Monthly Archives: April 2011

Happily Ever After

Christin Siriano

Ok I admit it. I am officially one of the many millions who has become caught up in royal wedding fever!

At first I didn’t think I would fall for it, but the story is hard to resist.  Common girl, meets prince, they fall in love and get married. It’s a fairytale come to life. Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, all the classics come to mind.



The little girl in me, loves the idea of a happy ending with Prince Charming.

Plus who can deny the appeal of all the gorgeous outfits that Kate or should I say the soon-to-be Princess, gets to wear.

And her Prince also gets his fair share of style.  One day this sparkling crown will probably top his head.

I’m sure this thing weighs a tonne and is worth a crazy fortune.

And even though we can’t afford it, we can however incorporate its rich purple into our decor.

Gracious Home

Caitlin Moran

That last pic is from a house in Baton Rouge, which is where I’m going tomorrow for a wedding.  And although it’s not the royal wedding, it will still be a very special one filled with love and laughter.


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Minty Goodness

There’s something so fresh about mint green.

I didn’t really know how I felt about the colour, until my parents brought me my wedding reception outfit from India.

It was mint green and I was hooked. The colour was soft and the pearls and stonework made the outfit, shimmer and dance in the evening light.

It’s a colour that brings about thoughts of pretty gardens and warm summer nights, enjoying a mint julep.

Classic Mint Julep

Add a dash of this unexpected colour in your home and feel the refreshing after affect of it year long.


Graham and Green

the City Sage

Apartment Design Co


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Memoirs of a Geisha

As Japan rebuilds from the recent earthquake, designers are looking at the country for fashion and design inspiration, reminding us that Japan is a place of great history, culture and beauty.




Hillary Thomas

Cobi Ladner

Cobi Ladner

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The Blank Canvas

When I was a kid I was obsessed with the sea. Actually I still am! I loved going to the beach and collecting seashells. But since I didn’t really get too many opportunities to actually get to the beach, I brought it to my bedroom instead.

My Mom and I painted the walls turquoise and then she gave me full reign to add whatever other sea inspired touches that I wanted. At the time I thought it would be cool to stencil fish and starfish with bright colours.

My stencil did not look nearly as neat and bright as this one, so sadly or should I say gladly, I don’t have a picture of my artwork.

Since then I have been a bit shy of using stencils again. But they seem to be making a major comeback which has made me question my intial fear of this form of wall design.

And even though I would love to just get someone to come put up some beautifully patterened wallcovering instead, alas it’s too expensive. So I will have to be brave and test out the stencil again. Luckily this time I have the internet to do major research to determine the best and cleanest way to to do it without too many messups.

Good Girl Gone Glad

Jones Design Company

Jones Design Company

Royal Design Studio

Royal Design Studio

Doing a stencil on the ceiling would be interesting, but I”m thinking it will cause some serious neck pain.

Three Men and a Lady

Can you believe someone was patient enough to paint these stencils onto the walls?? After seeing all these gorgeous transformations, I’m motivated more than ever to give it a go! I’m thinking a black wall with a shimmery trellis design.

I’m sure it will take a lot of stress and frustration (my poor husband) but in the end it will be worth it. Wish me luck!

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Happy Monday

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Mine was spent catching up on some DIY projects. Check out the Glam in my Home section to see what’s going on.

I”ll also be back later with some design ideas that I would love to try.

See you then!


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The Timeless Appeal of Black

“I’ve been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colors was black.”– Pierre-Auguste Renoir

There’s just something about black that makes you think of sophistication, class and mystery.

And although I probably wouldn’t paint a whole room black, I would definitely incorporate it with wallcovering, accent walls and accessories.

I”m drooling over these super chic rooms!

This room is so unbelievably chic!! Even though it only has a few tones, it has so much depth because of the texture of the walls and carpet.

Doesn’t it remind you of this lovely lady?

Coco Chanel

I am seriously drooling over the Imperial Trellis wallcovering in this pic!! Oh how I would love to adorn my walls with it.

You know when you are in a shop and there is this shirt you have been dying to get, but you just can’t seem to find your size. Then ta-dah there it is! And your heart does a little flutter and all is well again. Well that is how I feel when I see this glam bedroom. I would feel like a moviestar if I could call it a night in this elegant room.

If all this black looks good to you in theory, but you are hesitant to go all the way, you could just do an accent wall.

Or behind a crisp white shelf. Nothing looks more classic than black and white.

Now these pictures are making me feel like I have sooo very much to do in my house still! After looking into the cost of the Imperial Trellis, I decided it was a bit over my budget, so I think I”ll put a black accent wall in the office, with a trellis stencil design overtop. It’s going to be heck of a lot of work, but it will be worth it in the end. I’ll post pics once my makeover is complete.

Have a great weekend!

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Fresh off the Press


It’s a beautiful morning and I am feeling good!

What helps is that it’s a short work week, the latest Style at Home magazine came in the mail and my article about refinishing furniture was printed in the Houston Chronicle! It features a creative Mom who takes old pieces of furniture and gives them new life. Centsational Girl also chimed in since DIY is her specialty.

You can read the article here.

I”ll be back later today with some fabulous noir rooms, so keep checking in!


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