Favorites Of The Week–Spring Inspired

Here are a few of my favorite spring inspired post, pins and products from the week. Enjoy!



My friend Erika shows you how to create an entryway when one doesn’t exist in your home.

A beautiful spring home tour from The Chronicles of Home.

And I loved this one from Craftberry Bush too!



Just one of the many beautiful images from the One Kings Lane Design Studio.  I love the use of the two benches flanking the glass coffee table. 

This is one of the images from the Elements Of Style book.  If you don’t already own this design book, it’s one you want to get. {affiliate link}

p.s.  I recently spotted a few copies at my local HomeGoods

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How fabulous would this striped umbrella look on a patio or deck for summer?  It’s also available in a fun yellow and white stripe.

If you’ve tried keeping a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree alive but failed, you might want to snag this faux version.  It looks like the real thing.

Have a fabulous weekend!

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Design Details | Rooms I’m Loving From My Favorite Designers

Hi friends.  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I took the hubby on a little adventure on Sunday.  I learned about a wildlife safari from my friend Yuni and knew my hubby would love it.  The safari is about an hour ways from Atlanta and gives you up close and personal interaction with the animals.

Now that the weekend is over, I’ve got a busy week of design work ahead and I’m looking for some fresh inspiration to inspire me.

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Favorites Of The Week {a little of this and a little of that}

Happy weekend friends!

I don’t know about you but I can’t wait for spring to get here.  When I was driving home the other day I noticed that the The weather in my neck of the woods as been all over the place.  One day it’s 40 degrees and the next day it’s 70.  I need mother nature to settle down and bring us some consistent warmth and lots of sunshine.

Until then, enjoy a few of my favorites from the week.

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This is a beautiful kitchen makeoverone of my favorites of all time.

Favorites of The Week--Kitchen Makeover

Does anyone else out there listen to Podcasts?  It’s my new favorite thing to do while I’m working.  I recently discovered #MelRobbinsLive and really loved this one on The Definition of A Winner.

Favorites of The Week--Podcast

There are so many great blogs out there and I love discovering new ones like Decor Gold Designs.  I love Jennifer’s style and her home tour is pretty fabulous.

Favorites of The Week--New Blog

 You’re going to love the before and after of this beautiful blue and white home makeover? 

Favorites of the Week--Home Makeover

Anthropologie is having an additional 25% off on their sale items.  #rundon’twalk

Favorites of The Week--Anthropologie Sale

In case you missed it this week on the blog…

The pages from my Inspiration Notebook for February

My Valentine’s Day Tablescape

Favorite Of The Week–An eclectic mix!

It’s Saturday and I’m up early and headed off to the gym to swim.  I may not have mentioned it before but I swam competitively when I was younger. Over the years, as life got busy I drifted away from swimming but I’ve been feeling the urge to get back in the pool. And I have to tell you that it feels so good–the water is my happy place.

While I’m off counting laps, I hope you enjoy a few of my favorite posts from the week.

Enjoy your weekend!

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My Favorite Spaces from The One Room Challenge

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Have you heard of the One Room Challenge?  Better yet, have you been following the design series?  If not, you’ve been missing out on some incredible room transformations and amazing design inspiration.

The One Room Challenge was is a bi-annual blog series started by Linda from Calling It Home and it is now in its 10th season.  What started as a design makeover blog hop  has turned into one of the hottest design transformation series in bogland. The ORC has become so hot that the series recently attracted sponsors like House Beautiful, Decorator’s Best, Joss and Main, Lamps Plus, Farrow & Ball and Lowes.

Each round of the ORC features 20 bloggers/designers who makeover a space in a 6 week period.  The participants select their space, develop a plan and execute the dramatic transformation while sharing the entire design/decorating process weekly on their blogs.  To date there have been over 1000 room makeovers by featured and guest participants.

With each ORC I’m always excited to see that beautiful rooms created by the participants.

The latest round of the One Room Challenge just ended and I must say it includes some of my favorite spaces to date so I thought it would be fun to share a few favorites with you today.   Check it out and be inspired!

p.s.  you can see all of the room from the featured bloggers here  and the guest participants here.


One Room Challenge Featured Bloggers

My Favorites:

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Claire Brody Designs:  My favorite details are the furnishings, the fireplace and the beauty of those white walls.

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Design Manifest:  This kitchen space went from ho-hum to incredibly chic.  I love the bar stools, the lighting and the cabinet door detail.


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The Makerista:  The wood paneling and trim detail on the walls in this man cave is amazing.  And I love the subtle color palette.


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My Sweet Savannah:  Now this is the way to update a dated bathroom.  My favorite details are the glass front cabinets, the vanity mirror, the chandelier, the cabinet pulls, the roman shades….ok, I love it all. 


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Jill Sorensen:  Jill had me at the black, yellow and pop of color so used for the master bedroom.  I especially love the gorgeous headboard, the window treatments and the stools in front of the sofa.  


One Room Challenge Guest Participant

My Favorites:

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Dimples and Tangles:  Jennifer knocked it out of the park with the painted buffalo check wall in her powder room.  And you definitely want to check out the wall moulding, the pink door and the acrylic hardware.


