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A Calming Master Bedroom

Last week I got back from a wonderful visit home…Miami.  The best part of this visit was getting to redecorate, with my twin sister, her master bedroom.

They live in a small 990 square feet house, so the master bedroom is tiny by today’s standards.  But for my sister, it’s this quaint charm that she loves.  Our goal was to make the bedroom feel more calm, not so chaotic…in three days.

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Decorating Around your Flat Screen TV

I have found that one of the biggest decorating challenges is how to decorate around the flat screen TV.

For years now, the TV has been as necessary in the home as a computer or a phone.  And for years now, it continues to be an often unsightly item in any decor!  But there are ways to decorate around it which help to camouflage the big black box and draw the attention away from it.

How you decide to decorate your TV wall will depend on several things…what the TV sits on,  the size of the TV, and the size and shape of the wall.  Here are a few ideas that might inspire you to think outside the box.

Hanging multiple frames is one of the best ways to surround the TV.  The trick is to create a cohesive gallery which includes the TV.   The frames can house family pictures, art, or both.

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My Upside-Down Tree…A peek at my Christmas decor

For the last few years, I’ve enjoyed experimenting with my Christmas decor…forgoing the traditional fare for a more glitzy, and simple Transitional look.   It started 3 years ago with the hanging of my tree, the beginning of a new tradition.  That first year the decor was strictly silver and white, then last year I added chartreuse  to the mix.

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This year, I’ve decided to change things up again…I’ve brought out my old, familiar ornaments that I’ve collected throughout the years…and I’ve infused the house with color in the traditional hues of reds, golds, and greens.

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A Nursery For Triplets

Recently, I had the wonderful privileged of decorating a nursery for Triplets!

Being a multiple myself (I have a twin sister), and having HAD multiples (I have twin girls), this project was dear to my heart.

Mom and Dad decided not to know beforehand what the sexes were, so that meant a neutral color scheme.  Paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling serve as colorful mobiles.  The butterflies and dragonflies were hand painted in colors inspired by the crib bedding from Caden Lane. Continue reading…


Home Organization Station

Ready, Set….Start Planning

September is the start of the busiest time of year.  For me, it’s also the beginning of a lot of planning and organizing that will need to get done in the next 4 months.  From now through Christmas, the pace seems to speed up a little, lots of activities, lots of shopping, lots of cooking, lots of family.  And if you’re not organized, the stress level can spike rapidly!

So what’s the key to getting, and staying organized?  A system…a designated area or space dedicated to scheduling, planning, notes, mail, and the biggest source of clutter, paper.  This “system” can be placed in any area of the house, but for it to be most effective, I suggest you consider an area that is visible and accessible to everyone in the family…the laundry room, the mud room or the kitchen.

Here are a few examples to help you get started.

 

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A Quaint Backyard Patio

Now that the weather is getting cooler, we’ll be spending a lot more time outside, making this a great time to spruce up your outdoor space, which is exactly what we did in this quaint backyard patio.

Before

Sometimes, we don’t pay as much attention to the outdoor living areas, but just like our interiors, it’s important to create the right “feeling” for maximum comfort, relaxation and fun!

For this patio, the client’s request was clear and simple…”we want it to be fun, a party area”, so we went bold on the colors , infusing vibrant shades of blues and greens. Continue reading…


Trend Alert – Patio String Lights

Soon, it’ll be time once again to enjoy the outdoors, at least more frequently than in these current 105 degree Dallas days!  Next month is September with promises of cooler temperatures.  A wonderful time of year to enjoy dining and drinking under the stars.

This year, why not try a little mood lighting?

String lights are most popular during the Christmas holidays, but they can be used year round.  In Europe, they’re commonplace in many gardens and patios.  They’re an economical and not-permanent lighting option that is more about “mood” than about light.

You certainly don’t want to go overboard like you would at Christmas, but go ahead and border the perimeter or outline your overhang.  It’ll transform your outdoor space to a magical place.

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Delightful Doors

The front door is an important feature of any house.  It’s the entry into your home.  Yet, often it’s neglected and forgotten.  Sometimes, a simple cleaning works wonders, but even if it does, why stop there? Consider the possibilities…

Today’s doors can be seen in every color of the rainbow.  Which makes sense.  The front door is the jewelry of the house.  It should be a personal statement, a welcome to what’s inside.  So as you drive through the neighborhoods, notice the colors of the doors.  Find one you like, or choose your own unique color to express your individuality.

Unfortunately, some of us have HOA rules to consider, but if your don’t, have fun!  Bring a smile to your guests.

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