Living in the Present Moment

I don’t know about anyone else, but this has felt like the shortest Winter ever to me. I think it probably had to do with Thanksgiving being so late & then the Christmas Season just flew by & it’s already February!! (I was still listening to Christmas music in January because I didn’t get enough! […]

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February 10, 2009

On a Whim

“On a Whim” is a beautiful little store in a converted barn in Lucketts, Virginia right before you get to the Old Lucketts Store & Lucketts Design House. You can’t miss the polkadotted siloh!! The owner, Donna, and her daughter are as sweet as can be when you go in there & they have handpicked […]

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February 7, 2009

The Search for ‘Home’

Yesterday we went out house-hunting. Well, it was more of a trip to see what’s available in our price range. And it wasn’t pretty. (I’m being kind.) I tried searching for a picture to insert here as an example & didn’t want to hurt any feelings by using actual listings, so I googled “dilapidated house…” […]

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February 6, 2009

Synesthesia- do you have it?

Synesthesia – from the Ancient Greek σύν (syn), “together,” and αἴσθησις (aisthēsis), “sensation” — is a neurologically based phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway (definition taken from Wikipedia) (Image from Studies show that anywhere between 1 on 20 […]

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February 3, 2009

"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



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