Family Room Details.

One of the reasons I love decorating, for myself and others, is to make the special things in your life shine.  My Mother always taught me that it is all MATERIAL.  None of it really matters in the great scheme of things ... if it disappears tomorrow, that is okay ... but while I have these THINGS in my life, I will enjoy and take comfort in the memories that they bring me or my clients.

My Family Room is Literal Photo Album of My Life.

1.  Jim Thompson's TigerTiger for my pillows.  I cannot resist a Tiger. War Eagle!

2. Daniel Maltzman's Red Bull is energy on a canvas.  I am a sucker for Art.  Big Art. And Red.

3.  This copper tray table was picked up from a gentleman in Kentucky when my Dad traveled.  And hauled back to my home in the late 60's in the trunk of his Pontiac.  My Mother, Daddy and myself ate dinner around this table every Sunday night watching "The Wonderful World of Disney,"

4.  My Grandmother's Bank from her childhood, her name engraved and marked 1904. 

5.  Brass Deer, a flea market find.  The little chest was a gift from an Aunt when I was 8.

6.  One of my favorite ways to decorate.  High/Low.  Target Stools with Schumacher Fabric.

7.  Layering Rugs.  I am very tactile and layering makes me happy!

8.  Vintage Junk Boats painted on Silk.  Found at an Estate Sale. Still in the original frames.

9.  A collection of a few of Don's wine decanters along with a Simon Pierce Christmas Tree that my Mother-in-Law gave me, one of Don's and my first Christmas' together.  It is too beautiful to only bring out during the Holidays.

10. This Demilune chest is one of the first pieces of furniture Don and I bought together.

11.  I believe in Angels.  They are everywhere in my life.

12.  Fresh Flowers. $9.99 of happiness found at the grocery store on a weekly basis!

13.  A print from my Mother's stash.  She believed that every room should have something "oriental".

14.  Jane Feigenson Art ... Don and I love her and her work!

15.  My latest addition to the Photo Album ... 2 little Polish Auditorium Chairs found on Craigslist.

16.  Hunted down a Secretary for about a year.  This one spoke to me, found it in Atlanta in a warehouse! Yes, I am tempted to paint it every now and then.  But just cannot do it.  Lined the back with Grasscloth that is about it!

17.  Blue and White ... a sweet gift from my friend Jennifer at The Pink Pagoda.

18.  Pastel drawing of a Parisian street scene.  Found while antiquing in Wells, Maine.

19.  4 Volumes of the "History of the South" from the 1800's ... from Brimfield.

20.  Just love green moss balls.  Okay?

21.  Tall wooden candelabras from Arhaus.  Love their scale.

22.  Birdhouse from Brimfield.  I have had that for about 10 years and it never really seemed to "fit in" anywhere.  It has finally found a home in the fireplace.  No birds will ever live there!

I hope I didn't bore you with the details ... but instead inspired you to keep the things you love whether you think they are "in" or not.  

Keeping a space personal to you makes a Home.  So take a minute to look through your own living "photo album" and make certain it tells YOUR story!

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.


Linens and Things. ORC Details.

Well, this weekend was simply GLORIOUS!  The ORC was done, we had a Master Bedroom Completed and I got to spend Mother's Day with all my babies (no matter how old they get, still my babies!).

Monday came around and I hit the ground running ... time to get back to full focus on my clients before they think I forgot them!

I need to discuss linens again.  Linens have always been kind of an afterthought for me.  Yes, I always tried to get the higher thread count and make certain they were pretty ... but basically it was a bargain hunt.  Done.

Then, for this past ORC, Don and I agreed we'd upgrade our linens.  Give it a whirl if you will and see how long we can keep them nice.  

I told you about my friend Jennifer and her store Tusk Monogram in this post.  She and I sat down and looked at everything she had from Matouk linens.  

I used the Scallop edge on my duvet cover and the straight banding on pillow cases.  TWO pillow cases, I thought I'd just try them (we sleep with 6 pillows!).  Can I tell you that we fight over those two now.  Seriously, the fabric is luscious and has such a nice feel ... okay your HEAD can feel the difference!  I'll be asking for a few more for my Birthday later this year!

So you know,  Matouk didn't sponsor me, I bought these ... so this is an extremely honest review.  They weren't cheap, and my thrill is over the top ...  Matouk, you delivered! 

And now to the bedskirt ... I have made every single bedskirt I have ever had.  My whole life.  I made my kids their bedskirts, I made clients bedskirts, I made my parents' bedskirts.  This time, I did NOT make my own bedskirt.

I'm afraid the photo looks a little wonky because I was holding the mattress on top of my head, while I was taking this photo for you!  But the banding (which I NEVER did) makes such a difference in the way the bedskirt lays.  And, it is lined.  LINED I tell you.  Perfection.

So while I did do a few little DIY's in this challenge, I did leave a lot to my pro's.  The ones I use for my clients, the ones I trust and who I know can do it better than me.  And now ... I am resting peacefully in my new room.  Thank You!

Carol - my workroom (when I delivered the banding, she gave me a sideways look!)

Paul - My Contractor (who wanted to kill me while installing my doorknobs!)

Dave - My Electrician (I haven't even shared all he did ... stay tuned for the details)

More details to come.  But for now, I'll be ... 

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.



So I cannot even express how excited I am to share this Reveal with you!  TWO big reasons. 

FIRST, Linda, CallingitHome, has orchestrated a challenge, where we all come out winners.  Here's the deal.  I am generally 100% focused on clients.  Linda inspires me to make "me" a client.  I believe most of us spend a lot of time procrastinating when it comes to our own home and this is an opportunity for me to "shake a leg" and get it done!  

SECOND, last night Don and I, for the first time since we moved from Farm Road on December 31, 2013 to #ProjectDownSize, actually slept in a completed master bedroom.  

Win/Win ... Wouldn't you agree?

If you are new here and need to  catch up ... Week OneTwoThreeFour.  Five.

Please indulge me in a little Back Story before you get lost in my photos ... By the way, the most glorious photos thanks to Emily O'Brien.  I cannot over emphasize how I adore her, her vision and the photos she produces.

Back Story ... Don has been in the Hotel Business FOREVER.  And I was in the same business before I ditched it all to pursue my passion of designing.  Through the years, we have had the opportunity to stay at some of the most beautiful hotels and resorts in the World.  That combined with an unabated love affair for Paris, led me to my inspiration for our Master Bedroom.

I wanted the feeling that luxury travel has treated us with ... a "suite" that is warm, welcoming, and while it has every amenity like home ... it gives you an escape. To a place that leaves all the routine of day to day behind.

Now ... join me this morning for a cup of coffee ... and escape with me, will you?


Wait ... Don't forget the humble beginnings ... 


Tonight, we will be sipping the bubbly in celebration of this job ... DONE!

Please take a look at all the fabulous design that has been happening over the last six weeks.  You will be amazed.  Top 20 ORC'rs and Linkers Like Me!

I cannot thank you enough for your encouragement and support through this challenge and to Linda who helped me put POWER behind my words ...

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.