04 November 2009


Soft, flickering light... yummy scents... I LOVE candles!  I almost always have a least one candle burning at home.  Candles make great gifts or buy one for yourself as a little treat.  Make your home feel very inviting by having one burning before guests arrive.  Set the mood with your special someone.  Relax after a long day of work with a bubble bath surrounded by candlelight.  I love browsing the candles in any store I go in to; stopping to sniff each and every scent.  Here are some fun decorative candles and a couple of my all-time favorite scents!

Bath & Body Works... Spiced Cider smells SO good!

Glade Candle in Clean Linen... smells so clean and fresh... very affordable and convenient to find (I buy these at Target when I do my grocery shopping!)


Crate & Barrel... fun for your holiday decor

Pottery Barn... so pretty you almost don't want to burn them!


Pottery Barn... help support a great cause (portion of what you pay for this candle goes to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!)

World Market... very unique!

04 October 2009

a tribute...

This is a tribute to the most popular dining chairs I know.  My parents had these chairs in the kitchen when I was growing up and I can't tell you how many different places I've seen them... other people's homes, resale & consignment stores, online pictures, etc.  Can't say I'm really a fan, just not my taste at all, but I have to hand it to whoever came up with this design; apparently it is quite popular!!  I chuckle every time I see these chairs somewhere new.  Maybe you've seen them too??  Let me know where!  Email a picture to cassandrareneeinteriors@gmail.com and I'll post it!

30 September 2009

Arteriors Too!

I've used Arteriors Home as a source on many client projects in the past.  Love Love LOVE their home decor!  Designers will probably be familiar with their showroom the the World Trade Center, Dallas, but now they've set up shop on Lovers Lane as well... Arteriors Too... now open!  I absolutely can't wait to check it out the next time I'm in Dallas! 

17 September 2009

fabulous bedding, decor & gifts

I just received a new catalog in the mail that I'm really excited about!  I wanted to share it with everyone... I'm loving the colors & patterns in the bedding and they have some really sweet items for kids!  Lots of fabulous things for fall... Check it out!  Let me know what you think!   
Serena & Lily, Inc.

16 September 2009

punched metal pendant lights

I'm loving these pendant light fixtures from Shades of Light.  These would look great in a kitchen with a traditional/vintage feel (consider using a tin ceiling or backsplash too!)  But these fixtures could also be used in a more updated space to give an eclectic flair while maintaining the straight lines and geometric patterns of contemporary design.

15 September 2009

dollar bin finds!

There's nothing that sucks me in faster than a bunch of $1 bins in a store! I can't help it... I sort through those so fast and always find at least one thing I want! I've found that these can been great places to find stationery items: notepads, shopping lists, journals, cards, etc. I recently found a lot of cute items at the craft store Michael's, each for $1. I absolutely love the houndstooth pattern and the black, white and red damask patterns! These are great items to buy for your own home or to group together for a gift basket for someone else.

Items (clockwise): File folder in black/cream houndstooth print (pack of 4 for $1); 100 page journal; 'Hello' notecards/envelopes (pack of 8 for $1); magnetic weekly calendar (52 pages); magnetic shopping list (80 sheets)

03 September 2009

bachelorette party invitations

I'm a bridesmaid for a wedding coming up in mid October. The bride is one of my best friends from high school so it's really important to me that all the events leading up to her wedding are just as special as the day she says 'I Do'. I am planning a bachelorette weekend and decided to make the invitations myself. I'm not going to lie, I did check a few stores for pre-made invitations... something simple and elegant that I could fill in the blanks on and stick in the mail. But I couldn't find anything like that. In fact I couldn't even find anything that used her wedding colors! (chocolate brown with small accents of red or orange... fall colors basically) So I made the decision to make some invitations; sure it takes more time but I want everything to be perfect.

I went to Hobby Lobby and picked out a decorative paper and a few neutral colors of cardstock. These invitations were as simple as typing out the information, printing it on the cardstock and then layering the three different papers. It was very easy to do and yet I think they will have a dramatic impact on guests and the bride.

I started by cutting out the decorative paper to fit my envelopes.

Absolutely love this paisley pattern!

Then I trimmed the chocolate brown paper...

Then I trimmed the cream cardstock with the invitation printed on it and mounted it on the brown paper.

All that was left to do was mount the invite onto the paisley paper! These are some of the easiest invitations you can make! They can look just as nice as anything you'd buy in a store, if not nicer, and they can be as simple as a few straight cuts and a glue stick.

02 September 2009

scrapbook supplies!

I've been shopping for scrapbook supplies the past few days. To all other scrapbooking divas: right now Hobby Lobby & Michael's are having great sales on scrapbook paper and other supplies! Check your local stores as sales may vary but I've been saving up to 50% essential scrapbook materials!!

photo from marthastewartcrafts.com

27 August 2009

Shelving Sale

My favorite store, The Container Store, is having its annual Shelving Sale right now. Hurry in to save on some great products to help with your organization project!

05 August 2009

Flower Mound: closet makeover

My client in Flower Mound has recently downsized to a smaller home, and therefore, now has smaller closets than before. While she successfully cleared out many things she didn't need anymore before the move, she still ended up with a closet in the new home busting at the seams! Her clutter was out of control, making it impossible to find certain items and causing her to forget about some things she owned! Cleaning and organizing her clothing was a project that overwhelmed her. Enter: me. I tackled the mess head on, pulling items out of the closet in groups. Once I had items arranged in color/style groups, it was easy for the client to sift through everything and weed out even more items to get rid of. Then, I was able to arrange the items in color order and put them back in the closet. Now that her space is organized, it's easy for her to keep up with it. Clothing is easily found and put away. Here are a few pictures of the finished closet. She was very pleased with the end result!

