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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Accessorizing Your Kitchen!!

What makes those rooms from the magazines look so amazing!  Many have beautiful furnishings, surfaces and lighting, but its the final accessories which put them in the over the top beautiful category!!  Kitchens are no exception!! Look at this one from my kitchen Pinterest board, with its pretty white serving bowls, stainless cookware and a bit of green to offer contrast. All chopping boards are both functional and beautiful accents to a kitchen!!! I found this beautiful pic on one ...

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Segreto Designs for Coleman Taylor Textiles-An Insider Look into a New Line!

Since fabrics are so often the inspiration for wall finishes, I have always been enamored with how paint melts into linen, wool and velvet, producing faded variations of intricate designs. Through my recent collaboration with an emerging textile company, I had the rare opportunity to experience the process of creating hand-painted fabrics firsthand. Nestled in charming Montgomery, Alabama, Coleman Taylor Textiles was founded by three designers who recognize the importance not only of ...

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How To Pick The Most Luxurious Towels on a Budget!!

You know how one thing leads to another when redoing your home and the little things sometimes make the biggest difference?? That little thing for me was towels -- bath towels, bath mats, kitchen towels, cleaning towels. Some hand-me-downs from one's grandmother are worth keeping, as are some wedding gifts, but looking at how old some of my towels were (I’ve been married 28 years), I decided in this instance my very worn heirlooms should all be demoted to car washing and cleaning ...

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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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Signing & Shopping in Dallas

I spent the last weekend in June in Dallas. With a co-worker and a sister-in-law in tow, I road tripped to the Dallas Market Center  for one of my favorite events -- shopping at market! Goodness! It is always so overwhelming to walk in and look at the 15 floors I need to tackle!  And this is only one of the three buildings!! This year I was fortunate to be able to combine the already exciting trip with a book signing at Aidan Gray's absolutely beautiful showroom!! This is one of ...

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Bargain Hunters Only!!!!

Since I heard the news, I have seriously been trying to figure out how to get to McKinney, Texas outside of Dallas. Aidan Gray is having a warehouse sale!!!!!! A huge one!!!!!! Items will be marked 50% to 70% off!!! I know I use too many exclamation points, but I feel their prices are already reasonable. So, this sale is going to be great. How do I know how wonderful the finds are?  Well, when I did my book signing at Gray Living in McKinney, Texas sweet Derrick, who is one of the ...

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Segreto Style Launch Party!

This week has been such a whirlwind as Segreto Style made its grand debut at a Launch party hosted by Joyce Horn Antiques!! French antique connoisseur and dear friend, Joyce Horn, along with her awesome staff, worked so hard to create the perfect evening! Arriving early because I knew she had also received a new shipment that day (and ya'll know how love to shop!) I took a moment to browse alone. I loved seeing all of the beautiful antiques and the personal touches that had been included ...

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Segreto Style is Done!!!

 Yahoo!!!!!!!!!!!!! My next book Segreto Style, due to be released in November has finally shipped off to print!!!  With 524 pages I found I had too much to share for just one book,  so I separated the material into a series of two publications and Segreto Style 2, slated to be published in Spring of 2015 was born.  I am blessed to have so many amazing projects to write about and share with each of you.   With so many beautiful rooms, it was nearly impossible to pick the cover shot of each ...

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Joyce Horn Antiques opening party!!

If you haven't heard of Joyce Horn Antiques, the founder Joyce is one of the most long standing French Antique dealers in Houston! Although I knew her before, I really got to know her when I worked with her on the finishes in her home over 12 years ago. Now I am lucky to call her my friend. Her home, as beautiful as her store, features a beautiful French blue tinted sheetrock mud applied to appear as if it had been chipped away to reveal the under layers. Published in Segreto: Secrets to ...

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