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Ever since the weather turned warmer I’ve been itching to do some thrift shopping.  Wanting to explore new shopping spots, the hub and I have hit the road the last two weekends to explore new areas and new shops.

This past weekend we made the short drive (about 45 minutes) to Newnan and visited a couple of shops including The Bone Yard.  I’ve read about The Bone Yard and have always wanted to go check it out.  I mean the name alone makes it worth a road trip.

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Unfortunately I only snapped a few pictures but this will give you a glimpse into this great vintage and antique shop.

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When we lived in Seattle I made it a point to attend the Street of Dreams Show House tour every year.  Yes I went to see what it would be like to live in a multi-million dollar home but I also went to get design ideas.  I also made it a point to tour builders model homes on the weekends to seek out even more design ideas.  Show houses and models homes can be a great source of design inspiration and product sourcing (and buying) if you know how to look beyond the beauty of a space and learn to analyze how a space was put together. Want to know what you can learn about design from show houses and model homes?  Well follow along and I’ll tell you.

First let me say that most show house designs push the envelope with style and are decorated to the hilt.  The designers that do these homes are challenged to make the rooms stand out and have drama and impact.  You’ll often see bolder colors, more elaborate mill work, exotic finishes and over accessorized spaces in a show house.

When it comes to model homes, builders have a completely different agenda when it come to decorating.  Builders want to make the home feel as large as possible and decorate it so that it will appeal to a range of people.  The decor of model homes can sometimes seem sparse and the design details can come off as elementary but there are still a few things you can learn from these model homes.

WHAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM DESIGNER SHOW HOUSES

Designer show houses are filled with all kinds of amazing design ideas, from the latest furniture and accessory trends, unique wall-covering and paint options to custom details that you may not have seen before.  These show houses can also give you an expert lesson in accessorizing and styling a room.

Want to learn the art of coffee table décor, then check out the table arrangements in a show house.  You’ll see how different accessories are grouped together for impact and to achieve a balanced arrangement.

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There will be lots of vignettes in a show house so analyze how they are styled and layered for new ideas.

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Three cheers for a great weekend!  I hope yours was great too!

Last Thursday I was invited to preview the 44th Annual Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Designers Show House and let me tell you, this is one of the best show houses I’ve seen in Atlanta in many, many years.

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Built in the 1920’s, the Palazzo Rose is a beautiful Italian inspired estate that sits on West Paces Ferry Road, one of Atlanta’s most distinguished streets.   This year, over 30 of Atlanta’s top interior designers and design firms were selected to design and decorate the home and every room was breathtaking!If you love touring show homes and live in the Atlanta area,  you should definitely make time to see the Pink Palace. If you can’t make it, here’s your own personal tour of The Pink Place.  Enjoy and be inspired!

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Happy Friday!

Often the most neglected room in the home, the bathroom deserves just as much décor love as the other rooms in your home.  During construction or a remodel of your bathroom, you can add decorative elements like flooring, paint and fixtures to enhance the space but the decorating does not have to end there.  Just like refreshing the accessories in your living room or family room, updating your bathroom seasonally or yearly is easy and doesn’t have to cost a lot.

Here are some quick and simple ways to update your bathroom anytime the mood strikes.

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PAINT THE CEILING

Tip:  A semi-gloss or gloss paint will add a bit of shine and make your bathroom look a bit more glamorous

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PAINT THE CABINETS

Tip:  Flat or eggshell paint finishes will hold up best to dirt and fingerprints

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LAYER YOUR MIRRORS

Tip: Use Command Hooks to hold light weight mirror

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FRAME YOUR MIRROR

Tip: my go-to source for mirror frames is Mirror Mate

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ADD A DECORATIVE SHOWER CURTAIN

Tip:  Use patterned curtain panels (=more style, length and pattern option) as your outer layer with a clear shower liner behind

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ACCESSORIZE THE VANITY WITH PRETTIES

Tip:  Kitchen canisters make great containers for toiletries and a small tabletop lamp will add ambience to  your bathroom

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GO WITH A DECORATIVE RUG INSTEAD OF A BATHROOM RUG

Tip:  Instead of multiple rugs, look for a rug that is large enough to cover most of the floor.  A single rug will add more visual impact.

