April, 2011

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Color Superstar!

Friday, April 29th, 2011


That’s right, Kelly Ann Bernier, is going to be a color superstar!   I am so excited that I decided to take the opportunity to meet and learn from my blogging friend Maria Killam in Atlanta in a couple weeks. 


Discovering Maria’s blog, Colour Me Happy, a couple years ago changed my life.  I’m serious.  I have learned so much from her, not only about color, but also how to reach for what I have a passion for:

orange flower



Decorating and color!

I think that I do great selecting the perfect paint color for myself and my clients.  After Maria’s color-class in a few weeks, I will be transformed into a superstar!  This class will increase my color knowledge in both interior and exterior color selecting.  Maria performs a hands-on class, which is my best and favorite way to learn.  If you read Maria’s blog, you can see how she explains and teaches undertones so well, which is a huge part of color selecting.  Fabulous and fun!


I try and go to my IRN conference every year and besides all that I learn and all the great people I see, one of my favorite parts is my own hotel room.  Is that weird?  But it just tickles me to have a room all to myself for a couple days that I can do what I want, eat when I want and watch what I want.   And the best part I love-  getting that quiet knock on the door in the early am bringing me a fresh pot of hot coffee! Heaven!!

Dubai Luxury Hotels

A few of the other attendees in the upcoming training and myself have been emailing each other making cocktail hour plans for the first night.  I can’t wait!  Learning about color for three days with Maria Killam- how great is that!

Have a wonderful weekend my friends!  Finally- sunny, warm weather here in New England!

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Before & After Canopy Bed

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Have you ever take an inspirational photograph of a room you love, and try to duplicate it?

round table2 

There used to be an HGTV show that was based on that idea. They tried to recreate a stunning, expensively designed room on a small budget.  Does anyone remember the name of that show?  It was on a few years ago.

Style: "T10236_Living2"

Well, when I saw this photo below:

 white canapy

I really, really loved it and thought I would give it a try.  I bought four white window sheers from JC Penny’s inexpensively at $42.00 .  I purchased the 84” length but the 95” would have also worked well.

2 Piece Solid White Sheer Window Curtains/drape/panels/treatment 58

 I took out the two hems (four total),  and got out my old but trusty sewing machine and sewed two panels together.


This was the room below before I redecorated.  It is another guest room in my NH home. I did like it,  I just get this crazy urge to decorate something and then watch out!


 And now with the canopy:


What do you think?


I thought it looked so inviting that I took a little nap on Saturday afternoon!


If you need decorating help, contact me today!

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Easter Dreaming…..

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011




So beautiful, aren’t they?


The photographer’s name is Julia Hoersch.


I think I have fallen in love.  I am so impressed with these photographs.


So, so adorable!


(I  think the goats above are a little creepy.) 


Look how sweet:


I hope you enjoyed.  Comments?

Other topics you might enjoy:

Obsessing over Tablescapes

Inspiring Spring Tablescapes

Pottery Barn’s Spring 2011 Colors

Bring in Spring by Forcing Branches Now

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Designer Favorite Amanda Nisbet

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

This is the first photo I saw of Amanda’s work a couple years ago and it was love at first sight:

I love her use of colors, the symmetry and the cozy feel of all of her rooms.


Below is another of my favorite rooms she has designed:


I know you have already seen a lot of her designs featured in House Beautiful, Veranda, Elle Decor and Traditional Home.  I just wanted to share a few of my favorites with you.




How fun her designs are!




I Love- LOVE- the window treatment fabric pictured above and below! Actually, I love all the fabrics!


Look how serene this  bedroom is below:


Not the usual riot of colors she is known for.  I still think it is very beautiful.


I just love the colors in this room!  I do not think I am brave enough to combine coral and pink like she did.



If you have not seen enough of her beautiful work here, be sure to visit her online portfolio here.  You can also see her beautiful collections of fabric, lighting and linens.  Gorgeous!!

Amanda Nisbet

I hope you enjoyed looking through her photos!  How about you?Comments?

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