Sunday Stewardship: Real Life Living, A Teenage Boy’s Bedroom, Three “Generations” of Furnishings

Sunday Stewardship: Real Life Living, A Teenage Boy’s Bedroom

Creating a space with Three Generations of Furnishings: Antique, Retro & Modern or New

NONE of which is inherited…and ALL of which is still “in progress”

Real Life: A Teenage Boy’s Room

I think it is so important to share transparently how we live as Designers and Design as Designers for our own Family

A Family!

Stewardship involves a component of TEACHING the next generation to appreciate & enjoy all types and styles of stuff

1. MODERN: New Headboard from Couture Chateau’s Custom Collection, Made in North Carolina by Bentley Churchill

Couture Chateau’s Custom Headboard Made in North Carolina, by Bentley Churchill, Perfectly Sized to Match the Retro Shelving

2. RETRO: Open Shelving Giving the Space a bit of whimsy from the 1970’s

Not exactly like what we found, but I like this one also.

We went shopping for the shelving we found for his room at Consignment Stores. Because the space is small, the 1970’s  wall mounted “Model Home” Shelving is perfect. Kind of the Brady Bunch meets That 70’s Show…very fun. Don’t take it too seriously – teach them to “Mix it up”!

3. ANTIQUE: A drop front Desk

Antique Drop Front Desk, Similar to the one pictured

Practical because it hides his stuff – AND gives him a not so subtle appreciation for working in style.

And to make you feel better – not even a Designer’s kid can make the bed so the plaid on the Ralph Blanket lines up perfectly!

Here’s to REAL LIFE LIVING – Sunday Stewardship Style…

xo Ann

Saturday Sneak Peek: A 30 Second Video of Photo Shoot for Tag Sale!

Saturday Sneak Peek: A 30 Second Video of Photo Shoot for Tag Sale!

Click on the PHOTO BELOW!

You’ll catch glimpses of us working…See if you can spot Ann (behind the computer of course) and our Assistant Daniel (playing with the Tassel)


xo Ann

Click on this picture to view video!


Thursday: Spotlight on Custom…a Couture Chateau Life

Thursday: Spotlight on Custom

Couture Chateau Custom Sofa with Bolt of Versace Fabric

What is a Couture Chateau Life?

Do You Recognize This Piece? It was made for a client’s entry hall from Antique Columns re-purposed and hand worked for a perfect fit!

It’s a life intentionally designed & layered

There are actually three (3) colors of paint, not two! Even subtle differences MATTER in YOUR custom life!! This Couture Chateau Project is still a favorite!

Which equips you to be the best you can be

Like each floor, each layer in our Couture Chateau lives brings a different PERSPECTIVE! And don’t forget to “paint your window frames” meaning – don’t neglect the details! They really do matter – like this bright blue!

Live Your Life Custom. There is Only One You!

xo Ann

Monday Matters: Am Loving Classic Trends

Monday Matters: Am Loving Classic Trends!

Classic Trends from Jason Wu, 2011

Couture Chateau will probably never be called super trendy…

Though for the right Clients, we would use these!

We are all about building custom lives & lifestyles that enhance the individual – the “custom” in you!


Couture Chateau Private Label Custom for a more reserved Client

Whether that’s with information, design, encouragement or counsel

Design Counsel

I am loving these trends right now though…

Bentley Churchill

All Things Yellow (My Office is of COURSE Yellow!)

CR Laine

Have a Fabulous Week…what are YOUR favorite Classic Trends?!

xo Ann

Sunday Stewardship: Packing For A New Chapter

Sunday Stewardship of our Couture Chateau’s

Packing Boxes

We are Packing our Son off for a New Chapter: College

Dodge College at Chapman University


Turning Over a New Leaf

As we send our oldest son off to college, we edit & prune

Pruning Shears – We Edit our Life

we wish we had do-overs on so many things

We DO get Second Chances in Life

As we Build our Couture Chateaus – our lives – from what has gone before and what will come…

Piles of Fabric – Like Life, It All Adds Up

I hope you find the Beauty in the Layering of all that has gone before in YOUR life and all that is to come…

I LOVE this because we take the piles of scrap in our lives and make them BEAUTIFUL! It’s NEVER to late to build our couture chateau’s…

Here’s to building our couture chateau’s TOGETHER.

