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I’m not going to point fingers, but someone in my house broke the globe light over my dining room table. Were it not for this misfortune, however, I would not have stumbled onto Tay Lighting (bright side!).

tay lighting chrysanthemum

The lighting fixtures at Tay are all garden themed — the two above are Chrysanthemum — and are so warm and soft. They’d fit in well with just about any design style and create such an artistic mood in any room.

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When Ken and I first decided to embark on a renovation, we drafted this thing called a renovation budget. And although we were careful to remember hidden costs, do our research and enlist (free!) help when needed, we still managed to come out of this renovation wayyyyy over budget.

Luckily, we had built in a pocket of money dedicated to decorating the space, so we simply borrowed a bit of cash from our decorating funds. Until our decorating funds ran out and it was time to decorate.
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It’s two days into February, and I’m already craving spring flowers, springtime decor and tons of sunshine. Fortunately, the weather prognosticating groundhog Punxsutawney Phil and his Southern comrade General Beau Lee, with the help of their fickle shadows, have declared we’ll be enjoying an early spring!

Groundhog Winter Spring

Thank goodness! Especially for those in the path of this colossal storm. So, get your spring fever on with five of my favorite spring blooms and colorful rooms.

Spring Tulips Orange Kitchen Celia Berliner

Nothing says “Hello spring!” quite like a vibrant shade of orange, especially in the kitchen. I would love to sit back and enjoy those mimosas while gazing upon a vase filled with these variegated tulips. Design by Celia Berliner

Got Spring Design Fever?

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Tampa’s Studio M is a full-service interior design firm founded by principal designer Michelle Jennings Wiebe in 1991.  Having lived in Florida for most of her life, Michelle has always been inspired by coastal living . “Florida is home to not only beautiful tropical weather, but also to some of the most luxurious waterfront homes in the world. Over the years, our firm has been blessed to work on some truly exquisite waterfront projects.” Shake off the winter blues as Michelle walks us through a warm and sophisticated Florida home that challenges notions of tropical design.

Studio M Coastal Living Room

Michelle says, “My clients did not want their waterfront home to have the traditional tropical feel that so many Florida homes have. Instead, they wanted a sleek, contemporary home that melded their chic lifestyle with the oceanfront exterior of their home. What I call “living coastal contemporary” is both a lifestyle and design philosophy that I used in defining the theme for this home. With so much beauty right outside their door, they wanted to be able to see it and enjoy it from different parts of the house. The tropical vibe is subtle — this house make sense anywhere in the country. It’s not themed, but it does reflect the beauty of the area.”
More on Michelle’s Coastal Contemporary Style

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While everyone is planning their turkey dinners, pumpkin pie and elastic pants, I’m…well, not. It’s not that I don’t have plans for Thanksgiving, because I do. Ken and I will be going to my sweet family’s home in southern Indiana, and I couldn’t be more excited. Yet part of me? Part of me yearns for this renovation to be O-V-E-R, so I can display a beautiful Thanksgiving feast of my own.

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, aptly sandwiched between my least favorites: Halloween and Christmas. Total Scrooge, I know. Perhaps my love for the November holiday is that I love to eat, but I also think the joy stems from my love of gratitude.


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When I first moved to Los Angeles, I remember being so madly in love with the idea of dining outdoors on our tiny apartment’s balcony. Watching the sun set over the Pacific ocean with a glass of wine and light breeze in my hair quickly became an after-work habit of mine and I vowed never to take it for granted.


Erin’s Dining Room Tips

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Big_Etsy_Logo_SmallOur friends at Etsy are back this week with another Get The Look: Home Decor Edition inspired by rooms from Designers Portfolio.  This week they dive into traditional styling and have some great finds for your traditional living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.  Some of my favorites are:


We were so inspired by Etsy that we felt like continuing the fun by taking a look at items for a traditional home office and a traditional dining room.

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I watch a lot of HGTV shows, and Designed to Sell is one of my favorites. If I can’t sit down and give my full attention to an episode, I love catching design nuggets while I’m doing other things. I had the show on Friday night while I was preparing to meet some friends for dinner when designer Monica Pedersen said something that stopped me in my tracks.
Lavender, Monica said, is the new beige. On this episode, Monica helps the Jacobs, a family of six, design their 1920s Colonial to sell so that they can move to Sweden. In the dining room, Monica is inspired by a blue-and-white, 18th century plate and convinces the couple to paint the space lavender to serve as a modern backdrop for the family heirloom. Kudos to the Jacobs for being willing to go outside the box. About the finished room, they said: “It works!” A potential buyer called the room traditional but also funky. What do you think?
Lovely in Lavender

Lovely in Lavender?

Whether or not you like the lavender, I think this dining room works. Just look at the before picture:
A Dining Room Not Designed to Sell

A Dining Room Not Designed to Sell

If you missed this episode – which also features a fabulous living room and sunroom makeover – mark your calendars for March 12 at 6 p.m. when you can see it again. Click here to find out more about the program schedule and the products used in this episode.

What do you think about the lavender? Would you use it as a neutral? Where would you use it besides in a little girl’s room? 

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