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Finding Awesome || Thrifty Finds

Happy Weekend!!

Are you guys ready for some thrifty finds?!?

I don’t know what my deal has been lately, but by the end of the day I am done! I have felt so tired, but there is so much to do I really can’t afford to be right now. To break up my normal day, I decided to change things up a bit and plan some time for some fun– some penny-pinching fun!

I have a lot of rooms to find decor for right now. Both the boys bedrooms, our bathroom, and my office. Thursday, Sam and I headed out for a day of treasure hunting around some of our favorite local shops…and it did not disappoint.

My hands down favorite find of the day is this brass antelope. I love love love when I find decor like this for just a few dollars! It’s solid brass and it just has a sexy vibe. I totally dig it and it had to come home with me.

Thrifty Finds || B @ H

 

I love it in my office, and I think it’s a great spot at the current moment since those antlers could impale a child around here.

Thrifty Finds || B @ H

 

I scored another piece of round cut stone for $1.25 at the Salvation Army. It appears to have been part of a little accent table. I found another one of these last year and I love to use them as trays. I also have plans to turn one into a plant stand soon.

I grabbed another fish bowl vase for my desk too. I think they are perfect for arranging roses.

Thrifty Finds || B @ H

Since we are in “bathroom reno mode” right now, I was happy to find this vintage lucite towel bar. It was only $8 at a flea market. The hardware needs a little cleaning but it is in great shape and even more beautiful in person. It will look so great with the marble tile.

Thrifty Finds || B @ H

 

Last but not least, I found something for Sam’s bedroom makeover. A few months back, I sat down with him and did a little “design consultation” and he totally surprised me with what he likes and wants for his room.

 

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He is requesting all white walls and wants black and white decor. We are also mixing in some natural wood tones and copper. He totally has the hippest decor taste of any 5-year-old I know. He wants lots of animals and a guitar too. We have already purchased him a teepee from off his list and there are some other fun details that I am going to save for later.

Thfirty Finds || B @ H

This little stool is so perfect for the vibe his room is taking. He drags the bathroom stool into his room all the time to sit on. So, this was so great because now he has one for his room. Sam thinks it is a pterodactyl and it totally sold him on wanting it. For $6 we couldn’t pass it up. The tribal vibe, colors, and warm wood tones are perfect.

This warmer weather is totally putting me into treasure-seeking mode!! I don’t know about you, but I am ready to get my hunt on!!!

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I am over at my friend Shavonda’s blog A Home Full of Color today sharing my thoughts on our home for her Small Home, Big Style series.

Shavonda is one talented designer and such a sweet friend!  I always enjoy a visit to her site and I know you will too! Here’s just at taste of her talent…

www.ahomefullofcolor.com Images courtesy of A Home Full of Color

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DIY Gold Leaf Agate Slice Coasters

My obsession with agates and geodes runs deep my friends. If you want insight into my former 5-year-old self and why I am fascinated with them– read my post HERE.

Today, I am sharing a quick little DIY I did to add a little extra something to some beautiful agate slices I just received.

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My friend, Caitlin from Desert Domicile, just opened an etsy shop selling fabulous agates and geodes. I love it when my blogging friends do awesome stuff like this!! When I received the slices from her shop, she already added the clear rubber bumpers to the bottom which is so great. One less thing to do, right?

I opted to get the brown slices because the gold and brown together are so warming. I also have some browns in my living room so I thought this would work well.

Now, I realize I am not reinventing the wheel here. There are plenty of tutorials on how to gild your agate slices. This blog does chronicle my home and projects, so I felt I should share it anyways just incase you feel inspired to do the same.

DIY Gold Leaf Agate Slice Coasters || B @ H

 

Instead of buying all your supplies separate, you can get a gold leaf starter kit with the adhesive, gold leaf, and sealer all-in-one. It runs about $10 a kit, but I also had a coupon and got it for half-off. It’s perfect for little projects like this since you don’t need much gold leaf at all.  I found my kit at Michaels.

I also recommend having a pair of gloves on hand. Just tight-fitting, disposable latex gloves work great.

B @ H || DIY Gold Leaf Agate Slice Coasters

It’s pretty darn simple!

Just…

Apply Adhesive. 

Brush your adhesive on in an even layer and wait a few minutes for it to get tacky.

Attach Gold Leaf.

I only used one sheet of gold leaf for all four agate slices. Wearing your gloves put the gold leaf on the edge. You can use your brush to make sure you get an even application. Just brush the excess off.

Seal it.

Use the sealer in your kit and put on an even layer of the sealer over your gold leaf. You don’t have to use much at all. It goes on white and dries clear.

