His & Her office redo

November 03, 2015 } Blog, Interior Decorating { by Kelly | No Comments

The home office is often the last room to get any attention.  It becomes a store-all room where things get put when you aren’t sure what else to do with it.  My client had just that problem.  We had redone her living room, dining room and touched up the kitchen and now she wanted to attack the office.  She and her husband share this space and the current layout just wasn’t conducive to both of them working at the same time.  With an almost 2 year old and a baby on the way, they both wanted an area that was organized, functional and a pleasant to work in.  In a world of only posting the perfect room, I wanted to show the the work in progress.  No room is done in an instant and it takes time to complete a look and gather meaningful things to put in it.  So this isn’t a finished product but you can see how I work and join in on the process.

Here is the before….I know these are bad photos but I took them just for me to use during the design and layout process and didn’t think about taking ones for a blog post….which is why you see so few of my room designs on here!

The before picturesLayout wasn’t working well.


The before pictures Kelly Spalding DesignsShelves had become a storage area.


Before pictures Kelly Spalding DesignsThis furniture was from their previous house and didn’t work in this room at all.  Hard for 2 people to work together too.


The before pictures Kelly Spalding Designs

My client loves color and we have used it through out the house but I wanted to keep this room simple but sophisticated and one that worked for both of them.  The color scheme is navy, cream and gold.  This allows us to add a few pops of color in the art on the bookshelf but nothing that overwhelms the room.  The first thing I wanted to do was get rid of the desk unit that wasn’t working at all in this room and bring in 2 full size desks with plenty of storage for all the stuff that need to be put away.   I put both up against the wall so the messy cords could be hidden.  (I hate messy cords!)  To add interest to the wall, I hung several picture frames for them to add special family photos as well as an Emily Ley “Family Rules” print.  I placed it in the center as a focal point and used two gold frames to add a pop to the wall.  It was getting dark outside when I took this picture so forgive the quality but I wanted you to see it close up (also available at Kelly Spalding Designs)

Family Rules framed gold foil print from Emily Ley.  Available at Kelly Spalding Designs in Franklin, TN

His and her desks with navy chairs and wall gallery.  Room by Kelly Spalding Designs.

Comfy chairs are a must!  Did you see those chairs in the before pic?  Ugh those things were so uncomfortable.  (Here is where I think I won the husband over) I loved these navy chairs and think they add that sophistication I was looking for.  She had their wedding photo stuck in a closet and wasn’t sure where to hand it so I love that we found the perfect spot for it.

White desk and navy chair with gold accents and decor.  Interior decor by Kelly Spalding Designs.

There had to be room for Evie!  Mommy and Daddy had a work space so I knew we had to bring in a table and chair set so everyone could be in this space together.  This isn’t the play room but since this room is off the kitchen it needed to have some toys and be a place for activities too.  We all know the smallest person in the house has the most stuff anyway!  I kept the fireplace mantle clean since there is a lot going on through out the room.  (We are going to add a tall piece on the other side of the photo)

Child's table and chairs and patterned rug.  Home office decor by Kelly Spalding Designs.

Now let’s talk about the book shelves.  This is a problem area for a lot of my clients.  They aren’t sure what to do with all the books and soon it becomes a messy storage area with no design appeal at all.  Well I changed that.  We went through the closets and found some art that she had put away because she wasn’t sure where it should go.  I love these pieces and they add personality and color were there was none before.  We aren’t quite done with these (have some more pictures to add) but the foundation of the design is there and with a few additions it will be the look she always wanted but couldn’t figure out how to pull it together.  Sound familiar?  I loved using Emily Ley’s office organization memory and magazine boxes (available at Kelly Spalding Designs).  This isn’t a showroom bookshelf but one that is used and filled with favorite books and mementos.  Perfection is boring so don’t get caught up in that….make the space tell your story.

Home office makeover.  Shelves organized and display family pictures and mementos.  Styled by Kelly Spalding Designs.

The rug is my favorite part of the room.  It adds that wow factor and brings it all together.  A little pattern, a pop of gold, some color for personality and you have a room you love to spend time in.  Because you can see into the office from the sitting room and kitchen we wanted all the rooms to coordinate (not match).  That way the entire house feels pulled together and cohesive.

Patterned rug and child's table and chairs.  Decor by Kelly Spalding Designs.

What is your problem room?  What do you want to change to make it a space you love?  We offer several options of interior decor services.  Need a little help or a project manager?  Call us and let’s chat about how we can make your house a home.


Stylishly yours,  Kelly xoxo






Faux Real Mineral Paint

September 07, 2015 } Blog, DIY { by Kelly | No Comments

We are excited to introduce Faux Real Mineral Paint at Kelly Spalding Designs!

  • Faux Real Mineral Paint has Zero VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), far beyond any regulation required to label paint products as having “Zero VOCs”.
  • Faux Real Mineral Paint contains Potassium Silicate which is a liquid mineral as well as CaCo3 (a form of chalk).
  • Faux Real Certo (Clear) Wax is a liquid wax formulation representing a new polymer (huge molecules found in nature) wax technology that is presented in a liquid form making it easier to apply (with a brush or soft cloth).
  • Faux Real Certo (Clear) Varnish is a water based polyurethane (protection for hard surfaces like cabinets, furniture and floors) with very low solvent and VOC content (50 g/l). It is REVOLUNTIONARY compared to most polyurethane varnish systems having 500 g/l of VOCs and up!
  • Faux Real Mineral Paint performs so well that it is its own built-in primer!
  • Faux Real Mineral Paint has a sheen technology in its paint product that will not allow grease, oil or food stains to pass through it. Literally, molecularly, such items as grease, oil and food are too large and will absolutely sit on the surface of the paint until you wipe it off.
  • Faux Real Mineral Paint is offering the cleanest and eco-sustainable faux finishing paint products available on the market today.
  • Faux Real Mineral Paint and related products offers step by step instructions on each product label for ease of use.

