What’s Trending for Your Thanksgiving Tablescape?

Hi Friends!  Well we have so much to be thankful for this year and I am excited to share with you ideas for my favorite thing to do which is setting the table!! First I will show you how my table ended up for Thanksgiving 2016 and then I will share what I think is trending for Thanksgiving 2017!  Last year my friend inspired me when I saw her table set!  Queen of layering, I tried to take to heart some of her tips!  To see her home go here! I loved her plates which she bought from ...

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Designer Q&A: Leslie Sinclair of Segreto Finishes

Hi Friends!!  I hope everyone is somewhere fun! I am in Colorado right now and my Dad came up from Santa Fe to visit!  It is certainly great to be out of the Texas heat!  I recently was interviewed by Southern Home Magazine about how I got started with Segreto, my favorite parts of my job etc.  Some of my most asked questions, I thought I might just share the interview with you. Hope you enjoy! After enjoying a successful career in corporate sales, Leslie Sinclair followed her passion for ...

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Colorado Update Part 3-Bedrooms and Baths!

Well here is the last in the series!  Thank you for all your wonderful comments!! The house isn't completely done yet but close! I really wanted to plaster the house but due to my crews heavy schedules and the contractor's timeline it just didn't work out!   This was my inspiration board for the bedrooms!  What did I use? I loved the fabric behind the bed designed by Susan Blankenship(house is in Segreto Vignettes!) but with my lower ceilings and small room, I decided it wouldn't ...

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A Colorado Update Part 2!

After months of construction, (see last week's post) we were on our way to install the furnishings. Hubby John, daughter Kirby, and I went up there for a whirlwind 3 days to install all the furnishings and to see the unit in person for the first time. It was especially nerve-racking for me as I was unable to visit the job site during the entire renovation process. All details were relayed by texts and emails. Well hang on, it's quite a change! Here is the entrance before. Welcome ...

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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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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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I Love That Sample!!! Where Will it Go?

I was trying to get a bit ahead of my blog writing and stumbled onto a post I had started in 2011! I had so much fun looking back at how some of our techniques have evolved and especially how my house has changed over the years!! I thought you would too... You've probably heard the old saying that a cobbler doesn't have shoes. Well, that doesn't apply to me. In my case, a finisher definitely has finishes!! If you look at the "My Home" section of this blog, you can see that no space has been ...

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Extreme Chair Makeovers – Project Reveal!!!

It's Friday!! And, you know what that means...it's time to reveal some Extreme Chair Makeovers from these talented and fabulous bloggers! Please click on all these other wonderful designers and bloggers who have done their own chair makeovers! If you haven't seen my chair redo's from last week's blog they are at the bottom! Before you leave, I would love your vote for the Amara Interior Blog Awards!  I am so honored to be up for this year's short list!!! More information below! ...

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Project Design: Extreme Chair Makeovers!

  When I was asked to participate in the upcoming project design on Extreme Chair Makeovers, it started me thinking about all the chair makeovers I had done at my own home!  Although it would be wonderful going into a store and seeing the perfect chair with the perfect fabric, this rarely happens to me!!! Below you will see my chair makeovers and Friday we will post the link to other top design bloggers' outcomes to their chair challenge!  So stay tuned!!! Here is just a small ...

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Great Seating Ideas: How to Mix Chair Styles in Dining Rooms!!!

I don't know what it is about mixing chairs in a space, but it has always been one of my true design loves!! Maybe it's my quirky side, but to me, mixing chair styles makes a room so much more interesting! This dining room is one of my all-time favorites! We plastered the room and hand-painted a design inspired by a historical Swedish wall covering. This home by designer Brooke McGuyer is featured in its entirety in Segreto Style!!  The tonal and textural combination of different chairs ...

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