Back from High Point… Where to Start?

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Well, I’m back!

After a week in High Point, I returned home to a mile long to-do list of things to take care of. I’m still coming down from sensory overload from my time at Market. As you might expect, my mind is exhausted and as a result (try as I may!) I could not pick just one thing to feature!  In just a week, I came across some mind-blowing designs that I am saving for a later date because it is just too good to limit to only one room. Prepare to have your jaw drop!Anyway, High Point was really fantastic. Stay tuned for plenty of stories of wonderful people I’ve met, pieces of inspiration, and photographs from this wonderful week.

After a week away from home, I may have a ton of things to catch up with, but I wouldn’t trade this for the world. I am incredibly grateful for these opportunities and to be able to do something that I love so much–and that I owe it all to you. Thank you for your readership and support!

The photo above is a sneak peek at what’s to come… I immediately fell in love with this sofa from Century Furniture!

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Frames: Think Outside the Box!

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Using frames as decoration in a room is an easy and (I think!) fun way to add a personal touch to your home. Of course there’s the usual candidates lined to be framed–photographs, mirrors–but check out some of these ideas when you’re deciding what to hang on your wall!

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My Team Colors

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If you had to choose your team colors, what would they be? Mine: black and gold. I go crazy for this combination. Not only is it extremely popular right now, but it makes any room exude elegance!

Between interior design, fashion, and beauty, my team’s colors are seen everywhere, always giving the air of ultimate luxury. Take some inspiration in these examples of black and gold done beautifully.

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Don’t Forget to Look Up!

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When creating the warm and inviting home that we all strive to achieve, the initial concentration is nearly always on the floors and wall spaces of the rooms. It makes sense! These aspects of a room are what we see first, they are what draw our immediate attention. But what about the important element right above our heads? Think of the ceiling in your room as one more canvas to design, and a way to completely tie a room together.

Here are some things you may not have realized about that blank ceiling above your head, and some sources of inspiration for your upcoming project!

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Kitchen Gallery Wall

In light of my recent post about how to hang your photo frames, check this out! A really great idea for a big, blank kitchen wall.

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love decorating and adding personal touches to spaces, so I wasted no time getting started on our new house after we moved in. One of my first projects was adding a gallery wall in our kitchen. It’s a mix of a couple new pieces, and some oldies-but-goodies that you might recognize from our old apartment.

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From top left: Chalkboard from Shabby McFabby (originally a “thank you” sign for our wedding)
Macaron print from Geraldine Adams Illustrations with white frame from Amazon
Andy Warhol print from the IMA (similar found here) with blue frame from Michael’s
Wedding photo with white frame from Michael’s
White-framed cork board and photo frame from a garage sale many moons ago
Mushroom print from Lucile’s Kitchen with white frame from Amazon

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Do you have a gallery wall in your space? What have you filled it with?

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No More Naked Windows!

I just had to share this. So right!

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When I’m scouting a house for one of the various magazines I work for it’s always disheartening to see a beautiful room with wide, gaping windows devoid of any decoration. Sometimes a house doesn’t get chosen for this very reason. On the New England Home blog today I gather some of my favorite drapery moments that I’ve styled. You can check it out here.

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Properly Displaying Your Photos

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With today’s advanced smartphones, everyone is a photographer! Personally, between my iPhone and camera, I have tons great photos that are just sitting on a memory card. They deserve better than that, and so do your photos!

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Display your photos in a unique way for all to enjoy in your home. Here are some tips and tricks that I’ve found that can be a big help when figuring out what to do with all those framed memories.

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Fresh Hydrangea: Why it’s Worth the Effort

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Flowers in any room always adds a beautiful and colorful touch, and one flower I absolutely love to use in my decorating is hydrangea. The problem is, using fresh hydrangea is a very temporary decoration–they’re usually wilted within minutes of being cut. The popular opinion on the reason for this is that when the hydrangeas are cut, a sap-like sticky substance created by the plant clogs the area around the cut and blocks the water. Luckily, there’s a way to prolong the beautiful color of your hydrangeas and have them lasting for days after being brought in from the garden–just follow this easy step-by-step process!

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Feelin’ Lacy

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As a designer, it’s important to keep an eye on what’s trending in all areas of design–fashion included! One trend I found has really crossed over and become very trendy lately is lace, something I am really fond of. Take a look at some of these examples and let’s discuss: do you love it, or hate it?

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Mrs. Howard, My Inspiration

Every now and then a designer comes along whose eye for detail and mindful visions truly inspire me in my line of work. One designer who has always been a true source of inspiration for me is Phoebe Howard. I picked up her book The Joy of Decorating last year and have lost count how many times I’ve flipped through its pages–I never get tired of looking at it!

Here’s a snippet of a bio about Mrs. Howard (the full biography, which I recommend you read! can be found on her blog):

In 1996, Phoebe and Jim Howard opened the doors to their first store, Mrs. Howard, in Jacksonville, Florida, hoping to demystify the decorating process for their customers. The goal was simple: to create a retail space that showcased Jim’s architectural and decorating talent, and Phoebe’s natural skills for buying, decorating, and merchandising. With equal parts of exceptional customer service and a well-rounded mix of furniture, antiques and accessories, the store was an instant success […]

Over the years, Phoebe’s penchant for creating stylish spaces has evolved into her own brand of decorating […] Phoebe’s work can only be characterized by its timelessness and her mantra to “keep it pretty.”

Here are some of my favorites from her. May you find inspiration as I have!

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