Pretty in Pink!

I love pink all year long but Valentine's Day really has me thinking!!! A blend of red and white, pink combines a need for the action of red, (Passion!) and the softness of white (Purity!). The deeper the pink, the more passion and energy it exhibits. The word itself brings up a variety of different images and concepts such as romance, flowers, femininity, Barbie, breast cancer, childhood, love, and so many more. source I guess I am not the only one dreaming of pink!!  This is the most ...

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Segreto Vignettes! My Advanced Copy Has Arrived!!!

I had a surprise package today!!! An advanced copy of Segreto Vignettes came to the office! My staff wanted me to open the box in front of them, so when I walked into the office I had a rush of people coming my way with their big surprise!! Yes, I had approved things along the way but never had seen the book all together and bound! The printer would send me a bound book with no writing to approve the binding and the paper. Next, the book hardcover jacket, then the printed pages and ...

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Rose Quartz and Serenity: Color of the Year 2016

For the first time ever, the combination of two colors was chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year for 2016. A blush pink called Rose Quartz and a soft blue tone called Serenity. Source After a ten-year streak of vibrant pop colors, these more subdued hues are a welcome change of pace! According to Pantone's website, "Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure." "Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky ...

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Meaning in a Simple Blossom

  No matter where you live, I hope something is blooming in your garden. By August, gardens in Houston are struggling in the heat, but I am happy to report that my roses and lavender are alive and well! I buy big heads of white hydrangea because I love the way they look in dining room arrangements. And sunflowers, found at the farmers' markets, look summery and fun in a pitcher out by the pool. source I thought it might be fun to look at the meaning and symbolism of a few of my ...

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Lavender Fields

A staple in the scenic hills of France and England, there are few herbs with as long and rich a history as lavender! Source I have always loved the fragrance, look and color of these pretty bundles, so imagine my surprise when I learned that there were two beautiful lavender farms practically in my own backyard! The first, Chappell Hill Lavender Farm, is located in nearby Brenham, Texas, in the heart of bluebonnet country! A mere eight miles from historic Chappell Hill, this ...

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Yellow

The color yellow, one of the original pigments praised for its relation to the sun. Whether bright and cheery or rich and warm, using yellow in the home can impacts us from our brain function to our moods and everything in between! Source Whether you are left or right brained, yellow appeals to both our logical and creative sides! The lightest color on the wheel inspires original thought, heightens mental agility, and stimulates inquisitiveness. Yellow has also proven to be a ...

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Maria Killam & Colour Me Happy!

If you haven’t heard of her already, someone you need to know is Maria Killam, author of Colour Me Happy, one of the top color blogs in North America. With over 250,000 readers in 171 countries across the world, Maria is an internationally known color specialist-- a true master of color!! Never without a happy smile, this sought after color expert is not only a decorator and stylist but she also gives training sessions to designers, architects, decorators and stagers on how to choose the ...

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For the Love of Pink!

Thank you, all of my blog friends, for being so patient with our changing platforms in an effort to give the page a whole new look! I think we have it all figured out!! If you are not receiving the design articles in your mailbox each Monday morning then please go to 'follow by email' under my picture and type in your email address! You will receive complimentary design articles weekly and some additional tips and tricks of the trade exclusive to our subscribers!!! Pink, the defining color of ...

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Gray in the Home

Thanks everyone for the sweet supportive comments about the lime washing at my house!!!  I will send you pics when we are done!!  The new Antique Shops & Designer Magazine is out and I wanted to share a portion of my latest article about the Color Gray and give you a sneak peak of my upcoming book Segreto Style!!!! The room below, one of my all times favorites, is from the talented Talbot Cooley From TC Interiors!!! I loved the soothing polished plaster we applied in this bedroom!!!  This ...

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Why do we love gray?

I love all the gray rooms and accessories that are in home design today.  But, at first glance when looking at the meaning of gray, it's a little perplexing why the color is so popular and how it manages to work with so many different design styles. source As a true neutral, gray communicates a void of movement, emotions, warmth or any identifying characteristics.  Yikes!!  But, somehow, I find this bath painted in BM European Gray to be calm, soothing and elegant.  Why is ...

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