PAINT WOOD PANELING? WE HAD OTHER IDEAS

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To paint or not to paint wood paneling It’s really a matter of personal preference, but there are obvious clues when you should paint wood paneling. If your wood paneling is not real wood at all, dated, or badly damaged, then let it go. We’re not debating on solid, exquisitely beautiful wood paneling like in the photo above. However, if it’s reeking with testosterone and you’re wanting something softer then keep reading. We turned this rich,…

ISLAND HOPPING WITH AMANDA LINDROTH—A BOOK REVIEW

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I was recently given an advance copy of Amanda Lindroth’s book Island Hopping. It couldn’t have come at a better time given my latest obsession with interior design in the Caribbean. Amanda’s book reads like an engaging conversation with a well heeled island resident—which she is. With offices in Palm Beach and Nassau, it’s no wonder why she’s one of the region’s go-to design professionals. Amanda makes it crystal clear as she gives readers an in-depth…

ON MY DESK: PROJECT TRUE BLUE

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From coastal cool to chinoiserie chic, a BLUE and WHITE color combo is both TIMELESS and CLASSIC. Peek behind the curtain to preview our latest decorating project, True Blue, and see why these rooms will stand the test of time. We Started with a Carpet During the design consultation we asked our clients, “Show us your stuff!” They answered our demand with a large Persian rug and a 40″ x 50″ painting—both purchased from an estate…

THINK LIKE A DESIGNER—HOW TO CREATE A VISION FOR YOUR HOME

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When it comes to creating a vision for their home, would you be surprised to know that most people have no idea what they want? If you fit in this category, it’s okay. I’ve found that over the years, we’ve lost our ability to dream. I assume the daily demands of life combined with social exceptions and financial constraints have robbed us of our ability to recognize our true heart’s desires. However, I invite you into…

A CASUALLY ELEGANT DINING ROOM, A BEFORE AND AFTER

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Though formal dining rooms are known for being stuffy, client’s makeover is both glamorous and welcoming. Our client wanted to entertain in a dining room that was approachable yet elegant. To achieve this goal, we placed heavy emphasis on color, texture, and comfort.  Whether serving on their best china, enjoying a Sunday dinner, or hosting a brunch, this delectable dining room is now suitable for any occasion. Before Above is how we were first introduced to…

A GOOD ROOM TURNED GREAT ROOM

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Two story great rooms are some of my favorite to decorate. What I love most about these larger than life spaces are the challenges they present. Here are a few common questions you may have about your own great room: What is the best window treatment option for my room? How do we address the expansive wall space? How do we make this room (often the first one you see) stunning yet approachable? BEFORE It’s a…

10 BEST 4TH OF JULY DECORATIONS FOR A STAR SPANGLED HOLIDAY

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Classic and timeless—red, white, and blue forever! Every moment of the Fourth of July holiday, from preparation to presentation, is a chance to enjoy yourself and get into a patriotic spirit. The countdown is on and if you haven’t begun to prepare, then we’ve got you covered. Hurry and shop these creative, fun 4th of July decorations now so you can devote more time to food and merrymaking later! Elevate your tablescape Nothing is wrong with…

WAKE UP HAPPIER IN THIS MOOD-BOOSTING BEDROOM

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You know how passionate we are about creating a happy home and infusing the homeowner’s personality into each space we design. Today I wanted to share a mood-boosting bedroom concept we’ve created using their favorite color, green. Studies have repeatedly shown color has a significant impact on our mood—and green ranks at the top of the list for elevating your spirits. To make this a secondary bedroom feel extra special, we went out on a limb…

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ERIKA HOLLINSHEAD WARD
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