Thanksgiving Table Setting: Mix + Match

Thanksgiving Table Setting: Mix + Match

This is my absolute favorite time of year. Why? Because Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and not just because I get to eat pumpkin pie! It's a time to gather family, celebrate with amazing food, watch a little football, drink a little wine and all without the added...

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Monthly Must-Haves for October

Monthly Must-Haves for October

Okay, I know October is almost over, but what can I say. I've been little pre-occupied trying to get our backyard pool project over the finish line. I'm trying to make sure it's done in time for Thanksgiving because we host and often have pleasant weather around these...

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Round Up: Dining Chairs With Texture

Round Up: Dining Chairs With Texture

The holidays will be here before you know it and of course that means entertaining family and friends. It's not too late to prepare and think about seating for your dining room. Great chairs can make the room and keep your company engaged in conversation. If your...

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Home Tour: Coastal Chic in Southern California

Home Tour: Coastal Chic in Southern California

As summer is coming to an official close, I thought it would be fun to highlight a beautiful beach house. This home takes advantage of its amazing ocean front location with all the views and features gorgeous interior design by one of my favorite Southern California...

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Bye-Bye Summer + Monthly Must-Haves for September

Bye-Bye Summer + Monthly Must-Haves for September

I’m woefully behind on my blogging and I apologize for that. No great excuse, except life just got the best of me. My girls are back to school and as you may have seen on my Instagram feed, our backyard pool and patio renovation is underway. As we say bye bye to...

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Monthly Must-Haves

Monthly Must-Haves

Do you make a summer bucket list? I do, even if it's mostly in my head. I have a few more things to get to before it's time to get the girls back in school, but this summer has been busier than expected and now I feel like I want to slow down and coast into fall so...

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Beautiful Outdoor Living Spaces + Our Pool Remodel

Beautiful Outdoor Living Spaces + Our Pool Remodel

I'm really excited to be joining some of my favorite bloggers today to talk about beautiful outdoor living spaces. I love summer and the draw of outside living. I’ve never been a huge fan of days spent cooped up inside watching movies or sitting by the fire as...

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A Place For All The Summer Stuff

A Place For All The Summer Stuff

School's out for the summer and while I'm definitely excited for warm weather, family trips and laid back weekends, I'm not excited by the mess my kids are going to leave behind pretty much every day. I was all set to do a summer organization post when I had an eye...

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Home Tour: New Traditional English Cottage

Home Tour: New Traditional English Cottage

Today's designer home spotlight is a beautifully updated English Cottage from the team of reDesign Home. This home is a shining example of an updated-traditional look. It's both fresh and timeless which is a win in my book all day long. This home embraces a classic...

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Get the Look: California Casual Patio

Get the Look: California Casual Patio

With spring in full force and summer just around the corner, I bet you're starting to think of outdoor entertaining. I know I sure am. I’m dreaming about warm evenings, bbqs and eating by the pool with friends and family. I love the time of year when the backyard...

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Spring Etsy Finds

Spring Etsy Finds

This week’s weather has me ready for warmer days. We had an unusual hot streak where the temps got into the 80s!  One thing I love to do when the seasons change and temperatures start to rise, is give my home a little refresh. Spring and summer are great times to...

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10 Beautiful Black Shower Frames

10 Beautiful Black Shower Frames

I'm working on a handful of bathrooms at the moment and during a late night, inspirational pinning sesh, it occurred to me how much I'm into black-framed shower doors. A trend? Maybe... and as you know, I usually preach the value of classic finishes which are mostly...

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Monthly Must-Haves for April

Monthly Must-Haves for April

Is it really April already? I know spring technically just started, but I’m looking forward to the consistently warmer days of summer. Spring is nice with all the flowers and hints of sunny days ahead, but I’m ready for the rain to stop because I’m itching to get...

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Home Tour: An Updated Traditional Family Home

Home Tour: An Updated Traditional Family Home

It’s time for another designer showcase and today I’m featuring a project by the Utah based team of W Design Collective. I usually decide to feature a designer project if I can legitimately say “I could move right in” and this home definitely fills the bill. This...

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Welcome Spring with New Home Accessories

Welcome Spring with New Home Accessories

It's officially time to welcome spring into your homes.  Not sure what the weather has been like where you're from, but we've had lots of rain this season and though there's likely more coming, the last couple of days have been mostly sunny and very much feeling like...

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Monthly Must-Haves

Monthly Must-Haves

Happy March everyone. Even though we’re already a week in, I wanted to kick things off with a new monthly series where I’ll be sharing a handful of links to things I’m loving lately because I think you may too. It'll be short and sweet because who has the time to...

