Win a $500 Country Curtains Shopping Spree

Hi friends! Today, I'm a guest blogger over at the Country Curtains blog! I'm sharing three simple ways to bring the "Casual Comfort" look to your home. I would love for you to stop by, weigh in on the topic and enter to win a $500 gift certificate to Country Curtains

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"Casual Comfort" is a design approach that is currently on trend in addition to being completely timeless. It's a look that is approachable, appears effortless, evokes relaxation, yet still maintains a high level of style and sophistication. On the Country Curtains Blog, I'm sharing three simple decorating tricks that can help you achieve this look. Click here to read more!

See you over there!



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Sophisticated Comfort ~ A Living Room and Dining Room

Taking a quick break to share some of the Online Design Projects we are working on this week in the design studio. This project was just delivered to our client, Tracy. Tracy came to us and asked us to create a Design Plan for her gorgeous Living Room and Dining Room. She wanted a look that is high in style, yet still comfortable and livable for her young family. 

After consulting with Tracy through our interactive design survey, we had a feel for her style preferences, budget and lifestyle. Here is a quick peek at some of the design elements we put together for her custom, two room design plan...



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The Dining Room and Living Room are close in proximity, therefore it was important for them to flow. Both spaces boast amazing custom details such as a coffered ceiling, floor to ceiling windows, thick crown moldings and built-in bookcases. Both rooms feature beautiful fireplaces and gleaming hardwood floors. 

Here is a look at the true to scale floor plan illustrations we provided to Tracy that include all of the items we placed in her design plan...




We selected furniture that combines a sleek, stylish profile with luxurious comfort. The color palette is mainly neutral, consisting of gray, tan and white. Accent colors can be added through art and accessories to easily give the home a fresh look for the different seasons. The overall look is traditional with a contemporary twist. Our goal was to deliver a timeless design that is still young and fresh.

Here is a look at some of the merchandise we selected for this design...


































The merchandise selections shown here are just some of the design elements we included in Tracy's plan. For more information on how our Online Design Plan Service works, please click here. We are now accepting new projects. 









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The Ultimate Woman Cave She Shed

Today's post is definetly indulgent, it's all about my dream "Girls Space". Chairish reached out to me and asked me to create a style board depicting my ideas for the "Ultimate Woman Cave".

This was pretty easy for me to do, as I have dreamt about a building a woman cave for years.  I've had the vision in my mind for a while and Chairish gave me the perfect opportunity to share it. The "She Shed" craze that has taken the Pinterest world by storm inspired the foundation of my dream space. Take a look at this "She Shed" created by Ella Claire, it is one of my favorites...



She Shed Ella Claire | cozy cottage retreat




If you click on the image, it will take you to her post where she shares how she created this incredible space by embellishing a simple back yard shed. My dream "Woman Cave" would begin with a large garden shed nestled along the tree line in our back yard. It would feature large windows looking out into the woods. It would be a place where I could retreat with my favorite girls to to admire these surroundings while talking all things design, sip wine and enjoy nature from a shelter filled with luxurious finishes, lavish details, gorgeous furniture and decor. The outside of my She Shed would coordinate with the outside of our home, and the inside would look a little something like this...




My dream Woman Cave would include a comfortable lounge area and a kitchenette/wine bar. 
Here is a look at the potential floorpan...


Some of the luxury finishes within my She Shed would be a delicious paint color palette, loads of custom woodworking, marble counter tops, and gorgeous lighting. 
Design elements would include vintage pieces, like these stunning bar stools I found from Chairish...



...luxurious velvet upholstery, fur throws, gorgeous rugs and cabinetry filled with beautiful stemware and serving pieces for entertaining. I think it's a good thing this is all just a dream at this point, otherwise I think the girls and I may never want to leave my Dream Woman Cave.

Thanks to Chairish for asking me to share my "Ultimate Woman's Cave" design with you. It's fun to dream. You never know, some day I may just get to work on this. 



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Mother's Day Brunch Tablescape Blog Hop





Today, I am excited to join 5 other bloggers on a week long blog hop sponsored by Balsam Hill in honor of Mother's Day. Balsam Hill asked me to create a Mother's Day Brunch tablescape feauring one of their beautiful Artificial Floral Arrangements, and share my thoughts on motherhood.






I think that one of my most important job's as a mother, is to pass down the love from a long line of mothers before me to my children. Having strong family roots has helped me through hard times in my life. I hope that honoring past generations of my family and of my husbands family in our daily life will instill this comfort and peace in my children as well. Since I have a passion for homemaking and decorating, I use our home as a way to honor family and carry on traditions. 







For instance, looking at this Mother's Day Brunch table I set for my family, I see more than just a nice tablescape. I see hints of my mom, my grandmother, my husbands mom and her mother. 







Boxwood and tulips always remind me of my mom. Growing up, our courtyard featured a path to the front door lined with hundreds of tulips and boxwood shrubs. Most summertime evenings my mom could be found in her gardens weeding, trimming and watering. This is where we would share our day with her and have intimate conversations. It may be why to this day boxwood and tulips can be found around my home.








(The Balsam Hill Faux Floral Arrangement Featured here is called The Boxwood Topiary in Tuscan Planter)






Cobalt blue beaded candle holders remind me of my Grandma. They represent childhood memories of visiting her during the summer. She was an antique dealer and had an extensive collection of vintage cobalt glassware that we used for family meals at her home. From the time I was very little until this day, whenever I see cobalt glassware I think of her and remember those fun visits to her home in Traverse City, Michigan.
















Our heirloom milk glass tea cups remind me of my husbands Grandma. She had a passion for entertaining her children and grandchildren during the holidays. When I married into the family, I was immediately welcomed into their traditions which included big family dinners.  Memories of those good times are present whenever we use these milk glass tea cups that we inhereted after she passed away. 















On the menu for Mother's Day is a special recipe that my Mother in Law passed on to me early in my marriage to her son. In addition to being very hardworking, she is a gentle and loving mother and grandmother. When my husband and the kids are in need of comfort food, I make them her special lasangna. It's unlike any other version we've ever had, using Swiss Cheese in place of Mozzarella. Although mine never turns out as well as hers, it still reminds us of her and her love. 

For dessert, it's a local Detroit area favorite and known to my kids as "mom's favorite" Bumpy Cake.







My ultimate hope as a Mom is for the love I have for my family to be remembered. If future generations can look at something (like a flower, a candle holder, a tea cup or a certain food) and it sparks a happy memory that makes them feel loved, then I'll consider my mission accomplished.

Tomorrow, stop by My Sweet Savannah to see the tablescape she created using a Balsam Hill Floral arrangement and hear her thoughts on motherhood. I am really hoping she shares one of her amazing recipes! For more inspiring Mother's Day Brunch ideas, you can join the blog hop from the beginning...

Thursday-That's me!




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*I received a Faux Floral Arrangement from Balsam Hill to facilitate this post.
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