That’s it!! So easy and such a beautiful result.

DIY Gold Leaf Agate Slice Coasters || B @ H

They are absolutely gorgeous and I love seeing them on my coffee table.

DIY Gold Leaf Agate Slice Coasters || B @ H

DIY Gold Leaf Agate Slice Coasters

DIY Gold Leaf Agate Slice Coasters

I have always adored these and it is something I have collected for a while. I love that it is so on trend now.

Are you loving the agate craze too?

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My Picks for Chic Table Lamps

Today I am sharing my favorite picks for chic table lamps. I showed you my spring bedroom refresh a couple of weeks ago, and one of my favorite new additions are the pair of table lamps I added to my nightstands. I chose the Claiborne Table Lamp from Kenroy Home because of its glossy white sleek base.

Kenroy Home Claiborne Lamp || B @ H

It measures 28″ high so it is the perfect height for my nightstands.

Kenroy Home Claiborne Table Lamp || B @ H

I love the shape of the base and that it has a drum shade. It has an elegant form and the glossy finish is beautiful. The bright white also pops against my gray backdrop.

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I added the trim to the drum shade for a little pop of color. I love these new lamps and they supply the perfect light for reading at night.

Kenroy Home Claiborne Table Lamp || B @ H

Here are my favorite picks from Kenroy Home for chic table lamps:

Chic Table Lamps

 

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Glover Table Lamp,  Marrakesh Table Lamp, Bollero Table LampBurl Table Lamp, Pearl Table Lamp,  Mercurio Table LampCelestial Table Lamp Ike Table Lamp

Be sure to check out Kenroy Home for all your lighting needs. They also have some pretty home decor options.

You can also get the latest news and products by following Kenroy Home on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

I absolutely love our new Claiborne Table Lamps. They totally add style and elegance to our master bedroom.  I have been eyeing that Burl Table Lamp…maybe for my office. I’ve been searching for a lamp for my desk and I think that might be the one. Don’t you think it would look great on my desk?

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What’s your favorite chic table lamp from Kenroy Home?

I’d like to thank Kenroy Home for supplying the lamps for this product review. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.

Chic Office Updates

Comments are working again!! Hooray! Sorry they were down the past couple days! We got it fixed so comment away :)

Today, I am giving you a little peek at my office, now a chic office.  I have been working on this when I get a spare moment from everything else and I love the way it is taking shape.

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Creating with the Stars gave me the head start on this space with the addition of my green cabinet I made. It is supplying me with some much-needed storage and I will be sharing how I am staying organized with it very soon.

My workspace is now pretty complete with my new desk and chair. I wanted to keep it fresh and clean so I went white.

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Above my desk, I wanted to litter the wall with inspiration. I also wanted it to be easily changed over time, so I opted for a giant inspiration board. I just used corkboard tiles and covered the entire board in the same fabric that I used on the inside of my green cabinet. I love the little pops of animal print that show through.

On top of my desk, I couldn’t resist getting some more gold accessories. The stapler, scissors, and paper clips are the new additions.

Chic Office Space || B @ H

It feels so good to have a space that completely reflects my personal style to work in. The inspiration board is just filled with things I love and projects I am working on.

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I also adore the gold stud push pins. Those were a happy find!

Chic Office Space || B @ H board-3 Chic Office Space || B @ H Under foot I wanted something soft, so I placed a sheepskin beneath my desk.

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I would still like to find a fun lamp to use here. This side of my office is pretty much finished at the moment. The other side of the space I am still working on. It has to function as a place to dine and a place to work on projects.

Chic Office Space || B @ H

 

OFFICE SOURCE LIST

World Market Josephine Desk

Zyder Hi-Back Office Chair

Safavieh Sheepskin Rug from Bold Rugs

Gold Paper Clips from Staples

Corkboard Self-Adhesive Squares 4-pack from Michael’s 

Sunbrella Cheetah Natural Outdoor Fabric from Hancock Fabrics

Dream Big & Anything Could Happen Print by Charm & Gumption

Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien Print by Luciana

Foil Monogram Desk Calendar by Jenny Bevlin

Nate Berkus Gold Swingline Stapler, Nate Berkus Gold Scissors, Nate Berkus Gold Stud Push Pins at Target (in-store only)

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B @ H Monthly || March

First, I would just like to apologize to everyone who tried to leave a comment yesterday and couldn’t. I am working with my website host to get it remedied. Sorry about that!

March was quite the interesting month around here to say the least! We finally had some temps that are closer to spring weather…50 degrees feels like summer when we just made it through the longest winter EVER!! At the end of every month, I like to recap and highlight our projects, decor, plans, and happenings.  Thanks for joining me on my DIY and design adventures!

