Samantha Pynn

I absolutely love the show Pure Design on HGTV, with host Samantha Pynn. I found her website today, here are some pretty shots from her portfolio:















Tart House Design : Client's Bedroom

Here are the before and after's from the install we did on Saturday. Disclaimer: I am not a very good photographer and there was not a ton of light in this room.

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Brightened side table

My favorite part was the art wall, we used a combination of Vintage Printable art, contact paper, plastic wall flowers from Target that we spray painted, and the canvas art was made by me. I'll share the how-to in another post.

Tart House Design Update

Our little business endeavor has not crashed and burned yet, and my mom and I are having so much fun! We have both an install, and a new client consultation scheduled for this weekend.

The install is for our client's master bedroom. All her furniture is in place; but she was at a loss on how to accessorize and finish the room. I can't wait to show you the results on Monday.

We offer a variety of services - from a full room design like we did for Heidi; or just giving your room those finishing touches that it needs, like we're doing for our client tomorrow. I've created a link to the services we offer, you can access it by clicking our logo in the left sidebar, or clicking here.

Here we are diligently working for our client, Heidi. Don't you want us to diligently work in your house? :)

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House Tour

I found this house tour while browsing the Style at Home site, and fell in love. That dining room is bananas.

stairway - style at home

living room - style at home

dining room - style at home

master bedroom - style at home

nursery style at home

kitchen - style at home

family room - style at home

Dining Room

Here is a design board I put together recently for a client's dining room. She already had a table and chairs.

anne's room plan

Her budget was $1,000 for the room and my total came out to about $994.

If you're interested in a design board send me an e-mail gangstas. They're cheap.

Chair Deal

If you are a regular reader of design blogs you are probably very familiar with the Tolix Chair. I talked about my love for them last year on my other blog, here; where I also complained about how I could not find a Tolix chair for less than $200.

Well today I happened upon this beauty for $99!


A small victory for the cheap-o's like myself. Yay!

Bay Window

A commenter asked about my bay window, and how I hung my curtain panels.

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My favorite curtain hardware is the Allen and Roth line at Lowes. My rods, finials, and curtain rings are all from this line. For my bay window I hung a curtain rod six inches above each window. Then, I used these genius devices for the two places where the rods needed to connect:

Allen and Roth Corner Connectors

corner connector

Here are some other bay windows for inspiration:

bay window

bay window2



all images from DecorPad

Tart House Design

This is me and my mom, Michelle. Did you know she studied interior design in college? Well she did. She is where I inherit my love for all things decor.

me and mom

We decided to start a little business venture, because we're crazy like that. It's called Tart House Design and our fees are super cheap; we will help you make your house look better on a budget. Don't be too impressed, but we already have TWO clients.

Here's what we did for our client, Heidi. Heidi wanted a new home office space. Here's how the process worked:

Consultation - We met with Heidi to talk about her ideas and assess what she already had in her house that would work for the room. We discussed functionality, style, color scheme, organization, etc.

Shopping - With Heidi's blessing and budget we purchased items for the room, keeping everything affordable. We used Ikea, thrift stores, and shopped the sales.

Install - Two weeks after the consultation we came back to put the room together for Heidi. We were finished in about four hours.

Here are the results:
Client already owned - desk, bookshelf, armchair

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Heidi Before2

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Each family member got their own entryway basket, labeled with their first initial.

We got her entryway table from a garage sale for $10 bucks. Here's how it looked before:
Table Before

A few more details:

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The entire room cost about $275. If you live in the Phoenix area and want help with a room in your house send me an e-mail for details and rates!