My friend texted me yesterday afternoon and asked me to come to the 7:00 AM Soul Cycle class.

Huh?  Why can't I go at a reasonable hour?

"Because Lorenzo is teaching and I love him"

Key word love him.  But whatever...all I need is a little peer pressure......

So I went and the AC was broken and y'all....I could not even breath.....they came in to the class after about 20 min passing out cold water [I guess they were worried].

My fingers are still wrinkled while I type this:) guys know I am all about layering.  I try to be a minimalist but I walk that fine line!

Mark Sikes is probably one of the best.  His rooms feel lived in....collected and perfectly layered.  Most of us know him for his use of blue and he may be responsible for bringing that design trend back in a huge way!

BUT....he also does neutrals to perfection.

This desk situation above makes me giddy.

This might have been the inspiration for my master bedroom.....just saying.


I also found this bedroom and decided to recreate the "look for less"....

You're welcome.

First of all I found this bed!

Mark always adds some classic tradition to a room.....and makes black and brown co-exist so peacefully.

If you notice in the picture the curtains are a deep burgundy red floral!

So I went there:)

Thoughts?  It's very layered....not so matchy and if anyone actually puts this room together please send me the picture:)

**I fixed those 2 links....let me know if there are any more! Thursday I finally have a little install and hopefully will have some pictures on Friday.  I feel like it's been ages since I showed some of my own work!




It's been my husbands birthday week....and I did my best to bring in this milestone with a few surprises!  His daughter flew in from Boulder to help us make dinner special along with his son [who lives here].

We were trying to remember when all 4 of us had been together and I have to say it has been a while.

When I was in Highpoint I saw so many new products and one that stuck out was a new wallpaper book from Thibaut/Anna French called Palampore.....along with coordinating fabrics.

I was smitten.  I wasn't out yet but just recently I was at ADAC and there it was!

Let's start with the neutrals.....

You love?

Moving to some more color....

I am loving these pattern on pattern......

I want to use all of it somewhere!

A few more wallpaper samples....

So have you thought of a place you want to use some of this product?  Which is your favorite?

Does everybody have big plans for summer?  After flipping many homes in Boulder my stepdaughter and her husband finally bought one for themselves!

Of course it's game on for them to get it decorated and order new furniture so I will be making a quick trip out there to stage the one they are doing now and figure out what they want!

Exciting times....and with 2 showhouses to load in back to back in late July and early August I will be looking for some sympathy around here:)




It's me again.....8 years of stories.....blubbering on about and my life.  Like what I have to say is so darn interesting.

I don't kid's not..... yet I continue on with it like I am addicted to the purge of my life on these pages.  Maybe that is a thing?  The need to overshare:)

Let's discuss the week.

I've been moving forward with the House Beautiful project.  Sometimes I have to check myself as to how the heck I got here but happened and I am doing my best to muddle through with all this color [totally not in my lane] trying to keep it from looking like your kids finger painting hanging on the fridge with magnets.

Matthew Quinn is working his magic on the kitchen and it is going to be a stunner!  Check out where the sink is going....pretty nice view for washing dishes:)

Love this window on the front of the house.

The girls bedroom has a space above the entrance which I am very excited about.  The back wall gets some colorful wallpaper and the ceiling underneath with have planks painted a pretty color....

This is the bath tile on the floor with the vanity painted a soft gray...white Silestone countertops and white subway tile around the tub....

The boys bathroom below....also with Silestone and the wood vanity will be stained a dark ebony.

I had to reselect for the laundry room because we couldn't come up with a countertop.

So I decided to slide in a little black and white since HB won't be photographing this area.....I can be cheeky like that.

These are the colors I am working with on the main the furnishings.  Are you scared for me?

Before dinner last night with the HB crew I was over at my favorite house.....This courtyard just kills me.

I had this large painting commissioned for a project from Scott Kerr and I can't wait to get it hung!

Bought this cute straw bag from Target.

Tried to push pink on the showhouse.....but no go:(

Saturday night I was gifted a table at Chastain Park to see Harry Connick Jr and y'all it was a magical night.  If you haven't seen him make it a point....he is such an entertainer and very dreamy....

And last night at the HB dinner the subject of color came up  and silly me said something like "khaki is a color". 

The laughter was deafening.

Obviously I'm clueless....ha ha.


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