B@H Monthly Recap || March 2014

 

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As I said, this month was full of surprises! All the DIY tutorials I had planned to show you from our spring bedroom reveal got put on hold due to all the Creating with the Stars busy time! I am hoping I can squeeze them into April for you!

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My oldest’s bedroom is starting to take shape and we got his room painted and scored an awesome midcentury desk for him!

Spring Bedroom Reveal || B @ H

 

I shared our spring bedroom reveal complete with bright pops of coral. I will be sharing a tutorial (hopefully soon!!) on the pillows, art, and wallpaper panels.

Living Room Spring Trends || B @ H

 

My master plan to add in some pink touches totally happened without any groaning from the boys in my life! Just call me Pink Ninja!!

You can see all the spring touches I added to our living room and maybe get inspired to take the pink plunge yourself!

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Spring Givaway and Spring Trends 2014

 

You can see if you are the winner of the $150 e-gift card to West Elm or Target. I will be sending an email out to the lucky winner later on today too!

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Creating with the Stars Contestant

 

I am so glad I got to take part in East Coast Creative’s Creating with the Stars 2014. You can read all about my personal experience. It was one of my favorite things of the year thus far and I have a new piece of furniture in my home that I absolutely adore…

B @ H || Creating with the Stars Knockoff

 

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Another exciting thing that happened in March is got my first shout out in a magazine!!!!

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You can check me out in USA Today Home magazine on newstands now across the country. I am in two articles on page 39 and page 55. Super cool!

I’d also like to take time out to thank these wonderful blogs and websites that featured my work in the month of March:

Centsational Girl

Clever Girls

Cuckoo 4 Design

Dimples & Tangles

Freckles Chic

The Hunted Interior

Rugs USA blog

Yahoo Shine

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Well, we just started to prep the walls and floor in our bathroom for tile!! I cannot wait!!! We have been living with one of the ugliest bathrooms in America folks and it is going to transform into “bathroom fancy pants”. That’s the big one this month and it will probably take all month to get it done.

Bathroom Fancy Pants Priority #1

More work on the Boys’ Rooms

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My CWTS Tutorial 

Here’s a peek at what’s in store for our ugly bathroom…

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April we should probably just call “marble month”...because it’s going to be everywhere!!! Oh, yea-aaaaah!

Today, be sure to pop on over to 11 Magnolia Lane for their tour of Spring Homes!

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Figleaves Lingerie

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Figleaves.

Now, today I am sharing something of a “delicate” nature…

I have a lingerie addiction. I love fashion and pretty under things. A lot of my design inspiration comes from the fashion world.

I also like to feel pretty when I am doing a DIY project or working on the house. That’s hard to do in yoga pants and a beat up sweatshirt. It always helps to have a pretty foundation underneath it all.

I also don’t have a ton of time to go out and buy it. Have you ever tried to go to lingerie store with two little boys? NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

This is where Figleaves comes in. I do a lot of online shopping for clothing and now I have my go-to online store for lingerie. This is an exciting moment!

Figleaves Lingerie

Figleaves offers over 200 different brands. There is something for everyone and they have a great selection of French lingerie, which I love!! They have lingerie for expensive tastes and have beautiful budget-friendly options.

One of my little pleasures in life is the ritual of getting dressed. After the gym and a shower, I love to put on beautiful lingerie and my favorite perfume. It just a little thing that I do for me that makes me feel ultra feminine and beautiful.

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Today I tried out my new Figleaves lingerie. I ordered the Elle Macpherson Intimates Gentle Jade Lingerie Set. It fits true to size and is extremely comfortable. The balconette bra is lined and the fabric is ultra soft. The brief hits just right, not too skimpy, just the right coverage and a flattering cut.

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This is just a little something I do that helps set the tone for my day. Even if I am covered in paint or working in my garage, this helps me feel feminine and lovely.

Figleaves has a special discount for you too! Just visit Figleaves and enter the code:

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at checkout to receive 10% off all full-priced items and free shipping! This offer is good until May 1, 2014. See full coupon terms here.

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Do you have something you do everyday to make yourself feel beautiful? I’d love to hear it! 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Figleaves.

 

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5 Budget-friendly Tips for Creating a Vintage Eclectic Space

Recently, I updated my living room for spring. My living room is a mix of used and new furniture along with a lot of DIY projects. It definitely has a Vintage Eclectic vibe going on. I certainly don’t like to scrimp on style, and sometimes I like to find new affordable pieces that I can work into this space.

