Colorado Update!

Hi Friends! I am sorry it has taken so long to update you on the Colorado home!  I really wanted to finish and show you the progression all at one time.  so we have a three week series from start to finish. It definitely is a big change and a totally different look. Remember these pictures of the original townhome we purchased, furniture and all? Although hubby John was thrilled with all the furnishings in the unit, I though it felt dark and a bit claustrophobic. He even loved the torn ...

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Here is to a Happy 2017!-Random Acts of Kindness!!!

Happy New Year Friends!! I really can't believe that it is 2017! Most years I write about resolutions with the first post of the New Year! Looking back I see that I accomplished some and completely failed many!! This year I wanted to write about something that we all could succeed with that would not only make each of us happier, but this world a better place! I love this chart that illustrates where our happiness comes from. It certainly shows that our background, heritage, health and ...

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The Magical City of Paris for the Holidays!

We will be in Colorado this year for the first time, for the holidays! It leads me to dream about spending the holidays in other magical places! And what more magical city than Paris!? source Paris undergoes a transformation with the approach of the festive season and I thought it would be nice to see how the "City of Lights" does the season! source There are many festive markets in Paris, but not to be missed is the market along the Champs-Elysées (shahn-zay-lee-ZAY) close to the ...

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Christmas Tree-Inspired Holiday Crafts!!!

I remember when the kids were younger, and we would be busy throughout December making sugar cookies, Christmas ornaments and handmade gifts! Where are those days of getting together and enjoying making memories??? This year, I'm making a bigger effort to have a Christmas craft day with the kids! Here are some fun holiday crafts with a Christmas tree theme that can be done together and enjoyed for years to come!! (Plus, some creative treats and desserts that are perfect for a party!) Candy ...

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Christmas Decor: Creating Displays, Tablescapes and More from Sentimental Items!

I went to a lovely Christmas party last year that's inspiring me to mix up my own home's holiday decor this year! The wonderful hostess, Nancy, had Christmas everywhere, but what I loved so much is that she grouped items with sentimental meaning in every room. This was an especially fun gathering for me because I was able to bring my two daughters, who knew Nancy's son from college!! He was in charge of the peppermint martinis, which it looks like they all have in hand! Of course, ...

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How to Pick the Best Down Comforter!

While I'm so excited about our new vacation home in Colorado (see the before pics here), it's starting to hit me just how many things you need in order to set up a new house! Pots and pans, glassware, towels, sheets, dishes, shower curtains, cleaning supplies...... and that doesn't even get me started on furniture!!! Lately, I've been focused on getting new bedding, which means I need to buy down comforter inserts. There's such a wide range of prices, depending on fill quality, stitching, ...

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What Segreto’s Been Up to!

We have been busy with so many fun projects that I thought it was time to share! I have had so much fun seeing some of the homes we have worked on, furnished!! This is a stately, established home where the bones are amazing and the homeowners just wanted an update. The original moldings and floors remained but the walls were coated with plaster in a soothing warm tone. Before, the moldings were white, but toning them to the plaster put focus on the architecture and floors and really ...

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A Home Ready to Give Thanks!

Hello to all my blog friends! Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I wanted to share a home with you that is decorated and ready to give thanks for one of the most special holidays of the year--Thanksgiving!! When I showed up to add a few touches to this home, which was featured in Segreto Style pages 50-59, there were touches of Thanksgiving décor inside and out! I loved this home's transformation. An older home, it truly showed how finishes and furnishings could give a total ...

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Styling Your Bar Cart!

Originating as tea trolleys in the Victorian era, bar carts became popular in the 1950s at the end of Prohibition when cocktail hours were the rage. Now, the bar cart is here to stay and has become a staple accessory in home decor. Just like when you're designing a space in your home, a well-styled bar cart begins with a plan...and a great bar cart! I've gathered some great tips to get the good times (and your fantastic bar cart) rolling in time for the holidays! source 1. Find a Fabulous ...

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How do you Design a Den around a New Barbie Couch?!

Hi Friends!!  Before we start I wanted to show you the amazing showroom Vivaldi which I am going to speak at this Wed.! The first time I walked into this place I felt like I was in an art gallery!!  Although they also have a warehouse, they have a large showroom where the slab are mounted and back-lit!!! I know this one will be a really fun event!!!  Come with firends for lunch and walk with me though the gallery where I will show how different colors and finishes complement your ...

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