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I was reading an interesting article the other day that was filled with statistics.  The numbers were staggering but what really was on my mind was how those numbers related we decorate our homes.  It all comes back to time, the time we spend under our own roof.  With some much time spent in our homes, the saying that your home should rise up to meet you and that it should fuel your soul is so true.


The average person will sleep for 229,961 hours sleeping (1/3 of your life)?

 That’s why having a bedroom that comforts you at the end of the day is important.  Invest in good quality sheets and pillows, make your bedroom is cozy and surround yourself with photos and things you love so you go to sleep and wake up feeling joyful.



The average person spends a staggering 32,098 hours eating and drinking beverages in their lifetime.

Create a dining space that is comfortable and allows you to gather with friends and family is one of the best ways to make your home a sanctuary.  Mealtimes should be a time to reconnect with the ones you love and having a space you love makes the gatherings even more meaningful.



The average American spends 32 hours per month online. That totals 28,300 hours in a lifetime, and this number may increase in the future with smart devices becoming more commonly used and allowing easier access to the Internet.

As someone who works from home I fully understand the concept of creating a working space that is both functional and pretty.  This also applies to those of you that work outside the home. Keep your home office organized and surround yourself with inspiration that will enhance your work and keep you energized.



The average person will watch over 9 years’ worth of TV, or around 80,486 hours.

I am always getting on my husband about watching too much TV.  Since TV’s are apart of our lives, focus on making your TV viewing area as beautiful as possible.  Invest in comfortable seating and make the TV part of the décor.  And while you’re at it, create a beautiful outdoor living space that just might entice the family away from the TV.



Women will spend 12,896 hours in their lifetime cleaning the home, which is almost one-and-a-half year of their lives.

I’m not your typical person because I actually like to clean.  There is some therapeutic about it. But I know that in order for me to enjoy it I must have my supplies organized and easily accessible.  Take the time to organize and make the area where you keep your cleaning supplies pretty.  Seeing a beautiful space will make you want to create a beautiful space.





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The beauty of many of the Ikea tables is that they can be transformed and UpStyled with paint.

The beauty of paint is that it is the cheapest design tool you can use to transform your home.

The combination of paint and Ikea furniture can yield stunning results.

The Malm Dressing Table painted grey


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The Docksta Table with a painted gold base



The Vittsjo Table painted gold



The Melltorp Table painted yellow



The Docksta Table painted in black chalkboard paint



This round side table is discontinued but the Lindved Table is similar



The Liatorp Table with painted base



Now I’m in the mood to head to Ikea and then paint something.  How about you?


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Tick, Tock…even though there may be a shortage of time between now and Christmas, there’s still time to pull together some fabulous décor ideas for your holiday table.




No. 1 — Use stemware, extra ornaments and paper tags to create fun and easy place markers for the table.


No. 2– Gather together greens from the yard or pick some up free at your local hardware store and create a bold statement for each chair at the table.



No.3 –Bring the lanterns in from outdoors create a dynamic centerpiece grouping.  Add greenery and pinecones for a seasonal touch.



No. 4 –On your evening walk tonight, gather some pinecone and then spray paint them gold.  Add a name card and a unique placecard marker.



No. 5 –Pull a few packages from under the tree and set them on top of candlesticks for a fun and whimsical centerpiece.  Take down will be a breeze!

Here’s hoping all your last-minute holiday task are getting checked off the list.


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So true!

Enjoy the weekend and these inspiring links!

These are some of the most beautiful wedding and party tablescapes I’ve ever seen!

I love everything about this blog especially these easy DIY place cards!

I think you’ll love this home tour as much as I did.  Simple and stylish!

A really stunning dining room by one of my favorite bloggers.

Sometimes the little things make all the difference!



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Hello and Happy Monday!

I hope you weekend was great and that there was sun in your neck of the woods.  Here in Atlanta we had rain which made for a good weekend to stay indoors and “try” to catch up on work.  One of the projects I’m working on is a dining room revamp for a client and the entire project got me thinking about different ways to give a dining room added style. Furniture is always the first element that defines a dining room but beyond that, there are some other ways to enhance the style and make your dining space a bit more personal and unique.




Adopting this look can be done pretty easily just by painting different styles of chairs in the same color or color family so that they work with the textiles and color you have in your dining room.  I love this look for eclectic and vintage styled homes but it can also be done with more traditional styling as well.
The neutral colors along with the grey tones are used in different applications giving each chair a unique look while keeping the entire statement coordinated.
In a more traditional space, variations of the same color keep the color palette tight and classic.


A bench is a fun way to break up a dining room set while still providing the same amount of seating that chairs would.  Using a bench also allows you to incorporate a strong pattern statement with the upholstered seat and helps to lighten the visual impact of a heavy wood dining set.
With the bench finish the same as the chairs, it feels like it is part of the set.
Fully skirted benches add softness and provide a contrast against the legs of the table and chairs.


Switching out your traditional chandelier for something that is unique in style, material or shape is one of the easiest ways to up-style your dining room.  I also like the idea of hanging double chandeliers instead of one for a more personalized look.
These uniquely shaped hanging glass pendants grab your attention and help define the style of this dining room.
A popular trend of late is turning vintage wire and wicker baskets into chandeliers.  This look works great for more casual dining rooms.
I love this cluster of round lights, shaped to form a unique chandelier.  Keeping the chandelier white allows the shape to command attention and not a color.


