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new shades, big difference

I love using black as an accent color.  Picture frames, furniture, even lighting look so chic in black, so when I scored these lamps on sale a few months ago, I knew black shades would add a little punch to my entryway.  Believe it or not, it’s pretty hard to find extra large black drum…

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almost done!

Our corner built-ins are officially done! I still have to finish filling in nail holes and putting a final coat of paint on them, but I am SO happy with how awesome they look!  (Please excuse the TV…the cable cords aren’t long enough to reach any further, so the whole thing is sitting right in…

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black and white kitchens

There’s something about black and white kitchens that make me weak in the knees.  Whether it’s white cabinets with black countertops, or black cabinets with white Carrera marble, the look is clean and classic.  Dark walnut hardwood or Brazilian Black slate floors add a beautiful contrast and beadboard, tile and fabulous drawer pulls complete the…

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bookshelf inspiration

As my living room built-in bookshelves get closer to being completed, I’m chomping at the bit to style them!  I love built-in shelving; it’s are a great way to add character to a room, use up negative space (like the corner in my living room) and show off your favorite photos and collections.  There’s no…

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corner built-ins

I can’t believe I’m showing you this, but I might as well keep it real…this is the what the TV “situation” has been in our living room since we moved in a year ago: Surround sound speakers, tons of cords and a large TV, all sitting on an old coffee table that I used to…

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my master bath plan

Last year, when we built our new home, I knew exactly what I wanted in every part of the house.  I like to think that working with me was a builder’s dream, because, even before ground was broken, I had already picked paint colors, tile, hardwoods, cabinet style, granite, even which way to run all…

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designer love: john jacob interiors

Thanks to a very close friend of mine who grew up in Johannesburg, I have a newfound appreciation for many things South African (especially their wine!).  At the top of my list is interior designer John Jacob, based in Cape Town.  While his work runs the gamut from glamorous to earthy and rustic, it’s his…

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diy: painting stripes

I’m working on a nursery for a first-time mommy-to-be, who has a small niche off her master bedroom.  The room is small-10 feet by 10 feet-and so, instead of cramming a bunch of small pieces of furniture and accessories everywhere, I started by adding some visual interest to draw the eye upward and painted stripes…

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only things i love

One of the best parts about blogging is all the wonderful people you “meet” online!  After finding her blog last week, I emailed Karen from Only Things I Love to introduce myself and see if I could post some pictures of her gorgeous new home.  Lucky for me (and you!) she gratiously agreed.  Her style…

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framed sea fans

I scored these two 27-inch sea fans a while back for $20 a piece, with the intention of dying, framing and hanging them in my master bathroom.  Here we are, months later, and I’m finally getting around to it.  This is a super easy and inexpensive way to add texture and elegance to any space…

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british colonial done right

India Hicks, daughter of famed interior designer David Hicks, is probably best known for her amazing home, Hibiscus Hill on Harbour Island in the Bahamas.  Her book, Island Life, was the very first interior design book I purchased years ago and I still resort to it for inspiration for myself as well as my clients. …

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tiny boxwood

In my online quest for square wooden planters for a patio I’m revamping, I came across these charming pictures of Tiny Boxwood, a small cafe in Houston. Inspired by the South of France, this 15-table lunch hotspot is actually part of an upscale garden center and nursery that also houses a home decor shop.  From…