Month: February 2015

More Visual Decorating Tips

February 17, 2015

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Everyone seemed to enjoy my post Visual Decorating Tips so I thought I would share a few more visual guides I have come across. Isn’t visual learning so much easier to understand than reading a wordy explanation?

Dining Room Rug Guide


When trying to explain a rug idea to a client, this living room drawing below explains the point perfectly:

Living Room Rug Placement


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Also, I wanted to say goodbye for a couple weeks while I am traveling to Costa Rica! Can’t believe it is finally here. It will be the longest time I have been away from computer, phones, television, etc. I am so excited for the warm weather and the adventures. Animals and creatures everywhere! I will post pictures when I return! Thanks everyone       Kelly

Visiting Costa Rica

February 12, 2015

Goodbye snow and cold!:


For ten days anyway. Next week I am heading to Costa Rica! It is somewhere I have always wanted to visit. We started planning this trip a year ago with another couple. I can’t believe it is only one week away!

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For the first 3 nights, we are staying in the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose at the Xandari Resort and Spa. We decided luxury would be best 🙂 :




Can’t wait! Then comes the adventurous part. First we take a puddle jumper, (small aircraft), to a boat that will take us to our tree house for the week! We are staying at the Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort:



Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort is a luxury beachfront  eco-resort set among 70 acres of pristine rainforest reserve. We are located in Southern Pacific Costa Rica on the Osa Peninsula, perfectly situated between Drake Bay and the Corcovado National Park in an area known as “Caletas” (small coves). This area of the Osa Peninsula is accessible by boat only and is one of the most remote and untouched places on Costa Rica’s entire Pacific coastline. The luxurious Drake Bay resort sit near the ocean, immersed in the rainforest for an experience you won’t forget.



During your stay, you will be surrounded by the diverse melody of the tropical rainforest and peaceful rhythm of the ocean. White-faced monkeys swing from the trees while toucans and scarlet macaws circle overhead. Endless small coves and beaches, fresh-water lagoons, and miles of hiking trails that wind through the rainforest make this the perfect spot to simply relax  all day or embark on an eco-adventure experience second to none.

Capuchin, Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, Costa Rica

Keel-billed Toucan, Costa Rica


One of our day trips we are taking is to Corcovado National Park. Established in 1975, the 105,000 acre Corcovado National Park is widely considered the “crown jewel” in Costa Rica’s extensive system of national parks and biological reserves.  With13 different types of ecosystems in such close proximity supporting an abundant and stunning variety of wildlife, it has been named by National Geographic “the most biologically intense place on Earth”, and has been featured in numerous wildlife and nature shows and documentaries. Corcovado containing one of the few remaining virgin, coastal, tropical lowland rain forests in existence, is an unrivaled, species-rich, botanist’s and biologist’s dream, and a keystone for science, education and ecotourism, attracting scientists and researchers from all over the world.



We will be with a guide of course! Hikers may come across include endangered and iconic species such as the Baird’s tapir, jaguar, puma, scarlet macaw, and squirrel monkey, as well as toucans, howler monkeys, two-toed and three-toed sloths, agoutis, giant anteaters, black hawks, spectacled owls, hummingbirds, golden-orb spiders, numerous types of butterflies, coatimundis, spider monkeys, capuchin monkeys, crocodiles, peccaries (wild pigs), 4 species of turtles (green, Ridley, hawksbill and leatherback), snakes, lizards, and insects.  If you’re lucky, and depending on the season, you may even see dolphins and/or humpback whales during the spectacular boat rides along the coastline to and from the park.

Wow! So excited! I can’t wait to share pictures when I get back. Has anyone been to Costa Rica? Any hints or tips? Here is a link if you would like to see more pictures of the resort here and the Corcovado National Park here.


Twin Guest Beds

February 8, 2015

Horray! I am starting a new client project who wants twin beds in her guest room. Why am I so excited? Because I have wanted to help decorate a room with twin beds for a long time! Just look at these examples I have saved: twin1




Aren’t they great? I know these are kid’s rooms, but the color inspiration is wonderful. Although my client’s guest room will be also be used by adults, we do not want to be too serious with the room. Isn’t this pretty?: twin3




Love these rooms! twin6






I can’t stop! Aren’t they wonderful? This is why I have wanted a twin bed project. Oh the possibilities! twin9




Can you see why I love these rooms? Do you have twin beds in your home?

Simple & Beautiful Valentine Arrangements

February 5, 2015

Remember when I showed you how to make this popular pumpkin centerpiece here?: pumpkin-centerpiece The secret was using a vase inside of the pumpkin. For these Valentine centerpieces, the trick is using a vase inside a vase: val flowers


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Very simple and beautiful! val flowers2


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Here are a couple more ideas for easy Valentine’s Day arrangements: val flowers3


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I love using tulips because they are in peak season at Valentine’s Day. If you were to purchase four or five 10-stem bunches of tulips and have them all wrapped together, it would make a huge impact for a fraction of the price of roses. tulips2


Do you treat yourself with flowers around Valentine’s Day? I am so desperate for flowers in the house, I am going tomorrow to buy a armful of tulips!

Selecting a Master Bath Paint Color

February 2, 2015

This is my master bath now:

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I am actually embarrassed to show you all. But this is a good lesson on how to select a paint color using your existing fixtures:

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I originally had big plans for this bathroom. This is the original wall color from when we bought the house, (yellow) trying to work with the very PINK undertoned tub, tile and granite countertop:

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Now I just want to finish this room. The only restriction I was given was that I had to keep the tub, wall tile and flooring! So the quickest and easiest way to do that is by painting the walls.

So where to start looking at colors? I know I had to find a color that would work well with the pink undertone. So I gave a few colors a try:

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I was not loving any of the pinky beiges such as Shaker Beige or Muslin. I had hoped to maybe use a pretty spa blue color:

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But I found the best harmonized color palette was the Purple Grays, such as Benjamin Moore’s Collingwood OC-28.:


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I also like the Elephant Gray 2109-50 and Portland Gray 2109-60:

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Just perfect! It might not be my favorite color yet, but it works so well with the existing granite, tile and trim that the whole room will be transformed! That is what makes a room beautiful, all the parts working together.

I will have this bath painted within the next two weeks and will be sure to share after photos. So excited to finally get the room painted!