Snowy Day

The rarest of rare days here – actual snow.  Not ice.  Not ‘wintry mix.’  Real, packable snow.  Meteorologists were calling for a ‘dusting,’ but almost everywhere got an inch or even more – with no concession of a missed call on their parts.  The good news is it’s melting,...

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Why I’ll Never Be A Famous Designer

I love helping our customers.  I love design projects, working with clients to help create spaces that they love & reflect their lifestyles & honestly, make them happy to come home, every time. Pretentious, impractical spaces aggravate me, like this kitchen from Gwyneth Paltrow’s & Chris Martin’s LA house. ...

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Painted Kitchen Cabinets

If you are new here, you might not know I’m kitchen obsessed.  I dream of my dream kitchen, where I cook meals that everyone raves about, & I waft around from appliance to appliance, cabinet to pantry with an never-ending smile on my face. One reason I will be...

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Wired

My friend Lauren came by the store not long ago.  We used to be neighbors, as well as competitors of sort.   My little neighborhood is sandwiched in between one of the highest income per capita areas in the country, which is it’s own township, & an upscale, pretty...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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