I don't know about you [and of course there were no kids around mi casa] but I had 2 relaxing days on the 24th and the 25th.  You will be happy to know that I did get my wreath up....stop snickering....those of you that decorated like Southern Living was coming for a photoshoot.

There is no need to be smug.

It gave me a moment to catch up on a few things and one of them was Fall 2018 One Room Challenge....which was happening during my House Beautiful I was a little preoccupied!

Every year Linda puts together 20 designers who work their butts off [I know from experience] to finish up a room in 6 weeks.  This fall was no exception as they certainly brought their A-Game.

I am going to share my favorites with you.  Now the word favorite will mean a lot of things.  It could be that they were clever....or I appreciated the fact that they definitely stepped outside the box and took a leap.  It also doesn't mean that anyone did a bad job but just that there were MY personal favorites.....


Erin Kestenbaum bedroom was high on my list.  I loved the classic modern look of her space.  I also love the color of the trim with the wallpaper.....I might have painted everything white which would have been a huge mistake!  And if you like this then head over and check out what she did to her closet!  100% perfection.


Just a small corner of the transformation that came from Mimosa Lane.....I was wowed by all the hard work and detail that made this space shine!  This playroom also has a huge sectional and bar area and is not to be missed!


Shavonda from SG Style tackled a bathroom and I am always amazed when there is major construction involved with the ORC!  I mean so many things can go wrong:)  Never fear because she took this basic builder bath to spectacular and I was super impressed!


This room by Vestige Home really appealed to my love of a curated space.  Nicole and her husband completed this master bedroom and I have to say it's pretty fabulous!  I love the walls which were treated with a lime wash....

Of course what's not to love about this bathroom designed by House of Brinson.  I met William and Susan a couple of weeks ago at a party here in Atlanta and I am in awe of their talent.  This space has such an "old world" look....but classic fixtures that will definitely stand the test of time!

Like I said there was something for everyone and this "California Style" space appealed to my neutral loving soul!  Bre from Brepurposed does her creative magic in Ohio and you really have to see her before pictures to appreciate how far these spaces came! 


Michelle Gage is a Philadelphia designer who is new to me......but I love this fun whimsical dining room she pulled together!  I think she had me at the Cole and Sons wallpaper which made the whole space come alive.


Jennifer and Joanna of J&J Design stuck with "pops of color" in their space....You have to go check out how gorgeous the doors are...and how about these hardwood floors!


Fresh off doing my House Beautiful project where I had to reach deep and use color....this designer is the "color queen".....I'm sure it comes easy for her:)  Holly Phillips from The English Room probably does color in her sleep....


I bet you are amazed I threw these few rooms with so much color in them....:)  Old Brand New gave real personality to this guest house space.  Yes there is color but the all white walls ground the space.

Sita Montgomery turned a under used dining room into a den.  I love how she trimmed out the dark wall.   There was a lot of color in the room but again the white walls give the eye some rest!

OK...I need to know your favorite.
I had a IPL laser treatment on my face on Wednesday.  That hurt like hell.  No.....really I was not prepared.  But....hopefully this will eliminate some of my sun spots.  I don't know....just trying to hang on here and keep from having a face lift....hahaha.   Gets harder every year:)

Leaving for the beach on Sunday. Oh yeah and I finished season 2 of Mrs. Maisel which is depressing as now I have a year until I can see what the crew is up to that show.

We started an old HBO show that I never watched call The Wire.  5 seasons and we are almost finished.  I love it and of course it is set in Baltimore and I am from Annapolis.....




Well here we are....a few days before Christmas and I am making the effort to change out my pillows instead of putting up Christmas decor.  

Priorities people:)

I've had these covers forever and I was just feeling frisky yesterday.  I should have used that energy to put up my wreath....I'll get to it!

I can tell you it was a busy week of furniture delivery and mini installs.

This great Bernhardt table was delivered along with the Bungalow 5 chairs danish white chairs!

The seats will be covered in this Thibaut fabric that is being backed and waterproofed!  The rug is also performance!

My friends had a Secret Santa party and they just moved in their new house....
Check out this situation....there is not much I like better than a window inside of the house.

They are also not afraid of color....
We played this game....

So can find it on Amazon.

If you live in Atlanta you have probably heard of Pollen Flowers and Goods.  I was in there the other day and just didn't want to leave!

You know I wanted that black and white stool!

Yes....I did get some wrapping done and I practice what I preach using Targets black box with black velvet ribbon!

And it was a Christmas Miracle because I finally emptied out my Pinewood Forest showhouse....3 months later.

I always spend time going to vintage shops when I looking for the perfect thing for a client..... and last week between installs....I was out and about.

Two awesome chairs....worlds apart right!

Palm Beach style....

These cute little risers are everything!

I wracked my brain thinking of a place for this cute little rug.....

And of course you know I loved this black and white bench!

I'm gonna leave you with this incredible tree decorated by my friend Jennifer Schoenberger who can rock some Christmas decor!

And if I don't say it enough.....thank you for reading....In February I will enter my 9th year of blogging.  How the heck have I stuck with this for so long....who am I?

Have the biggest fattest Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday you can muster up.




Sometimes you open a magazine and there is a hushed feeling that comes over you.  This happened to me recently when I saw this article in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles featuring Ryan Hughes home.

What a story of how it takes a village to create a masterpiece.

Hopefully you remember how I have talked about my friend Pam Sessions from Hedgewood Homes and a community called Manchester .  I have another friend who bought in this same pocket neighborhood here in Buckhead, Atlanta.

Here is the story....see if you can stay with it.....

Ryan was Pam's intern way back.....
He worked at a showroom at ADAC.
About 9 years ago he opened his own showroom in Midtown.

Fast forward to about 3 or so years ago....moving his showroom to ADAC and people it's a doozy.

In a really good way. the best way.  Just walking through the doors gives me a rush of inspiration that is hard to explain.  Cutting edge lighting, furniture and accessories.

The story is that he called on some of the most talented in the industry.....friends of his.... to give him the best of the best....

He called on Bobby McAlpine to redraw the floor plan moving the dining area to the back of the space.

Susan Ferrier to help with the furniture arrangement....

Nashville designer Chad James gave great design advice and designer Barbara Westbrook helped with antiques  giving the space some always needed patina....

Y'all.....if you know me then you will see how much I love the neutral tones of this space and all of the texture.

And of course there are glorious pops of color to keep things from getting too neutral....[can that be haha]

This Kelly Wearstler wallpaper had me so hard.  I'm not gonna lie and with touches of gray and cream I just about died.

The moody tones of the guest room has me hankering to change up some things around "casa Sherika".

If you haven't been to his showroom I have a few shots from a recent stroll through it...

This light fixture.....


I'm in love with the concept of this coffee table....

This Zak and Fox wallpaper.

Look....this is definitely High Design.....I get it.
But.....there is so much inspiration and as a designer this is definitely what I want.....a spark to help step outside of the comfort zone of what we do.  I am here to push if you will let me.

Crikey one week until Christmas....WTH.....



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