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Design Inspiration: Mudroom Season

Design Inspiration: Mudroom Season

The rain just won’t stop around here and I find myself wishing I had a mudroom to gather all the rain boots, umbrellas, jackets and wet dog leashes. You may have all the elements for a functional entryway like a coat closet, hooks, a mirror, table for keys and baskets...

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Tips and Sources for Designer Pillows

Tips and Sources for Designer Pillows

Friends, I need to get on my soap box for a minute and talk about designer pillows and why you need them in your life. I know they can be pricey, but I beg you, please invest in at least a couple for your home. They'll elevate your space like nothing else. I bet some...

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Home Tour: A Charming Modern Cottage

Home Tour: A Charming Modern Cottage

It’s been a while since I’ve done a designer home tour so this being Valentines Day and all, it feels like a perfect time to get all heart eyes over one of my favorite homes from Kate Marker Designs. Everything that comes from this talented, Illinois based design team...

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My Favorite Kitchens of the Year

My Favorite Kitchens of the Year

I love kitchens. Not because I’m some kind of gourmet chef, as my family will attest, but because they’re truly the heart of the home. Yes, I know that’s a cliche expression, but it’s true. Anytime we have a holiday or any kind of party, guests will inevitably, hang...

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Tips for Refreshing and Organizing Your Kitchen

Tips for Refreshing and Organizing Your Kitchen

Happy new year everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season full of family and memories. I personally love the time between Christmas and New Year when I am home with the kids. This year I spent some of that precious down-time making comfort food, meal...

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7 Tips for an Inviting Guest Room

7 Tips for an Inviting Guest Room

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Along with decorating, shopping, baking and holiday parties, you may be expecting over-night house guests. Don’t stress. Prepping for your guests can be an enjoyable experience if you follow these 7 tips for setting up an...

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6 Inspiring Non-Traditional Christmas Trees

6 Inspiring Non-Traditional Christmas Trees

Guess what I’m doing today? If you guessed procrasting, you’d be correct. I’m supposed to be getting everyone out of bed to go get the family Christmas tree, but instead I’m browsing the web looking for inspiring trees. I came across these six that I’m calling...

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Project Update: Coastal Mediterranean Beach House

Project Update: Coastal Mediterranean Beach House

It's been almost two years since I started designs on a new build beach house for a lovely and very lucky family. It's still not done, because these things take time (and patience), but it's approaching the finish line and it occurred to me that I haven't shared much...

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Fall Home Trend: Warm Neutrals

Fall Home Trend: Warm Neutrals

Now's the time to update your home for fall or refresh for the quickly approaching holiday season. I can't believe we’re a week into October already! One of my favorite sources for home decor is Serena & Lily and it’s time for their Friends and Family Sale! If...

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Memorial Day Home Decor Sales

Memorial Day Home Decor Sales

Memorial Day home decor sales are here so I put together a few things from some of my favorite sources to take you into summer. I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll love on sale!   pillow // striped trays // vintage wagon photo // counter stool // sisal baskets...

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Paris in the Spring

Paris in the Spring

Hang in here with me for a moment while I take a break from the usual to share a quick personal note. I promise this post is going to relate back to interiors (sort of). I was fortunate enough to take a recent trip to Paris over spring break with my two young...

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Spring Pillow Combos

Spring Pillow Combos

I'm so happy for the time change today! It's a bummer to lose an hour, but just knowing the days will be longer and lighter means spring is just around the corner. Speaking of spring, this is a great time to consider making a few decor updates in your home. One easy...

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Where to Find Vintage Rugs

Where to Find Vintage Rugs

Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know that vintage rugs are everywhere these days. At Graham Hill Design we believe in designing rooms that will stand the test of time and stay true to a classic aesthetic. Vintage rugs are a favorite design trend...

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Gifts for the Holiday Host

Gifts for the Holiday Host

Tis the season to visit with friends and loved ones. When we’re being entertained at someone's home, it’s always nice to thank the host with a gift. Sure, a bottle of wine or champagne is always a nice gesture, but sometimes it's nice to go the extra mile and bring...

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Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Thanksgiving Tablescapes

I’m not hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, but it’s still one of my favorite holidays and while I love all the festivities and decorating that comes along with Christmas, I'll never skip over Thanksgiving. It’s a time to pause and share a meal with those we hold...

