Silver in Spring Is a Lovely Thing!

sea octopus table decor

I always look forward to the fall and winter months because there are so many wonderful holidays to celebrate! From home decor to table settings for parties, you can really have fun and be creative with each theme! So why, … Continue reading

Rooftop Bars, YES!

Gansevoort NYC Rooftop Bar

Yes, I am sure you are all sick of hearing, “thank goodness it is finally Spring” (at least here where I live)! I am about 30 minutes outside of New York City. After such a long and hard winter, most … Continue reading

The 7 Wonders of the Blogosphere


Valentina Cirasola, a wonderfully insightful and creative designer and blogger, has truly humbled me by nominating me for the 7 Wonders of the Blogosphere awards! If you adore all things design, her blog will be the best thing you read all day. Thank you, Valentina, for this honor!

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Make someone’s day! Show your support and appreciation for a fellow blogger whom you believe is a true Wonder of the Blogosphere by following these simple steps.

The Rules
1. Display the award logos on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you (what better way to say thanks!).
3. Tell the world 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers to receive this award. Be sure to link to their pages!
5. Let these bloggers know you’ve nominated them and link them to your post.
6. Enjoy your awards, you’ve earned them!


7 Things About Me
1. I have a passion for food and wine–nothing brings people closer together!
2. Entertaining is one of my all-time favorite things to do.
3. It’s no secret that the right side of my brain is the dominant one! I just love being creative.
4. I am extremely non-confrontational.
5. Designing is my life! Especially when I get to design for my clients and see their happy reactions.
6. I love to travel! But really, who doesn’t?
7. I have two dogs, an Italian Greyhound named Greyson and a silky teacup Yorkie named Chelsea. They’re my babies!

& The Nominees Are…
1. Green Door Hospitality
2. Todd’s Thinking
3. L’Essenziale Home Designs
4. Greyson Place
5. Coco & Cashmere
6. Geoff Shoots the World
7. Pure Complex
8. Tresors de Luxe
9. Showcase Designs
10. Abigail Ahern
11. Design Magnifique
12. Kothea
13. Leanne Cole Photography
14. {.k.}
15. Home Designs Master

Each of these bloggers has shown a quality of blogging that really stands out in my mind. Engaging posts, inspiring stories… and each one a valued friend in the world of blogging! Go on, check out their blogs. You’ll be happy you did!

#IntDesignerChat August 27, 2013 Topic: Fall 2013 Interior Design Trends

Can’t wait! Why not join us…

Interior Designer Chat


Join Interior Designer Chat on Tuesday as we discuss the top influences of interior design trends for Fall/Winter 2013.  From fashion and travel, to food and culture,  come  take a journey with our international community and find out what influences in interior design trends we will be seeing and working with this Fall.  Join us on twitter at 6pm EDT, 3p PDT, and 11pm GMT using the hashtag #IntDesignerChat.   What’s NEXT in design this Fall?  Share links to your latest design projects,  Fall 2013 new interior design products, fabrics, colors,  trends links, and Pinterest Boards.


Photo Credits: Top Photo’s ~

Patone 2013 Fall Colors:

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DHOTW: The Timeless Mind of Nina Campbell


Meet Nina Campbell: respected interior designer, internationally renown visionary, and this week’s Designer Highlight of the Week!

Ms. Campbell has certainly earned her reputation, and it is her brilliant sense of style paired with her ability to work in both a contemporary and a traditional setting that has me thrilled to be sharing her work with you this week.

Her years of experience began when she was nineteen years old and working for John Fowler at Sybil Colefax & John Fowler. With such enthusiasm and interest in interior design, she soon found herself owning her own decorating business, and shortly thereafter designing a castle in Scotland and sophisticated members’ clubs in London.

Furthering her creative mind, Ms. Campbell is also the creator of an inspiring collection of fabrics and wallpapers, which are distributed internationally. Her projects can be seen both commercially and residentially, across borders and over seas. Her work is always a reflection of the owners and their lifestyles, incorporating existing furniture or antique pieces into a newly designed room for that extra touch.

Going through her portfolio of work was an adventure in itself! Here are some of my favorite designs by Nina Campbell–ones I think will add a spark to your designer’s mind…

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DHOTW: Designer & Architect Markay Johnson

It’s time for my… dun duhduh dunnnn… Designer Highlight of the Week! This week I’d like to introduce you to the work of Markay Johnson Construction.

In 1849, when talking of the Victorian Age, British critic and social commentator John Ruskin wrote, “When we build, let us think that we build forever.” Designer and Architect Markay Johnson, in true spirit of these words, builds works of art.

However, Markay Johnson is more than just an artist. His reputation for having an eye for the finest of details have earned him the respect of both his clients and his peers in the structural engineering and construction management communities.

His company, Markay Johnson Construction, follows the philosophy of taking the ideas and dreams of their clients and creating a plan and budget to achieve their design wishes. Their ultimate goal is to provide their clients with custom homes and commercial spaces that best reflect the owner’s personality and lifestyle. With the praise Mr. Johnson has received (paired with over 30 years of experience), it’s no wonder he has received acknowledgements such as recognition from the Greater Salt Lake Homebuilder’s Association and other industry watch groups.

Here are just some of the reasons why I adore Markay Johnson’s work–I guarantee his eye for design will leave you feeling inspired!

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Dining Amongst Caramels and Greens

Inspiration for Client DR

A client of mine asked me to take on the task of designing her dining room, and I happily took on the project. I love doing dining rooms! Their primary purpose is to bring together family and loved ones to eat and celebrate being together. We live in a world that is in a constant state of come-and-go, so having a dining space for the people you love to stop and come together is (at least in my opinion!) very important.

For the color scheme, we decided on a caramel and green combination with a hint of gold for an air of elegance. The photo above shows what we are working with (sorry for the cell phone quality photo). Here are some more of my favorite uses of caramel and green together…

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