Have you ever come across an item(s) and the only thing that comes to mind is WOW! We’ll, my latest wow moment came when I opened the June issue of House Beautiful and saw the beautiful collection of melamine plates.  Besides WOW, my only thought was, boy have plastic plates come a long way! 

french bull


french bull

La Plates



French Bull

La Plates


Photo source:  French Bull, La Plates, Target,


Wallpaper is making a comeback and its fabulous to see that there are so many new and stunning wallpaper designs hitting the market today.  Not only can wallpaper add beauty to a room, but in many ways wallpaper can do something that paint simply cannot–add texture, depth and enhanced visual interest. Some of  the most innovative wallpaper designs being developed today are coming from Anna French Designs and Crown Wallpaper.  Here are a few of my favorites from their collections.


image via Anna French for Thibaut and Crown Wallpapaers



Every since I started watching Design Inc., and Room Service, I’ve developed a major design crush on Canadian designer Sarah RichardsonShe is just fabulous!  There are so many things I admire about Sarah, but first and foremost is her innovative approach to design.  While she does use some signature elements in the rooms she designs (button closure pillows), she always designs rooms that incorporate a little something fresh and unexpected.  I love that she shops flea markets both to save money and to find unique pieces; I love that she is always repurposing  items versus throwing them away; I love that her shows include the inevitable problems that arise on a project and that she shows us how to solve the problem; I love her eye for fabrics, and if that wasn’t enough, I absolutely love all the adorable clothes and jewelry she wears.  For me, Sarah is one of my interior design and fashion idols.

Sarah Richardson 


This is one of the lovely dining rooms designed by Sarah.  The dark wood is beautifully set off with the mirrored console, crystal chandelier and teal wallpaper.

Sarah designed this living room with an understated color palette so that the subtle details like the striped wallpaper, gridded ceiling, silk drapes and damask sofa were the stars.

Just a few of the custom pillows Sarah has designed for her projects!

Dining chairs with a customize fabric application.

 You can check out Sarah’s custom furniture line on her website.

 Sarah’s new line of paint colors is available at Lowe’s!

As a added bonus to watching Sarah’s design shows, I have also gotten to love and admire her “design sidekick” Tommy Smythe.

Tommy is an incredible designer in his own right, has an effervescent personality and is so warm and witty.  Just another good reason to watch Sarah Richardson.

Untill next time…

all images via Sarah Richardson Design 


One Can Never Consent To Creep When One Feels An Impulse To Soar!

–Helen Keller


In the world of decorating, two is sometimes better than one. These spaces are more beautiful and distinct because of the double exposure of furnishing and accessories. 

What piece of furniture or accessory would you love to have two of?

Photos:  Coastal Living (1,2,3) Southern Living (4), Markham Roberts (5), Cottage Living (6,7)


 One of the first signs of a stylish home is the Front Door.  The front door of a home says a lot about the people who live there and is a reflection of the personalities that inhabit the space.  Is your front door simple and refined, bold and bodacious or rustic and regal? Paint it, stain it, dress it up, dress it down…whatever you do with your front door, make sure it says Welcome, One and All!



When it comes to decorating, a bedroom can be one of my biggest design challenges.  While it is easy to infuse luxury through plush linens and pillows, or by painting the walls a soothing color, I am often challenged with creating a space that is truly personal, full of style and totally functional.  Here are a few of my inspired spaces.

I hope your resting place is all you want it to be!


 A toned down color statement gives this bedroom a luxurious and elegant feel.  The patterns, texture and attention to detail add so much character!

The rich tones used in this bedroom are so inviting…I just want to jump under the covers and drift off to sleep!


Who ever said white is not a color was surely mistaken.  This bedroom is so peaceful and serene.  The washed and weathered finishes are just as comforting as an afternoon nap on a rainy day!

Black and white with a pop of color.  I just adore the hot pink accent in this black and white bedroom.  The monogrammed pillow makes the space personal and intimate.  The leather ottoman, being used as a night stand, is extra stylish with the addition of the silver tray and crystal lamp.


The guest bedroom says Come, Sit, Relax!  The oversized headboard makes a grand statement and I love the addition of the accent chairs at the foot of the bed.  The is one bedroom that is a bit rustic, but very refined!


Pretty in Pink!  This bedroom looks like it was plucked from a fine hotel.  The soft pink palette mixed with black and white is sophisticated and playful at the same time.  I think the drapes add softness without taking away from the bed and the monogrammed nightstand is oh so chic!



I am helping a friend do some re-decorating and in our search for new lamps, I was just wowed at all the incredibly stylish light fixtures  on the market today.  Check out some of our great finds. 

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