Month: October 2014

‘Bring Vegas Home’ Challenge

October 30, 2014

[pinterest]I was recently contacted by They had seen some of my work on and thought my design boards were fantastic! They wrote,” When it comes to Vegas, many people associate the saying “whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, however, we want you to bring a little Vegas inspiration into your home.  We’d love for you to participate in our “Bring Vegas Home” style challenge!”

vegas view


“Using the Cosmopolitan Hotel as inspiration, we’d love to see how you would take an extravagant design of one of their rooms and recreate it into something more suitable for your own home.  Simply pick your favorite room and create a room design styleboard.”

I choose one of their guest suites:



And this is my inspiration design board:

vegas room

“We’re excited to see how you would bring the glitz and glamour of the beautiful Cosmopolitan Hotel into your home.”

I love how it came out. I don’t know if there are prizes, but wouldn’t be nice to win a trip to the Cosmopolitan Hotel? Thanks for letting me share everyone!

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Visual Decorating Tips

October 28, 2014

[pinterest]Sometimes I see such a great decorating tip, I just have to share with you. I did not draw this image, but it is such a good visual of the correct rug size to use in your bedroom:

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Perfect! Easy to follow and simple to understand. I know and use this decorating tip, but when trying to explain to someone, aren’t visuals always best?







And one of my all time favorites:

window pic


Easy to understand, easy to remember! Don’t you agree? Any visual decorating tips you would like to share?

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Setting A Fall Tablescape

October 25, 2014

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I am having guests over for dinner tomorrow and I will tell you that I am a bit nervous about it. Why? Because one friend that is coming over is a very talented Italian chef. Her food is always delicious. I am not a great cook like her and that is why I am nervous! So I decided to keep the menu simple and let my husband cook something up on the grill. haha

I thought if I set the dining table up pretty, that might impress her and she won’t notice the simple food. haha (I am just cracking myself up). This is my everyday table centerpiece look:

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It is not everyday I try to set a fancy tablescape, so I made a practice run to be sure I had everything:

table set

I found this $5.99 Fall colored material from Christmas Tree Shop in the closet and used as my foundation:

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I used my everyday dinnerware and just layered:

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I do not like to put a lot of decorative items or large centerpieces in the center of table while eating. Where would you put the food?

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Well, I think it looks beautiful! I am sure our friends will be quite impressed with my fancy table! haha And that’s what I did all afternoon today!

Do you like setting a pretty table? Do you plan it out before the actual day? Have a great weekend everyone!

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New LEED Home in the Neighborhood

October 21, 2014

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There is a LEED house being built in my area. What is the difference between a LEED home and a standard build?



Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system that measures the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. LEED was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to guide the building industry and provide standards for sustainability for a variety of building projects. Think green.


HGTV Green Home 2011

LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building.

As humans, we spend 90% of our time indoors. Toward the movement of sustainability and protecting Mother Earth, LEED enables project teams, who may not have control over whole building operations, the opportunity to develop indoor spaces that are better for the planet and for people. The LEED green building certification program offers a rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. LEED provides building owners and operators a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions.

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An example of an environmental strategy under Water Efficiency would be to build a rainwater harvesting system in the home which is the accumulation and deposition of rainwater for reuse on-site, rather than allowing it to runoff. Uses include water for garden, water for livestock, water for irrigation, water for domestic use with proper treatment, and indoor heating for houses. Others may install concrete cisterns under homes to collect rainwater. Homeowners used the water collected in their cisterns to wash cars and water the lawn.

rain harvest


In LEED certification scoring, there are 136 possible base points distributed across five major credit categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, plus an additional 6 points for Innovation in Design and an additional 4 points for Regional Priority.

There are four levels of certification – the number of points a project earns determines the level of LEED certification that the project will receive. Buildings can qualify for four levels of certification:

Certified: 40–49 points
Silver: 50–59 points
Gold: 60–79 points
Platinum: 80 points and above

leed scorecard


An example of a checklist of LEED points can be found here.

If you are interested in building an LEED home, you must first register where you’ll have access to a variety of tools and resources online necessary to apply for LEED certification. Next, you are ready to identify specific LEED credits to pursue, collect information and prepare documentation to include with an application for certification. Once reviewed, Certification is the final step in the LEED review process.

Do you have any LEED homes in your area? Or were you ever fortunate to be part of the building process? It is the future of home building. I found the subject interesting and hope you did also.

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Benjamin Moore Announces 2015 Color of the Year

October 18, 2014

[pinterest]It is that time of year again. The paint companies begin to unveil their newly selected color of the year. This week, Benjamin Moore announced Guilford Green HC-116 as the color of the year for 2015:



Guilford Green is being called a neutral color that is a natural. A silvery green that works a wide range of color combinations – from neutrals to daring shades.

guilford green


It looks like a color that works well with lighter wood. Maybe try a sample with oak cabinets?

The Color Trends 2015 collection features four color families – green, blue, blush and berry. The bold, more saturated hues represent an evolution from the soft pastels that comprised the brand’s Color Trends 2014.

“We chose Guilford Green as our 2015 Color of the Year because it can be the hero or the highlight in any room, enhancing the architectural identity of a space,” said Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director at Benjamin Moore. “Guilford Green is the perfect thread to connect nature, spaces and interiors with color schemes that signify fresh energy and growth.”

The 23 colors of the Color Trends 2015 palette are highlighted below:

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bm berry family

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I think the Guilford Green works well with most of the colors. I have to point out to you that the Guilford Green samples you see on the computer screen is nothing like it looks in real life.

What do you think of the new color of the year? Do you think it will be as popular as last year’s ‘Breath of Fresh Air’? Which color family is your favorite?

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Move Over Chevron-The Tumbling Block Pattern Is Trending

October 15, 2014

A new trend is starting:

block pattern rug


Don’t you love the carpet above? I have been seeing this tumbling block pattern all over the web. On the walls:

block wallpaper

And tiles also:

block pattern


This pattern has been used for years by quilters. It is made to look three dimensional through color placement. It is really important to have distinct color groupings of light, medium and dark to create the effect of tumbling blocks. A perfect example of this is in the tile above.block quilt


How about a Jonathan Adler pillow?:

block pillow


Love this:

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What do you think of the tumbling block pattern? I think they are going to gain in popularity because just imagine all the beautiful color combinations that can be made mixing different colors together! Have you noticed this pattern anywhere?

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