Daily Inspiration–Elegant Sleeping Quarters

What a dreamy bedroom! Featured in At Home Arkansas, designed by home owner and interior designer Mona Thompson of Providence Ltd. Interior Design, and photographed by Nancy Nolan, this room screams serene elegance.  The concrete side tables and antique sunburst mirrors add just the right amount of visual texture and refined style. And, the cream on cream color theme is what gives this room its dreamy appeal.  For more stunning pictures from Don and Mona Thompson’s home go here.

Have a splendid weekend!

Daily Inspiration–Stylish Organization

Because Organization can be Pretty…

I’m just loving all the creative and stylish ways people are organizing their homes. To recreate this look in your home, you’ll need:

Ikea Expedit Shelving (below–$129)

Stylish Wallpaper

Great Accessories

Happy Decorating~

Warmth in The Winter

I don’t know about your, but every year when the Christmas tree comes down (mine is finally down), the twinkling lights get boxed up and the holiday Cd’s go back in their storage place, my house always feels like it’s lacking a bit of warmth and coziness.

In order to get that cozy, comfy mojo back into my house during the bleak winter months, I purposely make a few changes to my décor….

I surround my self with colors the comfort me.
During the winter months, I love to add spice tone accents to my decor.  Brown, orange or red pillows, an amber-colored throw or even a bouquet of red flowers will instantly warm up a room.

I pull out my favorite books and use them as a decorative focal point.
There’s nothing more that I love during the cold winter months, than to curl up in a chair with one of my  favorite design books and a cup of tea.  An afternoon spent reading and dozing is an afternoon well spent in my book.  Try adding a stack of books next to your favorite chair, or placed a few in the center of your coffee table for a decorative and cozy feeling.

So long cotton sheets…hello flannel sheets.

I am one of those people who tends to be cold all the time.  I hate climbing into a cold bed, so during the winter I pull out a classic set of flannel sheets.  If you haven’t tried flannel sheets yet, the month of January is a great time to buy them.  All the major stores run their White Sales during January, and you can get a great set on sale.  I love the sheets offered by Eddie Bauer.

My “blankie” takes center stage.

Several years ago, my sweet husband bought me this exact throw (below) for Christmas.  This plush faux fur throw brings me lots of comfort and warmth, as well as adding a lot of style to my decor!  Layering your sofa or side chairs with a decorative throw is a stylish way to get through the winter.


Candles become my light source.

If you were to walk into my house right now, you’d see candles on just about every surface area that exist.  I love decorating with candles not only because they add ambience during the dreary winter season, but candlelight has been proven to reduce tension and relax the mind.   My favorite candles are those housed in beautiful mercury glass containers.  Check out one of my favorites from Anthorpologie here.

My bathroom becomes a sanctuary.

Taking a bath anytime of the year is a joy, but nothing beats a warm soak during the dead of winter.  To really make my bath feel luxurious, I take the time to add a few special touches to my tub surround:
*  Flowers
*  Candles
* Luxurious Bubble Bath (Lollia’s Wish is my fave!)
My  “reality” bath

My “dream” bath

If you’re feeling the winter blahs like me, try adding a few of your favorite things to make your home feel warm and cozy this season!

Images via: Lennox, ComfortandLuxury, Williams Sonoma, Flickr, Remodelthislife

Christmas Candles

During this holiday season, there is nothing more that I love than to come home from a long day of work, light some candles, grab a cup of tea and relax. 

The holidays are the perfect time to create beautiful candle displays in your home.  Whether you place your candles on the mantle, dining room table, coffee table or somewhere else in your home, be creative and make a statement.

Here are a few of my favorite holiday candle displays to inspire you.


Simply Beautiful. This mercury glass cake stand is dressed up with cedar sprigs, miniature ornaments and a simple pillar candle.  Decorating doesn’t get easier than this.


I love the mix of candle shapes combined with the metal branch candle holders.  During the holidays, white candles are a great way to bring a bit of airiness into rooms decorated with lots of bold Christmas colors.


I’ve become obsessed with vintage tea cups of late.  I love the idea of using them as candle holders.  These would be pretty perched along the mantle, dressing up a bathroom vanity, or an individual place setting piece on the dining table.  Have fun and mix and match the patterns for a really festive look.


