We’ve Moved!

We’ve truly enjoyed our first month here and all of the wonderful people we’ve interacted with, however, as of this post, we invite you to visit us at our new home by clicking here. We truly hope all who followed our blog here, will not only stop by and say “HELLO”, but elect to follow us at our new home here. Signing up for our FREE  Newsletter will ensure that you continue to receive our daily posts. You can click here to join the Newsletter list.

As always, I will acknowledge all comments personally. Remember if you have beautiful interior designs you’d like us to feature or if you have a product or interior design piece you’d like me to review, contact us at our new location here. All the best and see you soon!



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Art & Design 2012: Home tour, Marietta, GA

Art & Design 2012: Home tour to showcase best in interior design and local talent

The house is lined up, the reveal is planned, and the decorators are inspired. It’s time to mark your calendar for the second annual Art & Design Show House presented by Marietta Cobb Museum of Art opening Sept. 15 through 29.

“We have a great team pulled together to work on (the Show House). We think that Marietta has so much talent as far as artists and interior designers that we wanted to bring a show house/art gallery here to show the community what these creative geniuses have to offer,” said Sally Macaulay, MCMA executive director.

“The Show House is a good way to bring in all the things that we are, creatively in terms of visual arts and design,” said Cathy Brazeal, owner of Brazeal Consulting. She chairs the event with Cassandra Buckalew, owner of the historic Marietta Trolley Company. Read more about this event by clicking here.

I will bring you a new event in the world of Interior Design every Friday. It’s: Eventful Friday!


Thrilled About This Open Living Area!

I don’t typically like open spaces. I like my kitchen separate from the family area, so the family can enjoy the space unencumbered by the activity/noise, smells and sometimes messes that go on in my kitchen.

However, this space really caught my eye, even though it combines 3 spaces: kitchen, dining and family room. This open space would be perfect for a growing family. What’s more, it totally captures my desire to have appealing design AND comfort in a living area. What do you think about this design? 

Girls Gone Wild Room!

I’m calling this: “The Girls Gone Wild Room!”

I like pink as much as the next “girl”, however, I personally like a home that is a bit more gender neutral in color. There’s no doubt about the cuteness of this room though. The books give the feel of a library or study room, but I’m not certain about that. I’m curious to know what you think. It’s “What Do You Think Wednesday”; share your thoughts and have a smile 🙂


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Dayka Robinson Designs

Dayka Robinson Designs



It was my pleasure to interview Dayka Robinson of Dayka Robinson Designs about her AWESOME transformation on this Settee.
Lons_Designs: This is an AMAZING transformation! Did you know exactly how you’d re-purpose the Settee as soon as you saw it, or was it a process?

Dayka: “I knew as soon as I saw it, I knew what I wanted to do–it was just a matter of making the specific material selections. I love a classic Wingback chair and from all of my experience vintage shopping, I know that a Wingback settee is not easy to find! The original fabric was in awful condition (cushions were totally torn underneath), and I knew the skirt needed to go ASAP to create a clean-lined look. I originally purchased an Ikat fabric to recover the settee but changed my mind and decided on a textured, solid Ebony cotton with brushed nickel nailhead trim to highlight the details.”

Lons_Designs: The nail head trim is stunning. How long did it take you to add those accents?

Dayka: “Thank you, and you know, I couldn’t tell you because I had my upholsterer apply it! I do all of my own furniture refinishing and some of my own re-upholstery, but I’ve learned to focus my time on the things that I personally need to do and outsource when possible. I can’t imagine applying all of those nailheads one by one, but 2-3 hours is a good guess.”

Lons_Designs: I can’t thank you enough for stopping by our blog and allowing us to showcase your work. Is there anything else you’d like us to share with our readers?

Dayka: “My new website should (hopefully) be launching in a few weeks with updated portfolio pics & information! In the meantime, you can always find me pinning my favorite images on Pinterest, sharing my latest updates on Facebook, and of course on my daily style blog, Dayka Robinson Desgins. Thanks for having me!”

Please comment to share your thoughts.


Indoor Outdoor Space Makeover via “HGTV”!

This Interior Design Makeover comes from:




I love a blank slate when it comes to our Make Over Monday feature. If you’re fortunate enough to have an indoor-outdoor space like this; today’s makeover will give you some great ideas. You can make the space an extension of your home for all to enjoy. Please share your thoughts.
Stop by next Monday for a new Before and After “Makeover”.  It’s: Makeover Monday! ~ Lon

Saturday Shout Out to The Small Wall!

We’re giving a Special Saturday Shout Out to “The Small Wall”. My review is below:

“The Small Wall” is an adhesive backed paint sample board, that provides an easy way for you to sample paint colors on your wall, without actually painting the walls. 🙂  “The Small Wall” was created by Julie Caliel Boney and she and her husband Steve run their company and offer several products to aid in home decor. Julie offered to send me a sample pack via Twitter: “Hi Julie!”

The package I received, is the first image found on the products page here. It arrived very quickly and was packaged very well. I included a picture in the gallery to show the condition of the packaging. Once you unwrap the Small Wall, you’ll notice that there is an adhesive backing on it that allows you to adhere the “wall” to your own wall after painting it the color of your choice. I’d like to say the adhesive did NOT damage the paint on my walls at all, once I removed it.

I decided that I would use “The Small Wall” to test a pattern and not a paint color. I wanted to see how a pattern might work on one of the walls in my home (see gallery below) and it was really a big help. I used the two Small Walls that came in my package to get a feel for the pattern and you can use the Small Wall for that purpose too. I really like this product and want to thank Julie again for offering to send me a sample. It has been instrumental in helping me make a decision regarding the pattern I might use on my wall some day. Thanks again Julie!


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Sonno Domestic Living_sample sales event!

Sonno Domestic Living _ sample sales event!

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Reappoint your bedroom at the sample sales event!

Sonno Domestic Living in the Back Door to the Trade design center will host an annual sample sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Usually, this showroom sells only to the trade, but on Saturday, the public can get great deals on bedding sets, pillows, blankets and more, at 50 percent off retail. Expect to see deals on bedding sets from Ann Gish, Pom Pom at Home, Pine Cone Hill and other luxury bedding companies, as well as towels from Matouk, sheets from Sferra and a variety of throw pillows. A large collection of single shams will be priced as low as $15.

The showroom is at 7301 Burnet Road at the back side of the shopping center, 452-4005, Austin, TX. www.sonnodomesticliving.com.

— Nicole Villalpando

Please take the survey to let us know if you will attend this event. Thanks!

The Small Wall

I’m Thrilled About: The Small Wall!

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It was truly a pleasure to receive the “Small Wall” from my Twitter bud Julie Boney and her husband Steve Boney. When you visit the “Small Wall” website, you’ll see this product description: “Small Wall adhesive backed paint sample boards are the easiest & most accurate way to sample paint color.”

However, I wanted to put a different spin on the use of the “Small Wall” and I decided to use it to see how a pattern (instead of paint) would look on one of my walls! I will do a full review on Saturday. It’s my “Saturday Shout Out!”; which is a special blog post specifically designed for reviewing any interior design products or pieces I receive; so stay tuned for that. In the mean time, check out the slide show above and let me know your thoughts on the “Small Wall” in the comments. Thanks!


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70’s Office Party

I’m calling this: “70’s Office Party”

When I look at the chairs in this office I think of the 70’s. Ah… the nostalgia! Every worker here should be allowed to wear their bell bottoms and platform shoes every single day! What do you think when you look at this interior design? It’s “What Do You Think Wednesday”; share your thoughts and have a smile 🙂


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