Category Archives: Design

In this Sweet Waiting | Part 1

Jack’s nursery inspired by designer Mark Sikes.

I can’t even begin to count the conversations I’ve had with my mother about “waiting.” How many tears have I shed because I had to “wait” on something? An embarrassing amount is the best I can surmise. Especially when I was younger, having to wait for something or someone seemed akin to torture. As I think about it, that feeling of torturous waiting isn’t really exclusive to my younger years. I am pretty sure at the age of 28 I had a pretty intense emotional breakdown stemming from having to wait on something… which may or may not have been an item I purchased online that was backordered. (I was in dire need of perspective.)

Thank goodness even the poet Ralph Waldo Emerson wondered, “How much of human life is lost in waiting?” Amen, Mr. Emerson! It always makes me feel better to find a shared human experience, especially when it’s someone as intellectual as one of the literature greats.

It wasn’t until 6 months ago that I fully understood that waiting could be sweet.

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Tablescapes are Not Only for the Dining Room

Mary McDonald Tablescape in Tangerine

I LOVE getting questions from my girlfriends about their houses.

It sends me on a little research project to make sure I give them the perfect, researched advice. It’s nerdy, exhilarating, and fabulous. For me, it’s second only to presents.

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Are You Missing the Mi’X’?

Eddie Ross for Ballard Designs

My husband, as an Algebra teacher, is always teaching his students to “solve for X.”

It takes work, and you HAVE to think.

There are rules to finding it, but within those rules there are different approaches to that problem.

The X is unknown. The X can change. But, the “X” is what make things great. 

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If you “only” had $1,000…

Million Dollar Decorating Podcast

“If you only had $1,000 to furnish and decorate your empty home,
how would you spend it?” (James Swan, Million Dollar Decorating Podcast)

That is the last question interior designer James Swan asks each guest he interviews on his podcast Million Dollar Decorating.

And I have answered it differently in my head after each podcast episode I’ve listened to!

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Designer Barbara Westbrook | Shaped by Jesus & Antiques

Barbara Westbrook Gracious Rooms
Interior Designer Barbara Westbrook grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia, situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and in the heart of the Bible Belt. She remembers accompanying her mother to Mrs. Jackson’s Antiques Shop as much as attending services at church, “You could say I grew up shaped by Jesus and antiques.”

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Jackie O’s Interior Designer is Coming to Jacksonville

From Architectural Digest 2014

From Architectural Digest 2014

Jackie O’s interior designer, Richard Keith Langham, is coming to Jacksonville. What an opportunity we have to hear from the man that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis chose to be her designer. 

“I hope life gives you back all the nice things that you put into it for other people,” Mrs. Onassis wrote to Langham on the back of a postcard of the Louvre in Paris.

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