Enchanted guest #10…..say hi to Stacy from Conspicuous Style!


Good morning, well the goodness and talent just keeps on coming…today you are in for a real treat from my buddy, Stacy from Conspicuous Style.??Stacy is a talented designer (her own gorgeous home is proof of that) and she has a wonderful and stylish eye that is always picking up on all the greatest trends and looks. I can count on Stacy to enlighten me on a hot new designer, or of a trend soon to find its way into all of our homes.

?She has great style and I am amazed at some of the projects she has done on her own (hello gorgeous monogrammed lampshades) to projects she has done for clients. ?I love this post that she put together, all about the top ten “do it yourself” craft ideas that anyone can do! I am so inspired, I may just have to try my hand at a do it yourself project one day soon. ?This is a fabulous post and one I am sure to bookmark. So sit back and enjoy. ?Thank you Stacy for being here today! And please stop by and say hello to Stacy, click here to visit!

Now before I let Stacy share her post..I had to share with you some “evidence” about just how talented Miss Stacy is. I respectfully submit exhibit A, B, C, D and E below. (all her exquisite home) Crazy beautiful, huh? Yep, thought you ?might agree!! Stacy, sorry I just had to brag a little on your behalf:)

Wow, what a master bedroom!
Gorgeous living room..she does color better than a Crayola box!!
Her beautiful study…
Her dining room and the monogrammed shades that SHE made!~
Her kitchen/breakfast room

Tina, thank you so very much for asking me to guest post during your big move. I am honored and thrilled to be here!

I want to show you my favorite decorating and DIY craft ideas that I saw this year.? I think they are all unusually creative, and some, I think, are brand new. It is so hard to come up with a truly “new” idea, as we all know, and I was extremely impressed with these.?? I hope you enjoy the round up!

1. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint?

This amazing paint took the blog world by storm this year, and rightfully so.? Here are some of my favorite projects:

Miss Mustard Seed:

Maison Decor:

?From Annie Sloan:

2.? Candice Olson’s Tree Branch Art

She used these fallen branches and twigs, cut them all to the same length, and framed them as art.? She is a genius in my book. Period.

3.? The Twiggy Chandelier ????

The first is the original by Suzanne Kasler, and the second is the practically free copy by BE Interiors. This is probably my favorite DIY of the year:

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4. The DIY Floor Cloth?

Also one of my favorites this year, and really ever, is the floor cloth that Laura at Design Share made out of fabric (a tablecloth in this case) and polyurethane.? Brilliant!

5.? O’verlays ??
Danika and Cheryle are making history with their O’verlays, and I’d be crazy not to include these.? They are flexible, paintable pieces that you attach to certain Ikea furniture to make it look custom. Look how amazing this new product is:

6.?? The Re-purposed Chandelier
So simple, but I would never have thought of it.? Look how beautiful an upside down chandelier looks with candles in it, by On Home Design:


7.? Tree Branch Curtain Rods ??
I love the tree branch curtain rods by Olive and Love.? I’m not sure if she was the first to think of this, but it’s the first place I saw it:


8.? The Book Wreath
Again, I don’t know if this was done first at The Inspired Room, but it is one of my favorites that I saw:

9.? Homemade “Cut and Paste” Rug?
?You have to check this out at Vintage Revivals if you are the DIY type:



10.? The Many DIY Coffee Tables?
From a pallet, at Joy Ever After:

A suitcase, made by Ashley and featured at Design Sponge:

And a door, from Style-Files:

Again, Tina thank you so much for having me here today. I am thinking about you during your big move, and am SO excited for you!

xo Stacy

Wow does she know how to create a post or what!! If this isn’t going to inspire you to get out of your comfort zone and go and try to tackle a do it yourself project, can’t imagine what will! ?Love it Stacy, I am tempted to go out and get my paintbrush and tools and head straight to the hardware store! But for now I have a big move to contend with. Very inspirational indeed.?Do stop on over at Stacy fabulous blog, and say hello,click?here to visit her. ?Thank you Stacy and to everyone for stopping by. Wishing everyone a wonderful Saturday!

PS I hope to prepare a brief post tomorrow about our current moving situation/updates…..since so many of you have been so kind to ask!

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Enchanted guest #10…..say hi to Stacy from Conspicuous Style!

Good morning, well the goodness and talent just keeps on coming…today you are in for a real treat from my buddy, Stacy from Conspicuous Style.  Stacy is a talented designer (her own gorgeous home is proof of that) and she has a wonderful and stylish eye that is always picking up on all the greatest trends and looks. I can count on Stacy to enlighten me on a hot new designer, or of a trend soon to find its way into all of our homes.

 She has great style and I am amazed at some of the projects she has done on her own (hello gorgeous monogrammed lampshades) to projects she has done for clients.  I love this post that she put together, all about the top ten “do it yourself” craft ideas that anyone can do! I am so inspired, I may just have to try my hand at a do it yourself project one day soon.  This is a fabulous post and one I am sure to bookmark. So sit back and enjoy.  Thank you Stacy for being here today! And please stop by and say hello to Stacy, click here to visit!

Now before I let Stacy share her post..I had to share with you some “evidence” about just how talented Miss Stacy is. I respectfully submit exhibit A, B, C, D and E below. (all her exquisite home) Crazy beautiful, huh? Yep, thought you  might agree!! Stacy, sorry I just had to brag a little on your behalf:)

Wow, what a master bedroom!
Gorgeous living room..she does color better than a Crayola box!!
Her beautiful study…
Her dining room and the monogrammed shades that SHE made!~
Her kitchen/breakfast room

Tina, thank you so very much for asking me to guest post during your big move. I am honored and thrilled to be here!

