Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all on this beautiful Friday, and if you’re not Irish join in the fun anyway. Instead of looking at something to do with the holiday I thought we would take a virtual trip across the Atlantic and take a look at some beautiful castles on the Emerald Isle. Castles are very interesting, they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and they usually have wonderfully interesting histories. Ireland is high on our list for places to visit and this small country holds some amazing castles with a wide range of histories. So, join me for a tour as we lower the drawbridge and climb the turret steps to check out these beautiful Irish homes that just happen to be fit for a King or Queen. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
March 17, 2017
March 10, 2017
One of the great things about attending the Design Bloggers Conference are the speakers, people who are experts in their fields of design, blogging, technology, PR, publishing and so much more, of course, some of my favorites are the designers that speak to us about their work and the world of design. One of those designers this year was Timothy Corrigan, Corrigan has design offices both in Los Angeles and Paris and is known for his signature style of “comfortable elegance”. Corrigan has worked for royalty around the world as well as corporate executives, movie stars and some people you may have never heard of. One thing Corrigan does that I love is incorporating antiques into a lot of the designs he does, he showed us some slides of homes he’s worked on and many of them were a combination of current furniture and art as well as antique and more classical pieces. In addition to working for others Timothy Corrigan has been working on a major project of his own, several years ago he purchased Chateau du Grande-Lucé in France’s Loire Valley. The chateau had fallen into great disrepair over the years but today has been restored and decorated and serves Corrigan as a private home. Join me today for a peek into the comfortably elegant world of Timothy Corrigan, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
February 8, 2017
Many of you will be too young to remember this and some of you will remember it and smile, remember on the Brady Bunch when Greg Brady moved out of the room he shared with his two little brothers and turned the attic into his own room? I wanted to do that so bad, I’m not sure why, I’m an only child and always had my own room, I think it was just the idea of living in the very top of your house and having a large space to make all yours. As you know I love the idea of converting buildings or spaces meant for one purpose into a space to live in, we’ve looked at old schools converted to homes and barns and today we are going to look at Attic Conversions. We never lived in a house with an attic really tall enough to do anything with but there’s just something fun and romantic about the whole notion, so join me today as we move up to the attic and see what can be done over our heads. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
January 20, 2017
I was recently going through magazines and read an interview with Margherita Missoni, she is the granddaughter of Missoni founders Ottavio and Rosita Missoni. Today Margherita designs for the House of Missoni as well as raises her family while living and working outside of Milan, so today we are going to take a look at her current collection she did for Pottery Barn Kids. I love collaborations like this one between Missoni and Pottery Barn Kids when you take two established brands, clink them together and see what happens. The Margherita Missoni Collection is fun, bright, and colorful, it draws a great deal on her Italian heritage and it’s quite possible you’ll find something to use in an adult area of your home, especially if you’re looking for fun and color. I thought today we would take a look at some of the Missoni pieces that can help you spark up your child’s room or perhaps another room in your home. Enjoy!!!
August 24, 2016
Yesterday I shared some bedside wall sconces that I’m thinking about doing in our Master Bedroom and I mentioned doing some wallpaper as well. I’ve always had a soft spot for wallpaper, even though it seems to come and go as far as being in style I always like that you can get a whole new look with color and sometimes texture from installing wallpaper. I think I’ve decided on a wallpaper from York Wallcoverings that has the look of cork and the feel of suede, thus Sueded Cork Wallpaper. The paper has the colors I’m using in the room of mostly gray with accents of brown and some metallics and will look great with our tall brown leather headboard in front of it and gray and brown bedding, I also like the natural look of cork. I’ve gathered a few pics of cork wallpaper as well as an example of what I’ve picked out. I’m looking forward to sharing the completed project with you, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
August 1, 2016
Orange is one of my favorite colors and I often feel like it gets a bum rap. Most people automatically associate the color orange with Autumn, pumpkins, and Halloween and in Oklahoma you can pretty much forget about half the population of the state having anything to do with the color orange. Orange and black are the school colors for Oklahoma State University, crimson and cream are the colors for the University of Oklahoma, so it’s almost impossible to get any OU alums to even consider bringing orange into their homes (seriously?????).
July 11, 2016
My At Home design challenge for the month of July was to refresh a child’s bedroom and I knew the perfect candidate, my friend Sophia is having her 10th birthday today so her mom and I conspired to give her room a new look as part of her birthday present. Sophia and her sister had gone to the lake with friends for a few days last week so her mom and I decided to refresh her room while they were gone, so we headed to At Home to gather what we needed. One thing you need to know is that Sophia LOVES pigs so we decided to use that as our theme and as luck and good taste would have it At Home had the PERFECT piece of art to use as a centerpiece for the room, a brightly colored contemporary painting of an adorable pig. I played off the colors of the pig painting and incorporated brightly colored pillows, a bedside table, curtains and a new lamp. I guess I should stop talking about the refresh and just show it to you. Happy Birthday Sophia, THANKS At Home and as always Enjoy!!!
May 5, 2016
For many people, I know the trend in homes seems to be either stay with what you have or if they are building it’s to build something smaller and more manageable, that’s why I was very intrigued by the Sugarberry Cottage house plan from Southern Living. At 1,679 square feet, three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, this house would be perfect for a family of two that has family who visits or a family with one or two children. As always I love the screened in porch and the large front porch across the front of the house, the Sugarberry would also make a great country getaway or lake house. Let’s check out this little gem, Enjoy!!!
May 2, 2016
Happy Monday and Happy 1st Birthday to Britain’s Princess Charlotte, I thought in recognition of the smallest royals big day we would take a look at bedrooms fit for any little Princess. When most people think of decorating a bedroom for a little lady their thoughts usually turn to the color pink, but that doesn’t need to be the only color associated with little girls, think how beautiful a soft blue or yellow room would be for a little girl or a lavender or soft purple room would be. Little girl rooms are a great excuse to bring on the drama which you can get from fun fabrics, bright prints, canopies, chandeliers, and artwork. There are lots of beds out there that can grow with your child from baby to teenager, you can also go ahead and get that desk they’ll need during their school years and use it as a changing table and storage and no child’s room is complete without some bookcases because no child’s room is complete without books. Join me for a look at wonderful rooms for girls and wishing our Princess inspiration a Happy Birthday, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
January 22, 2016
I always try to have fun here on the blog and never be too stuffy, but I thought I would start trying to focus on fun things on Fridays, you know things that get an “Oh My” or make us squeal and I’m kicking Fun Fridays off with a look at the Paris home of rocker Lenny Kravitz.
I’ve been a fan of Kravitz for quite a while, even more, when I found out his mom was Roxie Roker who starred as George Jefferson’s beautiful and ahead of her time neighbor, Helen Willis. The Kravitz abode in Paris is a 16,000 square foot, 4 story home that was originally built in 1920, the home sits on a cul-de-sac on what’s called a quiet street and backs up to a private park and the home was completely redone in 2008. Sounds PERFECT!!!! You can supposedly rent the Paris domain for around $250,000.00 a month or if you’re willing to do a long-term lease the price goes down to $175,000.00 a month. Since I’m not quite able to afford the rental I’ll have to settle for these pictures, but it’s nice to dream, Enjoy!!! Read More