Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa don’t you find yourself being more considerate and kind to one another? There’s a magic in the air and it certainly makes it the most wonderful time of the year for me.Read More
What did you dream about becoming when you were young? Did you want to be a nurse, a firefighter, an acrobat? Most of us dreamed about becoming something like that because it sounded fun and exciting. As we got older, we realized we had to make a career choice based on ability, practicality, and finances. Pretty boring stuff, right?
When I was little, I wanted to do anything creative. I participated in art shows at school. I constantly rearranged my room at home. I even repainted my room (without permission) whenRead More
What we want to do: Sit around the fireplace sipping hot cocoa; gifts already wrapped under a beautifully decorated tree.
What we end up doing: Running around like a crazy person trying to make sure we remember everyone on our gift list, where we stored the wreath, and how we are going to wrap gifts AND cook.
That’s not how I want to spend the holidays and I’m sure you don’t want to either. Now is the time to put some organization in place so your holidays run more smoothly and you have more time to actually enjoy them.Read More
Only you can decide what gifts are right. You may decide to give the gift of an experience rather than a physical gift. You might choose to give your gift money to charity in honor of someone. Whatever you choose, let it come from your heart.
If you are having a hard time figuring out what to get for the special people in your life, I’ve put together a few helpful guides to make it easier to snag that perfect gift that will make someone smile.Read More
In less than two weeks, the family will be gathered around the table for Thanksgiving. Stories will be told and memories will be made. What are you thankful for this year? Will you go around the table and each list something? What are your Thanksgiving traditions like?
My grandmother always cooked a huge spread from scratch. We all sat around the table andRead More
Running a household involves a LOT of tasks! How can we do it all? From budgeting to parenting and everything in between. It can definitely feel overwhelming. That’s why we have to stick together and help each other out.Read More
Thanksgiving is only THREE AND A HALF WEEKS away! Oh my goodness! It’s time to start getting ready for all of those holiday meals. If you are cooking even one dish this year, you’ll want to be prepared. Knowing exactly what you’re making and how you’re going to make it will save you the headache and stress at the last minute. These are my favorite cooking essentials for the holidays or any other meal.Read More
My husband and I don’t have any children. Our babies are the two dogs we call Maggie and Sophie. Maggie a 13 year old black lab mix. I rescued her when her unweaned litter was dumped on the side of the road. Sophie is 3 and was also rescued from a litter that was going to be left behind. She’s a miniature pinscher mix. My love for dogs (well, all animals) started as early as I can remember.Read More
This past Monday, the design world lost a legendary designer. Mario Buatta, the “Prince of Chintz”, has left us. He was widely known for his lavish take on English Country style and his notable design work for Mariah Carey, Barbara Walters, and BIlly Joel. He also designed Blair House which is the guest house at The White House.Read More
Yesterday it FINALLY dipped below 60° here! Being in the South means we have a very late Fall or no Fall at all as we head into Winter. I’m so excited to have the chill in the air so I can wrap up in my favorite sweater with some warm cider (Confession:I still have never had a pumpkin spiced latte).
Fall is the perfect time for layering so I have put together a Fall wardrobe that is perfect for doing just that. Layering so much can get expensive so I’m sharing how to get the look for less. Cozy up with you favorite warm beverage and enjoy!Read More
Growing up, our house was always the one everyone wanted to come to. We have so many great family memories from Halloween because we had so much fun creating our haunted front yard! Make your house the scariest one on the block Your kids will love these spooky decor finds!Read More
Once I started my architecture program, I became aware that I could major in interior design. I made the switch and I was hooked. I’ve been a designer for almost 20 years now.
You may not want to attend design school and that is perfectly acceptable. Use your natural talent as a decorator! I would recommend taking some decorating courses to hone those skills. It’s important to have some training on things like scale, balance, space planning, and choosing the right paint colors.Read More
Every day we run around trying to get to get our kids to school, get to work, run errands, and be creative with dinner. Who has time to decorate their house? Moreover, who has the budget? Interior designers bring a lot of value and expertise into designing a home. We just all can’t afford it. But we want our homes to look nice and feel organized. So what is the solution?Read More
Autumn officially begins THIS WEEKEND! This is my favorite time of year. Fall foliage, football, apple cider, and sweater weather! I get so excited and I LOVE decorating my home with gorgeous fall decor.Read More
“This is the power of gathering: it inspires us - delightfully - to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.” - Alice Waters
When thinking about a Fall table style, we most often thinkRead More
Throughout my career as an interior designer, I have spent many years as a kitchen & bath designer. Many trends have come and gone but there are some pairings that are classic. These pairings are timeless and can be easily updated to evolve with the coming decades. I'm sharing my three favorite pairings with you.Read More
Decorating a home can be both costly and time-consuming. Oftentimes, we find ourselves living with the same old dreary furniture for two reasons:Read More
I'm going to tell you something I've never really discussed before. I have anxiety disorder.
When I was young, I was described as shy or standoffish. But anxiety is not shyness or insecurity. It is not just be stressed out or being a neat freak. It is not a choice, a weakness, or a flaw.
Anxiety is:Read More
My favorite season is right around the corner! Are you ready for bonfires, sweaters, and loads of apple cider? I know I am! It's time to break out the fall decor and start enjoying the season. I get so excited about decorating each season but it can get expensive! That's why I've pulled together some of my favorite, yet inexpensive, Fall finds just for you.Read More
Creating a well-designed home can be challenging and expensive. But it doesn't have to be. Interior designers spend years coming up with creative ways to give their clients more bang for their buck. We have learned a few simple tricks along the way.Read More