Shabby Chic Living

Country FrenchShabby Chic

Shabby Chic is a STYLE ,that balances elegant  furniture with old  worn furniture that is all blended together perfectly.  An example of this, are  beautiful shiny silver accessories with painted wooden furniture.  Nothing says “Shabby Chic” more than this  distressed Dining Table  in this large country kitchen sounded by bay windows.  This  oval  table  fills the space beautifully, along with contrast of the  Honey Maple Hardwood floors, and are  a perfect example of this fabulous Shabby Chic Country Kitchen!  All things beautiful and divine that inspire us to be more creative can help us enjoy the  deliciousness of life!


Beautiful Lighting



Beautiful Chandelier


Beautiful Lighting is the key to success.  It adds a special ambiance that can be unforgettable.  Lighting is one of the most important elements of your homes design. It serves many functions, such as providing safety, assisting in performing household tasks, creating an atmosphere for entertaining, and pulling together the overall design a homeowner is trying to achieve. Above all else, lighting is beautiful, and great lighting will bring your house to life.

Kitchen Ideas

Wine Fridge

Everyone needs a Wine Fridge in their kitchen, regardless of the size. A  Wine fridges does not have to be regulated to the kitchen so if you have always wanted one but didn’t think you had the space, take a second look at your home; the perfect space is probably right under your nose!   Most wine fridges have two temperature zones so you can store white wine on top, and red on the bottom.  White wine is best stored between 40-45 degrees, while red is at 50-55 degrees.Whether wine is your hobby  to collect exotic or rare vintages, or you just enjoy having plenty of wine on hand for impromptu guests, proper wine storage is a smart investment for you. 

Nicole Mene’

Nicole MAs founder and owner of,  I have utilized my creativity and design expertise over the past 12 years, to help many clients renovate and decorate their homes on a budget.   Most people want to renovate, but think they cannot afford it, so  therefore they abandon the idea all together.   Beautiful renovations can be executed on a significant budget, and I would love to help coordinate your dream home for you.  Please e-mail me for a free consultation.

Outdoor Ideas

White PorchBeautiful PorchThe before and after photos of this porch, says it all!  White on white, with a hint of vanilla and turquoise  is beyond beautiful;  it is clean, serine and peaceful!  Patios are our favorite spot to relax in the warmer months during the year, especially one that offers the option to be closed or opened at any given time.  We added retractable screens to this already beautiful porch, so it can be opened or closed on any given day or time!  Which not only makes it an covered porch, but an enclosed porch  as well, so you never have to be bothered with bugs, or bad weather conditions, and you can enjoy it year round.

Covered Porches offer great protection from the heat and is usually large enough to accommodate a wide variety of furniture and other outdoor accessories.  Enclosed porches often combine the best of indoor and outdoor living into one. The comfort and ease of indoor living is matched to the natural and refreshing aspect of an outdoor space in a unique package that is sure to prove enjoyable year round living.  This porch has the best of both worlds, covered and enclosed!  



Backsplash Ideas

Kitchen with Tiger EyeKitchen with Black Granite


Explore your options in beautiful kitchen back splashes with materials like ceramic tile, tumbled marble, stainless steel, glass and slate.   Adding a kitchen back splash is a quick and easy way to update your cooking space, and add pizzas to your existing space.  One of the top recommendations for adding value to your house is a kitchen upgrade, but you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money on it.  If you want to refresh your kitchen but can’t afford a full-scale remodel, a smart place to start is with a beautiful backsplash

Wainscoting Ideas


 Grils Room



Wainscoting is a classic way to add texture and interest to the walls in any room.  It also helps enhance the structure and design of the room as well as adding height and depth.  A taller Wainscot treatment brings up the eye and makes the room feel bigger.  Shown here, we added wainscot decor to the kitchen and a little girls room.  It is as simple as pie, and it adds incredible beauty to a room.  Go to your local Home depot or Lowes and purchase 1 inch thick crown molding.  Measuring is key here, make sure you use a level, and hammer in the molding accordingly.  You can do squares or rectangles on a wall, or just use the molding  as a chair rail to separate the wall ( 30″ from the floor for chair rail).  It is always fun to use color to pop the molding and define the wainscot more.  In the Kitchen photographed above, we use Oakwood Maner, from Benjamin Moore and on top of the wainscot, and used Super White for the wainscot and the bottom half of the wall.  In the little girls room, we used Playful Pink on the bottom of the wall,  Super White for the wainscot, and Pink Bliss for top half of the wall, all by Benjamin Moore.  This look is beautiful and affordable.

Kitchen Ideas

Nicole_Work0011Country French

This was my first project.  I had purchased  this pre-war 550 sq ft 1 bedroom apartment, and it was in desperate need of a complete  renovation.  I turned this tired old space into a beautiful Country French Chalet in the middle of Manhattan!  I ripped off the wall that led from the kitchen into the Living room, and  added all new cabinetry and basically started over!  I purchased all new appliances, with a hooded vent that had a circular ventilation system to re-distribute.   For those kitchens  that do not have a window in your kitchen, a circular ventilation system is the best way to keep the smell out, and utilize your kitchen daily.  I also tiled the counter top to really give the country french feeling, and used Yellow  paint on the walls and  white furniture to create a soft, cozy, warm  feeling.