Friday, March 29, 2013

Small Baths with Style and Drama

The addition of decorative tiles around a vessel sink punched up this otherwise beige and boring bathroom.

If you want to splurge on one item, find ways to save elsewhere. Your tub will be the focal point.

karenspirit pink painted flower bathroom

Totally transform your powder room by hand-painting these stunning blooms.

Small bathrooms are the perfect place to go bold.

In this dramatic basement bath makeover. The stone is used on the back wall for maximum visual impact.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Backyard Heaven

A large fan-shaped, vanishing-edge swimming pool with a swim-up bar is the center of attention in this beautiful backyard oasis designed by Scott Cohen. A perimeter-overflow spa has a built-in cocktail table and reflects lights and fire at night. Color-changing LED underwater lighting in the pool complements the sunset.

The faux-rock water slide of Scott Cohen's Robinson-Crusoe landscape gives young 'pirates' a good view of their terrain. All 'boulders' were made on site

The boat is a hydrotherapy spa with 12 jets and a five-foot-deep well.

Monday, March 25, 2013


Easter Eggs for Your Table

Easter Eggs for Your Table

Colorful natural containers pair prettily with classic silver pieces to create an elegant spring tablescape. Find out how to create your own table decorations.

Gather Your Supplies

Gather Your Supplies

1 dozen eggs
Wooden skewers
Craft foam
Brush & craft paint
Assorted pieces of silver (or pewter)

Crack the Shells

Crack the Shells

Gently tap a pushpin into the top of an egg with the bottom of a spoon. Work in a circle to create an opening the size of a quarter or bigger. To make this job easier, leave the egg in the carton.

Clean the Shells

Clean the Shells

Empty the contents of each egg into a bowl and discard. Mix 1 tablespoon bleach with a gallon of water, and use to rinse out the inside of eggs.  Return eggs to carton and allow to air-dry (about 15 minutes).

Paint the Shells

Paint the Shells

Stick wooden skewers into craft foam and set eggs atop to paint. When dry, fill with candy or flowers, like ranunculus, daffodils, hydrangeas, or viburnum. Display with silver down the center of your table.

My daughter-in-law subscribed me to Southern Living as a gift, I loved this article and idea.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Patio Havens/Celebrating Spring

Appalachian Round Porch

A drink ledge around this circular porch gives you a place to sip a cup of coa or favorite brew.  Hanging candle lanterns can be lit during evening outdoor entertaining.

Bright Red Porch

Red is the defining color throughout this outdoor space. Using a single hue is an easy way to tie the look together. Extra pillows add color and comfort.

Candle-Lit Porch

For year-round lounging, this enclosed sitting area boasts candle chandeliers and a fireplace. Filling the fireplace with candles instead of firewood is a great idea for adding light and charm in warm summer months.

Charleston-Style Piazza

This porch is filled with comfy wicker furniture in traditional Charleston green, recognizable by its almost black color. Materials, such as wicker-looking resin for the frames and outdoor fabric for the cushions keep the space low maintenance. A few luxuries, such as pillows and throws can be quickly pulled inside when the weather turns bad. Iron-base tables with honed marble tops are the perfect sidekicks because they combine simple lines with elegant materials.

Classic Charleston Porch

On this porch, or piazza, classic white wicker is dressed with zesty pillows. Together, the classic white wicker and the modern India-inspired motif are marked by striking color, natural textures and materials, and classic Southern design with a modern, upbeat edge.

Cozy Brick Porch

Composed of a brick chimney, mantel, and firebox, this exterior fireplace is covered with stucco. This touch not only distinguishes it from the surrounding brick walls, but it also makes a focal point. The hearth is raised for additional seating. Plus, by centering the fireplace between a brick opening and the exterior living room wall, it provides a nook for firewood. A gas starter takes the hit-or-miss process out of starting a blaze.

Cozy Side Porch

Inspired by Charleston side porches (called piazzas), this outdoor-friendly furniture arrangement provides a great place to socialize with neighbors or to take in the fresh air while reading a book.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Chateau Lyon

Introducing......Chateau Lyon. Ancient craftmanship in a modern masterpiece. Incredibly ornate details, from the Biblical Stone in the Grand Foyer to the imported French Limestone walls. Hand carved Mexican pinon stone surround all exterior windows/doors. Pecky Cypress eaves and ceiling on the Loggia and Grand Salon, Palm Court, kitchen, master bath and morning room. Upper level flooring is of 250 year old heart pine. Antique European Roof Tiles. Centuries-old hand carved restored doors. French Boisiere style adorns this magnificiant estate. Italian chandelier in the Palm Court, zinc coated copper roof flashing, hand forged Mar-a-Lago balcony, hand cut Texas Limestone foundation walls, original iron balcony grill from the 1880's, all compliment this 5 bedroom 6 bath work of art. Timeless in design, but completely modern in terms of efficiency and upgrades, as there are 13 heating/cooling zones, Generac generator, and equiped with Creston Home Control and Automation Solutions.

This beautiful home is located on Lake Norman close to Charlotte NC. This listing can be found through Sotheby Real Estate.

Blue Girl Art


Bluegirl Art showcases fabrics which can be used in clothing design, but do not sell apparel. But I could certainly
see these fabrics in clothing designs. 

Klimt Nymph

This is one of my favorite patterns

Rosette Noir

Shadow Blossom


All fabrics can be used on a custom furniture design.


They sell scarf designs

Chrysanthemum Shadow

I Am The Baron

Unique artwork


Stripe Me Down


Visit Suzanne's site for more fabric selections, stay a while and browse all the choices. I had written a post introducing BluegirArt in 2009, I wanted to re-introduce new followers of my blog to her site.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Houston Home

imageHouston Home Distinct Elegance










I love the way weathered wood meets traditional and modern mixes in this design







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