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Winter Solstice + Perfect Lighting

With Winter Solstice upon us our days may be getting shorter but that doesn’t mean that time spent enjoying the company of one another must be cut short also. Finding the right lighting for your interior can bring the perfect warmth that we all crave during these cold and dreary months. Lighting up the home during the spring and summer is simple with natural light, but in the winter we need a little extra help. With the right lighting, every room can become your favorite!

Here are some fabulous lighting fixtures that I’ve used in some of my favorite projects recently! Hope you enjoy and are inspired!

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Chai Gingerbread Shake

I have always been in love with Gwenyth Paltrow’s lifestyle. And now there there is a way to follow her closer.  Her goop.com is my latest obsession for: recipes, shopping, fitness, well-being. Thanks, Gwen, for this enticing holiday shake recipe!

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Cozy Underfoot

Nothing feels nicer during the winter months than a nice warm rug beneath your toes. Rugs are some of my favorite pieces as they really work to bring a room together and create an unforgettable coziness for the home.  A hot peppermint latte, a warm fire, and the perfect chunky rug make for a phenomenal winter escape.  Here are some fantastic rugs that I’ve used in some of my recent projects. I think you’ll see why I have a soft spot in my heart for these cozy accents!

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A bit of party inspiration

I thought it would be fun to share a bit of what is inspiring me this holiday season. I try to keep my party planning fun and relaxing. My number one rule is to enjoy my own party. Nothing says party-pooper like the hostess frantically running around picking up dirty dishes. Try and think outside of the “normal” Christmas decor, but keep it simple.

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FEAST

Alas, my favorite holiday. Nothing says Thanksgiving except being surrounded by the ones you love and of course an abundant amount on FOOD. Of course I love the staple Thanksgiving menu, but there is something fun about trying something fresh.  This year, I have my eye on the fig.  This recipe from The White Ramekins, sounds so delish. And of course I love that they served it on a slate of wood.  Go ahead, indulge yourself this week!

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Style vs. Brand

Brand names do not always equate to the best product. Style is all about honing your eye to look for the diamond in the rough or that special find in an unusual place. Whether it be with your interieur or with your wardrobe,  it’s nice to have a mix so that your home does not look like it’s straight out of a showroom. Don’t misunderstand, I’m all about a high-end, beautifully curated room.  But a room has so much more style and personality when it contains pieces that tell a story.  Style is not about the price tag. I do have my favorite vendors, but finding unique one-of-a-kind items is one of my trademarks, and I never know when or where I may find something perfect for a project. Brands are easy and obvious but style is intuitive.

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LONNY + PARLORE

Remember the Lonny/Parlore party that was at my house during market? Well, Lonny has done a feature with more pics from the party. Such a treat to help with the party at my house. If you haven’t heard of Parlore yet, you are in for a treat, especially if you are in the design field.  They have simplified the design process through their new app, making the whole scope of the project easier for designers by managing the business side of things, therefore leaving more time for creativity (our favorite part!).  A lot more info on their website (www.parlore.com). Click the image to see more on the Lonny feature.

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These Boots Were Made for Walking

Although I’ve been in Florida and there aren’t too many boots in sight. It’s been a go-go-go kind of week, but nothing gets me more excited than new projects on the horizon.  More on that next week, have a great weekend!

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At Home With Homeware

HOMEWARE is the new kid on the block and my husband (photographer Ron Royals) and I have been working with a brilliant creative director to shoot and style the sets and to define the HOMEWARE brand. The upholstery and case pieces are the stars here but I get to have fun setting the scene for each piece.

You may or may not know about the range of projects that I do but I love a challenge and my job description  travels far beyond the residential world. You’ve seen some of the events I have designed and today I have some images to show you of another project I’ve been having fun with over the course of the year.

It’s so much fun and takes me back to my early career where I did this full time for ad agencies across the US.

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Start Your Day With Q

Q as in Quinoa! I have the tendency to think about quinoa for savory dinner dishes, but not so fast.. it is equally delish in the AM.  I’m thinking of trying a quinoa bowl along side my latte tomorrow.

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