Before and After: Updated and Edited

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I love starting a project where the “bones” of the house are all in place, but it just needs an update to bring the design into a more modern look. My clients for this project were moving into a fabulous new home, with gorgeous windows and beams in this living area. Look at that view through the windows in the photo below!

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But the floor left something to be desired, and the fireplace was a visual mess. The clients told me they wanted a gorgeous space that reminded them of their favorite boutique hotels – very clean and edited.

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The blue in the modern art was a jumping-off point for me, so I layered in gorgeous blues that were only slightly lighter or darker, and added in neutral tones in the tables and rug.

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The dark and dreary fireplace and mantle you see above got a major update, which also lightened and brightened this wall of the room.

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And a bit more color was introduced with another stunning piece of art over the fireplace. I love how it draws the eye up with that pop of pink! And then on the opposite wall I added another original artwork, framed by stunning white lamps. The two lucite tables also keep the room serene and edited.

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So what do you think of this modern update? I loved the blue tone-on-tone vibe in the room – and so did House Beautiful! This project was featured on its cover just a few years ago. Let me know what you think about the redo in the comments section below!

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Shopping Guide: All Things Orange

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Is there a more iconic color for fall than orange?! It’s the color of pumpkins, changing leaves, and gorgeous sunsets – and it just happens to be one of my favorite colors!

Everyone needs a bit of this “happy color” in their lives, whether it’s in the home, or something fabulous to wear. So here’s a great shopping list that focuses on everything orange – snap up something for yourself today!

Happy Shopping,

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  1. Tangerine Pagoda Mirror– Add a pop of color and chinoiserie style to your design with a gorgeous titian-toned mirror!
  2. Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere Scarf– It’s all about the details in your home decor or personal style, so let this beautiful orange scarf add the perfect finishing touch to your fall wardrobe!
  3. David Yurman Albion Petite Citrine Ring– Beautiful stones come in all colors, including this lovely citrine ring from David Yurman.
  4. Orange Lidded Urn– This beautiful urn is a great way to add a pop of orange to your home without having to commit to the color year round.
  5. Personalized Passport Case– Travel in style this holiday season with a fun tangerine passport case, and you can even add your monogram!
  6. Tory Burch Eau de Parfum Rollerball– Beautiful floral peony notes blended with citrus tones make this perfume perfect to stash in your purse for quick touch ups!
  7. Pedi Replenishment Kit– This kit can turn any Clarisonic into an at-home pedicure machine to heal your dry winter feet.
  8. ‘Laurel’ Scented Candle Jar– Light up this lovely orange candle with a grapefruit and oleander blend scent to start your fall season.
  9. Tory Burch Collins Double Wrap Watch– Orange really is the happiest color! So always be on time and have a smile on your face with this beautiful orange double-wrap watch.
  10. Prada ‘Candy’ Eau de Parfum Spray– This sweet scent from Prada is perfect for your fall wardrobe – a beautiful mix of caramel and vanilla fragrances you will love!
  11. Astor Clutch– Bright and functional, this orange leather clutch with a detachable crossbody strap will send your outfit over the top!
  12. Dorien Gourd Lamp– Fall is here and it’s time to add some new colors to your home decor. Try a burst of orange with a pair of fabulous gourd lamps to light up your home!
  13. Manolo Blahnik Tondala Suede Ankle-Wrap Sandal– Autumn is all about adding in warmer materials like suede, like these gorgeous heels with a gold buckle!
  14. Equestrian Throw, Orange– Snuggle up with your loved ones as the nights get cooler with a beautiful equestrian-inspired throw in autumn’s favorite color!
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My 2000th Blog Post!

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WOW! This is my 2,000th blog post! I almost can’t wrap my mind around that – it’s such a big number. But I have been blogging away since Sept. 10, 2008, as one of the very early design bloggers. Eight years – can you believe it?!

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In that first week, I wrote about a huge feature I had just received in At Home in Arkansas, my love of Christopher Spitzmiller lamps, my favorite Greek key patterns, and the color green. The more things change, the more they stay the same! Hey, they’re called classics for a reason.

Other posts that came up a lot in those first weeks focused on fun, laughter, and gratitude – and all three are still a big part of my life! Laughter and fun make everything better, and my heart is always full of gratitude for everything that I have.

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I’m also incredibly grateful to everyone who has read my blog, and who has reached out to me when something touched them or meant something to them. I’ve had over 10,000 comments on my blog over the years, and I’ve read every single one! Thank you to all of you who took the time to comment!

