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Scalamandre Zebra Wallpaper

One of the things I’ve noticed since I started blogging is that when a popular blogger decorates with hot design trend, it starts showing up all over blogland in one bloggers home after another. As I designer, I’m exposed to the trends more than the average person and while I find myself gravitating towards what’s ‘hot’, I’m starting to feel like some design statements are becoming overused.

What I see happening is that homes are losing their unique personality because everyone is jumping on the same bandwagon.  And it’s also happening in fashion too!

  Take the black and white Ikea Lappljung pattern.  First it was the pillow

Ikea Lappljung Pillow

and then the rug.  Or did the rug come first?   It wouldn’t surprise me if every home in American owned one or both of these items.

(I own the pillow)

Ikea Lappljung Rug

And I’m not even going to mention the Vargyllen pillow.

Vargyllen Pillow--Ikea

Now let’s take a look at six trends that may be reaching the level of over-exposure…

 I’m seeing this Malakos Malachite pillow showing up in so many bloggers homes and on the pages of magazines. Malachite has been a major trend for several seasons now  and while malachite furniture can be pricey, in a pillow the trend becomes something everyone can afford.

Malakos Malachite Pillow

Ok, how many of you have seen this Eliza J Scarf Print Maxi dress showing up on fashion bloggers feeds over the last two weeks.  I think this is the ‘it’ dress of the summer and will be showing up at parties, soirees and even blog conferences across the country.  I spotted the green version at Dillard’s a few weeks ago and even considered buying it myself.

 Eliza J Scarf Print Dress--Coral Eliza J Scarf Print Dress--Green

It appears that a hot commodity in bedding these days is the black and white Linden Duvet from Crane and Company.  I’ve seen multiple bloggers/designers using this set in recent bedroom designs and I think it just highlights the fact that black and white color palettes are popular right now and classic will always be in style.   I love this bedding but I’m going to put a twist on the look for my spring bedroom refresh that I’ll be revealing next week.

Linden Bedding from Crane and Company

Need a little something to hang on the wall?  Well, how about the Beverly IV Tropical Palm Leaves image that is showing up in droves across blogland. It’s bold and dynamic, and fits in with the bohemian modern decorating style that so many people are loving these days.  If the art is a bit much for you, this pattern is also trending in pillow form and as a wallpaper.

Beverly Palm Leaves Artwork

Beverly Tropical Palm Pillow

Beverly Tropical Palm Leaves Wallpaper

Another super hot wallpaper design is the Cole and Company Birch Tree pattern.  It’s being used in just about every room of the home but I especially love it in a bathroom.  It’s fun to see such a unique look become so popular.  If you’re interested, you can purchase the UK design wallpaper from Anthropologie here.

Birch Tree Wallpaper in the bathroom

Birch Tree Wallpaper form Cole and Sons

When it comes to flooring, this Basket Weave Tile just might win for tile of the year.  The black and white color combo is classic and easily mixes with any accent color.  While the tile might be most suited for the bathroom, I must admit I also like it as a kitchen backsplash.

Basket Weave Tile

Basket Weave Tile in Kitchen

So, what’s your take on these trends becoming over-exposed?  Are you one to join in on the fun or are you doing your own thing?


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Hello and welcome to a new week!  As you may have noticed, the blog has been a little silent the last few days.  Last week was one of those weeks when my schedule got the best of me and blogging got pushed to the side.  Despite everything and a week of rainy days, I had a good week and got lots accomplished.

One of the fun things on my schedule last week was a preview event for the Atlanta Symphony Decorators’ Show House.  Along with select designers and bloggers, I was invited to a private tour of the home before it opened to the public.  Having attended many of the ASO show house over the years, I must say at this years’ show house, Chateau Soleil is one of my all-time favorites.

Let me take you on a little tour….

Chateau Soleil

Built in 1998 and designed by architect William T. Baker, the 14,000 sq. foot French style estate sits on 2 beautifully landscaped acres.  Named for its sunny, golden façade, Château Soleil is a show-stopper both inside and out.


