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ORC week 4: All about the art

ORC week 4: All about the art

Well here it is week four of the One Room Challenge  hosted by Linda of Calling it Home. What had been a ticking clock has now become a booming drum constantly beating in my head. I have less than two weeks to complete my large family room before the photographer...

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ORC Family Room Makeover Week 3

ORC Family Room Makeover Week 3

Well week 3 of the One Room Challenge rolled in way too fast and the reality (panic) of this tight timeline is starting to set in. This is what my room looks like as I write this post. The room is painted and my husband installed the new ceiling light from Crystorama....

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Friday’s Photo: Tribal inspired

Friday’s Photo: Tribal inspired

One of the biggest trends for Fall in both fashion and interiors is tribal inspired. So many of us are traveling or dreaming of traveling to far off exotic places and what better souvenir to bring home than a decorative memory from our trip. While visiting the Boston...

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ORC: Family Room make over week 2

ORC: Family Room make over week 2

So here it is already week 2 of the One Room Challenge and things are rocking and rolling with our family room makeover. Fabrics have been secured for the drapes, pillows and for reupholstering the three chairs I am keeping. The painting is (almost) done and I am...

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ORC: Family Room makeover week one

ORC: Family Room makeover week one

It's go time! Today is day one, week one, of the now famous One Room Challenge. Hosted by Linda of the popular blog Calling It Home, participants have six weeks to transform a room from start to finish. The twenty invited bloggers started yesterday and the link up...

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The One Room Challenge

The One Room Challenge

I first heard of the One Room Challenge over a year ago when several of my designer friends were participating. For those of you who haven't heard of it, The One Room Challenge was started by Linda of the popular blog Calling it Home. Twice a year she asks twenty top...

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Fridays Photo: Trends in tiles

Fridays Photo: Trends in tiles

As popular as plain subways tiles have been and still are, the latest trend in tiles are statement tiles. Tiles that are bold in pattern and color and scream "look at me" are super hot right now. The choices are almost limitless and although they won't last the test...

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Friday’s Photo: Chemo is done!

Friday’s Photo: Chemo is done!

Today's Friday photo expresses how I feel as I had my very last round of Chemo this past Wednesday. I know I have 6-8 rough days ahead but who cares...chemo is done!!!!! After a few weeks to recover from chemo I will start seven weeks of daily radiation. Other than...

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Friday’s Photo: Adding interest to a white kitchen

Friday’s Photo: Adding interest to a white kitchen

A few months ago while at the Boston Design Center I passed the Christopher Peacock kitchen showroom. They had just finished redoing the cabinet display in the front window and this is what I noticed. No matter what you think about white kitchens, they are classic and...

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Friday’s Photo: New Hampshire hidden beauty

Friday’s Photo: New Hampshire hidden beauty

Today's Friday Photo is a throw back to our July 4th vacation just before I started chemotherapy. Nature has always been my grounding force and this glorious mountain lake was deep in the mountains and reached after about an hour of hiking. It was a perfect glorious...

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Friday’s Photo: Best colors for a windowless room

Friday’s Photo: Best colors for a windowless room

Most people believe they should paint the walls in a dark or windowless room a light color. It seems counter intuitive but just the opposite is true. If there is no natural light, such as in a basement, the best way to treat the walls is to paint them a rich dark...

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Friday’s Photo: Is this art?

Friday’s Photo: Is this art?

There is a video that recently went viral showing Joshua Bell, a world class violinist playing in the NYC subway system. Bell is one of the most celebrated and gifted musicians of our time but because he was out of context people just walked by as he played and gave...

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Mally Skok fabric crush

Mally Skok fabric crush

I assume I am among the majority of decorators and designers when I say, I LOVE fabric. I mean I seriously LOVE fabric. Even as a kid, I remember being in heaven while my mother browsed at our local fabric store. I would wander the isles checking out all the different...

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Friday’s Photo: fabric eye candy

Friday’s Photo: fabric eye candy

I happen to be at a local fabric store last week and was stopped in my tracks by this beautiful hand embroidered silk bird fabric. I don't know if you have noticed but birds are trending in home decor.  My cell phone photo doesn't do the fabric justice but trust me,...

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Friday’s Photo: Gratitude, friends and a tiara

Friday’s Photo: Gratitude, friends and a tiara

Since being diagnosed with Cancer I have felt gratitude every day. I am grateful for good medical care, access to healthy food and a supportive family. Most of all though I am grateful for friends. I am grateful for all the emails, cards, gifts, and inspirational FB...

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Friday’s Photo: DIY wall art

Friday’s Photo: DIY wall art

Here is a clever DIY wall art idea that I saw while at Spring market. A collection of vintage National Geographic magazines used not only as the art work but for added color in this otherwise neutral room. Wouldn't this be perfect for a basement where there are often...

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Friday’s Photo: A moment in time

Friday’s Photo: A moment in time

With all that has gone on in my life over the past month with being diagnosed with breast Cancer and trying to clear my plate as much as possible for what is to (has) come, my blog has sadly taken somewhat of a back seat.  I do intend at the very least to continue to...

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Didn’t see this coming

Didn’t see this coming

Fair warning: This post is long, completely personal and has absolutely nothing to do with design, decorating, color or trends. Life as we all know is a cycle of both good times and not so good times. Just recently I was thinking about how at the moment I was in one...

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Trend report: Metallics in home interiors

Trend report: Metallics in home interiors

This week I am continuing my trend report from High Point Market. Of the six trends I identified, trend number four is the strong appearance of metallics; especially gold. Last week for Friday's Photo I chose an image from the E.J. Victor showroom that is the perfect...

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Friday’s Photo: Metallic trend

Friday’s Photo: Metallic trend

Next week I will be continuing my High Point trend series and next up will be metallics.  Today's Friday's Photo is one of my favorite pieces from High Point Spring Market and is a beautiful example of this trend. This piece is from Kelly Wearstler's new line for E.J....

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Friday’s Photo: Turquoise and yellow dining room

Friday’s Photo: Turquoise and yellow dining room

Who says dining rooms have to be boring? I'm still thinking about this gorgeous turquoise and yellow dining room from the Lillian August show room at High Point Market. So fresh and inviting don't you think? Have a great weekend everyone. You may have noticed that I...

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Friday’s Photo: Decorating with books

Friday’s Photo: Decorating with books

Looking for a simple DIY project to do over this long weekend to add some color or pattern to a room? I thought this was a very cleaver idea since many of us have stacks of old paper back books laying around ( if not, they can be purchased at almost any yard sale for...

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Trends in wood furniture at Spring High Point Market

Trends in wood furniture at Spring High Point Market

Picking up from where I left off on my trend report from High Point Spring market, trend number three is all about the wood. Whether you call it pickled, cerused or "charred" I spotted it all over High Point Spring Market. The majority of what I spotted was the color...

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Friday’s Photo: Spring’s hot new color

Friday’s Photo: Spring’s hot new color

If you read my earlier post about the colors of High Point Spring Market you would know that Blush is one of this Spring's new "it" colors in both fashion and interiors. This bedroom designed by Tobi Fairley for C.R. Laine is a beautiful example and use of the color....

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