Sophisticated Child
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 3:37PM
Sophisticated Child

Sophisticated Child The young years are the most vital time to stimulate the child's brain and develop a sense of creativity. Why not surround your children with plenty of food for the imagination? A unique space for the children will not only set the precedence for fun memories, it also creates a healthy mind. Here are a few ways you can easily create a haven for your children to retreat to. Fun Walls for AllWould you allow free-handed scribbling on your walls? Don't answer that question. Instead, get ahead of the motion and designate one wall entirely as a doodle board. Chalkboard paint is widely available at your nearest paint store. You could also cover one wall with a ...

Poolside Pleasures
Friday, May 13, 2016 10:49AM
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Summer is just around the corner and I'm serving up some simple tips to set the proper pool scene! Outdoor FurnitureFor the outdoors, I default to a simple design, as there is already so much natural beauty to work around. I love to let the various colors and shapes of nature speak for themselves. As such, I lean towards outdoor furniture with straight, clean lines, natural textures such as wood or bamboo, or a crisp black or white finish. Fab Suggestions!Consider these durable outdoor fabrics for your next patio set. Add some glamour with a pattern, or keep it solid classic. Poolside EntertainmentI like to dress the pool area with a minimal decor and soft palette to ...

the Designer Guide to Gardens
Thursday, April 07, 2016 2:20PM
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April has arrived along with the liberating scent of Spring. It's time to get outside and soak in nature's beautiful surroundings. If it were up to me, I would spend endless days basking among billowing gardens, somewhere in France, England or perhaps Tuscany. I crave the rustic, minimal elements of the European style gardens. While I can't always have it my way, imagining and re-creating happens to be my specialty. Here's how I'll be crafting my very own European Garden this season.Luscious Landscapes There's nothing like a bunch of boxwoods to make a statement. These bountiful bushes are uniform yet vibrant, reminding us that simplicity is bold. To add an element of variation, ...

Art of Color
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 9:18AM
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If one thing is for sure, my creations are not possible without the inspiration behind them. Yet with so many outlets for inspiration, my biggest challenge as a designer is navigating through the many possibilities and arriving at a new vision. In this transient industry, with fleeting trends and ever-changing styles, the key to my designs is simplicity. While I'm always tempted by new trends, funky fabrics and crazy colors, it's hard to surpass the original "pop of color" that a framed piece of artwork can achieve. Consider the following reasons and ways to incorporate art into your home this Spring:COLOR  It's no secret that color is directly correlated with mood and emotion. ...

Blush Crush
Thursday, February 04, 2016 3:43PM
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This month we are certainly blushing, and it's not just because Valentine's Day is around the corner. But since Cupid is coming, why not take the opportunity to channel our inner chic. I like to incorporate elements of the fashion industry into my designs, and this Spring, I'm feeling quite colorful. I'm currently hooked on the soft and sultry vibes evoked from this dusty shade of rose, otherwise known as blush. Check out some of these inspirations and ideas that will have you blushing, too. Blush TonesSoft shades of blush have a beautiful way of blending into a room. While anything in the pink family may be daunting, there are many neutral tones to choose from, like ...