How creative is this?  Turn a few of your dressiest wine and water goblets on their head and use them as candle holders.  I love the mix of crystal and silver.  A touch of glitter has been added to the candles for added sparkle.

 Martha Stewart

These beautiful holiday luminaries, created by Martha Stewart are not only inexpensive (brown paper bags and paper dollies), but they ar also easy to make.  These candleholders will look beautiful inside your home, and I also think they would be stunning placed along an outside walkway.  Get how-to instructions, here!

via Pinterest

Here’s another take on candle holders adorned with paper.  Here, decorative scrapbook paper and gift wrap are used to line the outside of clear candle hurricanes.  The silvery gray color is just so elegant and unexpected.


Berry rings sit atop ceramic planters, and create a beautiful frame for tall pillar candles.

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Easy as one, two, three.       1)  Glass Jar, 2) A little sand, and 3) A grouping of taper candles!

Southern Living

What a fun way to dress up a side table, by grouping different size glass jars, some evergreen branches and a bold star.  I also love the miniature Christmas trees in paper wrapped pots below the table. 

Southern Living

This is one of my favorite images–one that I have shared in many of my holiday decorating workshops.  Want to create this look, follow the steps below!

1.  Purchase an inexpensive wall dressing mirror from your local discount store.  Paint the frame gold or silver, and then place the mirror in the center of your dining table.

2.  Gather a grouping of glass and crystal candle holders, making sure you have a variety of sizes and styles. Arrange the candle holders along the surface of the mirror.

3.  Add a few flower bunches, placed in decorative vases, along the mirror surface.

And you’re done!


Here, a decorative ribbon has been taped (double-sided tape) around the candle.  Not only do I love these candles for decorating, but I love the idea of creating a few of these for gift giving.  And, you are really make them your own by using ribbons that coordinate with your Christmas decor or gift wrap.

 Southern Living

Here’s another take on embellished candles.  Ribbons and initial sticker labels give these candle character, and grouping them altogether really makes a statement. 

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Southern Living

What a great ideas for an arrangement on your covered porch or deck. 


Many of the candle arrangements above utilize unscented candles, which is great when you have multiple candles grouped together. But, I always like to have at least one scented candle in my home during the holidays, to really give me that feeling of Christmas.  Here are my top holiday scented candles. 


Thymes Frasier Fur

If you haven’t tried the Thymes Frasier Fur candle, you’re missing out.  The scent is incredible and really smells like a fresh-cut Christmas tree.  This is my all-time favorite holiday candle.

Diptyque Fireside

If you don’t have a fireplace in your home, but want the smell of a crackling fire, this is the candle for your.  And, after the holidays, make sure to try some of the other fabulous Diptyque scents!


Illume Balsam & Cedar

I’ve carried this candle in my store for years and it is always a top seller.  One of the things I like most about Illume, is that their candle scents come in a variety of packaging options, so there is a look for every decor style.  The Balsam and Cedar is a great holiday scent that will even work well in your home, into the new year.

The Nouvelle Candle Company makes great candles!  During the holidays, I love to burn Savannah Holly and other times of the year, my favorite scent is Crepe Myrtle.  You can buy Nouvelle candles at Monarchesheaven.com.

If you don’t already have holiday candles in your home, it’s not too late.  Stop by your favorite gift store, and pick up a few for yourself and for last-minute gift giving!

Do you have a favorite holiday scented candle?



Pantone has spoken, and the 2011 Color of the year is HONEYSUCKLE!



I was thrilled when I read about the Color of The Year, not only because of how bold and dynamic Honeysuckle is, but because of how this color can make a room come to life and energize whatever it adorns.  Here are a few inspiring spaces that have been touched with a bit of Honeysuckle.

House Beautiful

I love how the honeysuckle pillows provide a vibrant pop against this camel sofa–classic yet modern.

House Beautiful
House Beautiful–Windsor Smith

As a backdrop, a toned down version of honeysuckle provides the right amount of depth and energy to give this room a warm, comfortable vibe.

Southern Accents

I love when a room makes a bold statement.  The honeysuckle walls combined with chocolate furnishings and creamy white accents make this room feminine without being too girly.  Even my husband said he could live comfortably in this room.

