Pass the Cream Please

A BETTER WAY TO USE A WIRE SHELVED PANTRY

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There is one constant item in ALL Florida vacation homes that isn’t very attractive or user friendly.  It’s that coated white shelving!  Every builder uses it.  I know this is why places like Lowe’s and Home Depot stay in business.  IT IS UGLY.  In Florida after about one week, it get’s a sticky residue that is like pulling gum off your shoe for anything sitting on it.  In other climates it gets “hairy”. So what does this have to do with cream…..

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Butter Up

 

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How do I choose the right shade of white?

Designers have always had a love affair with the colors of  “white”.  Colors so soft they almost melt on the walls.  Colors that look like they feel like velvet and like we could dip our fingers straight thru them.  The creamier the better.  Colors that stay true day or night.

But man…finding just the right white is a bear isn’t it?  We have to laugh when we read about the “signature white” of any certain designer and clients want to use “only” that color. Or when a paint manufacturer calls a paint “Decorator White” and then sells it to everyone without a clue what their home looks like.  Really?  And if you do venture past the recommendation of the paint guy…how many little swatches of “white” are there at any given paint store?  If it was easy to pick the very best, perfect white for your home you’d never need us!

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Why not Savor Sunday?

I have the simplest tastes, I’m always satisfied with the best. – Oscar Wilde

Well Oscar I need to tell you life is not always simple these days and yes we all do want the best.  All week long most of us are pushed or pulled in all directions.  Sometime by others and often by ourselves.  It can be both exhilarating and exhausting.  I need to take a day to pause, reflect and be thankful that I also have the simplest of tastes….

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It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere

 

5 New Ways to Use a Bar Cart

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Another one of my favorite finds is my glamorous Terrace Bar Cart from West Elm. If you love to entertain using a bar cart can make you feel like the hostess with the mostest! A bar cart can be moved anywhere in your home. You can push a cart filled with glassware, ice bucket, bar tools and liquor to wherever the party goes!  There is a style and finish for everyone.

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Counter Attack

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More decisions today are made in our kitchens than in any of the board rooms across this country. This is especially true as life becomes more digital. How many times have you paid bills, planned trips, checked school assignments and synchronized calendars working off your kitchen counter? We confess, much of this blog gets written in this exact way. Early mornings and very late nights standing doing last minutes edits or notes for the next great idea we have. With our kitchens being the command hubs, counters have to take on so many different functions.  Because this is a design blog…we say those counters need to look good while doing it! So what better way than to make a counter look good than to have a cake on it?!

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Help is Just a Digit Away

 

 

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Chances are you have a smart phone or a camera and a computer.  These items combined with as little as one digit and you have the tools you need to work with a designer…remotely.  You can have your own personal designer on call, just an email, text or phone call away.

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Does this “Art” Make My Wall Look “Big”?

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That’s a loaded question.  In any other context  we often do not like the answer.  However, yes my dear, your wall does look “big” and it looks great!

Do you have a large wall in your home?  Whether you live in a condo, an apartment or a house, our guess is that you could find some empty wall space to play with.  Could this be the meaning of less is more?

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Somethings “Off”

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Often in a home that we otherwise love, there might be a feature that is a little out of our comfort zone. Perhaps something like a lot of blue and white marble as in the photo above. Although there are some cool pieces here, I’m not getting the urge to cuddle up yet. Is the marble just too blue….is a costly renovation in the future?

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