Category Archives: Interior Rooms

Loving Romantic Shabby Chic Cottage Office

Part 4 of the office transformation. I will really stress that I am one who truly recycles and love every moment of it. Below is an eyelet bed skirt from a second hand store. This is perfect for the romantic shabby chic cottage style room I am trying to achieve.


Another treasure I found was a piece of furniture for $15 at another second hand store.


It just had to be cleaned up and a light coat of white spray paint was applied.


This piece was sitting on the side of the road with broken glass everywhere. I saw the legs and had to have it.


My interior designer, Kasey Stamey selected the primary floral fabric for the room pictured below.


I found a secondary fabric, again at a second hand store. This smaller print of the same color palette will offer variety without overpower the main fabric.


I will probably drape this fabric across the piece of furniture from the side of the road to dress up a bit.

Since we are on the subject of roadside trash, I found several windows screaming for me to pick up.


I cleaned them right up and no extra paint was needed. I did apply paint to one side of the windows. On the opposite side, the primary fabric was applied.


There are 2 functions of the window hanging where it is. First, to divide the room in 2 distinct sections, guest room and office. The second function would be to hide the catch all desk behind it. We all need a spot for our junk to be dealt with at another time.


I found these beautiful Peony Pillows.

They can be found here-Bridge Water Gardens

On to part 5

Happy Planting!!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation

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Posted by on September 2, 2009 in Before and After, Crafts, Interior Rooms


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Romantic Shabby Chic Style Office

I recycled a medicine chest my girlfriend was ditching. There was a great opportunity to decoupage and create a one of a kind shelf. It did not have to be repainted and I was able to apply leftover wallpaper from the wall behind, to the underside of the shelves.


I decoupaged old piano music and book pages from 1898. My father happened to find them in a wall when remodeling an old house.


How I love to create non conventional pieces which are recycled, old and rusty.


The look is exactly what I am striving for…shabby chic, romantic, cottage.


the same girlfriend disposing of the medicine chest was also getting rid of this wonderful piece of office furniture, a particle board desk. Hideous, I know. However, we can work with this. I have started by gluing cork board squares to the front and sides.


Across the top is also cut cork board. To add shabby chic detail, door hanger scrapbook embellishments were adhered.


Any piece of furniture can be transformed, don’t let anyone tell you differently.

Happy Planting!!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation


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Shabby Chic Design for Landscape Company

Now on to part 3 of the office transformation. Shabby Chic/Romantic Cottage is something I gravitate towards because of the comfort factor and that I never throw anything away. This was a birthday card given to me in the early 70’s. Next to it is a wedding etiquette book by Emily Post (what a joke to read it now).


Basically my work office is split up like the majority of the offices around the nation, into a work space and guest room. The area above is the guest room.


I took meaningful and older pictures and tacked to the wall above the chair rail (which is old barn wood painted). The shiny and silver element running across the wood is meant for scrapbooking pages.


For added interest and more detail, 4 picture frames were adhered.


The background is scrapbooking paper complimenting the shabby chic theme of peach, cream and pink. Pressed flowers in the center.


Detail, detail, detail. Just as though I am designing a landscape.


On the opposite wall is the office space. I cut square pieces of cork board and adhered to the painted barn wood.


Yes, those are buttons. Buttons that I will never use, but look great in the cottage, shabby chic office. They were simply glued to thumb tacks.


Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation

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Posted by on August 20, 2009 in Before and After, Crafts, Interior Rooms, Recycled


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Landscape Company and Shabby Chic Paint

Onward with the transformation of my office into something shabby chic with a  hint of the romantic. Since I am a landscape designer and a women, I am entitled to chance my mind. Instead of the peachy walls, I have gravitated toward a more subtle paint color.


The ceiling color is something I mixed and the wall color was recommended by my interior designer, Kasey Stamey of Clerestory Design. I told her I picked up 1 role of wallpaper from a second hand store that I had to use. Very small pin strips of cream and peach. Khaki was Kasey’s choice to paint the other walls. I searched Sherwin Williamscolors in Oakridge, NC and fell in love with Biscuit.

In the middle of painting, numerous shabby chic projects are floating through my brain. Since I throw almost nothing away and I love recycling, old buttons were glued to thumb tacks.


Some of these date back to the 80’s. Perfect bling for shabby chic/romantic.


My girlfriend renovated her new house and was discarding the old medicine cabinet. Well, I snatched it up fast.


I will probably decoupage antique papers onto the back side. A light coat of Biscuit was dry brushed onto the frame and frosty spray was applied to the shelves.


Details of the shabby chic/romantic room should pull everything together. This interior design project will take me awhile to complete because many ideas need to be implemented or constructed. With the guidance of Kasey Stamey, my new office will inspire nothing but the best landscape design ideas for you.

Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation


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Landscape Company Redesigns Cottage Office

Landscape Designers and Landscape Companies need to design within inspiring rooms. Take a trip with me while my office space (formally my son’s bedroom) is turned into a romantic, floral, cottage and shabby chic style room fit for a design queen.


My first mistake was not using Kilz on the ceiling to cover the bright blue sky. I made up for the error by calling Kasey Stamey, an interior designer with Clerestory Designs to assist with color selection.


First, Kasey suggested I gather anything that may help her in suggesting colors and fabrics for the new office. So I found these fabric pictures.

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I then searched for pictures of rooms reflecting the feel and look I desire.



So while I am on the third coat of peach paint on the office ceiling, I gathered accessories with the cottage, shabby chic, romantic style as possible decor elements for the room.


Kasey brought over paint and fabric samples for my review. This is the fabric that spoke to me.


The color is actually more peachy than showing. I would get nauseous with only pink in the room.

Kasey’s one hour design consultation was very informative and I cannot wait to get started with her suggestions. 2 color suggestions were “peach blossom” and “cosmopolitan peach”. A blend of these 2 and the ceiling paint should yield something unique and interesting.

If any of you out there have any pictures of something I am looking for, please don’t hesitate to send them along so I can post on the blog.

Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation

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Posted by on July 7, 2009 in Before and After, Interior Rooms


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