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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…


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…


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…


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…


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. …


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…


the charm of charleston

I have a love affair with the city of Charleston.  I posted my extensive collection of photos of window boxes here and gave a little tour of one of my favorite shops, South of Market, here.  Every time I go, I spend 99% of the time wandering the cobblestone streets, taking pictures of gardens, driveways,…


DIY: grid gallery wall

Decorating a large expanse of wall or even one with a vaulted ceiling used to frustrate the heck out of me, but I quickly learned there is power in numbers.  A gallery wall of your favorite photos or artwork hung in a grid pattern packs a huge visual punch and makes a beautiful display. Remember…


designer love: jackye lanham

When I saw these images of a beach home in Stuart, Florida in Southern Accents magazine a couple years ago, I couldn’t flip through it fast enough to find out who the designer was.  (Sorry for the grainy pics-my scanner’s not working, so I took some quick shots of the magazine). Since then, I think…


j.k. place capri

I need a vacation bad-somewhere far, far away that will soothe the mind, body and the soul. Since that’s not going to happen anytime in the next month or so, I’m left pouring over pictures of the haute hotel J.K. Place in Capri, Italy.  One night’s stay in this place would easily cost me a…


designer love: waterleaf interiors

The first I heard of Waterleaf Interiors was back in 2007 when the interior design firm and their boutique, based in Manhattan Beach, California, was featured in Coastal Living.  I was immediately drawn to their elegant yet casual, coastal style and how seamlessly they created laid back spaces that beckon you to come in, put…


it’s up!

My sunburst mirror has been proudly displayed above my fireplace for the last month, so I thought it was about time to show it off! Despite getting off to a rocky start, nearly giving me a heart attack (the rinky dink D-rings that came attached to the back broke as the hubby was lifting it…