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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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Friday Favorite: Black and White

Miles Redd's room always have a touch of allure. He often uses art by Franz Kline.

Miles Redd’s room always have a touch of allure. He often uses art by Franz Kline.

I love the color black, and not just because it’s slimming.

I’ve known for a long time that my preferred styles are odes to the past with a few glamorous, contemporary bursts. In studying my favorite rooms and designers, I kept noticing that most of the spaces balanced the traditional pieces with a punch of modern art; specifically black and white abstract expressionism. Continue reading

Window Dressing

Notice where Mrs. Bunny Williams hung her drapery; ceiling to floor panels bring your eye up and add a touch of luxury.  ~from Architectural Digest

Notice where Mrs. Bunny Williams hung her drapery; ceiling to floor panels bring your eye up and add a touch of luxury. ~from Architectural Digest

Window metaphors and references are endless.   Our eyes are windows to our souls, God is said to open one when a door closes, and the law of window cleaning claims that “it’s on the other side.”

Despite our love of window analogies, often times the windows in our homes get neglected or poorly dressed.  I have been quite guilty of this, too. Continue reading

What makes a Christmas Tree beautiful?

One of my favorite rooms at the Biltmore House, decorated for Christmas.

One of my favorite rooms at the Biltmore House, decorated for Christmas. Notice the limited color palette that complements the room’s decor.

I have always loved the pageantry that goes into Christmas décor. As a little girl, getting the Christmas ornaments out of the attic, fluffing the garlands, and watching my mother make beautiful bows were just as exciting as seeing what Santa brought me on Christmas morning (okay, ALMOST as exciting… I really love presents.)

There was just something about the experience of decorating with my mother that made the tree so special. 

[There was also usually an anecdote that accompanied buying that year’s tree; like the one year the tree flew off the car’s roof on the way home, so we just went to another lot and bought a second one. Or, the year we didn’t have enough string to secure it, so my mom just rolled down the car window and held on to the tree while driving 15 mph all the way home.]

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Friday Favorite: 2014 Art & Antiques Show

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December 5th through the 7th in Jacksonville, Florida

Late last November I got an email from a friend that said she had extra tickets to the  Art & Antiques Show lectures. “Would you want to go? Miles Redd will be there on Friday, and Bunny Williams, James Farmer, and Danielle Rollins will be speaking on Saturday.”

What? YES!  Bunny Williams is going to be in Jacksonville? Miles Redd is coming? What is this wonderful event and why hadn’t I heard about it?

I was so excited and responded with a big “YES AND THANK YOU” before I even looked at the dates and times of the event. In that moment, nothing else mattered because I was going to hear Bunny Williams discuss her life and decorating style, and give advice.

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[master bath] Wallpaper on Trial

Gold Dot Decals as Wallpaper from The Lovely Wall Co.

Gold Dot Decals as Wallpaper from The Lovely Wall Co.

Wallpaper is serious. It contributes to a woman’s increasing insanity in the short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper.” It even plays a role in Oscar Wilde’s last words, “This wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. Either it goes or I do.” I love wallpaper, but it is quite a commitment. Continue reading