Kelly Christakos Stivers


benjamin moore whale gray + gray bathroom cabinetry

After posting this gray cabinetry shot in my portfolio last week, I got a TON of emails asking what paint color was used (it's Benjamin Moore Whale Gray, one of my absolute favorites!)  Going darker gray was a pretty big step for my client, but once she saw how well it picked up the grey veining in the honed Carerra marble countertops, not to mention how gorgeous it looked with a white bowl sink and fabulous lucite drawer hardware, she was so excited she did! 

I think making the decision to go with Whale Gray was a bit easier for my client, since this was in a downstairs guest bathroom - a perfect place to go gray on your cabinets if you love color but are scared of making a color commitment in your kitchen.  From pale, wispy gray all the way to bold charcoal, you just can't go wrong with gray cabinetry in the bathroom.  Here are a few beautiful examples:


Urban Grace Interiors

Tim Clarke via Coastal Living

2012 Southern Living Idea House

Classic Casual Home

Urban Grace Interiors

Urban Grace Interiors

Hope you're off to a great start this week!


spark modern

If there's a better way to give your living room, bedroom or porch an inexpensive pick-me-up than by changing out your throw pillows, I have no idea what it could possibly be.  You'd be surprised how much a 20x20 inch square of gorgeous fabric can completely change the feel of a room!  Etsy seller Spark Modern is one of my go-to shops for a great selection of beautiful designer fabric pillows at unbeatable prices - many clients have ordered from them and they never disappoint!  Most designer fabrics are available to the trade only, and for those that aren't, there is usually a minimum yardage requirement, so a pillow in your favorite designer fabric for less than $100 is a steal!  If you're looking to add a pop of color or pattern to your decor this spring without dropping a lot of dough, check out their selection here.  Here are a few of my favorites:


my portfolio is live...finally! 

I FINALLY have updated my portfolio with pictures of recent projects!  Thank you to everyone who has been emailing and asking about updates to projects I've posted about in the takes a while to completely finish each one and then to stage it and get it ready for their beauty shots, so thank you for your patience (and for continuing to check in for updates!)  I'll be updating again real soon, but for now, head on over HERE to check out some finished spaces. Here's a peek of what's over there:


client bath progress

Very excited to share some pictures with you of a client's master bathroom today!  The whole house, which was new construction, has a very French Cottage feel to it and this bathroom is no exception....a cast iron Porcher tub, oil rubbed bronze hardware, iron mirrors, white beadboard, amazing floors...there is still some tweaking to be done...namely, linen curtain panels to hand behind the ceiling arch to add some softness around the tub, but here we are for now:

Isn't she beautiful?

An oil rubbed bronze telephone faucet is such a striking contrast against the white tub and beadboard.  Love the vintage hot and cold knobs:

A shot of the other side of the room - his and her sinks and four-foot wide iron mirrors above:

The quartz countertops look like sand pebbles:

The floors look like hardwood, but are actually 5-inch wide porcelain tiles made to resemble handscraped hardwoods-gorgeous:

I'll post completed pics once the curtain panels are up!  Happy Hump Day!



After eyeballing this black scalloped number for a while, I started to realize how drawn I am to all the subtle scalloped detailing in interiors, as well.  Scalloped edging on skirts, shorts, dresses, even swimwear is a fun, whimsical way to add a feminine touch to your wardrobe, but the same subtle detail on curtains, valances, bedding, mirrors and trim, just to name a few, add a tailored, elegant feel to any space.  I especially love it on awnings, canopies and umbrellas for a chic, Palm Beach resort vibe outdoors.  Here are a few spaces that live even larger, thanks to this simple, yet beautiful detail:

Steven Gambrel via Elle Decor

House Beautiful

Ashley Whittaker


Urban Grace Interiors


Coastal Living

Elle Decor


Milk and Honey Home

Cottage Living

Amanda Nisbet