The Checkerboard Floor: Classic, Fun, Charming

There’s something classic and charming about a checkerboard floor.  Not everyone can bring themselves to do it, but take a look at the fun space you could have if you did.

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Don’t you think this floor brings in an element of charm?

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Whether squared off…..

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or on a diagonal….

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In an entry….

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Or cozy kitchen…..

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Checkerboard floors bring in sooooooo much fun and personality.

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Apply the technique to old wood floors for a fresh change.

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Give your office or work space charm, whimsy and fun.

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If doing the floor is a bit scary for you try a rug like this to bring in a similar vibe.

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For the manly man – how’s this for a garage?  I did this in a client’s garage a few years ago and it looked fabulous.  Fun, but macho!

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And, if you’re so inclined and motivated enough to do it – bring it to your yard.  How cozy and charming is this?!!?  I love this look!

Happy Decorating!

 

Give Your Ceiling Some Snazz!

 

Gone are the days of boring white or ivory ceilings that disappear and contribute nothing to the space.  And, gone are the days of popcorn ceilings.  Yea!!!!  Many of my clients are stumped when it comes to painting their ceilings and I assume many of you are, too.  So I wanted to give you an idea of what they can look like and show you some fun ideas to consider for your own home.

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Adding color to your ceiling is “the thing to do” now and you can see from these pictures what an impact it has on the space.  Painted ceilings add warmth, personality and interest.

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It helps contribute to the overall look of the room rather than just disappearing.  You can keep it simple like the soft blue in the picture above…..

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You can give it drama like this warm red….

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Or a different kind of drama with this cool green.

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You can add funk like this black ceiling in a hot pink room….

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Really rev it up a notch with a full scale mural…..

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Or soften it up with a simple cloudy sky.

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Be as creative and artistic as you want to.

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What an impact these ceilings have on the space!  Breathtaking!

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So if you are thinking about snazzing things up a bit and doing some painting in your space…..don’t  forget  about  the  ceiling! 

Be creative, be fun, be unique!

Happy Decorating!

“Grand” Baby Shower: Long Distance With Love

 

What do you when you are in a group of friends who has always taken turns having wedding showers, anniversary parties, and baby showers for each other and their kids when one of the kids has moved away? …… Well, you just do it anyway…….long distance style.  That’s what one group of friends (we call ourselves “The Goddessess”) decided to do when it happened to us.  Our friend Diane’s son and daughter-in-law moved away to Colorado and couldn’t get back for a baby shower before the baby is born so we just decided to do it anyway and just box everything up and send it to her. Why not?  It worked like a charm.

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Normally I’m instrumental and very involved with the planning and decorating, but with my struggle with the recent death of my father I just didn’t have it in me quite yet to participate……

So Connie decorated her dining room table all by her little ole lonesome.  Isn’t it cute?

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And Susan pitched in with the food.  She purchased these cupcakes at Wal-mart and decorated them with these cute balloon stems that Connie made. ( The “L” is for Luke.) 

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Connie used these blocks and books from her own “Mimi” stash to create a charming, fun table.

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She borrowed the monkey from her one of her grandchildren.  Adorable.  I contributed the greenery – the least I could do.

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We had these beautiful mimosas. Total yum!  And. of course, munchies:

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Diane really likes these wontons so I brought a batch.  Easy and yummy.  They look fried, but they are baked and relatively low calorie so you don’t have to feel guilty indulging!

Recipe:

Package of wonton sheets (usually found in the produce section)

Ground sausage (hot or mild)

Grated Cheese of Choice (or Velveeta)

Chopped Onion

Spinach Leaves (or chopped veggie of choice)

Brown sausage; Drain.  Add veggies and cook till softened.  Add cheese till melted.

Place wonton shells in mini muffin tins sprayed with Pam.

Fill with teaspoon sausage mixture.

Pinch ends together with a dab of water.

Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes.

Scrumptious!

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Susan’s delicious pasta salad. (Wish I had the recipe with me!  Darn!)

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And more.

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It was a small gathering of Diane’s best buds – just the way she wanted it – so we sat outside in Connie’s breathtakingly beautiful back yard for awhile and had our munchies.

