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An Australian Interior Designer’s Blue and White Portfolio

I posted a photo on Instagram this week of this vignette by interior designer, Amy Spargo of the Australian design firm, Maine House Interiors: I liked the styling so much that I wanted to see what else I could find that was designed by Maine House Interiors.  What I discovered was a lovely portfolio of…… Continue reading An Australian Interior Designer’s Blue and White Portfolio

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Friday Finds 9•1•17

Here are this week’s finds: The photo above and the header image for this post are from a tour of a colorful, renovated historic (1890s) row house.   Lily Pulitzer’s print studio designed a t-shirt with the logo pictured above to show support for Texas and raise money for the American Red Cross. Let us hope and pray…… Continue reading Friday Finds 9•1•17

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Using Blue and White Plates as Wall Art

Using pretty china plates as wall art is hardly a new idea.  In fact I am fairly certain that many in my grandmothers’ generation hung china plates on the walls in their homes. Recently, I was moving things around in one of the hallway spaces adjoining our elevator foyer,  and I ended up  with some…… Continue reading Using Blue and White Plates as Wall Art

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Colors That Complement Blue and White

Although I like solely blue and white rooms, I prefer blue and white rooms that use a third accent color.  I find that the addition of the third color makes a blue and white room more interesting, less predictable, and more visually appealing. There are several colors that work beautifully with blue and white.  Here…… Continue reading Colors That Complement Blue and White

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Friday Finds: 8•25•17

Summer is going by too quickly. My daughter started 8th grade this week, and fall is in the air here in Chicago. Have you noticed all the Halloween and fall merchandise on display in the stores? I’m not ready for that! Here are this week’s Friday finds: A colorful and traditional interior design portfolio   A…… Continue reading Friday Finds: 8•25•17

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Design Dilemma: Adding Character to a Newer Home

Recently, a blog follower asked me to give her advice about adding older pieces to a newer home.  Blending the old and the new is a challenge faced by many people who find themselves living in a newer home, but wanting it to have the character and feel of an older home. Here are a…… Continue reading Design Dilemma: Adding Character to a Newer Home

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Wallpapered Ceilings

Wallpapering a ceiling is hardly a new idea, but the technique seems to be showing up with greater frequency recently.  Wallpaper on the ceiling adds an element of surprise to a space, bringing dramatic flair to another dimension of a room. In some rooms, the walls and ceiling use matching wallpaper, which can create a…… Continue reading Wallpapered Ceilings