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Design Trend: Dark Paint Exteriors

Design Trend: Dark Paint Exteriors

Recently, I've found myself liking and pinning a lot of homes with dark painted exteriors. There’s something about them that’s dramatic, sophisticated and eye catching. From dark moody blues and slate grays to even black, they look especially great highlighted with...

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10 Stylish Halloween Decor Ideas

10 Stylish Halloween Decor Ideas

Do you like to decorate for Halloween? I have to admit in the past I never really have. I found it hard to find stuff that's stylish and festive, but not cheesy. I tried for years to convince my kids that my understated fall decor was "Halloweeny", but they're getting...

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Fall Decor Trends

Fall Decor Trends

Now that September is in full swing, it’s time to take a look at what's hot in fall decor trends for the season. Fall is all about about texture and tone. Check out these inspiring rooms and tips for how to incorporate some seasonal updates in your own home. Texture:...

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Project Reveal: Rincon Entry Before and After

Project Reveal: Rincon Entry Before and After

Entry-ways and foyers are so fun to design because they're the first impression of a home. Whether they're grand or small there’s always a way to layer in character, while also keeping them functional. In this home, the goal was to lighten up the space and even though...

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2017 Design Trend: Wood

2017 Design Trend: Wood

Wood is making a come-back. Okay, wood never really goes out of style of course, but in recent years we've seen a lot of painted cabinetry in kitchens and baths along with alternative furniture finishes like stone, metal, glass and acrylic. Don't get me wrong, I'll...

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Design Trend: Green for 2017

Design Trend: Green for 2017

I hope your new year is off to a great start. Mine is and because we've officially launched Graham Hill Design!  It's been a labor of love and has tested my patience more than once, but I'm excited to start 2017 with a goal that's been on the horizon for a while. If...

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THANKFUL

THANKFUL

So sorry for the long pause!  I had to set aside blogging in October to focus on a few big projects.  Mainly, finishing up a client project, working on a re-design/re-brand of my website and design business and re-modeling my master bathroom.  Hate to leave you...

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Making an Entrance

Making an Entrance

Alight well, summer is officially coming to a close next week. I love the idea of fall with the leaves, pumpkins, sweater weather, college football and all that, but the reality is this also means the holidays are right around the corner. Gulp! Of course the holidays...

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Bathroom Plans – Classic with Character

Bathroom Plans – Classic with Character

I'm zeroing in on final plans for our bathroom renovations. You may have seen my post from a few months back showing my master bath finishes, but now I'm working on the hall bath because as crazy as this may sound, it looks like we are going to do both bathrooms at...

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The Coffee Station

The Coffee Station

I blinked and all of a sudden it was back to school time! That means getting back into the morning routine, getting up earlier and packing lunches. (Plus blogging more!) I could do none of this without my old friend coffee. Since the very first thing I do in the...

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I Could Move Right In: Saltbox by the Beach

I Could Move Right In: Saltbox by the Beach

I recently stumbled upon this amazing coastal home located in New England. It's a renovated saltbox by the extremely talented Lisa Tharp Design.  You know I'm a sucker for a beautiful beach house and couldn't wait to share this one with you. It's an...

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10 Ways to Get the Beach House Look

10 Ways to Get the Beach House Look

It's Memorial Day weekend and that means the unofficial start of the summer season is upon us. For me, summer is synonymous with the beach. I'm lucky enough to live within a 10 minute drive to the ocean and I've always loved the light and airy beach house aesthetic....

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Designer Inspiration: Update your Outdoor Decor for Summer

Designer Inspiration: Update your Outdoor Decor for Summer

With summer on the visible horizon, I've been inspired to get out in the yard and think about sprucing things up a bit. One of my go-to sources for patio and porch goods is Serena & Lily. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know I'm a huge fan. They...

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Loving Lately

Loving Lately

Light and airy with layers of texture and pops of black or blush. That's the thread that runs through my recently pinned inspirations. Love how these black cone pendants stand out and compliment the black door frame in this mostly all white kitchen by House of Jade....

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New Bath, New Clients and New York City

New Bath, New Clients and New York City

I simply can't believe we are diving head first into March already. Not that I'm complaining or anything. The weather in these parts has been beautiful and signs of spring are everywhere. But, February went by in a blink and I've hardly had the time to blog so here's...

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Rincon House: Master Bedroom

Rincon House: Master Bedroom

Happy Sunday everyone. I don't know about you, but in our house, Sundays are made for lounging in bed with coffee and iPad in hand. (For reading design blogs of course!) Speaking of lounging in bed,  I'm excited to share my master bedroom with you today. I've been...