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After some “catching up” with each other we moved inside to Connie’s wonderful “French Parlor” for gift time. 

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So French, so feminine, so cozy…..

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And so full of charm.

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(These two pictures above and below are in another room, but I just love the way her family photos are displayed so I wanted to throw them in.  Above she has all black and whites – ancestors and recent family members alike.  Isn’t it a great wall?  Below is her current family – kids and grandkids.  Precious.)

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But, back to the business at hand:

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Diane opened lots of fun gifts to ship up to Colorado.

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But, one gift was for Diane’s own house for when baby John Luke comes to visit.  (We dubbed her grandma name “Gigi” – and I think it’s going to stick!)

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And, this basket below is a “Celebration Mommy” basket for her daughter-in-law to use after the baby is born.

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A fun, little wine glass (when she can have her wine again), some bath salts, body butter, and a soothing candle to soak in the tub by.  Those private moments become all the more special when the little ones are here and time alone becomes a precious commodity.  Hopefully she’ll find some time for a wee bit of R&R.

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I wrote this little poem when my own kids were wee munchkins and thought I’d slip a copy of it in her basket.

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And last, but not least…..we put it all in photo albums for Mommy and Gigi to keep.  (I got both these albums on sale at CVS for $10.00 total!)

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The hostesses – aka – “The Goddesses”……

Three of us – Diane sitting, and Connie and I on the left – are all expecting grandsons in the next few months!  Susan, I’m sure, is not far behind! 

Another successful baby shower celebration under our belts and another exciting event to look forward to.  What a joy filled, beautiful time for us all. 

Life goes on……

Happy Decorating!

The Cozy Colors Of Fall: Fun Holiday Decor

 

One of my favorite times of the year is the fall.  I love the coziness of crisp weather (well, actually we’ve yet to see it here in Texas this year – but, I’m sure it’s coming our way at some point!) and the fun fall colors and fall décor that come along with it.

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  It may be awhile before we see fall colors and the changes of the leaves outside here in Texas – unlike some other parts of the country – but we can certainly bring it inside with some fun fall décor.

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Aside from the colors themselves one thing that makes it fun is that it’s really sort of the longest stretch of holiday decorating we get to do.  Unless you’re the type that decorates for Christmas at the beginning of November – which many people do these days I suppose.  Several of my clients are early birds when it comes to Christmas decorating.   Myself,  I tend to be more “old school” where that’s concerned and can’t really bring myself to do up the Christmas décor at my own home until after Thanksgiving is behind me. 

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But, since the colors and much of the décor for Halloween and Thanksgiving  go hand in hand it’s easy to bring in the pumpkins, haystacks, fall flowers, etc. at the beginning of the season and just keep them though Thanksgiving.

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Just add some Halloween touches like this ribbon with the basic fall decorating scheme and switch them out after Halloween is over.

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There’s so many fun decorations out there.

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Like these pillows.  How easy to add them for a Halloween touch with all the fall flowers, pumpkins, etc. and then tuck them away for the month of November when Halloween has come and gone.

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Aren’t these fun?

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Adorable.

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Some people are decorating with these black “Christmas” trees (for lack of a better word – holiday trees I guess is more appropriate in this case).  Very fun, but I haven’t quite gotten there yet.  I’m running out of storage for all my stuff as it is….

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But, they really are kind of fun.

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Love these.

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I like the idea of adding the cream and black for Halloween with the traditional fall colors.

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The fall allows you two to two and a half months of fall decoratinga great way to cozy up the house in preparation for the winter and the Christmas season

Happy Decorating!

In Loving Memory: A Tribute To My Father

 

My precious, much adored father died peacefully in his home Friday evening, September 9th, surrounded by 18 members of his family — my mom, my siblings and our spouses, and most of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren gathered around.  An experience both painful and precious to us all.

   It’s been a difficult week for my family as we laid him to rest and now try to adjust to our “new normal”.

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Tribute To My Father

A kind and gentle soul was he…..

This man who graced the earth

Humbled by his modest means….

From the moment of his birth

A childhood spent near poverty

Filled with his mother’s love….

Formed this man of integrity

For which I thank my Lord above.