Happy Sunday

xo Ann

A Garden Brunch for Two Styled with Retail Finds!

Have a look at our Garden Brunch for Two Styled with Retail Finds!


at our Garden Brunch Vignette

In the Office Loading for Photo Shoot

We created with Retail Product!

Stylist Pics for our Photo Shoot!

What do Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH)

AFTER Detail

Tuesday Morning

Floor Pillows from Tuesday Morning

Home Goods, K-Mart have in common?

Barrel, Chair & Pillow Detail: OSH, K-Mart, Tuesday Morning

We can find High Style at Reasonable Cost


Tips: Mix & Match:




Aged Wood as seen on Chair


Check out our VIDEO HERE:  Behind The Scenes at Photo Shoot!

Happy Saturday Shopping!

xo Ann

Pastel Passion – Trends for This Fall

Seems everyone is talking Pastels

Pastel Color Chart

Even for the Fall and Winter

Winter Pastel Clothing

Winter Pastel Accessories

Winter Pastel Upholstery: British Wool

Am loving these Winter Looks with Pastel Overtones

Not a new trend…just an easy to live with one…

Easy to Live With

Contemporary Also Embraces Pastels…

Easy to Decorate Around


xo Ann

Wednesday Style Points…My Messy Pile Desk!

So I am a  MESSY  Pile Worker

Pig pen!

However, I am an ORGANIZED Pile Maker…does that make sense?

A “messy” desk but “ordered” piles!

Other “creatives” may get that way of working…

Charlottte Moss at her Desk

I like my Desk to have nice things under the piles

This is the Desk I have in my Studio Office

Here are my some things that keep me “In Style” and at least partially organized

The top is actually covered with pale blue silk & a glass top which allows me to slip important notes & ideas underneath for easy reference!

Lucite Letter Opener – I love opening old fashioned mail with a beautiful letter opener!

Horn (Imitation of course!) Pencil Holder

3 Lb Weights – Great for holding my piles in place & using when I’m on a phone call or the day gets stressful!

What I like about my desk is that it’s like my clients, friends & projects…a little bit of this, a little bit of that…

Famed Potter from the SF Bay Area (now deceased) Sorcha Boru, two of her vases hold my collection of colored pencils

Nothing quite matches and nothing is the same…but it all works TOGETHER!

It’s a mini “couture chateau”!

Happy Wednesday.

What does your desk look like?!

Tuesday Tidbit: Herringbone Habit

I love custom

Custom Herringbone Mosaic Tile

Herringbone is still all the rage

Herringbone describes a distinctive V-shaped weaving pattern usually found in twill fabric. It is distinguished from a plain chevron by the break at reversal, which makes it resemble a broken zigzag. The pattern is called herringbone because it resembles the skeleton of a herring fish.

Here are some of the ways we are using it

HB Paint Party!

Not just for walls

Glass textile acoustical wallcovering
Glass textile wallcovering

Not just for fabric

Seriously Fab from Spoonflower, it’s Brown Vacumn Tube Fabric!

On Floors

Couture Chateau Custom Antique Hand Laid Herringbone Floors

Herringbone Custom Floors

In Furniture

Custom Couture Chateau Herringbone Inlay Table

Happy Herringbone!

xo Ann

Monday Matters…Life Inside the Brain of a Custom Designer

I am often asked why I started a company

Couture Chateau Logo

Couldn’t help it

How we started…custom cardboard!

No, seriously, I couldn’t help it

Our Custom Lining

As the youngest of a large family I always felt a bit lost in the group.

The Simpsons!


You Matter in MY World

To someone, for something

You are MORE than just your State of Matter

As I got older

Error Messages…Wrong Roads…Start Over…

It made me wonder…other people must feel the same way…


Couture Chateau is all about the “MATTERING”

Fearless…to Try…

We MATTER because we ARE

Sesame Street Walking “R”!

Because we ARE…we have something to CONTRIBUTE

Couture Sewing is Layered & Intentional


Fine Custom Cabinetry

Because there is no one else EXACTLY LIKE US!

The Black Crowned Crane (Balearica pavonina)

YOU matter because you ARE

Sofa to ENHANCE the Bird!

Hence, Couture Chateau

Come on the Journey with us

Live a custom life. There is only one you.