Scarves packed up in easy flexible bins. These are lightweight and easy to store on a higher shelf.

Putting clothing in rainbow order helps you locate favorite clothing items quickly as well as making it simple to put clothes away.

Bottom to top: Jackets/Hoodies/Sweaters, Shirts, Cardigans (lower shelf), Handbags (top shelf)

A shoe holder like this on the back of a door can be a very nice space-saver... especially for someone storing a ton of shoes!

Organization like this just makes me happy... and makes my clients happy too!

Cardigan sweaters and handbags are two items she definitely has the most of (ok, besides the shoes). It was important to keep those neat so she could see everything she owns.

Dresses and skirts. The shelf is also lower down that the handbag shelf above the cardigans. Because of this, I displayed the handbags she uses most often on this shelf. Accessibly and frequency of use is key when planning a space like a closet.

There were existing nails in the wall above the door. These were perfect for hats and I assume the previous owner of the house did the same thing. It bothered me that they were not evenly spaced in rows (neat freak!!) but it was still completely functional and convenient for the client the way it was. I displayed the hats she wears most often along the bottom row so they're easily accessible. UK much? :)

Shoes galore!

Pants... there are also some pant suits for work that are hidden in the back to the right. These are items she doesn't use very often.

Button-up shirts, and of course, more shoes!

Please email me (CassandraReneeInteriors@gmail.com) if you have any inquiries about my organization services! If you have a closet that has gotten out of control, or a home office with paperwork piling up, I'm your gal! Staying clutter-free and organized is much easier if you begin with a clean, well-organized space. I can give you that starting point... I can find a place for everything and then you can keep everything in its place!

22 July 2009

my desk & workspace

I love having a space dedicated to my work... whether that be design work or just everyday things like paying bills. It's important to me to keep it well-organized and neat, otherwise I won't use my desk! I live in a small space (745 sq ft to be exact) so every single inch counts! I need areas of my home to be dedicated to certain functions and I need them to work properly for me. When I first moved in, my desk was covered in so much clutter, it was impossible for me to use it. In that case, I would spread out bills and paperwork across my coffee table and my kitchen table. I was constantly moving things so I could eat, or so visitors wouldn't see my stuff... what a pain! Life is so much easier and convenient now that I have my workspace organized; I am much more productive!

Here's a glimpse of my desk/ workspace and my must-haves for my home office!

1. Design Trade guide... helps me look up different products, manufacturers and trade showrooms

2. Post-its... Right now I'm using some from one of my favorite showrooms, Lee Jofa
3. Candle... I always have candles burning! I like my place to smell nice and there's just something nice about enjoying candlelight, no matter what I'm doing
4. Elephant... I have a HUGE elephant collection. This is just one piece but it's something I really love

If I receive flowers for any reason (like from my honey bunch!), I like to dry them out and keep them. It's really nice having fresh flowers in a home office but I also like the romantic/ sentimental feeling of roses that I was given for a special occasion.

A Calendar... I think a calendar in an office space is self-explanatory. But I will say that I totally love my Architectural Digest calendar! It's already my favorite magazine and it never hurts to look at one more well-designed room!

This is a art piece that my Mom purchased for me so it's pretty special. I love Japanese pieces; I have a few things in my home that reflect this style. This art piece is hand-painted on a piece of cloth (that's probably called something specific but I don't know what!). Roses are also my favorite flower. My Mom had this piece custom framed for me and I love it!

Another calendar?... I like having this calendar because it's a dry erase board and it's easy for me to keep track of appointments and make to-do lists. I also really like the small bulletin board and magnetic ability. (The studly man on the right in the pic is my boyfriend Chris)

Aren't these pushpins cute??! Check out great products made by Xonex here!

1. Office supplies... Stapler, pens, pencils, paperclips. These are items that I use most often so I like them to be on my desktop in easy reach instead of having to dig through a drawer for them.
2. My mini T-square!... This was given to me when I became a member of TIDA (TCU Interior Design Association)

A file drawer is a MUST! I only have one drawer for files but I couldn't live without it. Paperwork is the #1 item that will pile up quickly. Take 5 minutes at the end of each day to file away mail, bills, and all other necessary paperwork. Filing is easy when you do a little bit at a time. Don't let it pile up until you have hours of filing ahead of you... that's when you won't do it!! But if that happens, you can just hire me to come to your house and do it for you! :)

My desk area is very simple and uncluttered, making it easy for me to get my work done. I have a dedicated space to sit down and organize my every day things... this is something everyone should have! You don't need a huge space, it just needs to be organized and only contain the items you need and use!

19 July 2009

closet update

Just sharing 2 quick pictures from my closet makeover. The first shows a few of my shoes and my scarves. I decided that I wanted my scarves displayed nicely and easily accessible. Accessories like these were easily lost in my closet before and I would forget what I owned. Now they are hanging right in front of me so it's impossible for me to forget about them. I've also tried to group my shoes into groups of like items. This makes it easier for me when remembering where each pair goes and helps me stay motivated to put my shoes back in the right place. I like things to look nice, so having some of my 'pretty items' displayed in my closet makes me happy and also shows off some of my more exciting pieces.

However nice your closet will look really depends on your storage solutions. After all, it's all about the space-saving techniques. Builder-grade closet built-ins usually give you a lot of hanging space and not a lot of shelf space. When faced with that problem, there are many options but I'm opting for easy and inexpensive (and therefore not permanent)... Just like hanging racks for shoes, hanging shirt/sweater shelves are available. I'm using this one for my plethora of t-shirts.

More to come... :)