Charming French Country Style

French country style infuses a home with incomparable warmth and welcoming charm, with an artful balance between earthy and chic. When creating this style, the goal in a French country design is to create an interior that is rustic, yet chic. The appeal lies in the provincial sentiment of the furniture, embellishments, and the simple blends of hues.

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A Thankful Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving at our home this year was simply one of the best! This is definitely a year moving into the holidays that I have so much to be truly thankful for. My amazing husband, family, friends, and health are all tops on the list!

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5 Quick Decorating Tips

Seasons change. Moods change. Here are a 5 quick decorating tips that you can easily incorporate into your home decor when you are feeling it’s time for a change.

Go Floral.

Don’t underestimate the “power of the flower”. Fresh flowers add an instant lift to any space. Regardless of the seasons, you can freshen your space with this quick fix picked up from the local farmers market, your grocery store, or your own yard.

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Slipcover Your Sofa.

Transform your living room with an easy DIY slipcover using drop cloths or SureFit slipcovers. The slipcover has come a long way these days and the transformation can truly be amazing.

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Have Fun with New Throw Pillows.

Oh my goodness! Throw pillows are so easy and so fun!

Easy tip — you can purchase your pillow forms and find beautiful pillow covers reasonably priced and change as you wish. You can also just insert the existing pillow in a new pillow cover and create a fresh new look.

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Add Organic Textures with Rugs.

Update your look with a sisal, seagrass, or my favorite chunky jute rug layered with a beautiful hide.

 

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Get Creative with Decorative Trays.

You can add a little pop of “wow” with a pretty tray and accessories. This is also a nice way to organize all the random items on your coffee table, i.e. remotes, coasters, etc. Use what you have to create a sweet vignette.

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Rooms That Totally Nail The Layering Look

Simply put, you’re either a fan of hide rugs or you’re not. Personally, I love adding layers and layers of texture in a space and a “hide” rug on a natural fiber rug such as seagrass, sisal, or a chunky jute is a beautiful way to add a touch of sophistication in any room. I’ve rounded up a few inspirations that totally nail this popular, on-trend look.

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8 Smart Design Ideas That Will Fool People Into Thinking You Are A Design Diva

Whether you’ve just moved or are looking for a quick, little room refresher, there are common interior design tricks that designers use that you can easily do with minimal effort and cost.  Sometimes the smallest things make the greatest impact. It could be the addition of a mirror, art, a lamp or even a plant. Maybe you want to incorporate the latest trend, soften your walls, brighten a room, or add some warmth to your living space. Here are a few design tips to inspire you!

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Lessons in Linen

Ahhh, Linen, smooth and fluid.  The term “linens” can more commonly refer to any household good, but this should not be confused with linen fabric. Linen textiles are some of the oldest in the world, dating back thousands of years. Linen is known to be the world’s strongest natural fiber. It is so durable it’s even used in paper money to increase strength! It is thicker than cotton and linen fiber has variable lengths, most of which are very long. This contributes to strength, which contributes to longevity. So, in other words, Linen lasts a very long time.

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Designer Tip: Master a Beautiful Window Treatment

Although many people think curtains and drapes are one in the same, there is a difference by definition and use, even though most of us use the words interchangeably.

Curtains usually are a lighter fabric, thin or sheer. They are not lined and allow the natural light in. I do not recommend curtains in a space where privacy is desired since you can see through them. They can also be colorful, and add a completed, decorative touch.

On the other hand, drapes are made with more weighted fabric and typically are lined. They are used for blocking out the light, cold and heat, as well as for privacy. They can hang from the top of windows to the floor for a more formal look.

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Styling with Ginger Jars

Ginger jars are a design classic, uniquely shaped and decorative in all their blue-and-white glory. Lately, I’ve seen them popping up in all sorts of surprising places and I love the simple, yet elegant style that white ginger jars grouped can create. But first, a little background on these gorgeous collectibles.

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Road Tripping

We celebrated our wedding anniversary on May 7 and this year we decided to make an adventure of it.  Our destination? We chose New Orleans for the annual Jazz Festival (Aerosmith was a bucket-list for both of us). Along the way, we detoured into Mobile, Alabama to tour the historic USS Alabama (another check off the bucket-list for my husband) and to see a few of the beautiful Antebellum homes. We were so excited to find a charming, romantic, beautifully restored Victorian Bed and Breakfast named the Fort Conde Inn.

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Let’s Hang — How to Create a Gallery Wall

One question that I am frequently asked is, “How do I create a gallery wall?” I love the look of a gallery wall and it is the perfect way to show off any unique art collection or to display your treasured family moments. But finding the perfect layout for a gallery wall can seem like an overwhelming task. First, put that hammer and nails down and have a plan. There are a few elements to consider before hanging art on the wall with these easy steps, hanging your own gallery can be simple and a whole lot less stressful.

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