Faux Real Mineral PaintYou will love the easy application and endless possibilities that Faux Real Mineral Paint offers.  With 16 paint colors, 2 glazes, wax and varnish finishes, you will find exactly the look you want for all your DIY projects.

Interested in learning more?  We will have demonstrations at Kelly Spalding Designs on Saturday, October 3 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Stylishly Yours,



Movie Night Popcorn

June 28, 2015 } Blog, Entertaining at home { by Kelly | No Comments

Movie night is a favorite family activity at our house and of course popcorn is a must.  I love to try out new recipes and the kids really enjoy being the taste testers.  At least one time during the summer I let the kids invite friends over and I treat them to a FUN night of snacks and of course a really good movie.

Movie night popcorn - Kelly Spalding Entertaining at HomeThe popcorn machine is always a huge hit and I like to give everyone lots of snack options.  Theater size candy and fun popcorn containers makes it more festive and adult and kids alike have fun filling up their snack boxes with all of their favorites.

Confetti Popcorn - Kelly Spalding Entertaining at HomeConfetti Popcorn is addicting and just a little bit fancy, don’t ya think?

  • 24 cups of plain popcorn
  • 1 lb of vanilla candy coating

Follow melting directions on candy coating package. Spread popcorn out on a cookie sheet and pour candy coating over the popcorn until coated. Let sit a few minutes then sprinkle with non-parells for a festive look.

Cajun Popcorn - Kelly Spalding Entertaining at HomeCajun Popcorn is one of my favorites.  I love to eat salty then sweet and repeat!

  • 24 cups of plain popcorn
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 T of Cajun seasoning
  • Salt to taste

 Melt butter in microwave and add Cajun seasoning. Pour over popped corn stirring until evenly covered. Salt to taste.

Salted caramel and marshmallow popcorn - Kelly Spalding Entertaining at homeMy Salted Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn was a huge hit and is now a family favorite. 

  • 24 cups of plain popcorn
  • 4 T butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 T light corn syrup
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows

Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar, corn syrup and stir until melted and smooth. Add marshmallows and let melt. Take off heat and add vanilla. Drizzle over popped corn slowly, turning with wooden spoon. Once the popped corn is coated, let the caramel mixture cool then add sea salt.  A party in your mouth y’all!

Movie night ideas - Kelly Spalding Entertaining at homeI love to add a little nostalgia and serve bottled drinks with fun paper straws.

Movie night ideas - Kelly Spalding Entertaining at HomeI hope this inspires you to have a fun family movie night filled with sweet memories.

Stylishly Yours,                                                                                                                                                      




Mardi Gras

February 16, 2015 } Blog, Entertaining at home { by Kelly | No Comments

Let’s talk Mardi Gras y’all!  My Louisiana roots run deep and I always want to be in New Orleans this time of year but instead I bring a little cajun goodness to Tennessee.  Here are some easy ideas for you to do the same.

MenuGumbo, Dirty Rice, Crawfish Casserole and King Cake are always on my menu.

Mask & BoaBeads, sequin masks and boas make decorating so much fun.  I bought gold, green and purple ornaments at an after Christmas sale.  

HurricanesMy parties always pack a punch and these New Orleans style Hurricanes are no exception.

King CakeThe King Cake is a favorite….who will be the lucky one to find the baby?

Cake with baby

Dirty Rice Recipe:

1lb ground pork sausage, 1 1/2 lb ground beef, 1 med onion (chopped), 2 ribs celery (chopped), 1 medium green bell pepper (chopped), 3 cups cooked rice, 1/2 cup chopped parsley and 4 green onions (chopped) tops and bottoms, 1 T cajun seasoning, salt and pepper to taste and if you like a little more heat add 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper

Brown both meats together, add chopped vegetables to meat mixture and cook over medium heat until they are tender.  Add cooked rice, parsley and green onions.  Stir well and turn off heat.  Cover and let set about 15 minutes.

I hope you have a fabulous Fat Tuesday darling!

Stylishly Yours,





Cocktails & Crafts

August 28, 2014 } Blog { by Kelly | No Comments

We all need a creative outlet and I know Pinterest can set the standards pretty high and if you are like me, the craft supplies can pile up in the closet and judge you every time you open the door.  So we are pleased as punch to add Cocktails & Crafts to our monthly calendar.  Booze, snacks, supplies, guidance and a finished project to take home…..bam!  There will also be special sales and some fun prizes for the attendees.

Cocktails & Crafts

Our first workshop will be all about decorating for the Holiday seasons.  I will show you how to decorate your table, mantel, entrance and front door for Fall and then with a few easy changes use the same decor items for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This month’s craft is a table centerpiece.  You can use it on your dining room table, coffee table, kitchen counter or entrance.  We will start out with a neutral wood base and a basic idea but the exact design will be yours.  You will also leave with a bag of goodies to transition your design for Halloween and Thanksgiving.  Workshop fee is $40 and space is limited so make sure to purchase your ticket soon.  Tickets are available for purchase on Eventbrite or you can sign-up and pay at the shop.  Kelly Spalding Designs, 915 Columbia Avenue in downtown Franklin.

Stylishly Yours,