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When You Just Can’t Measure UP

When You Just Can’t Measure UP

Some Laugh Love for you today.  Two of my favorite posts from two of my favorite bloggers. If you aren’t reading Big Mama’s blog, you are missing out.  This post on Siri is hilarious.  http://thebigmamablog.com/14763/siri-nemesis/ Big Mama & Boo Mama met through their respective blogs, & no doubt the stories behind the names of each of their blogs cemented their friendship.         Here Boo Mama delves into the Chicken & the Egg confusion. http://boomama.net/2013/09/30/where-the-deer-and-the-antelope-play-in-architecturally-pleasing-habitats/ I’m glad I wasn’t eating or drinking because I would have snorted it right out of my nose laughing.    

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

The demise of so many shelter magazines in the last few years has been such a sad thing in my life.  I so love sitting in a favorite chair being inspired by beautiful spaces in gorgeous homes, or the creativity of designers. Cottage Living was my favorite ever.  I truly miss it.  Despite the name, it wasn’t too “Cottage-y,” but the style was easy with great use of color.  Lots of Lee upholstery, so of course that worked for me – I love them. Domino, another fav, is back as a quarterly publication.  In it’s reincarnation, it’s part shopping website with a little decorating thrown in. Some of the people […]

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Thoughts Behind Store Purchases – and a few new ones

Thoughts Behind Store Purchases – and a few new ones

One of the most fun things I do for the store is the merchandising.  I love having a vision for the look of the store, searching for the pieces our customers want but adding our touch, then putting the presentation together. When I found this set of antique dining chairs I almost jumped up & down I loved them so much.  That painted finish – the leg style – the framed back – the white contrasted by the nailheads! Sometimes when things look so good in the store I just want to put a ‘sold’ tag on them so everyone has a chance to see them!  But that sort of defeats the […]

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The Powder Room Goes Bold

The Powder Room Goes Bold

Like painted furniture, wallpaper goes in & out of vogue in design.  Right now it is very in.  There are some beautiful papers to be had now, & the bolder the better, it seems.  I love the idea of using one in a powder room, & you don’t have to be constrained by the décor in the rest of your house. I have a hard time committing to bold prints, but in a powder room it really appeals to me.  Isn’t this perfect here where you get a shot of pretty color & pattern under the stairs from the entry? Very high drama here in this powder room.  With this big […]

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Steel Windows

Steel Windows

I am always intrigued when I see homes that have incorporated big steel windows & doors in their architecture. The contemporary lines of the window here are softened by the pergola.  I hope this looks out onto a beautiful vista!   The look is definitely not limited to contemporary architecture, as you might think.  Here, the Mediterranean structure is complemented by pretty French furnishings.  Look at that floor! What a fabulous kitchen! Very Provence, or Napa Valley.  I love the beam over the windows, & the floor!  It typifies the idea of bringing the outdoors in. The arched windows in this room are gorgeous. The furniture is fairly clean in […]

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The Bar is High

The Bar is High

  I was watching the Today show recently, & they were discussing over-used words.  One that was tossed out was “obsessed.”  In thinking about it, I’m not sure I hear it a lot, but I might think it a lot!  But I’ve really always been obsessed with bar carts.  This Lucite & mirror one from Jan Showers is gorgeous.   This Lucite one with the wheels is less imposing, but very pretty.  I love the peonies (& the starburst mirror)!   To me, having a bar set-up in your home tells guests that you enjoy having people over.  While this skirted table is not a cart, it serves the purpose & […]

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Weekend Travel Inspiration – Big Sky

Weekend Travel Inspiration – Big Sky

A few years ago my neighbor Julie & I, frazzled by the seemingly never-ending heat of a Texas summer, decided to go fly-fishing.  Nothing is more appealing to me in the midst of the summer scorching than the idea of standing in a cold cold river – I think that’s mostly why I love fly-fishing. (I would kill for my casts to look like hers.)      I had fished several places in Colorado – Telluride, Durango, Crested Butte – & Jackson Hole as well as Idaho.  (In Jackson I used a guide group called Reel Women – only women guides, & it was so fun.)  For this trip, I […]

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I Dream of Mudrooms

I Dream of Mudrooms

  I have a lot of great ideas for the house I’m going to build one day, but right at the top of my priority list is a tricked-out mudroom.  Most people have them as a catchall for kid stuff, but maybe it’s because I have dogs, or I’m in & out so much, or I’m just overly dirty, but I dream about my one-day mudroom. This is so perfect.  The beautiful doors allow for it to be closed off when needed, & I would hope there is a big sink on the inside that we can’t see.  I love the slatted walls, too. I am such a lover of […]

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From the Trail to the Concrete

From the Trail to the Concrete

 In December, I lost my big friend, my horse Alamo.  He was 22.  For 12 years, he was my sanctuary in a sometimes tumultuous world, my bridge to breathtaking nature, my glimpse into the magic of the animal world. He was a gift bigger than words.  I miss him. I wrote this article a couple of years ago for my friend Beth Anderson’s website, ChicGalleria.com.  I love it when I can look back in my life and trace a series of events that taken alone are seemingly innocuous, but when I follow the thread, it leads to the miraculous.  A little more than ten years ago, I accidentally began horseback […]

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Accents in Black

Accents in Black

A couple of years ago I clippped a feature from a house in Elle Decor that had ebonized floors – black, lacquered hardwoods.  I absolutely loved it.  The house was not cold or modern in any way like it might sound.  It was so appealing.  Somewhere along the way I lost the clipping, but it stuck with me. The ebonized floors in this white kitchen allow it to have the clean, less traditional look than typical hardwoods would give it. I would use these ebonized Saltillo tiles in my house in a heartbeat!  Stunning.   Black furniture kind of goes in & out of vogue, & we aren’t selling as […]

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