Archive for November, 2013

Kicking off the Holidays with Rue Magazine

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Well Thanksgiving is over and it’s time to start trimming the tree. Thankfully Rue Daily, the online companion to the fabulous digital magazine Rue, asked me to share my favorite tips for amping up the volume on your holiday color palette.

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So head over to Rue Daily and hear my tips and tricks for making your holiday decor anything but boring this year.

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And if you are almost ready to really step out of the typical and traditional holiday color palette, maybe my ideas will help you take the leap.

Happy Decorating Y’all!

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A Beautiful Table and A Grateful Heart

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It’s here again. My favorite holiday. One of my favorite days of the year–Thanksgiving. And as I prepare to spend the day with my family and enjoy a delicious meal at a beautifully designed table, counting my many blessings and giving thanks, I find myself a bit more introspective that normal.


Life has been going at a break-neck speed. And I have a lot to share with you about my personal and business journeys that I just can’t seem to get out of my head and onto this blog. But as with all my life successes and challenges, I promise to share these with you when I am able. I have NO doubt there are some major lessons from which we can all learn.


But for today, one more day, I am going to keep my focus on the things that are most important to me including making memories with those I love while we have the chance.

So Happy Thanksgiving friends. My mind may be full of deep thoughts, but my heart is FULL of gratitude and one of the things I am most grateful for is you.

Wishing you a safe and happy day full of laughter and love! Oh and turkey too.


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Are you living your life for you?

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b29c8840505311e3b995125caca955e5_8Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday) is almost here and the new year is just around the corner. It is this time of year I always start reflecting on the things for which I am most thankful. On my daily walks when I am admiring the change of seasons, I assess whether I am truly counting my blessings and living a life of gratitude each and every day. It’s hard not to feel blessed with views like these, but that’s the very time I ask myself if I am living out my passion and my purpose the way I had planned for this year.


While pondering these thoughts last week, Kris Carr, an amazing young woman I have followed for a while through her Crazy Sexy Kitchen cookbook and Crazy Sexy Wellness healthy eating regimes and who has been living with stage 4 cancer for 10 years was perfectly re-delivered into my universe. It was not a coincidence.


You see, last week Kris was an added bonus to Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday with Mark Nepo. And Kris gave me what Oprah would call an A-ha! moment. Here’s what she said…

“I have cancer. I may never be healthy on paper. But I am well.  Life is a terminal condition, we’re all going to die. But how many of us will truly live…for ourselves. Not for our spouse, not for our parent or our careers, not for our illness but truly for ourselves. That’s the golden ticket.”

Kris’s words stopped me in my tracks. It was just another reminder to look at my life and see if I am truly living it. Not for my career. But for me.


I’m still working on my answer. It’s not a simple one. And I will let you know when I have it figured out. But since I have some more work to do on it, you can probably guess that my answer is NOT a resounding yes.


While I’m off on my next walk to think about living my life for me–do tell me, are you living your life for you? And if not, what needs to change?

Let’s get back on track together while we still can. Because as I always like to remind us…life is short.


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Suzanne Kasler’s Timeless Style

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Happy Saturday Friends!

I am so happy to be cuddled in my bed with a stack of magazines and gorgeous new design books and a hot cup of tea on this chilly November day. After all, it’s self-care Saturday in my world and following my daughter’s soccer game and my private yoga session this morning, nothing could make me happier than finding some new design inspiration right here from the comfort of my own home.


On the top of this stack is my friend Suzanne Kasler’s gorgeous new book, Timeless Style by Rizzoli. Coincidentally, I’ve had the opportunity to spend the last 3 days with Suzanne in New York City. She is such a gracious person, not to mention a talented designer. And if you haven’t gotten your copy of Suzanne’s second book, you are truly missing out.


Of course you can see why I am crazy about this colorful Connecticut project from Suzanne’s book that was recently featured in Veranda.


This turquoise lacquered dining room is so dreamy and has a way of making the ubiquitous bright lacquer finishes we’ve seen so often of late, look fresher and more chic than ever, as only Suzanne can.

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I am so fortunate to have been a guest in Suzanne’s own home and have fond memories of laughing with friends from the design community in this gorgeous living room featured last year in Architectural Digest. Suzanne’s home is phenomenal and you must buy the book so you can study every detail of her exquisite Atlanta property inside and out.


And don’t just look at the amazing photos, but read Suzanne’s inspiring words about her design process and her love of mixing the old and new with the expensive and the affordable to create a unique and inviting home.


I could especially relate to Suzanne’s story about living in her last home that was “completely done” with no more rooms to design or objects to purchase or problems to solve that led her to driving around her city looking for homes and FOR SALE signs. I just had the exact same experience which lead to the purchase of our new home and now my new project or shall I say labor of love.


And I am even luckier to have also been a guest for a cocktail party with Suzanne in her client’s home in Tennessee at Blackberry Farm also showcased on the pages of AD.


This chic home for a young family has so many details to love. And it is situated on possibly my favorite property in the world, the family’s resort, Blackberry Farm.

Screen-Shot-2013-10-12-at-9-1.23.01-PMDon’t miss seeing other parts of this unforgettable property in Suzanne’s book like the Barn-turned-restaurant where I’ve had more than one fantastic meal.


Yes, I am lucky to be able to experience Suzanne and her work first hand, but by buying her gorgeous new book and reading her inspiring words, you will feel like you have stepped into these timeless spaces too including the once and lifetime project she designed in Africa. That one, you and I can both only imagine in our wildest dreams.

Happy Saturday Y’all. Wishing you a relaxing rest of your day whether you’re enjoying some gorgeous design inspiration of your own or partaking in some other self-care. I’m off to grab a sketch book and start designing my own home. Wish me luck!


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What I’m Loving? The Delta Duo in GOLD

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Tis the season for celebrating, and in celebration of their long-time partnership Robert Abbey and Lamps Plus have released a GORGEOUS new, limited-edition table lamp in three really stunning colors. It’s called the Delta Duo. So geometric chic, right? It puts an entirely updated spin on the classic gourd lamp. It’s contemporary, it’s retro, it’s a must-have! I personally can’t wait to place one in a project, or…maybe somewhere in my new home?

My favorite color is the gold and white one, because it’s speaking directly to my current obsession with all things gold and brass! I mean…this is one of the most jaw-dropping trends that I’m seeing EVERYWHERE from design magazines to market to my own jewelry box!

Design: Jackie Astier via Elle Decor

Design: Jackie Astier via Elle Decor

Design: Julie Hillman

Design: Julie Hillman 

Design: Courtney Giles

Design: Courtney Giles

See how just a little–or a LOT–of gorgeous gold can make a room really bling? For more gilded inspiration, check out my Pinterest Board on this hotter-than-hot trend.

The Delta Duo is available for a limited run at They are made in North Carolina and they retail for under $200!!


Happy lamp shopping!


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