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Showing posts from November, 2012

What Holiday Are We Celebrating?

Today was a glorious day.  Chilly?  A bit. 
Though the bright sun and stunning blue sky made it seem more like a spring day than autumn. But what holiday are we celebrating? A short drive around our neighborhood makes me wonder.
My neighbors are uncertain.
Remnants of Halloween were evident.

Then this evening Christmas arrived.

....and earlier, in our backyard, I found this!

 A plastic Easter Egg.
Most likely it was left over from my neighbor's annual Egg Hunt, forgotten until now, when an industrious squirrel found it and carried it into our yard, placing it safely under the pines.
No doubt  this bright blue treasure would make him the envy of the squirel community.
Surely this colossal 'nut' will sustain him throughout the winter.
Won't he be surprised!

So no matter what holiday you are celebrating,
take time to count your blessings.
Happy Thanksgiving!

More Powder Rooms

What's the one room clients  want to spruce up for the holidays? The powder room.

Sometimes, it's casually elegant,
with rich gold and bronze hues. 
Othertimes, it's more casual, with a soft, aged patina on the walls. 

And often, it's over-the-top with twinkling Swarovski crystals added to the design. 

Any plans for your powder room this fall season?

Nursery Furniture Painted Silver

We want this.  But we have this.
Our furniture is too nice to replace, but it's not as stylish as we'd like. This was the problem facing a young couple who wanted to use some family pieces of furniture in their baby's nursery. The Mom-to-Be wanted me to paint the furniture metallic, similar to the photos she admired at Restoration Hardware, but not as dark....more like a taupey-champagne. Several color samples later, we settled on this. Tip:  Update your furniture with paint, but first make certain it's well-made and worth your time and effort. This furniture was well made: two bookcases, a large dresser and a cedar chest. Their classic lines will never go out of style, but the orange color of the wood and the heavy hardware certainly did.

Fortunately those are two things that can be changed.

Tip:  Update your furniture by giving it a new purpose.  Remove doors to turn a tall cabinet into a bookcase. Use a dining room hutch for linen storage. Elevate a cabinet by adding legs. You get t…