ORC – We have PAINT!


And we’ve hit a minor snag… well, actually two of them. One that’s easier to fix than the other but they call this a challenge for a reason, right? Right.

The walls have been painted in Benjamin Moore’s “Moonshine” & the result is perfection. Goodbye, orange! This is a win. Also, the beautiful Proximity Dining Table from Magnolia Home was delivered from Mason & Magnolia. Also a W! (The new chairs are not in just yet so meanwhile, they’re using their old ones.)

IMG_8373.jpgBut the rug… I ordered the wrong size rug. I swore up and down that 9×12 would be PERFECT and honestly, it looked great, it actually filled the space nicely but it looked odd in front of the back door & it also extended past the wall where the bar is which just felt odd to me. Before I left my client’s house last night, armed with Whispering Angel rosé, we ordered the rug a size smaller, roughly 8×10. IMG_8369.jpg

Then I had to break the news that Pottery Barn was out of stock on the most perfect ticking stripe drapes & I talked with my workroom & they wouldn’t be finished until after Thanksgiving. Not gonna work. So I found a great option from Restoration Hardware baby & child that I’ll do a little DIY tassel add-on & they’ll work. Possibly better than the original!

No one said it would be easy to start & finish an entire space within 6 weeks but here we are, week 2 & I’m definitely satisfied with the progress!

We’ll see what next week brings but hopefully it brings an appropriately sized rug, drapes & a chandelier installation!

Make sure you check out the other guest participants here, the featured designers here & check back next week for more progress!






One Room Challenge Before & Plans


I shared last week that I’m a Guest Participant for the Calling it Home One Room Challenge & this week, I’ll be sharing more of the space & my plans!

My clients have a fantastic eating area, separated from the kitchen by a bar & adjacent to their keeping room. It’s a great space but definitely took a back seat with their project… until now!IMG_7642.jpg

IMG_7640.jpgIMG_7641.jpgThe term “breakfast nook” has never been my favorite & particularly in this house, their kitchen “eating area” is larger than many people’s dining rooms so “nook” just isn’t happening.IMG_7643.jpg

My plans include a wall color change, changing the furniture, accessories, lighting & rug – plus, I’m adding soft window treatments to enhance those beautiful shutters!

Currently the walls are being painted “Moonshine” from Benjamin Moore. Hopefully, next week I’ll have an update that shows the new color!

I did a very quick & kind of sloppy Photoshop rendering to visualize & I’m loving it so far. I’ve been eyeing this rug for a while & I think it’s exactly what they need to break up the neutrals. I was planning to use these drapes from Pottery Barn’s Emily & Merritt collection but they’re currently out of stock so I may have to call in a favor from my workroom to replicate that idea. Chandelier & table are from my store, Mason & Magnolia. The table is from Magnolia Home & I was just as blown away as you are that the wonderful Joanna Gaines combined such a modern & glam base with a rustic wood top. Bench is also from Magnolia Home but it’s not available until November so you may not see that until after the Challenge. Chairs & stools are from Joss and Main & they’re very affordable!  Johnson Eat in Kitchen-Recovered.jpg

Hope you’ll check back next week to see the progress – I’m looking forward to this transformation & make sure you check out the other guest participants here!



Back to Blogging…

I mean, I blame myself mostly but… can we be honest? Instagram just makes life easy. I don’t have to take the most amazing pictures because, filters. I can briefly tell you about a project, you can swipe through “before & afters,” & I can also share pictures of Grace with an incredible amount of ease.

Anyway, I’m going to start posting here again. A lot more! Particularly in the coming weeks since I’ve decided to join in on the Calling it Home – One Room Challenge as a Guest Participant.

I’ll be working on a client’s eat-in kitchen area. No major construction, mostly just paint, furniture & accessories but I’m very nervous excited to get it done in just 6, short weeks!


Currently it’s very orange & a pretty dark & heavy & totally not their style.

Plans include a wall color change, changing out the chandelier, a new rug, furniture, accessories & window treatments.

Be on the look out for my next post where I’ll be revealing my plans in detail, including a Photoshop mockup!

Meanwhile, you can find me on Instagram: @JamieBertolini, Twitter: @JamieBertolini & on Facebook.


