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Black – In or Out?

Black – In or Out?

A couple of years ago I clipped a feature on a house from Elle Décor that had ebonized floors – meaning black, laquered floors.  I absolutely loved it.  The house wasn’t necessarily cold or modern, as you might expect from the description.  It was just appealing.  Somewhere I lost that clipping, but the idea stuck with me. In my design work – and in my own home – I sometimes find traditional hardwood floors difficult to work around in terms of decorating.  On one hand, the richness and simplicity of pretty wood flooring is a winner.  But sometimes without going all white or cream, it is often hard to incorporate […]

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Wallpaper in Your Dining Room

Erin from Elements of Style did a post recently on one of the Kardashian sister’s home, & every room had wallpaper – even in the kitchen above the cabinets, which is hard to pull off even if it’s tasteful. I love wallpaper, & I am so happy that it has made a resurgence.  It all but went away for a while – except for, well, just bad ones.  Since it is typically a focal point, you have to be careful where you use it, in my opinion.  I did a previous post about wallpaper in the powder room.  That’s a perfect room for it because you get a lot of […]

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Dark Walls

Dark Walls

I really love the look of a room with dark walls, if you can pull it off.  It wasn’t so long ago that dark walls were only found in in Ozzy Osbourne’s house, or maybe in a goth-loving teenager’s room, ha. One of they key elements is the contrast element of light, whether it be from natural light of windows, or in the light bed linens, as shown here.  This is so pretty.  The mirrored cabinet is a great addidition, too, since it reflects the light. When we revamped the store last year, I kept all the walls a really light neutral, but I picked Sherwin Williams Gibralter to paint […]

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Patterned Roman Shades

Patterned Roman Shades

With all the love for neutrals like cream & grey in design these days, sometimes it’s difficult to decided where to add interest & color. Lately I’ve been seeing color & pattern used in Roman shades, & I like it. Marianne Simon Design  While this shade is still neutral in dark grey, the shade adds softness as well as visual interest with the pattern.                 Very pretty shade in this bathroom framed by the mirrored sconces.  The soft geometric pattern is a nice contrast to the antiqued look of the sconces & chandelier.   The more modern feel of this shade is a […]

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Kitchen Tile Focus

Kitchen Tile Focus

Kitchen tile is one of my favorite areas of design. I love looking at it, thinking about it, picking it.  And given how much time I’ve spent in the kitchen over the last few weeks, I’m in a kitchen state of mind. Tile is such a nice way to give a focal point as well as add your personal touch of style to your kitchen. Here this Moroccan style tile is used only as the backsplash over the cooktop range, & a creamy color subway tile is used around it.  I love the beam used as a hood front, too.   Here again this mosaic tile is used as a […]

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Decorating with Nature

Decorating with Nature

I love outdoor Christmas decorations.  Lights & displays don’t draw me in as much as pretty greenery & wreaths on houses.  There are few things more welcoming than a front door decorated with the beauty that nature has to offer. I so love this triple wreath arrangement.  Not many of us have blue doors, but I’m going to remember this for my door next year. The idea of adding greenery & branches – I love the lighted ones! -to whatever is in your existing pots is really pretty.  The pine cones & magnolia branches are lovely, too.   I’m not a DIY girl, but one year I am going to […]

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Paperwhites – A Sweet Gift No Matter What Color Your Thumbs

Paperwhites – A Sweet Gift No Matter What Color Your Thumbs

  One of the things I look forward to each year during the Christmas season is paperwhites.  I start planning the paperwhite placements in my house sometime in October, mentally going through my containers & whether I will keep the ones I used last year or replace them.   Paperwhites (also known as Narcissus), as the name suggests, are clusters of small fragrant white flowers; some varieties have a yellow center.  They grow up to 15,” and bloom indoors in winter.   A couple of years ago, a whole new world of possibilities for paperwhites opened up for me. I was fortunate enough to visit Tasha Polizzi and her staff at […]

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A Sweet Customer

A Sweet Customer

One of our sweet, long-time customers e-mailed me a picture of her new Lee sofa & swivel chairs.  She & her husband struggled with how to put together a large room with lots of windows at the rear of their house in the best way to accommodate how their family lives in the space.  They came in the store & loved a vignette we had on the floor, & that set their design wheels in motion! And now they love how their new pieces – not just sofa & chairs, but several other things too – have warmed up the room.  We love hearing that! On the other side of […]

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REtyleSOURCE.com

REtyleSOURCE.com

I am excited to be part of this fairly new website whose concept arose from the familiar question, “Where did you find that?”  Their purpose is to highlight “real homes, shops & restaurants, designer spaces and inspirational places.”  Then they take it a step further, & show you where you can find the particular items you see, directing potential customers into local businesses. One of the features I love is the City Guide.  Any time I travel, I spend some amount of time scouring my ripped out magazine pages in my travel file for places to see in a particular city, only to find it was from 3 years ago […]

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You Just Thought The Dog Park Was Fun

You Just Thought The Dog Park Was Fun

A couple of years ago I lost my mind & adopted a bird dog from the lovely rescue group Paws In The City.  I got him after I saw him at an adoption event outside the Pet Supplies Plus, in part because I loved his spotty coat.  (And really, everyone comments on how pretty he is.)  When my dog trainer Brad asked why I picked him & I said because he was pretty, Brad commented he hoped that wasn’t a criteria I applied in general in life – like to dating, for instance. Well, yes, actually.  Yes it is. I say “my dog trainer” like I have Brad on retainer […]

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