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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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Move Over Chevron-The Tumbling Block Pattern Is Trending

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

A new trend is starting:

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Don’t you love the carpet above? I have been seeing this tumbling block pattern all over the web. On the walls:

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And tiles also:

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This pattern has been used for years by quilters. It is made to look three dimensional through color placement. It is really important to have distinct color groupings of light, medium and dark to create the effect of tumbling blocks. A perfect example of this is in the tile above.block quilt

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How about a Jonathan Adler pillow?:

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Love this:

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What do you think of the tumbling block pattern? I think they are going to gain in popularity because just imagine all the beautiful color combinations that can be made mixing different colors together! Have you noticed this pattern anywhere?

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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Target’s New Paint and Wallpaper Line

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

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Has anyone tried any of the paint colors from Target’s new Devine paint color collection?

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A reader wrote and asked me if I had worked with the paint yet. I have read a little about the new paint and wallpaper, but I have never actually used. There are 24 paint colors to choose from and to complement the palette, Devine Color Prints and Patterns wallpaper designs are coordinated to the paint colors. Each self-adhesive wall covering can be easily applied, removed or even re-positioned.

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Devine Color was invented by artist Gretchen Schauffler and developed by Miller Paint of Portland, Oregon.

I did find out that not all of the colors can be found in each Target store, but all can be ordered online:

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The prices run from $4.99 for a 8 oz. sample, 1 quart is $22.99, 2.5 liters is $29.99 and one gallon will cost you $59.99. The reviews are mixed, one customer stated how wonderful the wallpaper was and another wrote that the wallpaper was very difficult to work with.

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I think some of the colors are very pretty and might try it on a smaller project.

I am anxious to hear if anyone has tried the new paint or wallpaper. Do you think it will be handy at times when running into Target for errands, you can also pick up a gallon of paint? What do you think?

If you need help selecting paint colors for your home, contact me today.

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Help Spread Happiness

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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I was recently contacted by the company Novica,  in association with National Geographic, to ask if I would help spread the word of their mission to introduce my readers to artisans from around the world. “I am aware that your blog is not focused on product reviews but this is such a nice project that I thought you may be interested in doing it.”

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I went to their website and immediately fell in love with their company mantra, their products and all of the individual artesian stories:

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Novica is one of the leading fair trade artisan websites. They work with National Geographic to give talented artisans around the world a place to
express their artistic talents and provide access to the world market. They have thousands of top fair trade clothing, accessories, jewelry, gisfts and
home decor items on their website.

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So very beautiful and unique. I really love so many different items! The prices are so reasonable for all of the hard work and love that is put into each handmade item:

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Are these not the perfect summer earrings?:

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I could keep posting some of my favorite pieces but first I want to offer you a chance to win a $75.00 gift certificate to buy something special for you!

To enter, just visit the Novica website and comment below which beautiful item you would love to own. Contest ends at midnight, Friday March 14th. Winner will be selected by random drawing. Good Luck Everyone!

There is even a special section for the colors of the year:

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Radiant Orchid:

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Placid Blue:

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Love!

Here are just a few more of my favorites:

Cotton Scarves

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Womens Clothing from Thailand

Sleeveless Blouses

Peruvian Chrysocolla Earrings

Silver Domed Rings

Please check them out! It is a great cause helping others.

HELP SPREAD HAPPINESS

#HANDMADE4LIFE

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