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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A Guide to the Spring DASH for Design, Art, Style and Home

One of my favorite markets is coming up this week, April 22 to 24 – DASH!! It's a fun curated show inside Silver Street Studios in Houston, but what I love the most is the diverse selection of vendors. More than an antique show, DASH is a full-fledged shopping event with over 65 dealers and everything from jewelry and clothing to furniture, art and antiques! I've had so much fun at past DASH shows that, this year, I wanted to create a guide to some of my fave vendors for those of you planning to ...

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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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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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Aidan Gray Living & Segreto Style!

...I’m coming to the Dallas area!!! One of my favorite furniture & accessory designers, Aidan Gray, is hosting me and Segreto Style for a book signing during the launch of their newly re-designed store, Gray Living!! How fun is that? I first met Randal Weeks at a book signing At Marburger Antiques Show in Roundtop. The nicest man ever, he was telling me how much he admired my work.  I only learned who he was after he’d left, someone whispered that’s who started Aidan Gray!! Yikes, it ...

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