Michele Varian

Michele continues to inspire with her new pendant lighting in copper, brass and wood. And I adore the new wallpapers. Take a look…

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And the winners are…

From the Design Bloggers Conference being held in Atlanta, the 2015 Hall of Fame winners are:

Best Writing: Decor Arts Now

Best Graphics: Marker Girl

Best New Design Blog: The Highboy

Best Overall Design Blog: Elements of Style

Congratulations to all!

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New Year’s Wish

Background image from DESIGNLOVEFEST

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Christmas time

Find a quiet moment to read this beautiful post by Trudy Dujardin entitled Christmas with Grace.

Wishing you a very special holiday season!

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Happy holiday shopping!

As Cyber Monday approaches, check out the online shops of some of our favorite bloggers:

Watson Kennedy by Ted Kennedy Watson


SHOP TEN 25 by Abbe Fenimore


Curious Sofa by Debbie Dusenberry


zhush by Sue De Chiara


6Wilson by Carol Beck


Design Darling by Mackenzie Horan


Lynne Knowlton (this is one of the free printables that she is also offering on her blog, Design the Life You Want to Live!) by Lynne Knowlton
Happy shopping!



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Dunes and Duchess

Happy Halloween!

All week long, Stacy Kunstel has been posting images on the Dunes & Duchess Instagram account with an eery, spooky look. Though each of them feature their iconic candelabras, their Dunes & Duchess line now includes furniture, accessories and, just recently, colorful Poppy Towel Bars and large graphic prints. Nothing but treats!

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Fresh is the New Green

Photo by Jessica Gordon Ryan

I was delighted to visit the Wheelock Maidique showroom in Old Greenwich, CT last evening. I’ve known Chuck Wheelock through social media but I hadn’t met him and I wanted to see a new kitchen feature that they were introducing.

Chuck Wheelock

Chuck and his partner, Mark Alex Maidique, were fun, knowledgable and entertaining but I wasn’t prepared to be so dazzled by the Chefs EcoWall Garden.

Chefs EcoWall Garden

You may remember that I adore having fresh herbs on my kitchen windowsill. Well this unit takes it to a whole new level. It is light, bright, fresh and a showstopper in a kitchen. Imagine being able to grow fresh veggies and herbs, year round, right on your kitchen wall. I was smitten. Bravo Wheelock Maidique!

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Bloggers on vacation

Photo from Nest by Tamara

As summer is winding down, bloggers have been grabbing the last few days for some vacation time and taking some trips.

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Amy Meier Design

It’s hard to believe that it was three years ago when Amy Meier was expecting her first child and shared her nursery design.

Amy Meier Design

Now with her daughter nearly 3, and a second daughter who just turned one, Amy has redesigned the room that they share in a softer color palette.

Amy Meier Design

To see what elements stayed the same and what changes she made, click through to see her beautiful girls’ room on her blog.

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Better Homes and Gardens – June 2014 issue

I hope you had a chance to see the June issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. There were lots of mentions of bloggers throughout the issue.

Starting out with BHG’s first annual Blogger Award!

I love that they included both a Readers’ Choice and an Editors’ Choice pick for each category. {Congratulations to The Inspired Room and Pencil Shavings Studio for winning in the Decorating category.}

Next, there was Grant K. Gibson highlighted in a story about color…

And BHG’s own East Coast Editor, Eddie Ross, shared how to plan and host an engagement celebration with a multi-page spread.

It’s great to see magazines stepping up and featuring bloggers in each issue. Congratulations to Better Homes and Gardens!


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