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Oh my Marsala!

Comment(s) January 13, 2015

Marsala, Marsala, Marsala.  There are certainly mixed reviews on the newest member of Pantone’s color of the year.  Some like it, some not-so-much. I personally love it when done right.  Sophisticated, warm and definitely classic.




Amazing Textiles



Sophisticated Staples

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Beautiful Tabletops

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Colorful Lighting


Bold Accessories



American Flag DIY Art in 3 Easy Steps

Comment(s) August 30, 2014


Let’s celebrate Labor Day by making some good ole’ fashioned artwork using an American Flag.   Shall we?  We found ours at a flea market and thought it would be a perfect addition to our walls.  So easy to make in only 3 steps! Check out the DIY below:

What you’ll need:

Measuring Tape


Hand Saw or Chop Saw

4 pieces of 1 x 1 pine

4 2″ Wood Screws

Brass Nailheads


1. Measure the flag.  Cut 2 pieces of the 1 x 1 pine the length of the top and bottom of the flag and cut 2 pieces the length of the sides minus 2 inches.

2.  Using the drill, screw all 4 pieces of wood together to create a frame. Make sure the sides are sandwiched in between the top and bottom otherwise your frame will be too short.

3. Attach the flag to the frame using nailheads.

Happy Labor Day!




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Fall Trend Alert: Macrame and Fiber Art Wall Hangings

Comment(s) July 22, 2014

It’s true.  We have transitioned from the owl’s of the 70′s to a more modern version.  Yay or Nay?


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6 Bathroom Trends for 2014

Comment(s) June 24, 2014

















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The Necessary Neutral

Comment(s) December 16, 2013

I love color, all color, but the truth is nothing beats a good neutral. Done right it can be sophisticated, calming, mysterious, beautiful, intense, and the list goes on and on. Neutral doesn’t just consist of the “boring beige” that everyone knows. There are shades of blue, gray, white and brown that I am very fond of and that act as great neutrals. A dark neutral can add depth to a room just by its intensity.

Recently, I had an opportunity to put my love of neutrals into full effect. In my last blog post on Colorfully, Behr I mentioned I was working on a client’s new place (a bachelor pad) and he expressed his love of grays. I was ecstatic! I love working with every shade of gray.


We started with Twilight Gray to go with the black, white, marble and wood finishes throughout his house. It was the perfect neutral that brought all the rooms together.


The key to adding depth in a room with neutrals is to add texture. I kept the existing texture in the living room by showcasing the existing brick fireplace. Painting it Cordite gave it more of a presence. The dark color is rich, sophisticated and doesn’t appear too blue or gray. It was the perfect shade.


Old Hollywood photography was used in the bedroom as well to give the room a classic feel against the backdrop of Sonic Silver paint. Velvet curtains and crisp white bedding made the room feel masculine, but comfortable.

Tailored Bedroom Adam

Lastly, elements of glass and shiny metals made the space feel more modern. Glass replaced the traditional spindles on the stairwell, doors with glass inserts were added, tables made of mirror were placed throughout and interesting accessories turned the bachelor pad into his perfect “man cave”.



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HALLOWEEN is here!

Comment(s) October 18, 2013

Halloween is here!!!!!!  One of my favorite holidays.  It’s the only one where a grown adult can run around the streets dressed as a superhero in a cape and tights and no one thinks about calling the cops on him/her.   It’s magical.  You can be anyone or anything you want! In honor of this eccentric holiday, here are a few of my favorite Halloween home decor items.  I’ve also posted them in my Keep account where you can purchase them along with a million other items.   A side note… the skull picture below is a photograph taken in Cambodia by an amazing photographer.   I’d buy it!

PicMonkey Collage

1.  Skulls Photo 2.  Crow Candle Holders 3. Crystal Skull Bottle 4. Skull Napkins 5. Spider pitcher 6. Hanging Lights 7. Black Taper Candles 8. Bat Garland 9. Halloween Serving Plates

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