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A Few New Favorite Decorating Books 2014

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

I found a few new design books just in time for my Christmas list. I love to receive new books and I think they make a perfect gift.

Here are some of my favorites coffee table book selections this year:

Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life by Erin Gates

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This book is on the top of my list. I love Erin Gate’s style and the photos in the book are beautiful:

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House Beautiful Think Small: Make the Most of Every Square Foot by House Beautiful

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Below is another of my favorites. Look how pretty even the cover is:

Sarah Style  by Sarah Richardson

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Sarah definitely has style!:

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Creating Elegant Interiors: Designers in Their Own Words by Melissa Mather

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This book got great reviews:

Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures by Lara Spencer

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Here is a great resource gift for someone thinking of redoing their kitchen:

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The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by blogger Myquillyn Smith

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Just gorgeous!

One more book I thought would be interesting:

At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life by Jennifer L. Scott

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Hmmm… Interesting!

Happy Thanksgiving my Friends! I hope you have a safe and happy Holiday!

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Christmas Decorated Front Porches

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

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I can’t help being excited about starting to decorate for Christmas:

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The Season is so short and I want to enjoy it all! One of my first and favorite projects for Christmas/Winter is decorating the front porch:

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I have been looking through a few inspirational photos and wanted to share. I know you love looking through them as much as I do!:

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From the dramatic:

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To the simple:

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All so pretty!

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Last year I decorated our NH front porch to enter a contest:

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And I forgot to enter! awwww…..

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This year I am keeping it simple and fun to do.

Have you started Christmas decorating at your house?

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Color Tip For White Ceilings

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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Did you notice that sometimes white ceilings look gray? Especially in the corners?

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If the ceilings were painted in a pure, clean white such as Benjamin Moore Decorators White, that could be the reason. I have learned to never use a pure white on the ceiling because the blue undertone will often appear gray and flat.

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Why? Because white has no where to go except to gray when the lighting is dim. And who shines a bright light onto the ceiling? That’s why ceilings can look so dingy even after they are freshly painted. Another clean white paint example is Benjamin Moore’s Pure White.

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Just a color tip to consider next time you are choosing a white for your ceiling. Have you ever painted a clean white and thought it looked gray?

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Ceiling Paint Tip For Small Rooms

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

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I recently worked with a home owner choosing paint colors for her guest powder room. Since we were working with a  lighter color, one suggestion I made was to paint the ceiling the same color as the walls:

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I have found painting the ceilings in small spaces such as bathrooms, powder rooms and small spaces the same color as the walls, the line will blur where the wall and ceiling meets and avoid cutting up the space.

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Depending on the colors you choose, this can serve to make the space larger or smaller. For example, light ceilings and walls make a space feel open and airy, while a dark or rich color on ceilings and walls brings everything in and make it cozy.

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This design tip really works. It doesn’t make the ceiling seem higher,  it’s just the way the whole color envelops you, rather than being broken up visually. It makes the boundaries of the room disappear.

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This is especially true where there is no molding around the ceiling.

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What do you think? Have you tried this idea in your home?

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