Working on a living room/dining room

Working on a living dining room combo using this beautiful fabric.

Stay tuned!

Robert Allen St Etienne Cn Lapis Fabric
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The double take at HD

I was browsing the lighting section of Home Depot when I saw it....and did a double take


It even comes in a smaller 3 bulb version and a ceiling mount!

I thought it was a great look-a-like to this pricey version from Circa

Don't get me wrong I ADORE the Circa version, but with a difference of  $760 for a similar look?? 

Yes please.

Can't you imagine a pair of these over a long dining room table or kitchen island? Swoon...

If this is too much glitz for you then try this beautiful lantern by Thomasville


Compare that to this one also from Circa

Have you seen something in the store lately that made you do a double take?

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Target home decor sale!

Just a quick post to let you know about Target's mix or match home decor sale. Buy any one decor item get one 50% off! 

Hope you find some great things! I know I did! :)
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New issue of Lonny!

Spring break started for us on Monday. I only have one kid right now in school but it is amazing how her having no school has totally given my routine a complete180!

Over the weekend I got an email saying that Lonny had come out with their March/April magazine.  It is online (hence the name e-zine) and full of great inspiration!

Tobi Tobin

Here are some other e-zines I follow:


House of Fifty


Trad home
(I can't find if this one is going to continue or not. I hope it does because I LOVE it)

High Gloss

Do you know of any other great interior design e-zines? I would love to hear about them!
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Editing the gallery wall...and a guest post!

So I am still working on my gallery wall. I am trying a simplified version of my previous one here.

I did a VERY quick sketch to see how I like things together. Once I pick one I will put the big cut outs on the wall and then probably live with it for a bit to make sure I like it.

So which do you like best?

Option #1






Now for my guest poster today, by  my daughter.  She decided  that she wanted in on the decorating fun and put this together all by herself.

Too cute, right?  She is only 4! I was totally impressed with her drawing skills (did you see that blue chair!), maybe we have a little artist/designer on our hands.

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Client master bedroom design board

You all remember the client with la fiorentina drapes? She needed some help with some finishing touches to her room and having it all make sense. There were a lot of items in the room that needed to stay and we needed to find a way to link these items together.

Here is the board I put together to address these issues.

The color palette was already there in the room, coral drapes, blue bedding and her furniture a very light gray.  Now to make it all work together.

Her existing bedding was an beautiful blue with a traditional damask pattern on it. We needed to somehow link this to the existing drapes and roman shade behind her bed. I found this graphic pillow from zgallerie that referenced the curves found in the damask but the extra large scale made it more modern and graphic, like the pattern in the drapes.

The paint color I suggested is Tundra by Benjamin Moore. It is a soft light gray with a hint of blue.

Trimming the drapes and roman shade in a ribbon that coordinated with the color in the bedding would help connect these items. I also suggested trimming some of her pillows in the ribbon as well.

The etched decal on the side is to cover some existing mirrored closet doors. It repeats the molding pattern she has on two closets in the space. This was an inexpensive alternative to completely replacing the door.

Finally, since everything else in in the room is rather light and airy, we have a rug in the same olive brown shade as the graphic pattern in the drapes to ground the room.

It seems like she loved the ideas because look at this sweet email I got from her!

Annie, you have some fabulous ideas for this room. I am so happy to be working with you. I realize this is a challenging project because of all the existing constraints. It's a lesson learned for me--how finding just the perfect piece of whatever can be the turning point in a complicated job--in this case, the graphic pillow that brought it all together.

J. if you are reading THANK YOU for allowing me to help you with your room, it was a pleasure!
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