If you love before and after photos as much as I do, I have several projects in the pipeline that are going to have some really fun before and afters.

Below, are two projects I’m currently working on that are almost ready for their “after” shot.





This is a wonderful house in the rolling hills of Austin that has been a wonderful project to work on. Above, you can see that we painted the exterior brick and now we are pouring a new walkway and steps, as well as adding some planting beds. I also plan to add a couple other exterior touches that will really transform this exterior.




This is a townhouse in the San Fernando Valley (Southern California) that needed a complete gut.


As you can see above, we removed most of the wall on the left to open up the space between the living room and kitchen. We painted the walls one of my favorite colors from Farrow & Ball — Clunch, and now are adding a kitchen from IKEA. I’m hoping to post the before and after photos next week, and many of you will not believe the transformation.

Happy Wednesday!

~ Shannon

If you’re looking to add a pop of color or that little something that will give your dining room new life, consider adding two wingback chairs. Not only are they incredibly comfortable but they also add a wonderful layer of interest.

d0faa82fe763abb22fc1f5f7e032de15Above, gorgeous green wingback chairs that add a lovely pop of color to this dining room.


Love these white crisp ones flanking a rustic farm table. Image from Maison 


Beautiful wingback chairs & color palette. Image from Veranda

reesewitherspoonelledecor4Above, a fun mix of chairs. Image from Elle Decor


Or, how about this gorgeous set up — which can be easily translated to a dining room setting.


Another beautiful example. Image from Jessica Conner Design

Some of my favorite wingback chairs on the market….

1. Anthropologie | 2.  Ethan Allen | 3.  Restoration Hardware


If you are working with a tight space, you can use any upholstered chair (as in the photo below). The idea is just to add a bit of interest and in this case, something comfortable as well.

residential interior

Image from Decor Pad

Good to Know…

Make sure that you know the height of your table before purchasing, as well as double-check durability of the fabric — especially if you have kids or pets 🙂

Have a great Thursday!

~ Shannon

I adore designing laundry rooms and it doesn’t matter the size. From small to large, it’s my favorite room to design, apart from the kitchen. Below, is my latest laundry room makeover.

the long table





For this one it really was paint that changed everything. I painted the walls and cabinets, added a new countertop and redid the flooring. However, even if your budget doesn’t allow you to change flooring or countertops you can buy a couple of gallons of paint for walls and cabinets and literally transform the look of your space.

My inspiration for this room came from the photograph below. Just love the look and feel of this room. The earthy floors, lantern-style light fixtures and cabinet paint color.


via Visual Eye Candy


I decided to use the same paint color that I used on the kitchen cabinets (Flintstone by Dunn Edwards), as well as the same Quartz countertop in order to tie it in with the rest of the home. I wanted an earthy floor and since I couldn’t use brick for this project I went with this tile instead. I chose light fixtures from The Home Depot and used antique bronze and brass accents.

the long table



All in all a fun project to see completed.

Have a wonderful weekend!

~ Shannon

A Gallery Wall provides us with a great opportunity to showcase our personal style, as well as some of our treasured photos and artwork.



When considering a gallery wall, there are several different styles you could choose from. You could go with a random order style, as in the photo above, or you could design a more organized gallery, as in the photo below.


via Becki Owens

Another option would be to use picture rails as shown below. The benefit to this is being able to rearrange your artwork anytime you want.


Pictures by Annika von Holdt (@annikavonholdt)

 When designing a gallery wall, I tend to go with the more random style of gallery — and my approach is quite simple.

First, I have my client pull the photos and artwork that they want to use. Then I measure the space where the gallery will be displayed.

Next, I choose the color of frame that will work best with my client’s home. I then purchase different sizes of frames and always purchase extra (much easier to return the ones you don’t use then to keep running out for more).

I then use measuring tape, on the floor, to mark out the space (you could also you painter’s tape).

Next, start placing your frames. I normally go with about 5 to 6 inches of space between frames, but it really depends on the size of wall and personal preference.

After playing with the frames and finding the layout I want, I then photograph the layout (so I follow my plan), and proceed to hang one at a time, leaving the rest in their place.

For my Austin clients (below), I went with a simple black frame, but then added a couple of brass tone frames as an accent color.


Above, you can see how I use the measuring tape.


If my client doesn’t have enough artwork for all the frames, I’ll go ahead and hang the gallery and then use instructional post-it notes in the empty frames. This gives the client some direction, and allows them time to find just the right piece.


One of my favorites, from this gallery, is this bird drawing by their 5-year-old  — Love!


If you’re looking for more ideas on putting together a gallery wall, check out my Pinterest board, Gallery Walls.

Happy Monday!

~ Shannon

Last month I shared the exterior of a project we’ve just finished here in Los Angeles. Today, it’s the before & after photos of the kitchen.






 To simplify the kitchen, I did away with the cabinet that enclosed the original fridge, as well as the bread box, which allowed for more counter space. I also removed the trim that ran along the top of the cabinets.






 I also wanted to try out a new paint color — Flintstone by Dunn Edwards, which I used on the lower cabinets. I went with a Quartz countertop and brushed nickel faucet fixture. I’m really pleased with how it all turned out.

Shop the look


1 Stool | 2 Rug | 3 Textile

Sometimes budgets allow you to gut an entire kitchen and other times you have to work with existing cabinets. If you do have to keep your cabinets, paint is your best weapon for change. Next time, some easy pointers on putting together a gallery wall.

Cheers, it’s the weekend!



After taking a couple of weeks off to enjoy the holidays with family and friends I’m back at work. And, I’ve got several posts in the pipeline that I’m excited to share with you.

First off, I have the final photos from my last project. Below, the kitchen being worked on —  tomorrow I’ll be sharing the after photos.

the long table

North Hills Kitchen

 I have a really fun post coming up on pub houses.


The Wild Rabbit

 I’m also doing a post where I  talk about my favorite item for the garden.


 And, I’ll be sharing one of the most dramatic renovations to date.

Townhome Remodel

Townhouse Remodel

Lastly, I have a post coming up on how to put together a gallery wall.

the long table

So stay tuned and Cheers to 2017!

~ Shannon

Happy New Year!


Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful and prosperous 2017! Happy New Year from The Long Table!


~ Shannon



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