The Vintage Eclectic style is for the treasure seeker, which is my bread and butter! I love to hunt my area flea markets and thrift stores for unique and good quality items that I can work into my home. I also like to mix styles. I float between ultra modern to chinoiserie to polished and refined. I like to throw in an element of fun too–something to throw people off a bit. Quirky is good in my opinion. I definitely don’t shy away from refurbishing or updating a piece of furniture either.

While browsing Sauder‘s funiture offerings I was happy to find some affordable options that I could work into my room.

Cubby Storage Cabinet

This cabinet has a faux marble top which I love and it would work great as a bar cabinet. The wood adds some comfort and warmth, but the lines are clean and modern. Very eclectic! It’s so great to work in some wood pieces into a room with painted furniture and metal tables. It adds another layer and can cozy up a space. Plus, the price is great for the quality. I think a pair of these would look great on the back wall of my room, flanking each side of my DIY abstract art. It would add some symmetry and balance to the layout of this space.

 5 tips for creating a Vintage Eclectic space of your own:

Mix old with new.

Shop flea markets and thrift stores for unique items to work into your space. Look for quality pieces and don’t be afraid to negotiate price. I have never ever paid ticket price at these venues. Dealers will come down on their prices.

Add new, affordable pieces with your older pieces. Look at scale and the lines of a piece of furniture and work in items that flow with your existing items.

DIY special details.

I love to give my decor a custom feel. Add ribbon to lamp shades. Change out hardware on an older furniture items. Paint an accent table a bold color. Paint your own art or frame old vintage book pages. Little special details make all the difference!

Add in some whimsy.

Find something fun and quirky that you love and work it in. This could be a piece of art, a sculpture or figurine. Keep things light and happy. It’s always fun to have a conversation piece when you are entertaining.

Texture, texture, texture!

Texture is your best friend to keep things cozy and warm. You can achieve this feeling by layering in sheepskin rugs, woven baskets, a shag rug, or grass-cloth wallpaper.

Mix metals.

Gone are the days when every metal light fixture and door knob have to be matchy-matchy. Mixing metals in a space creates a “collected over time” look and brings a richer quality to your space. Mix bronzed brass with silver. Chrome finishes with duller ones. Brass and copper are huge right now and can warm up any space!

Need more inspiration?

Check out the Sauder furniture on Pinterest. Are you loving the Vintage Eclectic style? If this is you–you will love this Vintage Eclectic Pinterest Board with plenty of inspiration to get you on your way to creating your own beautiful space.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder Woodworking. The opinions and text are all mine.

Join the Spring Open House!

Hi Friends!

I am just popping in on this lovely Sunday to let you know about the Spring Open House on 11 Magnolia Lane that starts today!

 

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The lovely ladies of 11 Magnolia Lane have asked me to kick off their Spring Open House with my spring home tour. I have to admit, I am addicted to crashing other people’s homes. I just never tire of a good home tour! Be sure to visit them and see my home all decked out for spring!

Every Sunday a new blogger spring home will be featured. You can also follow along on the Spring Open House Pinterest Board.

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Many Thanks || My Creating with the Stars Experience

WOW.

All I got to say is WOW.

YOU GUYS!!!

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You guys rocked my world with your outpouring of support for my knockoff I made for Creating with the Stars!!! I am working to respond to every single one of your emails, blog comments, Facebook messages, and social media shout outs. Until I can get caught up, I just wanted to take today to give you all a public thank you and share a bit of my experience this past week for CWTS.

Just be forewarned, that this post is more wordy than my norm, but I wanted to share my experience with you all.

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As most of you know by now, I was in the bottom 3 and did not advance to week 2. When I saw the results, honest moment here…I was disappointed and didn’t quite get it. After the disappointment subsided, I started to think about the whole experience. I had a real sense of gratitude come over me. There was nothing to feel bad about. All I could feel was a welling up of pride for what I had made then quickly followed by gratitude.

When I saw the entries for week 1, I was completely blown away by the talent! Plus, so many different design aesthetics. You think about it, the twelve of us were chosen from 299 entries. That is a big deal in itself. It is an honor just to be selected. Just to be a contestant, you are competing against some mighty talented bloggers. Also, some of these blogger teams are made up of two people. You go into this thing not knowing what the voter make-up will be. You also go into it with the feeling of go big or go home.

The Hunted Interior || B @ H

I had the amazing opportunity to have Kristin from The Hunted Interior as my blog star. It was really a happy moment, because she is a designer and blogger that I admire and her style resonates with me. I kid you not, that it was so much fun to brainstorm ideas with her and she totally got my personal tastes and style. Even though, I only got to spend a week working with her, I feel like I gained some great takeaways and I valued her direction and opinion. It really did not feel like work to be teamed up with her and I am grateful for the time she took out of her own busy schedule to mentor me. She is a class act. Working with her is one of my favorite things about being part of CWTS.

