50 shades of grey

July 16, 2012

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Mine was packed, but fun – Bunco, Blues Fest and the rest of the time spent devouring all three books in the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy.  Since I need another weekend to catch up on all the sleep I didn’t get while reading, today I thought…

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marine industrial

July 9, 2012

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I love me some tiny cottages and would choose one over a McMansion any day of the week (and twice on Sundays!)  So, when I saw this waterfront beach home in Marin County, California, in the latest issue of House Beautiful, I…

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chic in nantucket

April 11, 2012

I’ve never been to Nantucket, but I know I would be just darling at owning a waterfront piece of property there!  This summer home of Canadian architect Matthew Sapera, designed by Barbara Waltman, is elegant without being too stuffy.  Crisp white, planked walls, soaring vaulted ceilings, walnut floors, distressed furniture and nautical accents strike the…

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it’s 5 o’clock somewhere…

March 2, 2012

…and it a few hours, it will be here, too!  This has been a long and super busy week and I am looking forward to kicking it with the hubby and relaxing with some friends this weekend (with a bottle-or maybe two-of wine!)  Whenever we have friends over, I always set up a makeshift bar…

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twice as nice

February 16, 2012

It’s another manic day, and I’ve had nothing but computer issues all morning, so before I lose my mind, I wanted to share a gorgeous beach home designed by the wonderfully talented interior design firm, Black and Poole.  Founder Gretchen Kubiak definitely became a girl after my own heart when she designed a Victorian in…

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the inn at palmetto bluff

February 13, 2012

As temps dip to unseasonable lows here in the southeast, I’m dreaming of a weekend getaway at the beautiful Inn at Palmetto Bluff just a few hours away in Bluffton, SC. Quaint cottages, complete with your own bikes, kayaks and beach access, this is lowcountry luxury at its finest and I could happily fall into…

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dream office

January 5, 2012

Right now, my office at home consists of a desk and a ginormous corkboard in an unused bedroom that also doubles as a dumping ground for anything that hasn’t yet found a home elsewhere.  (Don’t judge me-everyone has one of these rooms…don’t they?)  Atlanta interior designer Barbara Westbrook, however,  gets her creative juices flowing in…

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black, white & red all over

November 30, 2011

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I have Christmas on the brain…shopping, decorating, baking goodies for friends and neighbors, getting cards out (on time this year!) and a laundry list of more items I’m sure I’m forgetting.  I’d love to ditch it all and run off to a cozy little cottage like this Napa Valley beauty…

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country living

November 16, 2011

The older I get, the more I appreciate the simple things in life.  When we built our current home a year and a half ago, I sold and donated everything and started over with a fresh mindset that included a much cleaner, more simple design aesthetic with calming, neutral colors, soft fabrics and lots of…

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navy blue & brown

November 14, 2011

When it comes to colors that are both classic and versatile, for me, it doesn’t get much better than navy blue.  Deep, inky blues are not only great neutral backdrops, they add a touch of glamour and elegance to any space.  I am obsessed with this color, finding every opportunity to infuse a little inky…

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