Kitchen Progress

Well, here goes nothing. Or everything. Either way…

Yes, I’m one of those people that starts a project before the holidays, thinking things like “oh, nbd, it’ll be done well before it’s time the put the Christmas tree up.” Well, I was wrong. Yes.

Back in September, I shared this photo of our kitchen, in all of it’s gold, Tuscan glory. Then, everyone told me how much they loved it & I was all “why am I changing literally EVERYTHING again?!” The reaction was not one that I was hoping for but I was thankful for the positive feedback anyway.


Before. Gold Venetian plaster, antiqued cabinets. Certainly not bad, I was just ready for change.

Fast forward to now & a lot has changed! Please forgive the pots & pans on the stove, it’s Sunday & we’re Italian!




Zero styling but this is what it looks like at THIS moment. Better & styled photos to come later!

The cabinets are now two-tone, bases in a deep charcoal gray & uppers in white but not super-bright trim white since I wanted some difference between the trim & cabinets themselves. The island remains the same for now but I’m working on my plan of attack. I’m thinking either some kind of weathered, barn wood look or lacquered, so, ya know, totally opposite things which should surprise no one.


Sorry it’s so dark but you get the idea.


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Don’t mind the weird, chandelier reflection, the wet paint on the wall & the plastic tray on the dining room table. 

The walls are now a light, cool gray that if it were not for the white trim, you’d swear they were white which was kind of my goal. Backsplash and counters will be addressed at some point this year. I’m keep going back to white subway tiles but I’ve recently been looking at Carrera basketweave mosaic & it just won’t leave me alone so we’ll see. The counters will definitely be Carrera or Calcutta marble – kind of just depends on what I find when I go shopping for slabs.

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Pay zero attention to the Christmas tree plug & grey storage container. OMG. And PS: I painted the walls around the tree because, pictures. 

The armoire turned pantry is staying as-is, one of the few things aside from the chandelier & the appliances. Currently it’s Amy Howard “One-Step” Graphite with dark wax & distressing. It’s a perfect juxtaposition with the more transitional feel of the rest of the kitchen. Until I turn that transitional kitchen into a Modern Farm House, of course, then all bets are off & the cabinet will fit in once more but I love a little tension between styles so for now, I’m extremely happy.

Stay tuned for more updates on the continued progress, as well as many other projects that I’ve been working on & will be working on this year!


Christmas 2015 – Home Tour


Here we go! I’m finally finished with our Christmas decor for this year & couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

Typically, I stray away from the traditional reds & greens & I opt for neutrals with a mix of metallics but this year, I went for it with the red. The inspiration, of course, coming from our custom tree skirt by The Christmas Belle which is a beautiful red velvet, trimmed in white feathers.

I used some natural elements along with the black/white gingham ribbon from last year & added the buffalo check ribbon that I found at Big-Lots for $3 per roll! I couldn’t believe it so I bought all that they had.



This guy was a gift last year & he loves to perch on top of the tree!



I love to use a mix of poinsettias in my vintage, galvanized bucket.

If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, you’ve heard me mention that due to our lack of fireplace, I style our TV cabinet as a mantel. I carried the same buffalo check ribbon into the lighted garland & my favorite addition this year was the metallic gold reindeer from Target, by far my favorite Thanksgiving weekend purchase!


My grandmother made this pinecone wreath a good 40+ years ago & it’s one of my favorite things to use from Fall all the way through Spring. It lives in the guest bedroom the rest of the year but I decided to use my Noel pennant banner on it this year, rather than over the TV.


You’ll also see that I filled an apothecary jar with faux snow & 4 mini Nutcrackers. My grandparents started a Nutcracker collection for me & since my first Christmas, I’ve gotten a new one every year. Typically I style them all together in the dining room but I decided to scatter them around the house this year.

Oh, and I finally found the stockings that I made two years ago, too!



Moving into the kitchen, which now has an entire new look including two-toned cabinets & light grey walls. (Blog post to follow…) As always, I used greenery & pinecones in the chandelier but this year I added a bittersweet kissing ball in place of the crystal ball that is usually in the center of the light. It’s the main thing everyone notices when they first walk into the kitchen. Tied some black & white gingham ribbon around it (mainly to hide the wire that I used to connect it) & here we have it!



