May 2015

Being Authentic; Are you for real?

by Nicki on May 27, 2015

Being at the Southern C Summit  always gets our heads spinning with new ideas. It is a yearly conference attended by

•online influencers •social media junkies •creative entrepreneurs •seasoned business owners •new business owners •bloggers of many forms including food, family, fashion, lifestyle, designers, event photographers and artists.

Checking in with each other and regrouping is really important for us. Here are some take away ideas about staying authentic to your brand and essentially yourself…


1. From the onset of the idea of Embellish Interiors we have stated that we are

“Doing this until its not fun anymore.” 

We got this. It’s still a blast and no day is the same.

Our poor intern has no idea what to expect when she shows up and frankly neither do we!

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2. We know who we are.

Our partnership works. Ask anyone who works with us- it just does. We never had a conversation about who would do what,

it just naturally evolved and now its apparent whose better at what tasks.

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3.  We have fleeting moments

when we get carried away and think we should be collaborating, blogging 24-7, instagraming, face-booking , pinteresting,

coming up with a product, etc.  and then we relax and realize that’s not us. We are good at design and working with people

who need help making their spaces look better.  We are also, most importantly, mother’s and wives and friends and tennis

players (kinda) and we want to live a balanced life.



4. There’s no need to keep up with the Jones’.

  It’s so inspiring what all these people are doing and we watch in awe of the instagram feed of some of the people we follow.

  We’re cool.  We are the Embellish Girls and our goal is to provide great service and continue our good reputation.


5. It’s good to play.

Here we are at the Summit meeting new people and of course finding some cocktails! Afterall, we are lucky to have our own

business and make our schedules and we are always happier and more motivated after we have taken some time off.

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This photo was from the Summit online photo gallery taken by the fabulous Nickie Cutrona.

Check out more photos by Nickie Cutrona

Stay real!

Nicki and Teresa xoxo


This is the first of a series of posts about how we work with clients who are not in the Charleston Area.  Just because because we are in the “843” doesn’t mean we cant work with you! 

Our client reached out to us on November of 2014 and we measured and started to document what was staying and what was going from her beautiful home on the South Shore of Massachusetts.  Our clients were suffering from a little case of Design Paralysis and in some desperate need of Embellish Girl Magic! The task will be large for us but extremely exciting. So keep on scrolling because we’re showing you a little peak of the following rooms before the Embellish girls take over: 

The Great Room included a large sectional and not much else going on…

Don’t worry, that’s all about to change! 

Great Room Before with large sectional

Great Room Before with large sectional

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Great room before looking into the sun-room.

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Great room before showing front windows.

Out client requested that they wanted this sun-room to have more of an “adult seating” area.

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Sun-room Before. She started getting rid of furniture to get ready for the transformation.

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Sun-room before looking back into great room.

As for the dining room area, the client’s requested that they wanted a  grown up and more glamorous space that will seat more guests for the holidays…

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Dining Room Before

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Kitchen Eating Area Before

In the office (which is the first room when you enter the home) their request was for more office/desk work space for the whole family.

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office before

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Front Of Office Before

Stay tuned to watch the process of distance design in action! 





Nicki & Teresa 

Embellish Girls 


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One Room Challenge Part VI: The Finale

by Nicki on May 7, 2015

 The One Room Challenge is complete! This has been a fun experience and we’d like to first start off with thanking Linda from Calling it Home for letting us participate!

Our clients wrote this great note about the end result of their dining room: “We absolutely love our new and improved dining room, and the whole house! But what we love most is Nicki and Teresa’s awareness of our art, and the sensitivity to make it the backbone of the design. In doing so, we feel that they have made our house a work of art.”

We are always excited about the pictures so here they are..




We styled the table with some of the clients things and then some goodies of our own such as a Fiddle Leaf Fig to the space!

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 And did you notice how well the table turned out??

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We were able to find a fabulous mirror locally at GDC Home. Whew-hoo!

 Through this journey we had some bumps in the road (which we new would happen) ,but we would not change one thing about this experience. It has been an amazing transformation for our client’s home.

Thanks to everyone for keeping up with our amazing journey through the One Room Challenge!

Until next time!


Nicki & Teresa

Embellish Girls

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