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The Fun and Elegant Beauty of MacKenzie-Childs

I first learned of Mackenzie-Childs 14 years ago while viewing one of the greatest design shows of all time, It’s Christopher Lowell.  The founder/artist, Victoria MacKenzie-Childs presented herself in an array of color and whimsey.  From her Smurf blue and My Little Pony pink dyed hair to the bottom of her black and white checkered shoes, Victoria was a vision of fun and creativity, that no other guest on the show ever had the courage to duplicate. 

During the segment,
I remember absorbing every detail of each hand-made teacup, unusual place-settings, and trademark checker design accessories as I was convinced I had died and gone to Alice in Wonderland heaven!  Victoria’s designs and style were so far out there, that she inspired a revolutionary “tea-room movement”, from fans everywhere of this highly acclaimed show!  (In later episodes, Mr. Lowell brought out guest viewers who took Victoria’s design ideas, and incorporated them into their own version of fun and whimsy.) 

Whether you’re looking for fun and functional serving accesories, that special centerpiece, or
are ready to create your very own version of wonderland, the designs of MacKenzie-Childs are a MUST SEE!

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Shabby Chic Design

The decorating magazines gave it popularity in the 1980’s, and it still holds a strong threshold in interior design today.  Thanks to Rachel Ashwell, author, designer and entrepreneur, Shabby Chic is what we know of and love today.

Nothing says Shabby Chic better than beautiful flowers, traditional fabrics, and distressed looking furniture.

Although Shabby Chic can be considered non-tailored, nontraditional, and certainly not satisfactory for the contemporary design taste, it doesn’t take away from its delicate beauty and undisputed romance.  Shabby Chic, in my opinion, is a design concept that is absolutely splendid!

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Styles that are Trending

Have you ever found yourself in a position in which you know you want to redo a space, you’re looking for something different, yet you have no idea which direction you should take?

Going on a “window shopping” tour of your favorite stores, is a sure way to experience the new fashions, the new decor, the new cosmetics, etc.  Stepping out of our own four walls, into the world of retail can be eye-opening, refreshing, exciting, and even therapeutic.

I must admit that I have come up with some of my best decorating ideas, by simply walking into a lingerie, hobby, or even a toy store. As I walk around, I pay attention to the lighting, the colors, and even the fixtures used.  I also pay close attention to what exactly was it that caught my eye.  What was the first thing I saw, that made me walk into the premises to begin with. Was it the chandelier in the back? Was it the color combination of the fixtures versus the color on the walls?  Keep in mind that every single color, texture, fixture, accessory, and furniture was chosen by a professional interior designer. Someone who knows and understands color and texture, and the best use of space.  So in a way, it’s like getting advice from an interior designer, without the hefty consultation price!

Another favorite past-time of mine is going to the movies. While everyone else is enjoying the dramatic twists and turns, I soak up the visuals of the window treatments, furniture, linens, lighting and accessories used in scene after scene.  My husband and I have a joke about our movie going experience. He’ll  say something like “don’t ask her what the movie was about, she won’t be able to tell you a thing; but she will relay every drape, lamp, and color used on the walls in every room of that house!” My answer to his joke is “hey, don’t knock it! I just got a 2 hour room consultation for under 15 bucks!”

This article is taken from my original blog: http://www.decor8yourlife.com/styles-that-are-trending.html written on 01/18/2014.

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Get your Groom Interested

On wedding days, brides get all the attention while grooms get patted on the back and are told how lucky they are to have found the beautiful bride. However, weddings belong as much to the groom as they do the bride. After all, it’s about starting a life together. When the groom is reluctant to participate in the planning aspects of the wedding, there are a few things the bride-to-be can do to get her groom involved.

One cake. Two cake. Red cake. Groom cake! Give your honey a fun task by having him pick out his own cake.  A second cake designed especially by him that will  showcase what he loves the most. Maybe he loves to play poker. He can design a poker card table cake. Don’t let the cake sit in the corner all by its lonesome. Place the cake along side the main cake. It could be as elaborate as the wedding cake or simpler.

