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Porches are Life-Savers

Porches are Life-Savers

Porches are Life-Savers   Yes they are.   You know, I have used my porch for many entertaining opportunities – from Mother’s Day with hosting the family to Noah’s graduation party and hosting many friends.       It’s like having an extra room – but more of an open air aesthetic quality, so that makes it more accessible certain times of the year, but I also feel like I’m a part of nature too, with the humming birds dancing

My Front Doors

My Front Doors

I’ve learned a lot over the years, listening to client’s problems and finding solutions for them that works!  And several have had the same problem that I have had too…but they had no porch or protection on the front of their homes like I have designed into mine.  So I learned something…. Or so I thought!   Well, I have an issue with our beautiful front doors, which I thought I had addressed sufficiently with the design of our home,

Off to the Mountains…..with Cabin Fever!

Off to the Mountains…..with Cabin Fever!

You know, everyone has a special place – a place that speaks to your heart, grants you space to grow & learn, gives you enjoyment as well as relaxation, and also blesses you with beautiful surroundings.  We found our “new place”.  WooHoo! As I mentioned in the July newsletter and post, we’ve had a great R&R place at the beach – Cape San Blas – on the Gulf for 16 years.  Noah grew up there and we moved in about

The Tranquility in Water…..

The Tranquility in Water…..

Spending time in Nature is healing energy…..and the sound of water is certainly tranquility.   Have you thought of incorporating a water feature into your landscape? It certainly is very appealing and can be quite an addition, all year long! That’s something special, when your gardens around your porches or patios need a little “pick me up” in the cooler seasons, too. Why not decorate your “outdoor gathering spaces” too?   Of course, even in the South, we can have

It’s Christmas in July

It’s Christmas in July

I have had more conversations about Christmas in the last two weeks – not even kidding!  I am really NOT crazy!     from owecraft.com When I owned a retail store – about 35 years ago – I always had Christmas in July with the Cuthbertson Christmas China.  I sold it on a special sale to get ready for the Holiday entertaining, so I pulled out some Christmas goodies for merchandising that sale, and was able to sell more Christmas decorations

I’ve Got a Crush

I’ve Got a Crush

That ‘ole Gershwin tune from way back can just resonate in your mind when you just find that “special something” that really gets your attention…..   I laugh at the insurance commercial on TV  – it makes reference to that special something….  “I saw it, and I knew….I just had to have it!”  –  you know, the blue sofa!  Know the one I mean?   Ok, so let’s think about that crush….with Gershwin’s lyrics….as your guide.   I’ve got a

It’s all about the Screen Door!

It’s all about the Screen Door!

And especially if you are a true Southerner!   Have you ever heard these words of wisdom? MOST Southern homes have a screen door.   It’s true….it takes me back to my childhood.  (And my mom’s home still has several screen doors!) But I also like to incorporate a screen door (or two) into my home too!  How about you?   Of course, back in the day with no air conditioning, and with the heat of the Summer in the

Outdoor Entertaining for You and Me

Outdoor Entertaining for You and Me

Do you enjoy entertaining this time of the year?       from Indulgy.com   Get creative and find your happy place with outdoor entertaining…..       from sugarpluminvitations.blogspot.com      We enjoy grilling more in the Summer.  How about you? What about an outdoor Kitchen?  Yes, please.   I wonder what they are grilling tonight?         I kinda like the idea of my outdoor entertaining area to be more of an OUTDOOR 365 experience, so that you

Bang for Your Buck!

Bang for Your Buck!

It’s a phrase that I use a lot with my clients….. because it’s so appropriate when working through designing your home.  You don’t have to do replace or remodel everything (like HGTV stars would like you to believe) to get a lot of impact in your home!   So here are my top 5 ways to get a lot of Bang for your Buck with great visuals – some from my portfolio of client’s homes!   Maybe you should change

Are You True to Blue?

Are You True to Blue?

  Recently, I am discovering more and more that I am very attracted to the BLUES….and hues.  How about you?   Softer blues (as well as richer blues) are a “hot color” right now for interiors…. in paint colors, wallpaper, artwork, fabrics, furniture, and accessories. and especially with coastal living with the colors of the sea in mind….  TOP 5 REASONS  FOR GETTING THE BLUES We are searching for calmness in our lives and less chaos….the soft blues give us