Archive | October, 2009


October 13, 2009


Today’s Tastemaker Tuesday features a hammer toting, Gucci tool belt wearing woman who is seriously talented and serious about style and great design. Who else can be fierce in stilettos while on a construction site, but Nicole Sassaman. Having a keen eye for building and reinventing homes for her celebrity clientel and other fat wallets, […]

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If Walls Could Talk, They’d Ask for This…

October 12, 2009


“To be successful, a room must contain the element of contrast – in forms as well as in colors and textures.” – Michael Taylor We all know that a coat of paint does wonders for a space and can even make your old stuff appear new. The same can be done using wallpaper. There are […]

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The Giveaway Winner is…

October 8, 2009

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The winner (chosen by of the Housewares Giveaway is, Tricia Blanks Allen!Congratulations Tricia and enjoy your fashion-forward tableware. Thank you everyone for your participation and for your content suggestions. Yesterday’s post The Beginner’s Guide to Mixing Patterns was prompted by readers Laurie and Keshia who wanted advice on combining fabric patterns. Enjoy!See you […]

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The Beginner’s Guide to Mixing Patterns

October 7, 2009


For a beginner, accent pillows are a great place to start when experimenting with colors, textures, and patterns. Blend contemporary with traditional by using patterns with sophisticated color palettes. Try using patterns that vary in scale to add interest to the mix. For example, in the above image PATTERN #1 is the sofa fabric with […]

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Will You Be the Winner?

October 6, 2009


Don’t forget to enter today for my Housewares Giveaway. Contest ends tomorrow Wednesday, October 7th at 11:59pm EST. Click here for the original announcement and details on how you can win! In the meantime here are a few creative ideas to display your prizes: Display your Ben Fashion Plate on a plate stand on […]

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Sharing Spaces – Tips for Hosting Loved Ones During a Recession

October 3, 2009


“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” – Unknown In today’s glooming economy, many families have lost jobs, depleted their savings, and broken their nest eggs in an effort to survive. Friends and families are welcoming displaced loved ones into their homes and at times the transition can be a bit rough. Here are a […]

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