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Comment from DesignStaging: Although it’s still 98 degrees here in Houston, I am ready for Fall decor and the warmth the colors bring.

Interiors for Families

I SO wanted to do a post about summery, beachy, coastal decor today – we’ve spent several days at Second Beach here in Newport while on vacation, and I’ve been more inspired than usual. However, the fact of the matter is that fall is just around the corner, and for those of us (most of us) who are not fortunate to actually live on the coast of some body of water, that often means switching up the seasonal accessories.

I definitely will not be doing any elaborate autumnal accessorizing this year, as we’re moving in a couple of months, so I thought I’d live vicariously through others who have created beautiful fall vignettes that might inspire you to do the same. Click on the photo sources for more information on how to recreate these looks, or use them as a jumping off point to do your own thing!

 

Cornucopia Table

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Comment by DesignStaging: Here’s that opportunity to create that great “impression” and entice the buyer to want to see more! Thanks Imogen for sharing.

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Your entrance hall is the first opportunity buyers will have of seeing inside your house (after their first impressions of the outside) so it’s important to stage it right. The hallway needs to set the tone for the rest of the house in terms of colour, style and feeling. If buyers love your hallway they will want to continue onto the other rooms.  Here are a couple of tips:

  • Daily life needs to be stored away. No evidence of keys, shoes, schoolbags, hats, post, homework or family photos
  • If your hallway is your main entrance then it probably needs a good clean and a coat of paint. Hallways usually take a lot of wear and tear
  • The paint colour that you choose should blend in with the rest of the house and be light yet welcoming. A warm neutral such as Dulux Hogbristle, quarter or half strength is perfect

  • Hallways…

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More diy ideas… give your decor some spark!

Great DIY project!

I love mercury glass and have started collecting it. I am helping with a wedding in the next year and thought it would look very pretty at the reception for votive holders and vases. The only problem is the hefty price tag. So, I thought I’d try my hand at making my own.

For this DIY you will need:

Step 1:  Spray the inside with Looking Glass Spray.

Step 2:  Distress it!

3.  Repeat! Repeat steps 1 & 2 on the outside until you acheive the desired effect.

4.  Spray light coat of Looking Glass Spray over the outside.

And the result…

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Sequins and Ponies

I’m inspired every morning waking up to Paddington and Chloe enjoying the window ledges in my loft. Stalking the pigeons who gather on the outer ledges, or lounging lazily — they are always so happy for a light-filled perch against the glass. While I don’t fit quite so comfortably on the window ledges, I often wish for a modern window seat to lounge with a good book or to simply admire the sunshine.

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My Life~My Styles

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                                         via pinterest from picklee.com

Found this while browsing Pinterest, which now that I have my new IPhone I do a lot. In fact, way to much.

I downloaded the Instagram app but am actually scared to start using it because it will be another distraction.

What did we do with all of our time before, blogs, twitter, facebook and the list goes on?

You can check out my small version of a gallery wall here.

Just wanted to share~

Thanks for stopping by!

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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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Thrift Store Finds

Thrift Store Finds.

Interiors for Families

As a mother and devotee of family-oriented design, I probably look at dozens of photographs of nurseries online every single day – whether I’m shopping for my own child’s room, or just surfing great design sites and blogs. There is so much creativity out there, and it can be very inspiring. Before my child was born, I spent countless hours on these sites trying to pull together the elements of my son’s nursery. At the same time, I was doing tons of research on caring for infants, parenting, etc. – as a first-time mom, I really wanted to get it right and be super prepared when my son arrived.

These are some pictures that are relatively typical of what I found (note: the photos below are a mix of ‘selling’ images, and ‘design’ images).

Photo sources: 1, 2, 3. Project Nursery. 4. Pinterest via Justine Blakeney. 5. Dwell Studios…

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What’s in Your Toolbox?

What’s in Your Toolbox?.

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