The Magical City of Paris for the Holidays!

We will be in Colorado this year for the first time, for the holidays! It leads me to dream about spending the holidays in other magical places! And what more magical city than Paris!? source Paris undergoes a transformation with the approach of the festive season and I thought it would be nice to see how the "City of Lights" does the season! source There are many festive markets in Paris, but not to be missed is the market along the Champs-Elysées (shahn-zay-lee-ZAY) close to the ...

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A Home Ready to Give Thanks!

Hello to all my blog friends! Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I wanted to share a home with you that is decorated and ready to give thanks for one of the most special holidays of the year--Thanksgiving!! When I showed up to add a few touches to this home, which was featured in Segreto Style pages 50-59, there were touches of Thanksgiving décor inside and out! I loved this home's transformation. An older home, it truly showed how finishes and furnishings could give a total ...

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A Day on the Farm!

It is so much fun working on ranch or farm homes. Texas has so much land and beautiful places so close to home!!! I just had to share this wonderful homestead that I was so blessed to work in. I am always in such a hurry to get back to Houston to make the next appointment, but here I just wanted to stay!!! I had done work for the couple here in Houston and when they were remodeling their kitchen in their farmhouse in Bellville, I got to take a field trip! Bellville, population 4,097, was ...

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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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Becoming a ‘Blaygeen’ Believer!!

Discovering that perfect shade of neutral "blue" can be rather difficult. My clients are often looking for the ideal blue, gray or green. Not too blue, but a little muddy, sophisticated, but not depressing. I take a deep breath in as they describe their ideal color, and then I recommend what I’ve come to call "blaygeen!" Whether on walls, cabinets, trim or accessories, every design magazine, book and blog seems to be incorporating this elusive but much sought-after shade. It may appear as ...

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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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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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