"Real" vs. "Kitsch"

As you know, I’m constantly trying to define my style, hone my skills & figure out what works & what doesn’t work in spaces. Well, a concept I often think about is real or authentic design, art & accessories. vs. what make something kitsch or scripted or forced or “decorated.”     I used to […]

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January 31, 2009

Pure Style: Dressing Room

A dressing room: one of the ultimate luxuries. A client of mine came to me with the idea to change a spare room of hers into her very own dressing room and that’s what we did. She loves to shop & attends all kinds of parties & galas and has the most beautiful collection of […]

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January 27, 2009

Design Exercise: What’s Your Personal Style?

I’ve been doing a lot of design-soul-searching lately, trying to really get a handle on my personal style.   (Image from Carlton Varney’s Wisconsin lakehouse featured in House Beautiful) While always evolving, I think it’s really important to hone your personal style or design philosophy into something you can wrap your head around & define. […]

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January 23, 2009

Florida Flea Market

This antique Chinese console at the 2007 San Francisco showhouse was dressed up by Suzanne Tucker of Tucker & Marks. If you’ll remember, it’s from that same “Neautrals” issue of House Beautiful that we all loved so much. Of course this vignette totally jumped out at me because I loved all the white, the mix […]

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January 21, 2009

Lucketts Design House

So I wanted to take you on a little virtual tour of one of my favorite places to shop, the Lucketts Design House: It’s this old house with some outbuildings full of an ever-changing array of awesome furnishings & home accents. They change it seasonally & it’s only open on weekends so it’s always a […]

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December 31, 2008

Our Christmas Living Room

And finally some pics of our basement living room! (I still managed to sneak in the dreaded white feather wreath! haha) I had posted this a couple of days ago & then unposted it thinking I woud tweak it a bit more & put it back on when ppl were blogging again but you caught […]

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December 25, 2008

Our first Christmas Tree

Ok, I really have been planning on taking pictures of our Christmas decor for a couple of weeks. But I still haven’t gotten to it, so instead, tonight I’m posting photos of my husband & my first Christmas as married folks in our new townhouse 3 years ago. We absolutely loved our fireplace. The mantle […]

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December 24, 2008

My Christmas Bedroom

As promised, here are some pictures of our Christmas decor!   I switched out our ever-changing pillows with some red toile pillows & a little tiny accent pillow from Target I cut in half. We just got these teardrop glass lamps & I am having so much fun playing with my nightstands because you can […]

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