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Blue and Gold Kitchens–Go Navy!

Maybe I just have Navy on my mind as we did just spend the weekend in Annapolis where I was surrounded by Blue and Gold. (Leave it to me to turn a tailgate and football game into a decorating inspiration, but whatever.)                        

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Choosing Paint Colors for Open Floor Plan–Like Finding Jeans that Fit

  The question I get asked the most is what color should I paint my walls when the walls merge into 17 other spaces aka an open floor plan. People always want me to give them a magic answer that does not include the word beige. I get it. I’m not a fan of “beige” either. Open floor plans equal several walls that you see simultaneously–that means lots of square footage. This is not the opportunity to show your individuality and your love of color. Go neutral, you don’t have to call it “beige”–call it “Moonlit Mushroom” or “Hint of Chocolate”. You showcase your personality in other ways–accent chairs, a kitchen island, pillows, a wallpapered accent wall, rugs. And if you really want some diversity with the neutral color take the whole paint card and choose a few of the shades off the card for the surrounding opening rooms.   If in doubt about which neutral shade to go with–go lighter instead of darker. The color always intensifies and looks brighter once it goes on …

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Plug-In Wall Sconces–Did I Just Blow Your Mind?

Plug-in wall sconces–who knew? I love writing these groundbreaking posts. Yes, you don’t need an expensive electrician to have wall mounted lighting. You can buy them with a regular ordinary cord and plug it into your wall and it will still look great. Think of the possibilities–free up room on your bedside table, better light for reading, intentional lighting where you need it, highlight a great spot. I know…your mind is blown.     Photo by Cynthia Lynn Photography    Photo by The Design Atelier –    Photo by Rauser Design – Look for farmhouse bedroom design inspiration

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5 Ways to Add Curb Appeal…Or How to Camouflage An Ugly House

Are you living in an ugly house? (The house above is not an example of this.) Never fear if you have one of the less than attractive ones–your house just needs make-up. 5 Ways to Add Curb Appeal…Or How to Camouflage An Ugly House. 1.Vines. If your house isn’t wood—use cover up. I can almost hear the home inspectors screaming. Do your research. Some will tear off your gutters, some look bad in the winter, and some are prone to being a highway for insects. But some can WOW. (Southern Living Do’s and Don’ts) I know none of these examples were ugly houses to start with–but this is meant to inspire:) 2.Paint your front door. Let’s face it–we all look better with a little color. 3.Flowering anything. Bushes, trees, flowers. 4.Spruce up your grass. (It’s the hair cut of the bunch.) 5.Flare. Big colorful pots flanking the front door, porch lights, door knocker, front door mat, wreath, and/or dare I say a lawn ornament or two?  

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Spring Cherry Blossom Love and Party Decor

We live in DC so naturally we couldn’t miss seeing the Cherry Blossoms-   Somebody please throw a party and invite me–the ideas below are so beautiful:  

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Agate and Geode Style

I went to the Smithsonian National History Museum in DC with my Mom and Dad awhile back and was dazzled. I keep thinking I need more geodes and agates in my life, don’t you? Like these napkin rings from my blog post a few days back: Or this jewelry: Or just any of these gorgeous ideas below… My birthday is coming up just in case anyone is interested.

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Easter Table Ideas (Love)

  Easter Table Ideas (Love)…I broke it down into three categories: Easy, Not As Easy, and Do Not Attempt. “Easy” “Not As Easy” “Do Not Attempt”  

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Life After Junk Store

  I’m just a table Yes, I’m only an ugly table. And I’m sitting here at a junk store Well, it’s a long, long journey To your door It’s a long, long wait While I’m sitting here out of date But I know I’ll be fine decor At least I hope and pray that I’m able But today I am still just an ugly table Boy: Gee, Ugly Table, you certainly have a lot of patience and courage. Ugly Table: Well I got this far. When I started, I wasn’t even a table, I was just a tree. I’m just a table Yes I’m only an ugly table And I got dumped at this junk store Well, now I’m stuck in this store And I’ll sit here and wait While a few key people discuss and debate Whether they should paint Boy: Listen to that couple arguing! Is all that discussion and debate about you and whether it’s worth it to repaint you? Bill: Yeah, I’m one of the lucky ones. Most ugly tables never even get this far. Boy: Isn’t repainting a …

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Christmas Hangover or…Mantle Decorating Ideas.

  I have successfully taken down most of my Christmas decorations. I have no idea what was where before the whole decorating takeover happened. I have a Christmas hangover. Everything is bare and I am ok with that. I am also experiencing decorating lethargy at the moment. If you, like me, need a few simple inspirations to try to copy–well, here you go. Mantles. That’s all I could muster–lol. We will try for another category next time;)

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Picture Frame Love

  Darn you inconvenient budget. Darn you fickle design trends. And darn you expensive-complicated-high-maintenance-picture-framing projects. I was trending once. Several years ago I carefully framed all of our family pictures in white mattes with wide black frames and artfully hung them on our stairwell in a manner that would make Pottery Barn proud. Then we moved, twice, and everything went into boxes. Now the whole mess sits in two large dish pack size moving boxes in the basement. Those heavy black frames are sooooo 2005. Insert eye rolling. I almost started replacing the frames with white wood but that would have been SO 2012. It’s maple now. If you don’t have maple on your walls then just quietly keep your drapes drawn. Elizabeth Metcalfe Interiors & Design Inc.   Traditional Dining Room by Santa Monica Photographers Meghan bob Photography   It’s not maple but I will look the other way- Richmond Kitchen & Bath Designers Kelly Brown Interiors    New York Interior Designers & Decorators West Chin Architects & Interior Designers   Scandinavian Hall by …