To give you a fun look at some statistics from those 2,000 blog posts, the number-one topic that I’ve blogged about the most is…COLOR. No surprise there, right?? The first color I ever blogged about was green, as I said above, and I still have these Barclay Butera chairs below in the kelly green that I love so much.

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The blog posts that got the most comments from all of you were also focused on color, with the top “most commented on” blog post being the one that highlighted my penthouse project featured in Rue Magazine! It was a fun and challenging project for me, and you really loved all the bold colors I used. And the most controversial topics? Any time I wrote about TVs – which rooms to put them in, whether or not to hide them –  I could be guaranteed to get a lot of comments! You all have a love/hate relationship with this electronic gadget when it comes to design, that’s for sure!

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And one of the biggest honors I received over the last eight years was the award for Best Overall Design Blog from the Design Bloggers Conference in 2012! It also included my induction into the Design Bloggers Hall of Fame, which was amazing.

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But none of this would be possible without YOU! So thank you again so much for reading my blog, for commenting and letting me know what you like, and for giving me the feedback I need to keep blogging away day after day! Let’s continue that dialog – let me know in the comments section below what topics you love and want me to write about. And we’ll keep going for another 2,000 posts!

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Top 5 Reasons to Have a Blog on Your Website

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My coaching clients, Mastermind members, and course attendees ask me one question probably more than any other: “Do I have to blog?” I hear you: you have enough to do already and you are not a writer, but I would say that blogging is absolutely crucial to the success of your business.

For the last six months, I’ve kept a commitment to blog 5 days a week. It’s been hard at times, but that consistency has paid off. Actually, it’s done more that that: my readership has exploded! The number of followers on my blog has increased; my Facebook and Twitter followers have increased; and that is just that many more people that know about my business and what I offer, right?

Blogging may seem “old school” to you, and maybe you just don’t see the point of it, but here are my top 5 reasons that you should have a blog on your website:

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1. Having frequent, fresh new content (like from a blog) makes Google rank your website higher than a site without that fresh content. Updated content lets Google know that your site is active and they should keep paying attention to it. Every new indexed page is another opportunity to improve your SEO and drive traffic to your website. Because how often are you really updating your About page or your Services page? Google only needs you to update that blog with new content 2-3 times per week to be considered “fresh,” so you don’t have to blog every single day. And you don’t have to write a book – just be sure to use those keywords to attract attention

2. Blogs are the easiest way to position you as an expert in your field. There are probably thousands of blogs out there about interior design but a lot of them are not by designers, and we are the experts in this field. Own that. People want to hear what you have to say because you are the professional and they like your style. By posting topics that resonate with your audience and show your knowledge, you are marketing your skills for your business and services.

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3. Blogging also gives you great content for your social media. You can (and should) have your blog auto-post to your Facebook business page and Twitter, giving you new content for both of those platforms. You can also use a photo from your blog on Instagram. This “360 approach” to your content will allow you to drive traffic to your social media, and then from your social media back to your website. That’s what I call a win-win!

4. You can really highlight your niche, what makes you different from all other designers, by using your blog. I always say that if 10 of us wrote about the color red, none of us would approach that topic in the exact same way. This is a great chance to show prospective clients and partners why you are so unique!

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5. Driving traffic to your website increases the number of people who know about your brand and services. The more people that know, the more chances you have to convert the occasional blog reader into a client or a lead on a client. More clients equal more opportunities to make money for your business and do the thing we all love to do: Design!

Once you get into blogging, it will get easier. Stay committed to having a real voice and talk about things that interest you but always try to relate it back to design because, in the end, that’s the whole point. Also be sure you’re delivering authenticity! It will make it that much easier to be trusted as a designer while boosting your business at the same time.

So have I convinced you? Blogging really isn’t that hard, and the more you do it, the more you’ll enjoy it! Let me know what you think in the comments section below!

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What Is That Color? Silvery Green

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I love clear goals from my clients for their home projects – it really gives me an immediate inspiration to work from! For this kitchen project, my client wanted a clean and serene kitchen, one that made her feel relaxed in her hectic world. With that in mind, the color palette for the room came together really quickly.

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With the new kitchen design, I wanted to maximize storage and organization and keep down “visual clutter.” And the color scheme was inspired by the clients’ favorite beach destinations – because there’s nothing more relaxing and serene than the shore! Sherwin-Williams Wool Skein gave me the neutral backdrop I wanted, and a perfect calming complement to it was the gorgeous Sherwin-Williams Topsail.

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Using this gorgeous silvery-green as an accent added a whisper of color, rather than a punch, so it keeps the calm quotient at a breathe-deep level!

So what do you think of this color? What are your go-to favorites for kitchens? Do you like painted cabinets? Let me know in the comments section below!

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