I think I selected the hotel I want to stay in…

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Annually my bestie and I travel somewhere for our bdays. We go either around hers or mine or somewhere in between as our birthdays fall within a month of one another. This year, we’re heading to New Orleans. I have only been once and that was as a kid. I don’t remember much so I can’t wait to go back…

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The Saint Hotel is located blocks away from Bourban Street and has a really funky design. I can’t stay somewhere that doesn’t have a nice designed interior. We won’t be staying in the Presidential suite but the Lucifer room (red) is gorgeous and is my favorite…

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Tuesday’s Tips: one way to spice up a room

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Stunning work by Spruce Interior Design over on Apartment Therapy. I like the symmetry by the fireplace. I also like the modern way of furnishing a conversation area. Let’s get outside of thinking about furniture sets and create more interesting spaces mixing styles and pieces. If that isn’t in the budget then think about incorporating different tables. Swap out side tables between rooms in your home to avoid everything being too matchy.

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Beautiful stairwell. Head over to Apt Therapy to see more of the home.


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Operation masculine rustic sexiness for my rec room…

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I know. That’s a lot of styles for one area but I have made up my mind and I want the basement area to have all of that. I want to stir away from any girly items that you will find elsewhere in my home. I want it to feel moody and regal, sexy like a cocktail lounge, but edited and purposeful like a modern bachelor pad. I want there to be rustic elements and raw materials like wood and metal. I want pieces I would put in a loft present. Again, that’s a lot but that’s what I want.

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I have black leather sofas in the living room that’ll eventually make their way to the rec room…

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I have recessed lighting down there but I do like the caged pendant look. You can never have too many light sources…

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This is really the only area I want wood items in my home. I bought a studded wood framed mirror from AtHome that I will eventually hang. The wood matches perfectly with a floating ledge I bought at Menards. I also will keep an eye out for some metal and wood bar stools for bar.

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I have a trunk that I was going to paint and place in my office but have decided to use it in the rec room as a side table…

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One wall is a deeper blue hue which will likely get changed. I haven’t given much thought about paint. I know I want it to feel modern but not too dark. Gray is always a good choice for that…

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Have you priced pool tables lately? I didn’t realize how expensive the are. I want one but no time soon.. .

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I like decorating in 3s for a really modern look….

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I know I used this image before but I have been keeping eyes open for cushions. I flipped two bookstands on their sides to use as seating in the mean time. I just want to place some long cushions on top. I would love some camel hued seating somewhere down there.

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As far as rugs, apart of me wants something very plush and another part of me wants a faux cowhide like the ones at Z Gallerie but I’m undecided.


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Tuesday’s Tips: use canvas artwork to hide unsightly light switches etc

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These are not the best quality of pictures but this is how I decided to hide a light switch and temperature controller in my hallway. I purchased these wrapped canvas beauties from AtHome. By positioning them right over the eyesores, I now don’t have to see them. It also allows me to hang art exactly where I wanted. If I hung around the thermostat, the art wouldn’t have been centered with the wall. It just would have created an odd look. However it was brought to my attention that your thermostat may not work efficiently being covered from the circulating airflow. So do this at your own discretion.

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The depths of canvases allow for protruding switches and knobs of a circuit breaker door to be hidden seamlessly.

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Happy 1st Monday of the Year!

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My Monday didn’t get off to a great start. However I was determined to not let that ruin my day and I feel great now. Sometimes you just have to change your mindset….

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Nothing says motivation like a well designed work space…

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I like the use of this space. Not sure of the room’s square footage but you can take a page out of their book if you have a narrow area of a home and need a functional home office…

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When you have sloped ceilings, you can still have a space that can be used simply by pulling furniture away from walls. Please get out of the mentality that every piece has to have a back against a wall. You will see how much better the room feels when you create conversation areas and position furniture in different ways.

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How are you feeling this Monday?


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My Wish For You…

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A lot has been going on lately including a bout with food poisoning earlier this week. I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season so far. My only wish is that if you feel unfulfilled, you will make a better effort in creating the life you wish to live in the New Year. This life of ours is way too short to be unhappy. Before we know it, we will be old and wrinkly. We don’t want to look back with regret….regretting that we never tried. Tried what? Well…only you know that. Let’s simply make better efforts to live more fruitful lives. What that entails and how you carve that out is solely up to you.

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Thank you for sticking around and reading this blog, even though I have been inconsistent lately. I do plan to try harder to carve out more time to get back to what I love: sharing beautiful interiors and creating inspirations. You might have noticed a lot more home life showcased here and I do want to continue more of that next year. With that said, thank you for the support and have a wonderful safe New Year.


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My Christmas Home Tour…

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This is overdue and please bare with the semi fuzzy images but here is a bit of how I decorated for the holidays. My tree is gaining more of a peacock theme each year. This year I added peacock feathers from Pier 1 which I love. I prefer over the top trees like department stores. That’s just my preference when it comes to Christmas trees….

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I have been collecting my same colors for about 11 years now. I have always wanted cobalt and royal blue trees but people would gift me the wrong colors, so the last few years I incorporated more turquoise and teal…

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These are some of my favorite ornmaments…

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These were the new ornaments I picked from AtHome. I love these so much. It’s weird but I find myself staring at them especially at night when the blue lights are shining down. The jewels remind me of the type of jewelry I wear. I like it big!

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The actual peacocks came from Michael’s some years ago…

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I also bought a few new disco ball ornaments from AtHome as well…

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The tree skirt is also from AtHome. Sorry the weather has been bad the last couple weekends where I couldn’t take pictures in natural lighting for the best shots. When it was sunny, I wasn’t home. I will take more pics of the skirt later….

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If you saw the post the other day, this is my console table which I left simple. I just added the wooden skis from Target.

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I only added a small glittered tree cande on my side table from AtHome…

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If you follow along on instagram, here are a few glimpses of my bar cart. The candycane straws came from Target, ornaments from AtHome…

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I bought a glittered reindeer from Michael’s to adorn the coffee table….

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I outfitted some wine bottles with furry shrugs and bottle toppers from Pier 1. I decided to use this tree topper from AtHome on top of another wine bottle (hidden in an adorable bag). It makes everything a bit more festive…
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Please excuse this awful photo but the wreath is from AtHome and it’s gorgeous in person. Super sparkly and I hung it with glittered ribbon. When the drapery panels is opened on the sides, it looks the best it just doesn’t translate that way on camera. I still have a couple other places to show you this week, like my ornate framed chalkboard and bathroom. Stay tuned!


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Target’s wooden ski ornaments…

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I noticed a lot of instagrammers are using the wooden ski ornaments in their Christmas decor found in Target’s dollar section. I have it too and this is how I styled mine.
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Others from aeound the web…

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