Tiny Tot Thursday 3.27.14 a space a child can grow in

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This playroom designed by Nina Farmer is ideal because the bones of the room can easily transition for a more grown up feel when the child becomes a teen or college student. Books can eventually replace toys in the built-ins.


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Monday Morning Inspiration 3.24.14 if you let people break your spirit…

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I had a completely different route I was going to take for today’s quotes until Mr. Monday Nights (actor/model Harold House Moore from vh1′s Single Ladies) posted this on his instagram this morning. It needed to be reposted. Hope this and the latter quotes gives you the needed motivation to continue your dreams.

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I incorporated some pretty curb appeal with the added thought of, when one door closes…..another will open.

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Graphic & Bold Lorenzo Castillo designs…

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Lorenzo Castillo has an impressive portfolio filled with contrasting color combos and geometric patterns. Here are a few bold interiors and exteriors of his that I really like. A commom theme is graphic flooring whether tile or carpet and attention to ceiling design.
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lorenzo castillo black and white bold bathroom floor

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I love a dark and moody designed room….

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I love this bedroom. The different patterns and textures all within the same color scheme makes it a nice moody retreat from the day. It reminds me a bit of the room Kim Kardashian is staying in at her mom’s while her home is being renovated. I don’t have pics but if you watch the show you know what I’m talking about. It’s tone on tone black and charcoal gray and I love the drama of it all.
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The table is kinda creepy but I like the rest…
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This moody booth with the single crystal pendant is probably in a cocktail lounge somewhere. It allows intimacy without any distractions from what’s happening in the rest of the place. I think that’s why I like a dark space. It feels like a cacoon of sorts.

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Just because you have a dark space doesn’t mean color is removed. Here you can see the emerald contrasts nicely with the blue walls…

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Do you enjoy a moody room?

{Images via Justin Huxol and Dale Eramo
& Mcalpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors, Bobby Mcalpine for House & Garden, Tommy Smythe, Kettner’s restaurant, }


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Inspired by 3.3.14…..

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Neon lights & warm nights..

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Leafy plants and desks on a slant…

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Brick walls and ceilings that are tall…

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Leaned art without wall holes…

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Flowy spring skirts and demin clothes…

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A place to relax and unwind….

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And an area to read in the sunshine…

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Tuesday’s Tips: divide that space using curtains hung from ceiling rods

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We know how rugs can be used to define areas in a large space but so can curtains. Whether you hang them from ceiling rods ,curtains can not only soften the space but close off any unwanted eyesores, junky storage or act as a privacy wall.  Use the look in a narrow attic, a shared kid’s room, a dorm or studio apartment.

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An example of a bed pushed away from wall and the wall length used for storage. This is when closets are limited. More on how to get more closet space here.

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The shelving is pretty but if this is a bedroom, one may find it difficult to fall asleep. Sometimes all we need to do is tidy up as the less things we see the better we can rest….

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I really like the idea of closing off a kitchen. Who wants to see cluttered counters and dirty dishes when company is present? Plus you can keep pets out if you add velcro like this.

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Let’s say a college kid or adult child is coming back home unexpectantly and you already turned their old room into a closet or something that can’t easily convert back. Well consider repurposing a room and using it for somerthing other than what it’s intended. This post shows how it worked once with a formal dining used as an office. Why wouldn’t it work with a dining room used as a bedroom? That’s what the above looks like. The curtain gives privacy…

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How do you create division in a space?

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Lauren Conrad’s Paper Crowne offices

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I have been a fan of the newly engaged Conrad since the Hills days. It’s nice to see a reality star who went to college, interned and honed her craft. I like a lot of her pieces at Kohl’s Dept Store and her site is filled with fun girly tips and DIYs. Though I’m unfamiliar with her higher end line Paper Crowne, they sure do have a nice office…

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The exposed brick throughout the rented space gives so much character and texture…

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