I’ve always wanted a house where the rooms were such that the dining room and living room could switch places.  If your home gives your this option, move your dining room into the living space where there is built-in architectural features or a fireplace.  These elements will add instant character to your dining space.
I’m seeing bookcase walls being used in dining spaces more and more.  This look adds a personal feel and in a pinch the lower shelves can be cleared and used as a serving station.
Opt for open shelving in a dining room versus a china hutch or closed cabinets.
Glass front cabinets will keep your dining space open and airy while still adding an elegant touch.
With open shelving, your serving pieces become decorative objects that help style the room.


Yes paint is the easiest and cheapest way to dress up a space but in a dining room think about doing something different to your walls like adding a fun wallpaper, stencils or mirrors.
A unique wallpaper will immediately define the style of your dining room.  Be bold and use it throughout instead of just on one wall.
If you have lots of windows in your dining room, use your drapes as the decorative statement.  Double up the panels to make the curtains plush and full and drape them back to add visual movement and shape.
A wall of antique mirrors is a great way to add style without your dining room looking like a dressing room.   And check out those unique light fixtures above the table.
If your room doesn’t come with built-in architectural detailing, you can always add it.  Cut a niche into the wall and using a wide molding, create a dramatic frame.
Beyond these 5 Ways to Up-Style your Dining Room, make sure your centerpiece is also something that stands out and defines your space.
Happy Decorating!

XO Shelly

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I’m a little old school when it comes to dining room designs. 

 I love a formal dining room (although in most cases it only gets used 1 or 2 times a year)!

I love traditional curtain panels that add softness and elegance to a dining space.

I love a solid wood table over any other material.

Upholstered chairs win out over all wood chairs in my book.

I love the idea of the king and queen chairs being different from the other chairs…after all, the heads of the house deserve a special seat.

I love a dining space with a drop chandelier or pendant. And, if you can pull off the look of two light fixtures that’s even better.

In my book, just about every dining room needs a mirror.  Not only will a mirror add ambiance to the space, but during the holidays it serves as a great decorating spot for garland!

A sideboard is not only functional in a dining room but balances the chunkiness of a large table and fills the room.

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All things considered, this is pretty much a perfect dining room space in my book!


Have a terrific weekend!

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Suzanne Kasler.  Suzanne is one of the country’s most talented and recognized interior designers and has designed some of the most beautiful homes and spaces out there. 

Suzanne’s shared her personal design mantras by giving us a visual tour through her home.  The presentation was informative and inspiring and I walked away with a few design tips to add to my arsenal.

  Here’s what I learned and here are a few of the images that inspired me.

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According to Suzanne, she spent several years searching for “her” home here in Atlanta.  This is the house after it was taken down to the studs and rebuilt to Suzanne’s specifications.  A beautiful Regency style home with a touch of European flair.

In this living area as well as a majority of the home, Suzanne created a signature color palette of  all white.   To keep the spaces open and airy, all surfaces were painted white, some surfaces slight variations of others but all in the same white palette. 

To play up the ceiling height, the drapery panels were taken all the way to the ceiling.  In many areas of the home were standard windows existed, Suzanne replaced them with french doors to add architectural interest and create a true indoor/outdoor feel. The idea of adding french doors throughout,  for style and function, was a great design tip.

The kitchen was done in all white and a few glass front cabinet doors were added to create an open feel.  Every inch of wall space was maximized with floor to ceiling cabinets/drawers.

In this eating area, metal framed french doors replaced windows.  Another great design tip Suzanne shared was the idea of raising the door openings to elevate the visual height of a room.  In many areas of the home the ceiling were only 8″ tall so Suzanne raised the door opening to 7″, leaving on 12″ between the top of the door and the ceiling.

Architectural details can be found in every room of here home and in the words of Suzanne, “if you get the architecture right, you’ll do less decorating.”

Suzanne is big of showcasing collections within your decor.  Here are grouping of globes sit atop a simple desk. 

“Creating a collection is the best way to personalize your home.” 

In Suzanne’s view, there’s a trend in design where people are looking to create smaller more intimate spaces vs large and expansive spaces.  Throughout here home, Suzanne created smaller rooms for reading, gathering and socializing. 

I love the details of this study, from the drapes to the bookcases and furniture placement.

White on White again in the bedroom.

A pristine bathroom retreat with classic white floor tiles and white walls.

Another bedroom where the foundation of the space is kept white and splashes of subtle color are brought in through accessories and textiles.


Drapes hung high and fabric repeated throughout the room to create a story

And finally, Suzanne’s outdoor living space, all done in white.

P.S.  Suzanne’s go to white is Benjamin Moore’s White Dove!


Much of the furniture used in Suzanne’s home is from her Hickory Chair line which you can view here. And to take a peek at her new Lee Jofa fabric collection head here.

If Suzanne’s book, Inspired Interiors is not part of your design collection, I suggest you pick it up.  It’s a great read and full of inspiring images!

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Creating a sophisticated space comes from a clear point of view executed in a dynamic and interesting way.  The range of silver and grey tones in this dining room give it depth and dimension while at the same time exuding elegance and understated style.  A mix of materials, finishes and patterns are the details that give this space character!

Grey is the perfect color when you want a room to say something without screaming it!


via Style at Home–Photo by Josh Gibson



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