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ORC Week 5: Wallpaper (trial & error)

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I love, love, love my Hygge & West wallpaper! I had the pleasure of interviewing the founders of H&W for the Style Matters podcast a little while ago. I reached out to them because I have been a huge fan of their company for years. We talked about our mutual passion for all things wallpaper related and also about their new book, “Hygge & West Home: Design for a Cozy Life...

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How a Maximalist Became a Minimalist with Myquillyn Smith

Myquillyn Smith has figured it out.

You might know Myquillyn Smith as “The Nester,” or as the author of “The Nesting Place,” her first book, and the name of her popular blog. She has long subscribed to the belief that “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful,” to which I say, Amen! Well, she’s just come out with her second book, “Cozy,...

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ORC Week 4: Choosing Paint Colors

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Painting is my jam. Ask anyone who knows me and comes over to my house regularly that most rooms don’t stay the same color for long. For one thing, I get bored easily. But for another, I just loooooove experimenting with color! And I’m no stranger to choosing bold shades. In fact, one of the most revolutionary things I’ve done was go with a light, neutral gray for my living...

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Choosing Fabric with Jonathan Louis

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There were several things I was considering when choosing for our new sofa from Jonathan Louis.  It had to be both beautiful and hold up well to regular use.  Our current sofa's fabric aged very poorly.  It was some kind of micro-suede that started looking oily on the arm rests.  Also, the back pillows haven't held their shape and kind of mush down behind our backs in a...

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ORC Week 3: The Cow Comes Home

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This week has been all about pulling together various elements that I hope will bring the room together and reflect my desire to feel closer to the rocks, plants, sky and colors of the southwest.

As I mentioned in my first ORC post, I don’t typically have everything planned out ahead of time when I’m re-doing a room. I have an idea of what I want to feel in a room and an...

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ORC Week 2: Turning a Door into a wall

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Demolition Day!

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One of the things we’ve wanted to change since we moved in 13 years ago (yes. I said 13 years) is to get rid of one of the doors that go into the den. Specifically, the door from the entryway.

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Yes, I love those window pane doors, too, so we’re not getting rid this one. Just storing it for another day. (But I can’t talk about that too...

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Fall ORC: Private Den Makeover, Week 1

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It’s my first One Room Challenge and I’m buzzing with energy! I’ve been watching the ORC for years, following the Featured Designers and the Guests in this big momma of all Before & Afters. And now I’m finally ready to join them! Starting today, you’ll see our private den evolve from a dark and moody, cozy (and cluttered) space to one that’s open, airy,...

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Figuring out Color with Lori Weitzner

Lori Weitzner is the founder and creative director for the Weitzner brand of fabrics and wallcoverings that are hugely popular with the best interior designers in the world.  And she's also the author of a new book, "Ode To Color," which we have been savoring.  It's unlike most other design books in its structure because it doesn't go room by room or give step by step...

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Thistlewood Farm

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We are really giddy with excitement this week to share our interview with KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farm.  She is the author of "So Close To Amazing" and her newest book "The DIY Home Planner".  We first met her at the Haven Conference in Atlanta, Georgia and she has a way of welcoming everyone into her wonderful world the moment you meet her.  Her positivity and kindness...

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5 Life Changing Rituals (that I wish I followed)

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Aaaah, Saturday.

You are so full of possibility.  You don't induce anxiety the way Sunday does.  Sunday is the buffer between a day that promises fulfillment and, well, Monday. 

So, what's your idea of a perfect Saturday?  Do you have a picture in your mind of the kind of home where everything feels clean, relaxed, and content? 

When I think of how I'd like...

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