Decor Pad
House Beautiful

Sometimes a bedroom just has to be pink!

House Beautiful–Suzanne Kasler
House Beautiful

One of the hottest color combos is honeysuckle and lime green.  The black accents help to ground everything, without taking away any of the rooms energy.

Exquisite Furniture Design

Not a kitchen for the faint of heart.  After seeing this space, I’d paint my kitchen Honeysuckle in a minute.  And, isn’t that chandelier just darling?

Via Material Girls

via Material Girls

Not only do I love Honeysuckle in home decor, I love the color in paper goods too!  Several years ago, I decided to develop a signature gift wrap for myself, combining Honeysuckle and Red.  Now, every time I give a gift, it’s wrapped in my signature colors, giving my gifts a real sense of personalization.

  Here are a few photos of my wrappings.



So what do you think of the color Honeysuckle?  Does it lift your spirits?

Oh Christmas Tree!

I’m a sucker for unique Christmas Tree decor.  I love it when someone steps out of the traditional Christmas box and creates a tree with loads of personality and flair.  Here are a few really stunning Christmas trees, that may inspire you to go a little crazy this year.


All You

I love the white tree decorated with bright and colorful ornaments.  This tree just makes me smile.

All You 

Red Accents really bring this tree to life, and the mix of eclectic ornaments adds to the fun.

Simple and Sophisticated!

Country Living

Even without a ton of ornaments you can create a really pretty tree.  The bright colors, variety of ornament shapes and long dangling glass ornaments all are it took to make this tree stand out.

Designed by the uber talented Tobi Fairley for her daughter’s play room.  The monkey theme is so adorable.

Southern Living

I love a potted Christmas tree, and the turquoise ornaments and ribbon just make this tree single–Joy To The World.

Do you have a unique Christmas Tree decor you’d like to share?  Send me photos and I’ll share with my readers.




A Little Holiday Inspiration

Sorry I’ve been MIA for the last week or so.  Owning a home decor and gift store this time of year can be a bit overwhelming, and at times utterly exhausting. 

 The seven Christmas Trees in the store are under constant re-design as the ornaments and festive pics get taken off of them in waves.  The beautifully decorated  garland that was so lovingly hung in early October is now looking like a wind-blown tree, and there’s glitter in every nook and cranny of the store (and on my body as well).  But, given all the work that goes into the store this time of year, there really is nothing more magical and fun than helping people create holiday magic for their homes.

While I gather my energy for another week of holiday home decorating, I though I’d share a few holiday images that have inspired me this time of year.  Enjoy!


 Style at Home





 All You

 Martha Stewart

Good Housekeeping


Style at Home

Style at Home

Pottery Barn

Southern Living

Pottery Barn


Mercury Glass is one of my current holiday decorating obsessions, and even lead me to decorate my home in all silver and mercury glass.  I’ll share a few photos once all the decorating is complete, but until then, if you’d like to make your own Mercury Glass Candleholders, Martha Stewart has easy how-to instructions here.


Happy Decorating!


Blog Love

I follow many blogs, but there are always a few that stand out in crowd, ones that I look forward to reading every day.  One of my favorite blogs is High Heel Foot In The Door, penned by the very talented New York designer Camila. 

Camila writes about many different subjects related to interior design, but one of my favorite elements of her blog are all the DIY projects she completes, along side husband and handyman extraordinaire, Jon. 

With Camila’s design vision and Jon’s craftsmen skills, this duo can work some magic on a piece of furniture, create inexpensive, but dynamic wall decor and turn an ordinary space in their home into something beautiful.

Camila & Jon (such a cute couple)


Here are a few of their DIY projects that deserve rave reviews….


Camila and Jon rescued this chest of drawers before in landed in the landfill.


     Jon went to work, and transformed it into this!

Inspired by this photo from Country Living…


 Camila and Jon took some black electrical tape and created this wonderful striped wall  in her sister’s NY apartment.

How about this plain bay window….

Transformed into this stylish and cozy little nook.

 Whenever I feel like I want to get my hands dirty and undertake a DIY project, I turn to High Heel Foot In the Door and see what Camila and Jon have been up to. 

If you’re a DIY’er, visit Camila’s blog for endless inspiration.

Who are some of your design inspirations?


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