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Saturday, January 30, 2016

something new...

For my January article in Romantic Homes,
I wrote a feature about how to develop a new look by using accessories. January is the perfect month to give your home a fresh new look. Once all of the holiday décor is taken down and packed away...don't simply put everything back the way it was. Start anew. All you need is inspiration.

 
This beautiful Transferware platter was the inspiration for this entire dining room makeover! Here are a few images that you didn't see in the magazine. Have a peek at the before and after images of this fun room revamp...

 
It can be a bit depressing after the holiday celebrations are over and the décor is all packed away. So take this time to look at your rooms like a clean canvas just waiting to be adorned. Decorating will be a happy post holiday activity!
This dining room was transformed with accessories that coordinated with the incredible color palette of the inspiration platter...

 
The captain's chairs were gathered around a side table... 

 
...add a lamp and some soft details and this corner is complete!

 
This lovely antique side cart is ready to be dressed...

 
...with beautiful florals and tiny sewing accessories.

 
It is truly amazing how much accessories
can completely transform a room.
 
 
"Set" a table with reckless abandon...

 
Look for places to add whimsy.
Tying mini wreaths onto the backs of the chairs
adds a festive touch.

 
Even small pieces of ephemera can make an impact in a big way!

 
A serving cart is given new life when it is loaded with clever accessories in shades of silver and lavender.

 
Soft yarns are too pretty to keep in a drawer...

  
There are so many tiny touches in this room
that add so much joy to the overall look.

 
No need for elaborate frames.
Sometimes a pretty paper print can make a statement just as it is...

 
Soften a room with linens. This corner is transformed with pillows, seat skirts and a delicate piece of lace draped over the lampshade.

 
Of course you should add flowers into every nook and cranny!

 
This once empty space is now a charming vignette
created with a hodge-podge of accessories that come together
in a beautifully unexpected way!

 
Keeping to a predetermined color palette insures
that a room makeover will be cohesive.

 
Scour your home for mix-and-match odds-and-ends. It will be like a treasure hunt that will yield a beautiful transformation.
 
 
"Shopping" in your cabinets and closets is a fun
and inexpensive way to give a room a new look! 
 
This story was featured in the January issue of
Romantic Homes magazine...
 
http://www.romantichomes.com/
 
Click on the cover photo for more information on the magazine,
lots of creative sharing and awesome subscription offers!

 

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!
I hope you found a bit of inspiration. Maybe a room makeover will be the perfect project to help you get through the winter doldrums.
 
 

Friday, January 1, 2016

happy new year!

 
Here's a cheer to a wonderful New Year!!!

 
I am so grateful for the people in my life...

 
...the opportunities I have...

 
...and the hope for what has yet to come!

 
Thanks to everyone who made 2015 a good year...

 
...and I can't wait for the adventures ahead!
 
Happy New Year
 
XOXO

Thursday, December 17, 2015

tis the season to be...busy, crazy and blessed

So far this month has been off to a very hectic start.
I'm sure you all know that feeling!
I do try to let everyone know when my articles hit newsstands in case you want to have a peek. Well, I slacked horribly in my attempts to share so...it's time to get caught up!
 
 I'm so proud to be a part of all of these incredible publications. I always study these magazines, page by page, for all the creative sharing every single talented contributor adds to each and every issue. Here is a little peek of some of the articles I photographed and wrote for this holiday 2015 season...
 
 
Sitting Pretty...
creating a space in your home to prepare for the holidays

 
 
 
Hung With Care...
creating vintage inspired ornaments

 
 
Where Snowbirds Nest For Winter...
showcase of a Northern couple's island retreat
 
 
 
 
That's A Wrap...
clever ideas for upcycling your way to gorgeous gifts

 
 
Sweetly Adorned With Boughs Of Holly...
your guests will think you rolled out the red carpet when you opt for an intimate dessert party
 
 
 
Patchwork Holiday...
upcycle old quilts into handmade treasures that will become tomorrow's heirlooms
 
 
 
 
Falling In Love With Holiday Décor...
incorporate your personal style into your holiday decorations

 

 
I am so grateful to have the opportunity to style,
photograph and write for so many beautiful magazines.
What a tremendous blessing indeed!
I am always amazed and touched by the kind words of
encouragement that you so kindly share.
Just know that your support means the world to me!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart...