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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…


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…


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…


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…