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There is just something about a garden bench nestled amongst tress in the yard or cozied up on a front porch. In addition to adding architectural interest in your yard, a decorative garden bench is a perfect way to personalize your outdoor living space.


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Happy Friday!

I’ve got some great links for you to enjoy today but first I wanted to say Thank You to everyone that took the time to wish me Happy Birthday here on the blog, Facebook and instagram. You really know how to make a girl feel special.   I spent the day with a good friend shopping Scott’s Antique Market, received lots of cards and a special gift in the mail from another friend and had a relaxed dinner at my favorite Mexican restaurant with the hubby. All in all, it was a great day!

Enjoy these links and have a super weekend!

Love The Home You Have



What do you do to Find Your JOY at Home?


Such a beautiful outdoor space with lots of DIY ideas.


If you need a dose of spring, check out these amazing photos.

Home Tour

The quirky details in this home tour will make you smile and the bathroom will make your envious!

Miss Mustard Seed

Her painting and DIY skills never fail to impress and I must say this is one of my favorite pieces she’s ever done.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Do you love grilled cheese sandwiches?  If not, this might change your mind.


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Start Each Day

Today’s my birthday and I thought what better way to celebrate than to bring you some party inspiration.


A garden party is the perfect way to celebrate any special occasion during the spring and summer.  A table runner made from turf add a touch of realism and whimsey!

Via Ruffled Blog

Ruffled Blog

Get inspired by this Chanel themed dessert bar and create a theme for your next soiree or party!

Via Best Friends For Frosting

Best Friends For Frosting

The little touches you add to your party decor can make it extra special.  I love the idea of adding large glitter to the water in flower vases for a hint of sparkle and glam.

Via Mod Wedding

Mod Wedding

And when it comes time for the cake, how about creating a beautiful tower of cupcakes and flowers.  The perfect way to say Happy Birthday!

Gift Wrap Inspiration by ConfettiStyle4

Tutorial for ribbon tie gift boxes here.

Cupcake Tower

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 I’m off for a day of fun!  First up Scott Antique Market (I haven’t been in months) and then a birthday dinner with the hubs.

Pop Fizz clink


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Can you tell that I have night stands on my mind?

I’ve been thinking about changes I want to make to the decor on our nightstand.  I’ll be keeping the mirrors but can’t decide the direction I want to go with the accessories.

Do I keep the accessorizing to a minimum like this?

 Nightstand Vignette2


Or go for a layered look something like this?

Nightstand Vignette3


When it comes to decorating your nightstand is your style ‘less is more’ or ‘more is better’?


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As part of my master bedroom refresh I’m working on, I’m considering painting the nightstand.  The wood and details on the nightstand are really nice so I’m struggling with giving it a new look or keeping it as is.

I don’t have a photo where you can see the full piece but you can get a feel for it here.


Naturally as part of my decision-making process I went looking for some inspiration.

Here’s what inspired me…

I love the look of this piece with the gold accent but don’t know if my piece is large enough to pull off this look.

Black Nightstand


Crystal knobs and gold trim similar to the details on this piece might work but then again it might be too contemporary for our space.

Black Nightstand2


I love the look of these oval brass handles and think that kind of detail would work great on our piece.

Black Nightstand3


Or maybe some decorative drawer pulls??  This piece has similar lines and details to our so this might be the winner.

Black Nightstand4


So many ideas to consider and one big question to get answered…will the hubs let me paint a perfectly good wood piece?

Stay tuned.


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I love me some jewelry.  If I ever leave home without earrings on, I feel naked and jewelry is one of my favorite impulse purchases. (tip:  I always keep a pair of classic silver hoops in my wallet just in case)

My first buying job out of college was as an assistant buyer in the jewelry department for a department store in Seattle.  This was back in the day when  Monet was the ‘it’ fashion brand, Swatch watches were the style statement and it was trendy to only wear one earring like Janet Jackson did.  (I know I’m not the only one who wore a key as an earring:)

Times have changed and so have the styles of jewelry that are now considered basic wardrobe elements.  I thought it would be fun to take a look back at a few styles that made the 80’s great and what earring styles are considered an essential wardrobe staple today.


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