He possessed a quiet, genteel strength

And such a love for family….

A precious trait I hope to share

With all those close to me.

To journey through this “thing” called life

With such a great and gracious man….

To guide us with his father’s love…

And the kindness of his outstretched hand –

Is a journey made much easier

And blessed I know we are….

For he made his children better folks

Than we would have been thus far.

So I want to thank my God in heaven

Who’s dwelling with us here….

For the privilege of this father’s love….

A precious man I hold so dear.

by Sheri Martin

(His loving daughter)

The world moves on, but our grief continues.

We love you so much, daddy, and will miss you terribly.  I look forward to the day we all re-unite again in eternity.

 

If Life Hands You Lemons – Decorate!

 

If you want to add some fun and a little smile to your décor consider decorating with lemons.  Lemons are a great way to add that little pop of color and a little zest to your space.

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They make great arrangements of various kinds that add a refreshing touch to your home.

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Mix with limes for another fun twist of color.

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Just adding the color “lemon yellow” adds a bit of sunshine to your space.  These yellow flowers paired with the branches and birdcages would look great in a sunroom or enclosed patio.

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Aren’t they cheerful and fun?

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You can simply fill a large clear vase for an interesting, fun look.  Pair a vase of lemons with a vase of limes – just vary the sizes of the vases.  Great way to fill a space and add color.

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Add them to a topiary….

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Throw them in assorted textured containers and place inside a lemon wreath.

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Or just hang on the wreath on the door.

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Accessorize in complimentary colors like these fun blocks and containers to play up the “happy vibe” of the lemons and limes.

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Add some more fun details like these sweet towels.

So there you go…..if life hands you lemons….just have fun with them and decorate!

Happy Decorating!

Japanese Gardens: The Perfect Oasis For That Special Event

 

With my son getting married in May wedding venues have been on their mind and several were researched before finding that “oh-so-perfect” spot.   One of the  places they checked into was the Japanese Gardens in Fort Worth, Texas. 

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A spectacular oasis tucked right off the highway in Fort Worth, it is filled with greenery, waterways, flowers….and it’s quiet

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A beautiful place for a small wedding or a wedding reception.  And a great location for photo’s for any occasion.

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Lots of bridges and walkways meandering through the lush surroundings.

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Everywhere you look…..just breathtaking…

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Wouldn’t this make great photo’s?!

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Waterfalls…

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It’s quiet beauty swallows you up….

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This covered area is perfect for parties and receptions.

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I wish I had this view from my own backyard to enjoy everyday!

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A sigh…….see what I mean….just breathtaking!  It’s a great place to get some ideas for your own backyard (most of us a much scaled down version, of course).  But, none-the-less a great visual for beautiful gardens and a cozy sanctuary of our own. 

Happy Decorating!

The New Living Room: Livable, Lovely, Relaxing

 

Living rooms just “ain’t what they used to be”.  No longer are people looking for that perfectly decorated, always clean and crisp, more formal than not, seldom used space in the house that sits there like a space right out of a museum.   No thank you.  People today want warm, friendly, inviting spaces that say “Come in, sit down, get comfortable”.

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A popular choice for many designers, and people in general, is going with neutral pieces for the seating and bringing in the color in all the accessories.

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A wise choice financially and for ease in switching out your color palette.

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Notice the personality changes in these spaces – all using neutral cream colored seating – and just different color and style accessories.

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A relaxing, comfortable atmosphere is what people enjoy today.

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Lots of interest and charm can be added with rugs, pillows, accessories, etc.

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Some prefer more color, but the overall vibe is still comfort, comfort, comfort.

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Gone are the days of the prissy, unused, unfriendly room – and in are the days of the warm, comfortable, people-friendly space.

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With the rough and tumble – and unfortunately  “unfriendly” – world we live in these days I think a cozy, friendly environment is essential for our sanity and survival.

So take some time to tweak your space with some warm and cozy charm.  Add slipcovers, bring in some fun, new color, switch out your prissy, stand-offish décor with some warm, people friendly pieces. 

If you can’t change the world, and make it a friendlier environment – at least you can change your environment and make it a friendlier place!

Happy Decorating!!!

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