Friday, October 24, 2014

2014 Serenbe Designer Showhouse Part II

And finally, here are the rest of the images that I took while touring the Serenbe Designer Showhouse.  Again, if you live in or near Atlanta, it is worth a trip to the Serenbe community.  There are so many events going on right now.  Fall is always an incredible time to get out and explore this lovely community.
This bridge leads to the homes at Swann Ridge in the Serenbe community.  It is so beautiful and picturesque.

The bridge with lanterns lighting it's path.

The view of the bridge on the side of the showhouse leading back to the main road that has all of the cafe's, shops, galleries, and boutiques.
Gentleman's office ~ Julie Witzel of Julie Witzel Interior Design (

Guest Retreat ~ Karen Ferguson of Harrison Design (

 Karen Ferguson
Terrace Family Room ~Melanie Davis Bracey of Melanie Davis Design (
 Melanie Davis Bracey
 Terrace Bed and Bath ~Niki Papadopoulos of Mark Williams Design Associates(
Niki Papadopoulos
 Terrace Garden ~ Missy Madden & H. Todd Yeager of Bellwether Landscape Architects (
Missy Madden and H. Todd Yeager
Make it AMAZING!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Creating A Well Thought Out Lighting Design Plan

Today I'm on the Interior Deluxe blog (Advice Central), sharing my thoughts on creating a lighting design plan.  Click here to scoot on over and read what I have to say on the subject.  In the meantime, I leave you with a few images of rooms that I think have incredible lighting!
Make it AMAZING!
Images via Pinterest

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Inspiration: Stopped Me In My Tracks

Some of you may know that I have a nine year old daughter, Gillian.  She is growing into a mini-me, for sure.  I love watching her personality, style, opinions, attitude towards people and life develop.  I am more than proud of her.  Anyhoo, I know none of you know this, but now you will...whenever I want a little quiet time to myself, I go into my closet.  No, my closet is nothing great, but for some reason, it's comforting to my soul.  So, on yesterday afternoon I was sitting in my closet, in the dark, just thinking; about nothing in particular, but I suppose about everything as a whole.  Don't ask.  In comes Gillian, who sits on the floor with me and begins to talk about something...God only knows what!  She talks so much and about so many different things until I can't quite keep up.  Not to worry, I always hear the important stuff.

Gillian proceeds to tell me that she made something for me; so I told her to turn the light on so that I could take a look.  Well, the first thing she showed me is a picture she had drawn with two hearts; one small and one large.  She had written across the top of the page, "I have a small heart and you have a big heart."  Inside of the large heart she wrote, "Full of Joy!"  Wow!  She sees me as being full of joy!  This stopped me in my tracks!  On the backside of the page she wrote, "Never give up on your wonderful dream, keep on and get all the money!"  I chuckled to myself after reading the latter, but then was so moved at her telling me to never give up on my wonderful dream.  Really?  I'm moved to tears.  The next thing she gives me is this little envelope she made out of notebook paper that had a small notepad and a few Pokémon cards on the inside.  The notepad, she said, was for me to write down my thoughts and ideas.  This kid knows me.  She watches me.  Oh my God!  The Pokémon cards were to make me laugh.  She knows the importance of laughter, no matter how ridiculous; she knows you must laugh!  On the outside of the envelope she wrote "I love you and you are so, so, so, so, so strong!!"  I can't see...the tears have pooled in my eyes.
Do I need to tell you what a phenomenal feeling that was?  Where did this kid come from?  She is incredible!  So, my dear friends, how does one even consider giving up when their child; someone I have been charged with taking care of, encouraging, motivating, and nurturing tells me not to give up and I am so strong?  I can't and I won't!
Make it AMAZING!
*Quotes via my Pinterest board Words of Inspiration and Humor

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