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My bookshelves are already overflowing with design books and the situation is about to get worse as I’ve spotted a handful of new books I can’t wait to add to my collection.  If you love design books you’ll definitely want to add these titles to your Amazon shopping cart.

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Style & Simplicity: An A to Z Guide to Living a More Beautiful Life    by Ted Kennedy Watson  Release date: May 6, 2014
Having lived in Seattle for many years, I can’t wait to see the style and vision of the Watson Kennedy store come to life on paper.
 
 
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Decorate Fearlessly: Using Whimsy, Confidence,and a Dash of Surprise to Create Deeply Personal Spaces  by Susanna Salk  Release date:  April 8, 2014
After hearing Susanna Salk speak at the Design Bloggers Conference I can’t wait to get my hands on her book.  I know it will be filled with stunning images and fantastic inspiration.
 

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Elements of Style by Erin Gates  Release date: Oct. 7, 2014
The cover along is reason enough to buy this book but I’m sure if the book is anything like Erin’s blog it will be filled with even more beautiful images and design ideas.
 
The cover images for these next two books have not been revealed yet but the authors and subject matter are a guarantees they will be good.
Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Secondhand Scores by Lara Spencer  Release date: September 16, 2014
Very seldom do I start to read a book and finish it in one session.  Lara Spencer’s first book, I Break for Yard Sales captivated me from page 1 and I couldn’t put it down.  I am SO excited to get her new book in my hands and see more of her incredible flea market finds and transformations.
 
 
Blogger Style: Inside the Homes of the World’s Top Design Bloggers by J. Flores Release date: June 17, 2014
Have you ever wanted to get inside some of  your favorite design bloggers homes?   We’ll this book will share the interiors of 40 of the top interior design bloggers from across the country.  Should be an inspiring read.
 
 
 
Happy Reading and cheers to a splendid weekend!
Shelly

Don’t you just love a beautiful party table?  This image caught my eye and represents the perfect blend of sophistication and fun.

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  If you study this image you’ll notice three things that set the tone for this table.  These three elements are great to keep in mind when you build a tablescape and want it to be dynamic.

1)  CONTRAST–a stylish party table brings together contrasting elements in a way that makes the table come to life.  The graphic pattern of the table runner contrast perfectly with the bold impact of the flowers.  The two elements balance each other perfectly.

2) SHINE–Every party table needs elements that add a bit of shine and glimmer.  The silver cups are a simple touch that adds elegance while also offering another element of contrast.

3) COLOR REINFORCEMENT–when you multiply the color statement on a table the entire table setting will be more dynamic.  The mass of flowers down the center of the table is a visual pop and energizes the entire table arrangement.

 I loved the look of this table so much that I went on the hunt for items that would make this tablescape a reality.  Here’s how to get the look…

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 The best part about recreating this tablescape is that it won’t cost you a ton.  Creating the table runner from $7.99/yd Ikea fabric is an easy no-sew project and looking on-line for the best deals will lead you to $9.99 silver mint julep cups at Staples (Staples, not just for office supplies).

When shopping for dinnerware invest in plates that can be mixed and matched with other items you have and use decorative bowls (less expensive) to add the pattern.

And fancy glass goblets are always in style, mix great with other stemware and can be used in both a formal and casual table setting.

 Your Shopping List:

Floral Mums InvitationPaper Source /Black and White Stripe Fabric–Ikea / Nomad Flower Bowls–Cost Plus / Baroque Ogee Plates–Cost Plus
Silver Mint Julep Cups–Staples  / Baroque Scroll Goblet–Pier 1 / North Satin Silverware–Pier 1 / Raspberry Flower Crochet Napkins–Cost Plus World Market
 
Shelly

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I love a great open toe or slip-on sandal but sometimes I feel like those styles are a bit too casual when I’m heading out to meet with a client or have an appointment.  When I dress for business during the spring and summer my favorite work shoe is a slingback sandal.  I love the more polished look they give an outfit and the low heel makes they easy to get around in.  I so glad that slingbacks are a big trend for spring and summer 2014, which will make footwear shopping a breeze.

My personal requirements for a slingback sandals are…

**they must have a pointed toe (makes you legs look longer)

**they must have some style (a bow, pattern or fun color)

**they must be affordable (long are the days when I felt I had to spend $$$ for a pair of shoes) 

During a recent on-line shopping exploration I came across some really cute slingbacks that meet all my requirements and are the perfect way to infuse this spring footwear trend into my wardrobe.

Take a look and tell me which is your favorite?

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Nine West AnyaMarie Slingback / Nine West Kilianna Flat / JCrew Lucie Printed Leather Slingback / Kenneth Cole Mercer Flat / Nordstrom Chelsea Tri-Color Slingback / Loft Dylan Slingback
Shelly

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Have you ever been asked the question “what famous person would you like to have dinner with?”  I have and my list of names includes a handful of people, one of which has inspired me in design and in life.

The first person on my list, Oprah, needs no explanation and I am grateful to her for giving the second person on my list the design opportunity of his life and making me aware of him.

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I spend a lot of time looking at product on-line and one of my favorite sites to visit is Joss and Main.  If you are not familiar with Joss and Main, they are a premier members-only site that offers limited-time sales on top brands for your home and life. Each sale is curated with the products that represent the latest design trends and fashion looks and their product mix includes housewares, furniture, rugs, lighting, décor, personal accessories, gifts and lighting.  The selection of items is awesome and the prices are even better.  Each sale typically last 3 days so when you see an item you love you have to jump on it pretty quick.

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Sorry…I couldn’t drag myself to the computer yesterday as promised but I didn’t forget about filling you in on the Design Bloggers Conference I attended last week.  (sorry in advance for the blurry photos).

 First let me say that I am so glad I invested in attending this conference and after spending some time reflecting my 3 days of learning and networking, I can honestly say that I’m going to be a better business owner, person AND blogger because of the conference.

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The Design Bloggers Conference takes once a year ( the last couple of years in LA) and is geared towards design bloggers and interior designers in particular. Adam Japko, the president and founder of Digital Sherpa is the mastermind behind the conference and brings together a stellar line-up of design and blogging talent for the event.  Speakers like Jennifer Boles, Candice Olson, Jeffery Alan Marks, Timothy Corrigan, Tobi Fairley, Susanna Salk, Suzanne Kasler and Paloma Contreras shared their design philosophy as well as great business and blog advice.

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Hi there everyone.  I hope you week is going swell.  I’m back from three days of networking, learning and socializing at the Design Bloggers Conference and my brain is in overload mode.  It was an amazing event and I want to share it all with you but I’m taking today to decompress, regroup, clean the house, do laundry and I’ll also be doing some of this…

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I’ll be back tomorrow to dish and share!

Shelly

I love wearing jewelry and necklaces are an essential part of my style statement.  Sometimes I wear a single necklace and other times I layer several together for a more eclectic look.

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But from time to time I’m faced with a necklace challenge…What’s the right necklace length?

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