The Jack-O-Lantern: Then and Now!

Hi Friends!!  Before we start today I wanted to give you my warmest gratitude for all of your support.  Last week in London Amara Interior Blog Awards announced the winning blogs in different categories. The way it works is that first blogs were nominated, then all of you voted (THANK YOU!) for your favorites in each category to form the short list!  A panel of prestigious judges researched the chosen blogs and  picked their favorite! And the winner for the Best US Interior Blog ...

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Design Inspiration: Bayou Bend & Ima Hogg

Hi, blog friends! I hope you're all having a fun-filled July 4th weekend! If you're looking for some food and decor ideas to celebrate Independence Day, be sure to check out last year's post and this one too! One of my latest jobs has me thinking about all the people who've gone before us... I had so much fun looking into part of Houston's history to inspire a room we were doing recently!! Designer Marti Stewart asked us to create a wall mural inspired by the dining room at Bayou Bend, a ...

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A Father’s Day Office Makeover!

This year for Father's Day I wanted to give John an extreme office makeover!! It is the last room in the house to be redone and probably the one that needs it the most! My husband works from home, and his office has been basically off limits to decorate because he doesn't want me to touch or move his many stacks! Like most husbands, he hates the chaos of a room redo. Poor thing being married to someone who loves to redo!! To keep the peace, I have always stayed out of his office/man cave! ...

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for All Types of Moms

Mother's Day is right around the corner!!! This quote is so true! And the older I get with grown children, the more I appreciate my sweet mom. She's my biggest supporter and best fan, and she has always offered the most amazing encouragement for all my crazy ideas!! Though I'm not much of an advanced planner, I decided to post my top gift-giving ideas early so you'll have plenty of inspiration when it's time to treat your mom, mother-in-law or grandmother to something special! 1. For ...

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My Favorite Ideas for Decorating Easter Eggs!

For me, along with its spiritual meaning, Easter is always the official kickoff to Spring! Flowers are blooming, bunny and chick motifs abound, and lovely pastels make winter seem oh so far away! Plus, there are plenty of wonderful traditions, a few of which I learned more about last year. But, out of all the traditions, my favorite has to be decorating eggs!!! No doubt my excitement for Easter eggs stems from my obsession with all other finishes - plaster, murals, stencils, aged ...

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A Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt!!

It's Valentine's Day again! So how do you show that special someone that you care? With my husband of 28 years, I have found that it's never the monetary gifts never that show him how special he is to me – after all, his eyes don’t light up at a blue Tiffany box like mine do!! But he always appreciates little notes and handmade gifts which bring out that youthful smile I fell in love with all those years before. When we first married, we were as different as black and white, but ...

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Christmas Crafts, Food and Fun!

Even though it'll be a hot Christmas this year in Houston – an unseasonable 78 degrees! – I can't help but be in the Yuletide spirit!!! I love this time of year, not only because I get to visit with family and friends, but also because I can usually carve out some time for cooking, crafts and art projects I've been wanting to try. Here are a few of the projects I hope to do this week: Seasons Eatings!!! Source This chicken salad looks delish! Great for a healthy yet filling ...

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Monica’s Gingerbread Mansion

I have so many fun clients who have interesting hobbies!! Monica, whom I have done various projects for throughout the years, has always impressed me with her crafty ideas! An accomplished graphic designer and cook, each holiday season she spends weeks baking magical gingerbread houses. Even in person it was hard to believe this was made from a cookie! Having entered and won many contests, Monica enlightened me that the art of gingerbread making is actually pretty ...

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Our Thanksgiving Getaway!

I had recipes and tablescapes already planned for the annual Thanksgiving at our home when I found out from my kids that the only time they could all get off this year is Thanksgiving! Breaking the news to my parents, brother, sister, niece and nephew, I started planning a last minute vacation for the five of us. My family loves the beach, and, with limited time to spend, we wanted to try a new destination that was less than three hours away and had beautiful water. I have a lot of ...

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Build Your Fall Around a Feast Board!!

Before you start to think about autumn decorating and holiday entertaining, consider the feast board! A feast board is as simple as it sounds: a big, beautiful board ready for your food, flowers, meats or sweets. Think Thanksgiving, holiday open house, or any gathering that calls for a feast! This is definitely my new favorite fall trend!!! Here is where you start... Source ... and the results can be this enticing! Source Imagine your feast board running down the middle of ...

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