Saturday, October 30, 2010

Eye For Style

Have you ever been to a doctor's office and thought...."seriously, couldn't they have done more with the decor?" Maybe everyone doesn't do that but I think if they are going to make me wait an 30 minutes then I need to have something better to look at then a fish tank!

Marsh Eye Care actually had a fish tank painted on their walls...thing outside the box or just plain dated??  Maybe it was little of both but I had a blast bringing their office up to speed! Eye LOVE how it all came together!!
Before -- OMG , right??

OMG in a better way!!

Cool Eye quote - <wink>

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Strutting Our Stuff!

Outside of my dreams, I’ve had few design projects with absolutely no parameters -- no budget, no design direction, no time frame and the parting words, “Just have fun with it!”  Really????  But, that was exactly my amazing assignment for designing spaces for the 2010 Kaleidoscope of Homes Tour. Quick, visualize my happy dance!

Although Cheap Thrills Design and Remodel has a traditional remodeling side and has renovated many homes, including bathrooms and kitchens, we are known for our “Extreme Home Makeover” type spaces we create for teens. Imagine how excited we were to let our creative juices flow in to the two teen suites at 1009 Whittington.

I spent days deciding on color schemes, fabric selection and room layout. At Cheap Thrills we also custom build all furniture pieces which was an additional design layer. We designed a full-size couch-type daybed with a sassy curved headboard for the girl space and platform bed with additional drawer storage and industrial pipe detailing for the boy space.

The paint finishes in both rooms are completely one-of-a-kind.  One room features a vintage rock graffiti treatment.  If you look closely you can see song lyrics and vintage rock poster signage.  The walls in the girl’s room feature a hand-drawn, oversized poppy design.

At Cheap Thrills we are also known for our one-of-a-kind finds and we’ve included many in these spaces including lockers, car door, vintage typewriters and scales. We had a blast creating these spaces. The KOH is a great place to find fresh ideas and I hope we’ve created rooms that inspire!

Check out our additional pics...and go check out the other spaces (but still love ours the most) at the Kaleidoscope of Homes!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Everything Old Is New Again

Breathe new life in to a vintage couch or chair.  Create a hip vibe in your living room or study lounge using a found piece. Paint the frame, add some fabulous new fabrics and VIOLA!  Just think how amazingly chic you will feel opening your mail on a rad refurbished settee.

Look at our latest transformation! LOVE <3

Sunday, August 22, 2010

We’re stickin it to you!!

I love magnet boards. When I was younger (not so long ago), I loved to tape Andy Gibb posters to my wall. My mom was anti- tape, so I usually ended up getting the kabash put on my posters, movie tickets, and generally cool memorabilia.

Magnet boards solve that dilemma and man have they come a long way. They come in many different styles and colors to meet everyone’s needs – even moms. The can be old locker doors hung on the wall or ceiling tins turned magnet board. We even take old frames and fill them with metal for a formal yet funky look. Cool magnets are the icing on the cake. We like flowers, scrabble pieces, and Hot Wheel cars! vroom!!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Wall O Fame!

Do you sometimes feel over run with mementos. You just can’t fit all of your magical memories into  just the family room bookcases? A display wall is the answer. Mix the past with the present by flaunting your amazing photos and one-of a kind trinkets. Put it all together so that it tells the unique story of your family, friends and interesting adventures.  

Create your own wall of fame that features your favorite letters from your kids, photos of your grandparents and inspirational quotes.

Oh, the stories your shelves can tell!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I LOVE my Job!

I have to say, I have the BEST clients. In most instances, I have to be dragged away from their homes kicking and screaming when our project ends.  We have formed a bond through their project.  I have seen most of them at their best and worst and many in their pajamas too!  The good news is that we usually stay in touch and hopefully one of us devises a new plan or project so that we never really cut the cord.

One of my clients wrote the greatest recommendation on Angie's List for us.

"Bob and Jami walked us through every step of the redesign and remodel projects from Oct-May. Came out to meet with us in person when any questions arose, and were available to communicate via email, text and phone almost anytime day or night, weekend or weekday. Worked many Saturdays in order to get finished faster. Worked with our budget and provided options to save but also encouraged us to spend our money for maximum impact and longevity. Their staff of carpenters, painters, laborers, and designers were always friendly and energetic. Their contracted services were quick and any problems that arose were handled quickly and exceeded our expectations."

This made me so giddy!  I felt like Sally Fields winning the Oscar, "You like me, you really like me."
As a designer I strive to make all of my client's happy by doing creative, budget-friendly work.  I want them to be "Wowed" by my ideas and service.  And although I don't have a red carpet to walk and don't get an award in the end....I walk away with a new friend and a happy heart!

I LOVE my job and clients~!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Out On a Limb!

I LOVE my job.    One of the perks is meeting cool people.  I recently met a spunky 12-year-old girl that really inspired me.  She loves so many things about life -- football, geckos, nature, red, gold and circles are just a few things we discussed in our initial meeting.  I left that meeting knowing that I needed to WOW this girl and give her a space that is as special and unique as she is.

Lily pulling down the Marian Barber fathead!

First things first -- Lily needed to pull down the fatheads so that we could get started!!  We began the makeover by painting her walls French Roast and her ceiling metallic gold.  Then, we painted a gold tree branch across the walls and added red paper leaves for effect.


We built a custom headboard using alternating wood slats and also added custom red patent leather cornice boards.  We added in a "Wall of Fame" for her football jerseys (yes, she plays!) and a shelving for her trophies.

Bookcase and shelving

Wall of Fame and Gold Magnet Board

I love how the room turned out -- a unique color scheme and design for a very inspired girl who inspired this girl to go out on a limb!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


A gorgeous spa bathroom is a must-have when you are a mom of a toddler!  Nothing says AHHH like a hot bath and glass of wine.   And,  "AHHH" is exactly what we gave the Hortons this month when we did a major overhaul on their bathroom.

Custom vanities, flooring, lighting and wall finishes make this bathroom a great retreat

We took the bathroom down to the studs and started over with a new tub and shower area, custom cabinetry, unique tile work and creative metallic wall finishes.

The bathroom has a chic spa-like vibe and a lock on the door -- what else do you need??

Thursday, February 18, 2010


I have a special place in my designer heart for boy's rooms.  Being the mom of 3 boys myself, I know room ideas for the dudes can be lame (as my boys would say).  Guys today need spaces as rad as they are and with just as much energy.

We recently finished Evan's room and I think it captured his vibe completely!

We started by painting his walls and then adding a metallic silver and bronze wave above his bed.  We threw in some custom pillows on his sea blue bedding.

Metallic bronze study lounge with custom desk and accessories

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

She's Crafty!

I LOVE being crafty!  The thought of a room filled with colored pencils, paper, glue and glitter get me all fired up.  I think all women are really just adorable 6 year-old-girls at heart that thrive on cutting out paperdolls and making glitter hearts.  A craft room is just the fix for a life's creative blocks .

Craft rooms needs to inspre.  Check out these inspiring craft room designs.

They also need good storage, lighting and task areas.  We made this green custom scrapbooking table as well as this storage cabinet made from found objects.