair and 
that pattern became our inspiration point for color and feeling in the room.
It's a Richloom fabric with a confetti of colors in a suzani style print. 
Some custom made pillows with down inserts were whipped up by yours truly.
These pillows were going to be the perfect thing to bring Heather's room to life.
 The living room~very nice but on the bland side. 
Lets get a pop of color going on, shall we?
Bam! Lets start with the pillows~that led to the lamps!
We love the transitional look these lamps from Maison Decor brought to the room.
Lamps are always a great way to change the look in a room.
A pair of leather trunks from HomeGoods were 
added under the console to play down the formerly formal spot.
 By using several shades of  fabulous lime green we were 
able to marry many of the different greens in the room.
The faux pears and fun serving tray were additions from HomeGoods.
Finally the full view of the living room seating area!
Its fun and fresh and inviting!
What a difference the right accessories can make in a home.
Next time we will take a look at the before and after of the 
second seating area in the living room where the desks are placed.
Hope to see you at our new home decor store in
Reading, Mass at 150 Main Street!
We will hook you up with design help and advice
as well as give you a quote on custom painted furniture.



  1. Fun, those pops of color make all the difference. Enjoy, Kathy

  2. Congratulations. This room is great and I can't wait to see your future posts.

  3. what a great gig, love that fabric and how you painted out that console. super lamps too!!

  4. CONGRATULATIONS, Amy. I am proud of you, girl. You are doing a wonderful Hooray for you! xo Diana

  5. Love the lamps with those pillows. Definitely so fresh!

  6. Love the lamps with those pillows. Definitely so fresh!

  7. Oh yes, much better. You warmed things up nicely.

  8. Wowzah! We have plenty of beautiful traditional furniture like the console table that you painted. I can't wait to get my hands on them and get busy after vacay. I love the way you rearranged the room and used the greens to pull things together. Your style is very inspiring. Best of luck with the Reading store!

  9. Beautiful transformation! Love the painted furniture and pop of color. Congrats about Pinning for Home Goods! My favorite place to shop.


  10. Such a difference with the changes and redesign you created.

  11. enjoyed reading this post..lovely

  12. Fellow HomeGoods junkie here so I'm so excited about this..Off now to check out their board

  13. Ok Amy, you are a rock star. I am currently moving our play room off of our kitchen back to a dining room. It has been a HUGE project. Its amazing how much you pack into a toy room in 9 years! I will think of some of the touches you added here as I transform.

  14. What style would you say that sofa is? That is exactly what I'm looking for but I haven't been able to pin down an actual NAME for the style. Thanks!

  15. amazing what a difference that makes!


  16. What a fun project you're working on for HomeGoods! Love how that living room turned out for your client too.

  17. Congrats, Amy! And, wow, what a fabulous transformation! I love that you brought in chalk paint and fun pops of color!

  18. What an unbelievable transformation. That table is fantastic and I love the chair with the desk. Congrats, many exciting things for you!!!


  19. Oh wow Amy... It looks great! I love the fun pop of color the lamps added and the colors you painted the furniture. The room is totally pulled together and balanced now! And, excuse me... a job shopping for Home Goods. Can i be you?


  20. Way to go Amy! Excited FOR you and for US as we get to be inspired by you by the store that makes us HomeGoods Happy!

  21. Everything looks so girly and cute! Totally inspired.


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