Snowy weather calls for book reading…

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I am usually always reading magazines or a book. There was a time when I was engulfed in multiple novels at a time but haven’t been reading as much as I used to. With the nights starting the 4 o’clock hour, bitter freezing temperatures and snow, it makes me want to do nothing more than curl up with something to read. I wonder how long it takes for homeowners to have a collection long enough to fill bookshelves..

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This here is probably my fav 6 week challenge reveal of all time…

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I mean…listen…this is so incredibly stunning. My fav takeaways: all of it the black walls and molding which gives an element of history and character, the faux white fireplace mantle with ornate details and the warmth by tall candles, the canopy bed without the drapery, the mantle layering, the luxe bedding and the window treatments & the black, gold and white color palette is all so beautiful, timeless and regal. Can you believe it was all done in 6 weeks? If you’re a follower of many popular blogs you will know today is the room reveals that designers were challenged with. It’s been fun reading and following everyone’s weekly progress and although this is the first one I saw, I am convinced it will be my fav. Job well done The Design Daredevil. Job well done. Below are some other fav images but you really have to check the site out for way more pics and all of the details.

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A lot goes into dressing the windows and this mix of panels with patterned roman shades are beautiful. The shades allow both privacy and light….

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You know I love vignette styling. Please go see the rest here. You can also see my love of mantles here and sputnik chandeliers.

{Interior design Jessie Miller w/Photos by Megan Thiele}

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Tuesday’s Tips: Rule of thumb for hanging art

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They say art is best hung 5-9″ from the top of the headboard, sofa or console. I want to add that sometimes it’s best to eye it. You want the art to be eye level with an average height person and not hung too high. At the same time scale is key. If you have tall ceilings you want to ensure the art or mirror selected will actually fill the space. If you purchase a canvas abstract piece or mirror displayed horizontally, play with it and see how it will look vertically. Don’t shy away from buying in 3’s and if there is a print you like that is small, go to places like Michael’s to have a frame custom made with a large mat. Larger mats and frames can make any small print appear more grand. You can also add more art to create a gallery wall to fill up wall space.

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{Images via preciously me, vintage luxe, blood & champagne, cullman & kravis, style at home & cj dellatore}

Designs and dimensions in tile, doors and furniture

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I saw AKDO’s tile on pinterest and loved the design. I can see this as backsplash for a stove with gold fixtures.  So pretty…

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Then I saw this which is making some patio awfully fabulous. See more here

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This door is amazing. Talk about an entrance…

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The lines of this desk reminds me of the one Kelly Wearstler used here

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This room has a lot of dimension too in the form of the many textures through out: wood paneled walls, woven headboard, quilted blanket, leather tufted bench. Textures gives interest in an earthy color palette or monochromatic design. Do you like dimension or prefer flush smooth surfaces?

{Other images via Arkpad}


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My Valentine’s Breakfast styling using Hen House Linens….

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner and what better way than to kick off their work day by setting up a small breakfast display. If you have kids, you may want to add even more food like small bowls of cereal or parfaits in mason jars. For my set up, I wanted a “Sweets for my Sweetie”menu so everything was pretty much like dessert for breakfast ir something sweet. You can add kringle or chocolate covered croissants for good measure. I repurposed several things from my house like the candle holder used here for cupcakes…

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I bought some adhesive hearts from Michael’s and stuck them to the ends of toothpicks for cupcake toppers. Craft paper and glittered peelable letters were used to create signs. Always provide signage so people know what they are eating. It’s another detail that makes it all look festive…

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The heart garland was bought from Michael’s as well. The circular quilted placemats were from Hen House Linens. I love the chain link as it can be used for a cheesy Valentine’s metaphor “hooked on you” but it’s also chic enough for a nautical themed shower or July 4th bash. It’s thick which is great if you’re styling on glass survices. The thickness will prevent platters and stands from scratching the glass. I already owned the milk jar vase which were both thrifted from the Goodwill. The roses came from Aldi. They were the only grocery store that didn’t have inflated prices for roses.

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Festive straws is another way to carry on the color scheme…

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I took red vases from this burlesque 30th bday bash that I styled and used them to elevate a small plate. Giving your food display various heights is key. Use boxes or anything sturdy to give height to the food at the back of the table….

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I made blueberry muffins….

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I placed the butter for muffins in a crystal serving cup which I found at the Goodwill…

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I think it’s an easy set up to make a routine breakfast a bit more festive…

Hen House Linens provided me with complimentary linen however the review is my honest opinion.