Tip:  Always us a rug liner so there’s no slipping and sliding

Tip:  If the rug is in front of the tub/shower, go with a wool or wool blend which will hold up to water better

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USE A PIECE OF FURNITURE FOR STORAGE & STYLE

Tip:  Replace the wood on an armoire with glass so that items can be seen and add to the décor of the bathroom

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Tip:  If you need more counter space, a low chest will give you that plus extra storage

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ADD ARTWORK

Tip:  Use artwork to add an accent color to your bathroom

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Tip:  Turn your medicine cabinet into a decorative statement by hanging a piece of artwork over the door

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Tip:  If windows are an issue, use artwork to provide privacy and add a decorative statement

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Tip:  Even small art placed strategically will personalize your bathroom

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Have fun decorating your bathroom and have a fantastic weekend.

Shelly

p.s.  On Monday I’ll be sharing photos from a fabulous designer showhouse I previewed yesterday and on Tuesday I’ll share a few thing you can learn about design by going to showhouse events. 

One of the best ways to stay motivated while working is to have an office space that gives you everything you need–inspiration, comfort, visual interest, organization and storage.  Combine these ingredients with your personal style and you can create a work space that allows you to maximize your work efforts while at the same time fueling your passions.

INSPIRATION

Inspiration for your work space can come in the form of artwork hung on the wall or by creating an inspirational vision board.  Hang things on the board that relate to your goals, the dreams you have for your life and your business and be sure to include inspirational quotes to keep you motivated and moving forward.

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LIGHTING

Ample lighting is a key to an effective work space. I love using decorative tabletop lamps instead of traditional office lamps when the decor allows.  Pretty lamps, with pretty lampshades will make your office feel more intimate and relaxing.

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ORGANIZATION AND STORAGE

It’s hard to be productive or creative in a work space that is messy and cluttered.  Take advantage for the vertical space in your office for storage and use space under tables to store office equipment or supplies you don’t use often.

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PERSONAL ACCESSORIES

Surround yourself with things you love.  Tea cups, pretty pencil cups and stylish desk accessories will help personalize your work space and make working more enjoyable.

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INSPIRING COLOR

In my world, every office space needs a punch of color.  Vibrant colors stimulate the mind and will keep you energized when working.  Simple touches like colorful storage boxes, a framed bulletin board or even flowers on your desk can add the pop of color you need.  Tip: your desk chair is a great way to introduce color into your work space.

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 CREATIVE WORK AREA

If space allows, create a separate meeting or work area in your office.  Just getting from behind you desk and creating a different view to look at will make working more enjoyable.  I love the corner work area below–big enough to spread out and get creative, but compact enough not to crowd the room. And check out all the personal touches that give this area style.

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COMFORTABLE AND PRETTY SEATING

And of course a pretty chair is a must for an inspiring work space.  Check thrift store for a chair that you can easily re-upholster, paint and make your own.

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If you thought these design tips were just for home office spaces, check out how these cubical work spaces were given a dose of style by their owners.

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Outside the holiday season, the spring and early summer months are prime gift giving times with graduations, weddings, mother’s day, father’s day and many of my friends and family’s birthdays taking place during these months.  Shopping at the last-minute for gifts is not something I like to do so I tend to keep a stash of essential gifts on hand in my gift closet.  These are items that have universal appeal and items that can easily be paired with another piece if the occasion calls for a little something more.  Here’s a look at the items I like to gift most and always keep in my gift closet.

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Happy Monday!

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Today I’m going to share part 2 of my DC trip.  As I told you last week, I had a fantastic time and so enjoyed seeing the city and the cherry blossoms. I arrived in DC on a Thursday morning and after dropping my luggage off and stopping for a little lunch, the walking tour of the city began.  During my 5 days in DC, my brother and I walked, walked and walked some more, visited all the major attractions and we also experienced something that was totally unexpected and thrilling.  Here’s my trip in pictures  (lots of them) and words.

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Yesterday I shared my first spring tablescape and to celebrate Easter I crafted these cute bunny candy pouches filled with jelly beans for the Mr. and me and added them to the table.

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In addition to celebrating Easter, today marks my 1000th blog post.  While I can’t believe I’ve written that many blog post I can tell you that after four years of blogging I still love sharing my passions, tips and ideas with you, and look forward to many more blog post ahead.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading along, sharing your comments and for inspiring me in more ways than you know.

Happy Easter!  I hope you day is filled with love, faith and all things beautiful.

Shelly