I Will Never Settle for Fluorescent Light Bulbs Again

I have never been able to abide fluorescent light bulbs and the horrible flickery blue light they emit.  I unequivocally hate them, mainly because I specify paint colors every day.  Fluorescents can ruin your perfect wall color – it’s that simple.  And now there’s simply no reason to settle anymore.

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Psychological Staging in Action – Home Staging Befores and Afters

You may remember this dining room I posted about a few weeks back:

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Paint Colors, Home Ownership, and Winning

It’s been a busy week between working with clients and going to several events, including the Sherwin-Williams ColorMix 2015 designer event.

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Peddling My Wares and Fulfilling A Dream – A Vintage Affair at Haven Farm

I have so many projects brewing this season, one of which satisfies the dream of a young, overworked school psychologist.

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Make A Wish – Christmas in Greece

I’m really excited about a fun project I’ll be working on over the next month. I’m decorating a Christmas tree at a Nashville area Designer Parade of Homes.

The cool part?  I’m decorating a tree that will auctioned off to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Three other southern bloggers will participate with me and decorate Christmas trees in different homes:  Kari Ann from Thistlewood Farms, Leslie from Chaotically Creative, and Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof.

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The specific wishes of a few local children are to be the inspirations for each of our trees. My Make-A-Wish tree is inspired by Joey, who has acute lymphocytic leukemia. His wish is to visit Athens, Greece and see the ancient ruins and churches there. I’m betting he’s a big fan of the Percy Jackson book series (at least that’s what my kids are guessing). I want it to be an elegant tree that will attract bids for Make-A-Wish, but still capture the essence of Joey’s special wish. I’ve been putting together some ideas on an inspiration board to help me make a plan for the tree:

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I’ve never been to Greece, and really don’t know very much about the country!  So I’m asking for your help.  At this point, I’m leaning toward a gold, off-white, and seaglass color scheme.  I want to incorporate seashells, gold laurel crowns, and greek key symbols (maybe in a ribbon garland).  I’m having a hard time finding any ornaments that look like columns or ancient ruins!!! Do you have any suggestions to help me make this tree theme a success?  Any ideas are welcomed (I am begging you here, really).  Please share your ideas and anywhere I might find such ornaments in the comments below!

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I have to tell you:  it’s pretty exciting to be shopping for groceries in your very own local grocery store and be able to pick up a magazine you are in.  And thankfully, not a tabloid.
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The Big Crazy Green Rug in My Living Room and Welcome Mat Winners

I posted on Facebook a couple of weeks ago that I ordered a new rug online.  I was out of town on vacation last week and, even though I wasn’t ready to come home, it was exciting to know I’d get to come home to a brand new rug! That sounds so incredibly weird, but those are the kind of things that get me excited. Anyway, the rug came in and I simply adore it!  Look at my little girl standing on my new rug – even her toenails match:

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