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I Could Move Right In: Etherial in Napa

I Could Move Right In: Etherial in Napa

Step inside this Napa home designed by Kara Mann featuring layers of white and cream, soft linens and hints of black. This time of year when the skies are dark and gray, I find this color palette warm and inviting, not to mention it's a total classic combination that...

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An Organized New Year

An Organized New Year

I'm going to make this one quick today because I've got clutter control and organization on the brain. I woke up this morning and realized that my house has become victim to the slow creep of disarray. Much of it is due to holiday gifts that need to find permanent...

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Rincon House Tour: Living Room

Rincon House Tour: Living Room

New Year's resolution #1 is to finally share some of our remodeling progress with you. I know, shame on me! It's one of the reasons I started this blog in the first place. It's been over two years now since we moved into our home and as I've mentioned before there's a...

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Cheers to 2016

Cheers to 2016

Can you believe it's 2016 already? I hope you've enjoyed some quality time with friends and family just as I have. Tomorrow the tree will come down. As much as I try to savor all of the holiday decorations and festivities, I'm ready to pack it up, de-clutter and...

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Family Holiday Activities

Family Holiday Activities

Are you feeling the panic that comes with knowing Christmas is only 5 days away? I certainly am. I'm not ready. I'm just barely going to get the holiday card out and the gifts wrapped on time, but I really am trying to keep that panic level in the mild zone as I know...

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The Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas

It's full-on festive mode around here with Christmas parties and my daughter's 13th birthday this week -- it's been one celebration after another. I can't believe I'm about to be a parent of a teenager, but that's a post for another day.  Even though its a crazy time...

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Christmas Gift Guide 2015: Green, Gold and Winter White

Christmas Gift Guide 2015: Green, Gold and Winter White

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We spent our weekend shuttling our girls back and fourth to the theater where they were both performing in The Nutcracker ballet, but it was well worth it in the end and a great way to kick off the holiday spirit!  We're...

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The Hunt for New Exterior Lighting

The Hunt for New Exterior Lighting

I've been looking for some new exterior lighting for our house and for a while I was in a serious analysis-paralysis. If you've read my very first blog post, you know that when we bought our home it needed to be rescued from the 80's.  I've been shopping around and I...

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Manor Fine Wares and A Weekend in Portland

Manor Fine Wares and A Weekend in Portland

Last weekend my husband and I took a quick trip up to Portland, Oregon. He travels there a few times a year for business, but it was my first time. The trees were sporting all sorts of beautiful autumn shades of orange, red and yellow and there was a crisp feeling of...

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I Could Move Right In: Catherine Kwong Design

I Could Move Right In: Catherine Kwong Design

Today I'm excited to be sharing the work of San Francisco based designer Catherine Kwong. To me, her design approach is perfectly elegant and tailored. She effortlessly mixes modern with vintage in a way that is refined, graceful and elegant. I can't recall exactly...

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A Simple Fall Front Porch

A Simple Fall Front Porch

Are you ready for the all the house guests that come with the holiday season? No? Okay I'm not either. I'm trying not to get overwhelmed thinking of all the cleaning, organizing and dragging down of decorations that will ensue. For now, let's focus on one thing at a...

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My Camera and The Sunday Six

My Camera and The Sunday Six

I'm a big fan of photography. Always have been and always will be. My husband gave me a great Nikon camera last year for our anniversary. I had been hinting for a while that I wanted one and being the supportive guy that he is, he delivered. And then well... I'm a...

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Modern Florals

Modern Florals

It's still hot around these parts and mother nature is not exactly behaving like Fall. During a recent pinning bender, I came across some dramatic modern florals in the form of wall paper, fabric and art that really made me want to curl up with a book and a cup of tea...

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Feelin’ Fall

Feelin’ Fall

Finally! It feels like fall around here. Cloudy skies, a few rain drops and leaves on the ground. Have I mentioned how much I love fall? Except I could do with out the Pumpkin Spice lattes. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of them, but the taste, not so much. Okay...

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I could move right in… Brooke Wagner Design

I could move right in… Brooke Wagner Design

Continuing my love affair with Southern California designers this week is Brooke Wagner Design, of Corona Del Mar. My jaw about hit the floor when I flipped through the pages of her portfolio which features stunning homes designed to the tune of absolute beachy...

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Kitchen Personality

Kitchen Personality

A couple of weeks ago I received my long awaited, custom made, roman shades for our kitchen french doors. Cue the heavanly music... they are all that I dreamed of and more!  I've been holding off on posting more photos of my completed projects because I'm trying to...

