I love a good showhouse, they’re always a great source for ideas to use in decorating our own homes and they’re also a wonderful way to connect with designers and homebuilders who can help you reach the goals you have for your home. Recently on Facebook, I saw a designer I follow, Scot Meacham Wood, had shared an article from Traditional Home on the recent showhouse in Raleigh, NC. The first thing that caught my attention was the outside of the house, I loved the whole look from the high pitched roof to the black and white color scheme and copper guttering and bright blue door, which you can see above. I checked out the TH article and the showhouse myself and knew I had to share it with you. The house is very colorful and vibrant with a wonderful use of patterns throughout the house in the use of wallpaper, rugs, tile, and fabric and I see several things I would love to do in my own home or incorporate into projects for client’s homes. Join me for a tour of the Raleigh Designer Showhouse, where all the ticket proceeds are going to Boys and Girls Clubs and is open through this coming Sunday, April 9th. Enjoy!!!
April 6, 2017
April 4, 2017
We were in Target the other day looking to see if they had a bath mat to go with some new towels we had recently purchased when I ran across their Pillowfort collection. The thing that caught my eye was the fun striped towels I saw but we’ll talk about their bathroom collection later this week. I know this collection is geared towards children and decorating their bedrooms and bathrooms but there are definitely some things in the Pillowfort collection I would use as an adult. Enough talk, let’s check out Pillowfort from Target, let me know what you think and Enjoy!!!
April 3, 2017
One thing I love to see is where the rich and famous live, so last year when Carrie Fisher died so unexpectedly I was naturally curious about her home in Los Angeles. Carrie lived in a “hacienda style” home that sits on 2.66 acres in the Coldwater Canyon area of Beverly Hills. Carrie Fisher lived in the home for over twenty years having purchased it in 1992 or ’93, the home was originally built in 1910 and rebuilt in 1919 and over the years has been lived in by other notables like Bette Davis and costume designer Edith Head. Earlier this year we were able to see the documentary Bright Lights, starring Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, and were able to get a good look at the house and all of its contents. Fisher was known as quite the shopper and her home showed it as it’s filled with collectibles including Biedermeier Furniture, Star Wars memorabilia, Indian rugs, artwork and the list goes on and on. The red tile roofed home is 4,210 square feet and has four bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, tennis courts, swimming pool and a guest house. One notable thing about the guest house is there’s an upright piano in one of the bathrooms, it was here that singer/songwriter James Blunt recorded the song Goodbye My Lover. Of course, now there are many rumors surrounding the property, I’ve read her daughter Billie Lourd will live there, it will be turned into a museum or it and its contents will be sold. Don’t forget there’s another house on the property where her mom, Debbie Reynolds, lived for several years. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see what happens, in the meantime here’s a look at photos from the home from an Architectural Digest article originally printed in 2004 and reprinted last Fall. Enjoy!!!
March 17, 2017
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 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!!!