mad for monograms

January 27, 2012

One of the best (and inexpensive) ways to add a personal touch to your home is none other than to display your monogram.  Everything and anything looks better with a monogram, doesn’t it?  For just a few bucks, you can turn ordinary towels, pillows, blankets, slipcovers, shower curtains, napkins, placemats, bags, lamp shades, stationery, you…

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coming soon to my bookshelf!

January 20, 2012

New York-based interior designer/architect Steven Gambrel is, by far, my favorite designer!  With a portfolio that runs the gamut from urbane uptown pads to chic country cottages and haute Hamptons hideaways, his style is classic with a modern twist, and every space he touches is polished, yet comfortable.  So, you can imagine my absolute delight…

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beautiful barn wedding

January 18, 2012

What better way to ring in the New Year than to throw an unforgettable wedding in a newly restored, gorgeous barn?  That’s exactly how my good friend and fellow military wife, Christine, spent New Year’s Eve when she tied the knot with her sweetie at the Fair Barn in Pinehurst, North Carolina.  Illuminated solely by…

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farmhouse fresh

January 13, 2012

I’ve always loved farmhouse tables – weathered, distressed wood with years of wear and tear add such a rustic, lovely touch to a kitchen or dining room and I’m thrilled to have scored a bunch of thick, wide, pine planks from a nearby barn to MAKE MY OWN!!! It’s going to be the perfect touch…

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tangerine tango

January 10, 2012

Pantone’s color of the year for 2012 is tangerine tango and what a great pick, if you ask me. While it’s certainly not a hue for the faint-hearted, everyone can use a little orange in their life-in small doses, this vibrant shade adds a pop of color to the gloomy winter and reminds me of…

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black & white (and a bit in between)

January 9, 2012

For Christmas this year, Celerie Kemble’s latest design book, Black & White, found its way under the tree and I was surprised to see how many of the images that I had squirreled away in my inspiration files over the years were showcased in her book! With fabulous examples of ways to infuse a little…

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gallery wall goodness

January 6, 2012

After taking down all our Christmas decorations yesterday, I got to rearranging some artwork and photographs and before I knew it, I was re-doing an entire gallery wall!  If you’re working on a tight budget, like I usually am, pictures of friends and family is a great way to add interest to any space and…

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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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decked out for the holidays

December 20, 2011

While checking out my Pinterest page this morning, I came across this gorgeous, light-filled bedroom, decorated for Christmas, via Traditional Home (surprisingly, the only home decor magazine I don’t subscribe to, which explains how I missed it): I had to check out the rest of the house and it was equally beautiful.  What I love…

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dreaming of a white christmas

December 16, 2011

  Last year, we got ten inches of snow the day after Christmas (above).  Living in the southeastern part of the country, it was definitely an unexpected, but lovely surprise.  I had a wicked case of bronchitis, but that didn’t stop me from donning ten layers of warm clothes and venturing outside to take pics. …

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