B @ H || Creating with the Stars Knockoff

Project selection for me ‘wasn’t about what will the masses love’. I guess that is not a very good strategy for winning. And not to say there is anything wrong with that. Obviously, what is popular amongst the majority will be a hit. I got chosen based off my own personal style and skills. I wanted this project to showcase what I love in design and not be the norm of a knockoff. So, as you saw, I went bold in color, with a high-end knockoff. I wanted a modern element thrown in and I loved it. I wanted to create something special for my home and even though it was a knockoff, I wanted it to have a unique quality. I love chinoiserie pieces, gold, pattern, and beautiful color. The bar cabinet possessed all those qualities plus that unique flair I was looking for. Knowing that I could customize the inside however I pleased was a bonus. I knew it would be a way to show off my styling abilities.

B @ H || Creating with the Stars Knockoff

Building it from scratch was a personal choice because on such a short time frame, I could not find a pre-made cabinet in stock that would work. It ended up saving me money too which was a win-win. It took a lot of planning and I had to be smart about the base design to equally distribute the weight of the cabinet. A lot of thought and planning went into the design and the materials chosen to execute a project with integrity that could be recreated by readers on a budget. I also took into account the fact that a lot of people may not have access to wood-working tools, so I even had the home improvement store make all my large wood cuts for me based off my design plans. My goal in it all was to create something true to my style and give people the tutorial and template to make one themselves at an affordable price.

In order to have it ready to photograph for Friday, I did pull a couple of all-nighters. You do go into this competition knowing that this is probably going to happen. I have to tell you though, when you are in the creative process, the lack of sleep doesn’t bother you because you are on a high. The excitement of seeing my plans come to fruition kept the midnight oil burning. I did sleep like a rock when the work was done though!

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One of my late night mock ups for styling ideas

Kristin was such an asset to have in my corner. I would text her progress shots. I sent her my styling ideas. She sent me sketches of styling ideas, she tweaked a couple of my original mock ups. It was her idea to have the bar cabinet slightly overlap the art on the wall. Many of you commented that you loved the art, and that made me so happy since it was something I came up with to add in a modern element. Kristin also helped with photo selection and it was so great to have another set of eyes to help make those choices.

The Hunted Interior- styling tips One of Kristin’s styling sketches

Through the week I just kept thinking, man! if I could collaborate like this all the time for my career that would be amazing!  Sharing the creative process with others is so great! I really loved it!

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The result of our efforts is something that I will always cherish. What is a true measure of success? Is it in the votes tallied or in the overall feeling that you are left with upon completion of an idea? Even though the votes weren’t there to advance us to week 2, I really feel like this whole thing was a success. I stayed true to who I am as a designer and creative. I shared something I really love– which is the core of why I blog in the first place. I got to be in the company of the best of the best. I pushed myself. It really just motivates me to keep on keeping on! It was a gift.

I get to do what I love for my job and when opportunities come along like CWTS, it is always a joy to be a part of– no matter what the overall result may be. You guys have touched my heart with all your support of what I made. The fact that so many of you have taken a moment to send your thoughts and love this way just makes me feel so humbled! It is unbelievable and I thank you!

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I thought to myself, knowing the outcome now– would I change what I did? A resounding NO. If I had it to do over, I wouldn’t change a thing. No regrets at all. I have thought long and hard about this. You need to be you. As my friend, Lindsay, just coined in her blog post yesterday you need to fly your style freak flag. Her little phrase got me thinking…what is my style freak flag? How do you celebrate your individuality?  I could give you a list of design styles that I love,  but to me it is a feeling that a project or space evokes.

So, I decided to label my ‘style freak flag’ with that exact thought in mind. When I design a space, or a piece of furniture, or make some art what am I saying about me? I think I found the words that define my style, that celebrate my individuality, and deliver what I am trying to achieve.

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Those four words carry the weight of what I set out to achieve through design. I feel that it is the essence of why I create. Don’t be like the rest of them–Be daring.  Set the tone for your life--To be lovely. To some people, dwelling on the objects in our homes may seem like a waste of time. To each his own. To me, it is a part of the whole. Create a space that wraps you in the emotion you want to feel. Our homes are our havens. To create a home that delights and encourages your talents and dreams is a good thing. To surround your family in love and comfort through design is a gift.

So, follow your dreams, keep on creating, and design the framework for the life you want to live. I promise to keep flying my style freak flag high.  In all that I do, I am making a promise to myself to be daring but lovely.

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