Q Design Home in Cartagena

September 23, 2014 § Leave a comment


As I was exploring the streets of Cartagena, Colombia, my eye was instantly attracted to Q Design on Calle de la Iglesia de la Estrella Esquina. Like most streets in the city, it was narrow, slightly crowded and it would be easy to miss the shop if it weren’t for the bright red logo out front. For a minute it reminded me of the Target bulls-eye, so I was intrigued, and then I saw a Kartell chair in the window and I knew this was a store I’d like! They carry a lot of my favorite brands/designers like Philippe Starck, Chilewich (I still have a favorite set of place mats on my table rotation I bought five years ago!), Foscarini, and Artemide. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, stop by and say hi! It was amazing finding this little gem and I’m happy I was able to share it with you all. As always, thanks for reading! XOXO Jen





An Open Door to Design: Cartagena, Colombia

September 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hi everyone! Recently, I was lucky enough to travel to Cartagena, Colombia to attend their Bridal Week which was hosted by the Sofitel Santa Clara. The event was wonderful, the hotel was gorgeous but the city was more than I could have ever imagined! If it wasn’t for the humidity I might have almost forgotten to breathe as I snapped away with my camera lens trying to capture all of the inspiration I could. Everywhere I looked around me was a vignette I couldn’t live without documenting (I am that person on a trip–always with my camera out!). The small cobblestone streets, the colonial architecture complete with balconies filled to the brim with bright pink and purple flowers that overflow from the second story windows, the sidewalks barely large enough for two to walk side-by-side which forces a closeness amongst the people, the mini taxis buzzing around the streets and the double doors that are painted beautiful hues with lines and textures that only weather and time can help create…Cartagena is a magical place! Most of the magic for me, however, was in the doors and the door-knockers. I was mesmerized by the ironwork and colors and just couldn’t get enough. Here are some of my favorites:












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July 4th Sales!

July 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hi everyone! Happy 4th of July! Hopefully you are all off from work today and have the day to relax and do whatever you like. One of my favorite things to do is take advantage of all of the sales over the holiday. Here are a few good ones happening today/this weekend, along with some of my fav July 4th picks:


Striped romper, on sale for $26.94

Striped romper, on sale for $26.94

$20 off $60, $40 off $120 or $80 off $240 with promo code 9238 (also available in store)

Shorts and sandals are 50% off and they have a good selection of dresses that are 40% off.

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Marble Bead Bid Necklace, on sale for $7.99 from $26.95

Marble Bead Bib Necklace, on sale for $7.99 from $26.95

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Crate & Barrel

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Patriotic String Lights, on sale for $20.37 from $34.95

Patriotic String Lights, on sale for $20.37 from $34.95

Bath & Body Works

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Sprinkle Dot Cami Dress, $19.80 on sale

Sprinkle Dot Cami Dress, $19.80 on sale

Victoria’s Secret

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These are some of my favorite sales going on today! Hope you get to do a little shopping in between the BBQs, fireworks and family time! As always, thanks for stopping by and come back again soon! XOXO Jen


Pitcher Perfect!

June 10, 2014 § Leave a comment


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Limited Edition SOMA

It’s no secret that DC has some pretty nasty drinking water and every year when I get my  water report  I am horrified by the contaminants found in my tap water (arsenic!) so I always use a filter. It’s just a bonus when you find a product that has a purpose, a sleek design and is eco-friendly like the SOMA! The container is made of shatter-proof glass and the filter is a combo of coconut shells, silk and a plant-based (PLA plastic) casing so the entire product is compostable. It’s tiny, at 10.7 inches tall and 6.5 inches in diameter, so it fits perfectly in my apartment-sized refrigerator and holds about 6 glasses of water. When I first picked up the empty container I thought it would be much heavier but it is very sturdy and once you fill it with water, it gets weighed down perfectly. The filters need to be replaced about every two months depending on how much water you use (they recommend replacing at 40 gallons filtered) and they offer a subscription service so you will never forget to buy them! I love the white original SOMA, below,  but I really like the pop of color on the limited edition SOMA, above. For every limited edition SOMA purchased, the company will donate $12.50 to charity: water who helps bring clean drinking water to people in developing nations.