The pinecones hanging from strands of pearls in the window, over the sink make me so happy. You’ll see more Nutcrackers here, too! Also, Santa iceskating because that’s what happens on window sills, over sinks, in kitchens, in Greenville.

Maybe it’s because we’re Italian but for whatever reason, I tend to spend the most time decorating in the dining room for Christmas. It’s home to the second tree which is flocked & so fancy that you can, indeed taste its gold. Plus, it has a crown so, yeah, fancy.



Since the dining room walls are espresso & my parents will never let me forget how much the wallpapered accent wall cost, I’m stuck with working around it but, challenge accepted! I recently added indigo drapes from Restoration Hardware on the dark brown walls & they’re perfect. To reinforce that selection, I set the table with Blue Willow dishes & for some contrast, used fresh oranges in the table arrangement.

I used a vintage, brass urn in the center from Maliasmark with two strands of garland spilling out of either side, as well as fresh cut greenery in the center. I layered in some fresh oranges & clementines, as well as some gilded magnolia leaves & gold ribbon to complete the look.

This is by far my most favorite Christmas table EVER!


IMG_8093.JPGThe rest of the Nutcrackers are on my great grandparent’s Hoosier cabinet in the dining room, as well. IMG_8099.JPGIMG_8097.JPGIMG_8061.JPG

I drew some inspiration from Dear Lillie this year & tried my hand at chalk lettering for this chalkboard above our Nativity scene. I’m not sure if it’s an Italian thing or a Bertolini/Chambrelli thing but it’s a tradition for us to put Jesus in the manger on Christmas Eve.

Just hours ago, the manger itself was a cherry color & quite honestly, in the 20+ years that we’ve had this set, I’ve not been a fan of it so I used some Graphite Amy Howard One Step paint on it. I just dry brushed it to give it a weathered look & I think it turned out great! It’s still more modern than I think it would’ve been but it’s more about the symbolism than it being truly accurate, right?




Holiday Gift Guide – 2015

Hey, everyone! Here’s my final 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. Enjoy!

In order from start to finish:

Savvy ReStyle Market:


Carolina Girl Cooks:


Speckled Cakes:


Orijin Tea:


Willow & Poppy Studios:




Ms. Lillian’s Louisiana Pie Spices:


The Christmas Belle:


Greenville Swamp Rabbits:


PostalAnnex – Five Forks:


Bearded Brothers Tattoo Company:




And, me!




Campaign Comparison

So, lately I’ve been collection, curating, hoarding, whatever you choose to call it, I’ve been doing a lot of that. I recently participated in a pop up market called Savvy Restyle Market. They popped up in my downtown and I felt it was the right time to get my feet wet. I took with me, several pieces to hopefully sell but more to give people an idea of what I do as a designer. I’m all about repurposing things and up-cycling pieces that would have otherwise been discarded.

Well over a year ago, I wrote a post about the “Goodwill Campaign.” Shortly after rehabbing this awesome, old Campaign chest, I couldn’t let go of it so I moved it into my room, under my TV & promptly stocked it with clothing. I used it for almost two years.

I acquired two walnut Campaign chests last year and I’ve been using them as my nightstands and being me, I hate the fact that all of my furniture is the same style. All of that said, I carted this piece to the Restyle Market. Lots of lookers, no buyers so I carted it back home. Bummed? A little. But not defeated, I knew the right person would come along so I posted it all over Facebook. On Sunday, the TODAY Show posted this article (http://www.today.com/home/diy-decor-how-bring-anthropologie-look-your-home-2D80547306) about Anthropologie’s new campaign furniture with reference to a blog about DIY-ing your own version of it. I immediately posted the link along with the photos of my piece. I had some interest and a few people looked at it but no takers.

Tonight, I decided I’d style it in the photos and do a real comparison between mine and the Anthro piece and it sold within minutes! I’m going to miss this piece but I know the person who is buying it will treasure it and enjoy it now that I’m finished with it! Stay tuned for more furniture makeovers and also more projects that I’m working on!

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