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I could move right in… Kelly Nutt Design

I could move right in… Kelly Nutt Design

It's always fun to stumble upon an unfamiliar designers's website and swoon over the eye candy. My dear friend Erin will sometimes send me a blog post of something wonderful with the exclamation that says "I could move right in"! So in honor of that sentiment, I'm...

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Designer Spotlight: Caitlin Wilson

Designer Spotlight: Caitlin Wilson

As much as some days I love soothing colors, today I’m excited to write about the bold design aesthetic of Caitlin Wilson, an interior and textile designer based out of Portland, Oregon. Countless times I’ve spotted pretty rugs and fabrics on Pinterest and Instagram...

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The tranquility of La Bella Cabina

The tranquility of La Bella Cabina

Busy. That's the best word to describe my life these days. I don't use that word as a badge of honor though. I once went along with a friend from work to hear a sociologist talk about the science and practice of happiness. It was fascinating and one thing that stuck...

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Wallpaper Beauty

Wallpaper Beauty

Wallpaper is back! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know this is not headline news. But I’m actually pretty excited about it. I love to see the way design trends get reinvented when they come back in style. I don’t want to give away my exact age,...

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Designer Spotlight: Cecy J Interiors

Designer Spotlight: Cecy J Interiors

Summer is officially here. Today was the last day of school for my girls. The last three weeks have been a sprint to the end of 1st and 6th grade with tons of end-of-the-year activities and last minute summer camp and vacation planning -- which is a long winded way of...

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Summer Lovin’ Beach Homes

Summer Lovin’ Beach Homes

Happy weekend. This being Memorial Day weekend and the un-offiical start of summer, I thought I'd write about summer homes.  Today I'm craving the east coast vibe. Think everything from luxurious coastal estates in the Hamptons to charming beach cottages in Nantucket...

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Sneak Peek: My Living Room Re-design

Sneak Peek: My Living Room Re-design

Happy Friday you guys! I'm excited to announce, my new sofa and coffee table were delivered today. So, as promised, here's a sneak peak of my updated living room.  I'm still waiting on the custom chairs, rug, side table and a few small odds and ends so until then......

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Day dreaming

Day dreaming

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve put up a new post. Want to hear my excuses? Okay well the first was because I’ve been trying to “tidy up” the blog layout a bit. I was sort of in “soft launch” mode previoulsy, trying to find the time to figure out all the bells and...

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Designer spotlight: Evars + Anderson

Designer spotlight: Evars + Anderson

Most days I would describe my style as California cool, with a touch of East Coast tradition. I gravitate more towards the classic side with an appreciation for homes with a soothing color palette and those with a bit of a beach vibe (think Hamptons). However, the...

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Rincon Remodel Progress = Christmas in April

Rincon Remodel Progress = Christmas in April

It felt like Christmas at my house yesterday. I came home to discover the lighting I had ordered a few weeks ago had arrived on my doorstep. As you know from my previous post, we completed our kitchen remodel last summer. Since then, I've been plotting my next move....

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A Sunday at Serena & Lily

A Sunday at Serena & Lily

Last Sunday I took my family on a little day trip up to San Francisco. We decided it would be fun to take the girls to the vista point on the Sausalito side of the Golden Gate bridge and take in the breathtaking views of the city and the bay. It could have been cool,...

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I do not have a green thumb

I do not have a green thumb

There, I said it. Let’s just say my watering habits are sporadic at best and if there were a CPS for the plant world, I would have been reported long ago. Nevertheless, I love them. You will always find some kind of greenery in my house.  I’m a fan of succulents and...

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What’s gold is new again

What’s gold is new again

If you follow home design at all, you've noticed that gold and brass finishes are back in a big way. We’re seeing it everywhere from fixtures to cabinet hardware to utensils, wall paper and more. I love the way it can add a little warmth and glam without going over...

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Rincon Kitchen Remodel

Rincon Kitchen Remodel

About 9 months ago we dug into our kitchen remodel. My husband made me swear that I would not tear into any remodeling until we had lived in this house for a least a year. Exactly one week shy of our one year anniversary in the home we came to the end of our...

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Been thinking about launching this blog… For Like Ever!

Been thinking about launching this blog… For Like Ever!

And today's the day. I’ll be the first to admit, the world does not need another design blog, yet here I am. I've been contemplating the idea (call it procrastinating if you want) for so long that I’m sure thousands of new blogs have sprouted while I stood on the side...

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