As always, thanks for reading A Fresh Coat and please be sure to stop by again soon! XOXO Jen


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18-Carat Rose Gold Finishes! Yes, please!

May 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of Rose Gold–in fashion, jewelry and in kitchen and bath finishes! So often fashion trends make their way over to the interior design industry and I just love when that happens! I first fell in love with Rose Gold when I saw MK’s oversized runway watch, above ($295). I recently came across a gorgeous new finish from Dornbracht called Cyprum. It’s their first new finish in five years and is made of a copper and gold alloy mix with a non-corrosive electroplated surface that sparkles! It’s available in their kitchen (Tara) and bath (MEM) lines starting this summer . Prices start at $3,075 for a single-lever bath mixer and $2,519 for a single-lever kitchen mixer. Time to accessorize your sinks, guys! What do you think about the rose gold? Are you a fan? As always, thanks for stopping by! XOXO Jen

Cyprum MEM

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Cyprum Tara


Homestyler: A Fun, Free Design Tool

May 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

I may be late to the game with this but I recently discovered Autodesk Homestyler, a great site that allows you to create design layouts and plans in 2D and 3D. I was trying to decide if I should learn how to use AutoCAD, which is a design tool professional designers use (fashion, interior design, architects, etc.), but I realized while that would be awesome to add to my resume I really just wanted a fun tool to play and design with! Homestyler is from the same company that produces AutoCAD but its target user is everyday people like you and me which means it’s a lot easier and helps you visualize what you want your room to look like super fast!

Rita's Home office

Rita’s Home office

Once you sign up, you can create a user profile and share your designs with other users. They can “heart” your design (kind of like Instagram) and leave comments, too.

Rafalover's room

Rafalover’s room

You can create a new design from scratch and use real measurements to get the specifications correct (wondering if that couch will fit in your living room?) and you can choose products to place in your room from their huge catalog with brands like Room & Board and Crate & Barrel. The only issue I see so far is that I can’t randomly select an image/product off the internet and include it and it doesn’t have everything from Crate & Barrel, etc. so the options are slightly limited. However for a free tool I think it’s pretty awesome!

Getting Started

Getting Started

I started re-creating my living room but I really won’t be able to play with this software until this weekend. I’m working on redecorating my bathroom and I’m thinking about making some changes in my living room. This tool will be so helpful rather than moving all of my furniture and breaking my back! If you sign up let me know–we can share designs (my username is afreshcoat btw)! I hope you enjoyed this post and as always, thanks for stopping by! XOXO Jen

Me playing around!

Me playing around!

Pantone’s Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid!

December 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

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It’s almost 2014 and Pantone has released their color of the year: radiant orchid. I’m a huge fan of the color, which is described as having fuchsia, pink and purple undertones. I think this makes a great accent color–in home decor as well as fashion. When Michael Kors came out with his awesome hot pink bag this summer it became a staple of my wardrobe immediately! It adds such a great pop to any outfit (I got the smaller, cross-body bag but it’s the same color as this one):

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One summer I went to Miami and was so inspired by the design at a hotel I stayed in that when I came home I got all new accessories for my bathroom and made it black, white and hot pink! I like this slightly toned-down version of pink though because it is more sophisticated than a hot pink (although obviously I find nothing wrong with using hot pink in any room) but it might be too much for some people.

I included some pics to get you inspired to try out this new color in your home! Enjoy Pantone’s new color of the year and if you find a way to implement it in your design (or fashion) I’d love to see pics! You can always e-mail me at jenatafreshcoat@gmail.com 🙂 As always, thanks for reading and I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving! XOXO

Credit: Stephanie O'Leary, Style By Stephanie

Credit: Stephanie O’Leary, Style By Stephanie

credit: amanda nisbet

Credit: amanda nisbet

credit: Emily Ruddo

Credit: Emily Ruddo


credit: Tineke Triggs

Credit: Tineke Triggs



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