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A Statement Mirror in Every Room

January 13, 2016

What is the one accessory I suggest using in every room as a great statement piece?

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A mirror! Mirrors are a decorator’s best friend, and with good reason — a well-placed mirror makes the most of a room’s natural light, enhances views, opens a small space and adds sparkle to décor.

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I recently read an article from Houzz that stated that one of the main design trends we will see in 2016 is Statement Mirrors in the Bathroom:

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Excessive Architectural Details

April 13, 2015

Sometimes a good thing can be overdone. That’s what I found when I visited a model home this past week in Sarasota, FL. The designer had used quite a bit of molding to stage the home: model dining room In my opinion, it is a little too much in the room above. Maybe if the high wall treatment and the trey ceiling were not both done so ornate. Do you agree? Or do you like how the room looks with all of the molding? Interesting to hear your thoughts. I love the color choices.  (I do think they should have put a little more budget into the window treatments as they are quite thin now. I would suggest much fuller panels to help soften up the room.) What do you think of this decorative fence in the bedroom?: fence I think it is creative, but is it an accident waiting to happen? Especially in a boy’s room. I can just see my son Kyle when he was young. He would try to pull them off the wall and probably poke his eye! I do think this molding width and height is a bit too big and bulky for this room: blue bedroom I do love architectural molding! I am just pointing out what is not working in these examples. As I am going through the pictures I took at the model home, I am having a hard time not critiquing for you. This was not how the blog started. I am showing you examples of molding not done correctly and not pleasing in the room. What do you think of the molding in this bedroom?: sarasota master I do like the color combination. One of my most popular posts ever was Creating Architectural Details. It is about a reader who shared her spectacular and original architectural design with us using molding: Kathleen Now this is molding done right. Just beautiful! She did a  great job making the room unique. This is a good example of good architectural design. In that post I displayed many photos of rooms where the molding was done right. One more photo of molding I do not find appealing: mirrored molding I think the wall would have been much prettier left alone without the molding. And if you where wondering if these photos are all from the same house, yes they are. Too much or just right? These comments are all my opinion. They may not be shared by all. Thanks for stopping by!

Inspiring Christmas Tablescapes

December 3, 2014

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Oh so pretty! I just love looking at beautiful Holiday tablescapes and I know you do too!:

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It takes a little planning to put something together as beautiful as these:

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I’m sure you could also set a beautiful table after you made a list of what you would need.

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I love so many of these vignettes, but where would you ever put the food?

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Look how gorgeous this is:

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Love, love this one!:

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Here is a close up of the one above:

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So simple and so gorgeous, don’t you agree?

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I hope you enjoyed and were able to get a few inspiring ideas for your Christmas table! I have Christmas on my mind, how about you?

Beautifully Simple Thanksgiving Centerpieces

November 15, 2012



It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is next week already! I am not entertaining any large crowds this year so I am not feeling too stressed about the Holiday this year.





Although dinner is not going to be a big deal, I still like a pretty centerpiece on the table. I am looking for real simple ideas and here are a few I found that I really like:







Remember the key word is simple!:







This might be my favorite (along with the first picture also):



Now how easy is that to put together and doesn’t it look lovely?




So pretty!!

I am going to get some berry branches and leaves and little pumpkins. I feel like doing some type of craft this weekend. Relaxing. I need relaxing things to do. Do you have plans yet?

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.



The Personality Of A Credenza

August 16, 2012

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The credenza that first caught my eye was on my friend Sheila’s post, A Credenza Mystery in which she tracked down the history of Don Draper’s credenza used in his new office in Season Four. I love the detail! It is such a beautiful piece of furniture:



You do not hear the word ‘credenza’ used often anymore. What is the definition of a credenza? The common description of a credenza is a long, flat topped storage unit that has been in existence since the 19th century.
Credenzas can have drawers, cabinets or both and are made from a variety of woods, metal and even plastic. When I hear the word credenza this is what I always imagine:


But now they have so many names for this versatile piece of furniture:

Sofa table
TV console
Media console

Their sizes vary accordingly to what the piece is ‘named.’ For example, 74 ¾”W x 18”D x 26 ½”H is a standard size of a credenza, where as a buffet’s standard size is 31″ H x 53″ W x 18″ D.  I think that the best attribute of the credenza is its versatility to be used in so many ways.  Originally used just in the dining room, credenzas are now being used in all rooms of the home; from the living room as a television stand to an office used as a desk:


And they are even being used in the bathroom!:


While researching for this post, I went online to shop for a credenza to see how available they are and also to see the prices. I found none at Pottery BarnRestoration Hardware had a lot of sideboards but no credenzas. Ikea also had a few sideboards for sale but only one had the look I like:



Searching online Target, credenza came up as entertainment units:

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Crate and Barrel was my favorite I found:



But I really did not find that personality piece I was looking for. One of the reasons I love a ‘credenza’ is for their detailed look. I am sure you could find a beautiful one if you wanted to pay in the thousands for one. Or maybe if you are lucky, you can  come across one at an estate sale or auction. I googled ‘1960 credenza’ and look at the images:



These are the credenza pieces I love! Such personality!

Do you like them? Do you have an ‘older’ version of a credenza? I think they would look great in any style room. Great for storage and another tabletop to style. Fabulous!

If you need finding the perfect piece for your home, contact me today.

Beautiful Painted Pottery Barn Rooms

April 11, 2012

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Woodlawn Blue HC-147

I know that everyone loves to look through these photos of Pottery Barn rooms painted in Benjamin Moore colors:


BM Mountain Lane 488


Decorators White Int.Rm.

Me too! It is a great way to get ideas and inspiration:


Mill Spring Blue HC-137

This blue-gray color is getting a lot of notice lately (it is the color on the bottom of wall):


Silver Spring 2120-50


Maple Leaf Red 2084-20

Such a beautiful color for so many different spaces:


Shaker Beige HC-45


Powell Buff HC-35

Beautiful and bright:

Hawthorne Yellow HC-4


China White Int.Rm.

You can not see the walls very well in this photo:


Cameo White 915

But the room looks so inviting. Cameo White has a tint of yellow in the color. Bed linens are the Pottery Barn Collette Paisley Duvet. So gorgeous!


Blue Bay Marina 1655

I hope you enjoyed looking through the photos. This is a great way to get ideas for your own home. Remember that the color you see in the photos are just a representation of the actual paint color. Just be sure to always test at home!

If you need help choosing colors for your home, contact me today.

You can see all the rooms painted in the new Spring collection for 2012 at Pottery Barn.

Similar topics you might enjoy:

Pottery Barn’s Spring 2012 Colors

Rooms Painted in Ben Moore Paint Colors

Inspiring Benjamin Moore Rooms