You can take his love of sports, by having your color scheme reflect that of his favorite team. For example, if he is a New Orleans Saints fan, you could have him wear a white shirt with a gold and black tie or your bridesmaids wear gold with a black sash. The groomsmen could wear ties that match the sash on the girls.

Another way to have your groom more involved in the planning is shoes! Ask him if he would prefer to wear a dress sneaker. Depending on his individual style, he may come up with an idea that will surprise you!

Involve your groom’s help in choosing wedding party favors. Have him put together a team, of groomsmen and bridesmaids, that will come up with the idea and execution.  The call-to-action will be a stress-free wedding for the bride to be!

Have your groom plan the honeymoon. Give him three choices of where you would like to vacation, and what you would expect to do while you’re there.  Set a date aside in which you will both apply for your passports, if you don’t already have them, and the rest is up to him.  Let him surprise you.  It’ll be magical!

Whatever you decide to do, don’t be afraid to get your fiance involved. You will soon enter a lifetime partnership, and how you both handle the wedding preparations will allow you to set grounds for a lasting and fruitful marriage.

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Re-written and edited by: Sandi Nagel
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Cabin Fever

Originally published on 02/08/2014 on Decor8yourlife.com

I think it’s fair to say that just about everyone in the U.S., with the exception of Hawaii and perhaps the southern tip of Florida, are experiencing a record winter.  Those of us who live in the southern states are learning to acclimate to the drop in temperatures that are far lower and longer than we are accustomed to.  Cities like Houston, lack the infrastructure to handle prolonged freezing temperatures. Not for lack of resources, but simply because spending millions of dollars in snow plows is just not feasible for a city that is known for its tropical-like weather.

This year we have experienced more winter warnings than I can ever remember. The schools shut down, city offices shut down, and a number of work-places ask that only essential personnel report to work.

As a home-school family, many of our after-school activities, and volunteer service projects have been cancelled on several occasions due to inclement weather. This leaves a mom with two home-bound teens, who beg for a “snow-day”, when everyone else gets the day off, and are all too eager to spend the entire day playing Assassins Creed, to think of the best way to keep our educational plan going without loosing them within the first hour.  After an hour or two of instruction, I surrender to their wishes, and start mustering up ways to spend the rest of MY free afternoon.  I look around my home, and begin contemplating on ways I could make the old look new again. I think about changing out curtains, re-arranging furniture, and swapping decorative items from one room to another just to keep things fresh.

It seems like in no time, the kids have put their school materials away, and are already chatting with their friends on the PS3, and I’m in my “house-work” clothes, with my cleaning caddy nearby, taking down every curtain panel in the living room, dining room, and yes, even the master bedroom.  Within a couple of hours, furniture has been re-arranged in not one, but two of the mentioned rooms, and I’m eagerly going back and forth swapping the tall candle holder, for the bust, the tall contemporary lamp for the more ornate heavier one, and I have gone from a contemporary living room to a more traditional ensemble of gold and brown and earth hues that I just simply can’t do without!  Fresh clean drapes, of a warm gold tone,  stand in the place of the off-white geometric printed ones.  The area rugs have been swapped out as well. I choose a lovely black traditional print that will anchor the look and feel I’m going for. Once I’m satisfied with my decorative choices, and believe me things get moved around two or three times before I make my final decision, I sit on my favorite leather chair and take it all in.

So what does this article have to do with cabin fever? you may ask.  According to Wikipedia, Cabin Fever  is an idiomatic term for a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a person or group is isolated and/or shut in a small space, with nothing to do for an extended period. Cabin fever describes the extreme irritability and restlessness a person may feel in these situations.

If you think you may be prone to experiencing some cabin fever this winter, go ahead and take a good look around your home. Ask yourself, when was the last time you changed out your curtains? How long has the sofa been sitting in the same spot? Maybe your decor needs a little bit of re-arranging.  It certainly couldn’t hurt. What’s the worst that could happen if you swapped the living room lamps with the ones in the study?  My point to my article is this. Get your decorative juices flowing once again.  You’ve had plenty of rest from the Christmas and holiday decorations you took down and packed away several weeks ago.  There’s no need to wait for spring to get started on that “spring cleaning”.  Just because you’re stuck at home, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be “stuck” at home.

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