One Room Challenge Fall 2019 Week 1

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE – WEEK 1

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Today marks the official kickoff for the Fall 2019 One Room Challenge and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be selected as one of twenty Featured Designers. Tosses confetti! The One Room Challenge isn’t a design competition. It’s an event created by Linda Weinstein of Calling it Home that allows design enthusiasts to get a peek into the transformation process of any room makeover via weekly blog posts. The ORC has become wildly popular since its…

IDEAS FOR CREATING A SUMMER WIND DOWN ROUTINE

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It’s officially September, Friends. However, I’m not in a rush to grab a scarf nor a sweater.  Summer and I still have some unfinished business. I need something to make seasonal transition a wee bit easier. We love Summer and we love hard. And if you’re like us, this summer wind down routine makes the transition into fall a little easier. ISLA BELLA BEACH RESORT – FLORIDA KEYS   It goes by so fast, doesn’t it?…
Safari at Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge

INSPIRED DESIGN: SOUTH AFRICA

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Pulling myself away from the responsibilities of everyday life can be difficult, but I’ve discovered that losing myself in travel is essential to the work I love. Rich and varied cultural experiences provide a wealth of inspiration and a deeper respect for the beauty my team creates. A recent voyage to South Africa included stops in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge, all of which were downright magical. I returned home feeling focused and…

ADDICTED TO WINDOW TREATMENTS? US TOO. 5 REASONS WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH

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From setting a tone to anchoring a style, we can’t get enough of rooms that incorporate window treatments. Recently I gave an interview with The Washington Post how to decorate with confidence using window treatments. They came to the right one–I could go on and on (and I did) about the different types, how to assess your needs for functionality, cost of window treatments, etc. It’s a worthwhile ready especially for the first time buyer. After…

WHAT HE REALLY WANTS FOR FATHER’S DAY

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As we celebrate fathers this month, we must answer the eternal question, “What to get Dad?!” It’s hard to find gifts for dads that feel like presents instead of a line-up for the honey-do list: that drill will surely fix anything, or this grill tool will certainly help make dinner. The other category of Dad Gifts is just as bland: ties, underwear, or sock gifts. What Do Dads Want? Why is this so hard? We tear…

UNEXPECTED COLOR PALETTE USHERS THIS CASCADE HEIGHTS LIVING ROOM INTO SPRING

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Watch how the color red turns up the heat and ignites energy into a cool living room and dining room. The homeowner got lucky when she inherited this subtle blue-gray wall color after purchasing this home last year. With its open floor plan, the wall color spills into every room on the first floor. It’s rare to move into a home with a “perfect neutral.” Even though the paint color here is gray it had a…

IS YOUR HOME PUTTING ITS BEST FACE FORWARD?

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I once read, “Perfect skin is a status symbol.” It makes sense given the fact that people with greater disposable income have access to facials, luxury skin products, and the best dermatologists. The look of perfect skin is also achieved with the right foundation if you’re able to find it. Even with the infinite number of shades and coverages, finding the perfect match is nearly impossible without the help of a professional. Based on my experience…

ONE HOME, TWO KITCHENS

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Go behind the curtain and experience the luxury of having a second kitchen for entertaining. Designing and consulting with clients, I’ve seen and worked on a number of basements, creating everything from a game room hangout to super stylish media room. So when the opportunity came to provide a brilliant use for an under-utilized basement, we were thrilled to answer the challenge. We recently completed this basement level kitchen which provides a great example of how…

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ERIKA HOLLINSHEAD WARD
Wife, Mother, Designer, Renovator, and Writer


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