Laura Rennie


My home // Decorating goals for 2016

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I am itching to make headway on the many decorating updates and projects I have planned for our home! I haven’t given much thought to New Year’s resolutions, but decorating is always on my brain! :)

I tend to take a long time to put a room together. I come up with a vision for a space and then take my time locating items that go along with my vision. I used to purchase an item simply based on cuteness factor, but then I ended up with a closet full of small accent rugs and decorative pillows (none of which really go with my home’s decor). I always try to sell or get rid of something in our home before bringing something new in. Andy calls me his “Craigslist queen.” :) We space out our big purchases, and in the meantime I often make small updates, such as updating our guest bath towels or hanging a new print in our bedroom. Some of the notable changes to our home are:

2012: moved in / 2013: purchased new living room sofa, recliner and end table, purchased used credenza and desk / 2014: hired my uncle to paint our kitchen cabinets white, purchased two accent chairs and two end tables / 2015: installed shelving unit in the den, purchased an antique sideboard for the dining room, a living room rug and a desk

I’m hoping to make some of the following changes in 2016:

  • new lighting in the entryway, kitchen and dining room
  • complete our upstairs guest bathroom by changing out the shower curtain and hanging a piece of art
  • complete our queen-bed guest room by adding new floor-length curtains, a new side table and new placement of existing art
  • install privacy shutters on our kitchen windows
  • complete my office by adding ONE MORE COAT of paint (ugh), finding a comfortable and affordable office chair and finalizing placement of wall decor
  • replace curtains, bedding and wall decor in the master bedroom (my vision so far: soft, natural, simple)
  • replace living room curtains
  • somehow re-upholster and repair the dining room chairs that have been in my family for generations
  • strike it rich and hire someone to paint our stairwells, main floor and master bedroom and bathroom
Amy Berry Design

Amy Berry Design

I think I’m most excited to replace the lighting on our main floor! Stay tuned for a round-up of lighting options.

What are some of the updates you’d like to make in your home? It’s not too late to purchase a specially-priced design service (or to put a service on your Christmas list)!

Admiring // Sweet Clover in Frederick

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If you live in or around Frederick and you haven’t been to Sweet Clover, you need to get out your calendar and plan a trip IMMEDIATELY! (Next weekend, perhaps?) Sweet Clover is a shop that sells vintage, re-purposed and handmade items. Cassie (one of the owners) is super sweet and offered to display my business cards at the shop. I am really feeling the love from my new entrepreneur friends!

Oh, and have I mentioned that Sweet Clover is located in a dairy barn? 

I dropped in last Sunday and snapped a few (ahem) pictures on my iPhone. I am not a photographer, and I didn’t want to be in anyone’s way, so please forgive the amateur approach towards capturing Sweet Clover’s incredible inventory! There’s a lot to look at! 

Can you even handle it? No? Me either. I fell in love with over a dozen pieces of furniture and decorative accents. Those MCM wall sconces are killer! I did take one thing home with me — a blue and white footed porcelain pot that reminds me of a Chinese ginger jar.

If you can’t make it next weekend, Sweet Clover is also open Dec. 4-6th. Make a day of it and head to Chartreuse & Co., another nearby barn sale in the area. You might just see me there! :)