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Always Rad:  I’m so glad I discovered this blog through the ORC.  This kitchen transformation is truly gorgeous and  I want that banquet eating area and  those lighter over the island.


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Simple Details:  If you love an eclectic mix like I do, you’re going to love this living room.  I was really excited to see the coffee table since my mom owns that same table. p.s.  take note of the amazing accessories and styling.


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Amanda Louise Interiors:  This is another new to me blog and after seeing this makeover I’m a big fan.  I love the transformation of the TV wall and the over mix of furniture and accessories.


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The Crowned Goat:  I’m a big fan of office spaces that function well and look good too.  This space is ideal of blogging, bills and creativity.  I love the styling on the bookcases and rustic chic details throughout.


If you have time, I encourage you to check out all of the One Room Challenge spaces.  There are just too many beautiful rooms to include all my favorites here.

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Design Inspiration: Small Bathrooms with major impact!

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Have you ever heard the saying that bathrooms and kitchens sell a house?  Well, its true and even small bathrooms count when it comes to design whether you’re selling your house now or will be sometime down the road.

Whenever I’m talking to design clients about re-designing a bathroom my focus is always to add as much style as possible into that space.  With larger bathrooms that’s pretty easy to do but with a smaller bathroom space it can be more challenging.

Even with limited space, there are lots of things you can do with structurally and decoratively to add major impact to your bathroom.

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Design Magazines–Not Just Pretty Pictures

I admit I have an addiction (a healthy one on my book) to magazines.  My addiction is not with just any magazine but with design magazines.  Despite the fact that it’s my business to look through magazines, I love holding a glossy in my hands, flipping through the pages and getting caught up in the stories the images tell.

Home Decor magazines

Design magazines are meant to educate and inspire, and for someone who’s decorating their home there are lots of lessons you can learn from the pages of your favorite magazines.


  • If you are trying to define your design style, magazine images can help you flush out what you like and don’t like.  As you go through the pages, flag rooms that appeal to you, circle design elements that you like and identify color combinations that speak to you.  Once you gathered up a handful of images, review them and look for the common threads and consistent elements within each photo.  The images will point you towards your style and create a clear picture that will help yo decorate your home.
  •  Magazine images depict the latest style, color and design trends and will keep you up-to date on what products you’ll be seeing on store shelves and give you ideas for incorporating those trends into your decor.

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  • You can learn how to style and accessorize your home from the pages of magazines.  As you look at room images, take note of how items are placed on tabletops, grouped on bookshelves or how artwork collections are hung on the wall.  Most design magazines take an artistic approach with their room layouts so you’re bound to see some really creative accessorizing ideas that just might inspire you to try something new in your own home.
  • If you’re struggling with the layout of furniture in your home, look at magazines to gather ideas on space planning and how furniture groupings are laid out.   Take note of how different furniture styles are used together and how rugs and textiles are used of the room layout.

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  • If you’re not comfortable with pattern mixing, magazine images are a great way to hone your skill.  Take not of how different pattern styles that are combined, the scale of patterns and the color combinations.  The more you study room designs that include multiple patterns, the more you’ll begin to see the art of pattern mixing come to life.
  • Look through magazine pages for lighting ideas and take note of how different styles of lighting are used to enhance the decor of a room.

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  • Home decor magazines are one of your best resources for picking paint colors.  While you might not find the perfect paint color, you’ll be able to focus in on the family of colors you like for the different room images you see.  Once you have a clear color direction, you can narrow down to more specific colors choices  to look at for your home.

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  • If you’re lucky enough to have a woodworker in the family, magazines can supply you (and them) with amazing DIY project ideas.
  • And finally, magazines can make shopping easier or at least make it easy for you to outline a shopping list when you’re ready to decorate your home.

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The next time you pick up a design magazine, enjoy the pretty pictures but also spend a little more time studying the images and see how they inspire you.

p.s.  All of the magazines shown above are my go to publications and all of these can be found at your local Barnes and Noble.


Weekend Inspiration!

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Happy weekend friends.  Can you believe that we are half way through the year?    Where has the time gone.  Life is moving at such a rapid pace and it’s got me thinking about all of the things I want to get done before summer is over and before the holidays are upon us.  I’m hoping to tackle a few projects this weekend, work on my blog re-design and catch up on some work.  Oh, and in case you thought it was going to be all work and no play, I do plan to catching up on some magazine reading which is ‘play’ in my book.

Enjoy your weekend and this design inspiration I rounded up for you.


First I discovered the work of this interior design firm from Australia and then I discovered their blog, Design Field Notes!  You’re going to love everything on their site!

Coco Republic Interior Design

via Coco Republic Interior Design


So many great details in this 2 bedroom apartment, especially the footstools and the pendants in the kitchen.  WOW!  Enjoy the tour.

 Summer Thornton's Chicago Apt. via Mix and Chic

via Lonny  Photographed by Werner Straube


The use of color in this house is just amazing!  And I love every single trim, fabric, wallpaper and light fixture!

BHDM Design

via Lonny Photographed by Alec Hemer


If you love sweet tea and don’t mind a kick, you might give this cocktail a try this weekend.

Spiked Sweet Tea

via the Coveteur



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