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My Favorite Season — Autumn

“In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November”.
Rose G. Kingsley
The Autumn Garden.

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Closet Inspirations: Seasonal Assessments Of Personal Style

Wow! My type of closets….

House Appeal

At the change of seasons, we find ourselves pondering the needs of our changing wardrobes. It becomes key to reassess our closets, armoires and other means of stylishly housing our collected and treasured classic pieces, esteemed shoes and coveted accessories.

To find inspiration within our own wardrobes of acquired taste is paramount. An evolution of personal style, indeed. What lines our shelves and hangs in waiting should not be a mass of fashionable moments of temporary style of fashionable seasons gone by, but garments that represent who we are today. Evolving style. Fine tuning our personal style and flair, I like to say. It is not a whirlwind of acquiring trends, but rather, obtaining classic pieces. Foundations. The basics, if you will. “Classics” that will travel with us through time, earning a deserving place amidst our inner walls. Trends have their place. Current style…

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the bedroom…

I am proud to say that I have grown to appreciate the sanctuary of my bedroom. Merriam-Webster defines a bedroom (noun) as a room furnished with a bed and intended primarily for sleeping. (*I know what you’re thinking..lol)  With that in mind, I have removed the television and added low lighting, a water fountain, and soothing music to achieve the total relaxation intended.

Today, we have a variety of styles to choose from, from tradition to bohemian, contemporary to avant-garde…  you can define your design style through the use of color, textures, linens, accessories, etc. Currently, my taste involves a more sterile environment – white linen, neutral accessories, and light & airy window treatments. This definitely helps with the laundry – no more sorting and having multiple loads. What is your style?

Check out some of my favorite styles for the bedroom on pinterest… enjoy and don’t forget to turn off the lights when you’re finished! 🙂

House Appeal

Every Summer I am overcome with fond memories of Long Island and the beach life style that it encompasses. Growing up within walking distance to the beach off the Long Island Sound, I soon realized that there was nothing quite like the Summer at the beach. Beach front homes with cedar shake shingles, the salt air, sandy dunes, ‘beach’ grasses blowing in the ocean breezes, and the somewhat rocky sand with tidal layers of dried seaweed along with an occasional horseshoe crab washed up with the tide. Life on Long Island….

The waves of inspiration taken from the ocean themed touches that incorporate natural beauty into interiors are indeed, ‘seasonless’. However, the Summertime feel is unmistakeable. Adding the color of the sea and the sky with an injection of subdued nautical details can perhaps emulate the beach-side scene. Whether you live by the beach…

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Even life’s relationships require design and staging…

Journey of a Grown Up Black Woman

I have a complex relationship with my daughter, Jordan.

At 25, she is brilliant and beautiful and headstrong, tenacious and stubborn, and has always been a bit different.  At one moment a consummate hippie desiring to live “off the grid” on the side of a mountain; at another moment, angling for a pink leather Coach purse.  She runs a small independent record label, is a journalist, a social media specialist, promotes and books bands, and has traveled on her own living in Denver and LA and NY. She went to college at 16, and I am in awe of her talent and courage and sheer chutzpah.  She is a giving and caring person.

And she is a study in contradictions. She teeters between “Mommy can you send me money?”, and indignantly declaring to me (with great drama and attitude) that she is “grown”, often in the same conversation. I don’t…

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Garlington Estate II

Amanda's Shabby Chic

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As I mentioned in my previous posting I am crazy about farmhouse chic and love Garlington Estate and the style of the new homes being built on the estate, and it is on my decorating wishlist.  Last year I renovated a really ugly house for a client and turned it into a farmhouse style provence home.  Unfortunately I have struggled to get my client to agree to me taking photo’s of the home, now that its complete, I must say the transformation is amazing, as I did take photo’s of the house when they first bought it before we made all the changes.  Its not offen I got to decorate in this style in Johannesburg, so this project was very refreshing.

Now that I am in the midlands I am excited and looking forward to being able to decorate more in the farmhouse style.  I did recently finish a…

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Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin Buy “House of Windsor,” Veranda’s Designer Showcase

Coldwell Banker Action Realty

by hookedonhouses on July 5, 2012

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin own multiple beautiful properties, including a Hamptons estate and a pristine Tribeca penthouse. Now they’ve reportedly snapped up Veranda’s chic “House of Windsor” show home in L.A.’s Mandeville Canyon for around $10 million. Take a look!

 

The 8,000 square-foot “House of Windsor” was built as a concept house by Windsor Smith. The rooms were decorated by different well-known L.A. designers such as Kathryn Ireland and Martyn Lawrence Bullard and featured in Veranda Magazine.

Windsor Smith says “Kitchens are the new living rooms.” I wouldn’t mind living in this one:

The Great Room:

The house has 6 bedrooms and 8 baths.

The master bedroom and bath:

The screening room was designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard:

There’s even a tricked-out stable in the backyard. Smith told the L.A. Times that she “wanted to give the property…

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Last stop today, Paris!

the paris apartment

hi guys, how’s your fourth going? it’s pretty dusky around here and i’m taking the sweet quiet time before fireworks to use my laptop for fun not work.

i just got these pics from my client in nice. i love their simplicity and that she’s letting things evolve.

she got flowers and more pieces arrived today.

this red chest was supposed to be fir printer and modem on the back wall but she switched it up, i like it.

this gray piece will probably move between the windows. the big mirror from the hall is now hung above the red chest. (it’s actually an armoire door i didn’t expect her to hang there but i dig it)!

the chars arrived!

and the full moon is the cherry on top. ok more soon, there’s the first firework pop… have a fun night!

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The Pantry

The Pantry.

THE KITCHEN IS THE HEART OF THE HOME

American Country Real Estate

Sellers never get a second chance to make a first impression.  You need to prepare for a showing as if you were preparing for your wedding.  Sounds, smells and what you see are all important.  Especially important is the kitchen.  Home owners spend most of their time in the kitchen.
You can make a good impression with your kitchen without investing a lot of money for remodeling.  In most cases, the seller can stage the space and make it more desirable by using simple, proven techniques.
After I list a home, I visit my client and go over each room and make suggestions for improvements.  I work as a team with my sellers and I am licensed to stage homes and I hold a certificate from American Staging Professionals.
Since the kitchen is the focal point of the home, I start there.  In one home, my client had a tiny kitchen with large furniture.  I suggested…

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