I want to show you my favorite decorating and DIY craft ideas that I saw this year.  I think they are all unusually creative, and some, I think, are brand new. It is so hard to come up with a truly “new” idea, as we all know, and I was extremely impressed with these.   I hope you enjoy the round up!

1. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint 

This amazing paint took the blog world by storm this year, and rightfully so.  Here are some of my favorite projects:

Miss Mustard Seed:

Maison Decor:

 From Annie Sloan:

2.  Candice Olson’s Tree Branch Art

She used these fallen branches and twigs, cut them all to the same length, and framed them as art.  She is a genius in my book. Period.

3.  The Twiggy Chandelier     

The first is the original by Suzanne Kasler, and the second is the practically free copy by BE Interiors. This is probably my favorite DIY of the year:

    

4. The DIY Floor Cloth 

Also one of my favorites this year, and really ever, is the floor cloth that Laura at Design Share made out of fabric (a tablecloth in this case) and polyurethane.  Brilliant!

5.  O’verlays   
Danika and Cheryle are making history with their O’verlays, and I’d be crazy not to include these.  They are flexible, paintable pieces that you attach to certain Ikea furniture to make it look custom. Look how amazing this new product is:

6.   The Re-purposed Chandelier
So simple, but I would never have thought of it.  Look how beautiful an upside down chandelier looks with candles in it, by On Home Design:


7.  Tree Branch Curtain Rods   
I love the tree branch curtain rods by Olive and Love.  I’m not sure if she was the first to think of this, but it’s the first place I saw it:


8.  The Book Wreath
Again, I don’t know if this was done first at The Inspired Room, but it is one of my favorites that I saw:

9.  Homemade “Cut and Paste” Rug 
 You have to check this out at Vintage Revivals if you are the DIY type:



10.  The Many DIY Coffee Tables 
From a pallet, at Joy Ever After:

A suitcase, made by Ashley and featured at Design Sponge:

And a door, from Style-Files:

Again, Tina thank you so much for having me here today. I am thinking about you during your big move, and am SO excited for you!

xo Stacy

Wow does she know how to create a post or what!! If this isn’t going to inspire you to get out of your comfort zone and go and try to tackle a do it yourself project, can’t imagine what will!  Love it Stacy, I am tempted to go out and get my paintbrush and tools and head straight to the hardware store! But for now I have a big move to contend with. Very inspirational indeed. Do stop on over at Stacy fabulous blog, and say hello,click here to visit her.  Thank you Stacy and to everyone for stopping by. Wishing everyone a wonderful Saturday!

PS I hope to prepare a brief post tomorrow about our current moving situation/updates…..since so many of you have been so kind to ask!

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Behind the blogger…meet Stacy from Conspicuous Style

Good morning! Hope everyone had a happy, enjoyable and safe July 4th weekend. I feel suddenly like summer is starting to go by very fast….a little too fast and that makes me nervous, I better not see back to school supplies anytime soon, that is always a very dreaded sight and a sign that summer is far too short lived. I feel like the fun has just begun!



?I am so excited to present a new series to my blog, “Behind the blogger”. I am fascinated by what makes people “tick” and love getting to know more about the people whose blogs I enjoy reading on a daily basis (a growing list every day). Figured it would be fun to not only get to know them a bit better but to share it with you, my readers! One of the huge perks of blogging has been getting to know others who are like minded not only about home decor, but architecture, art, fashion, cooking,culture, the list goes on and on and on…….it is a special group of people and I feel lucky to be part of this “exclusive club”.

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There is truly something for every one and its a thrill to get to know new people through this vast and wonderful online world! So once a week or so, I am going to start posting a “behind the blogger” post about some of my favorite bloggers. Today we meet Stacy from Conspicuous Style. She is newer to the blogging world but you would think shes been at this for much longer, her posts are always beautifully presented, extensive, filled with lots of pictures (a girl after my own heart) and there is always something interesting to discover and learn. Stacy is a former lawyer turned decorator….very impressive I know! Gotta love someone who can cross examine like no ones business AND put fabrics and paint together with unparalleled expertise! Do visit if you aren’t already familiar with her blog…it is so worth the trip!




Thank you Stacy for participating!

Click on the header below to visit Stacy’s wonderful blog……



So……. what inspired you to start blogging in the first place??You know, I’m not totally sure. ?That’s a weird answer, but it’s the truth. I think once I decided to do it, it was such a blur that I can’t remember. My personality is slightly obsessive (OK, a LOT obsessive). So, once I made the decision, I had to have a domain name, a website, a design layout, a?blogroll, a unique header, etc, RIGHT NOW. So I worked compulsively on all of that for the first month, and it is such a blur that I can’t even remember what made me want to do it in the first place. However, I’m so glad I did and wouldn’t change anything. If you asked me why I blog now, it is because I love researching, looking at rooms on line, writing, and communicating with others who enjoy the same, so it’s a perfect fit. ?I guess I had some vague notion that blogging might help drive new clients to my site, but it isn’t now and I don’t think it ever was my main motivation.?

How did you come up with your blog name???Oh my gosh, I went through SO many names before I settled on Conspicuous Style. ?My favorite was Esprit Decor (I thought it up and was so pleased with how clever I was ), until I saw that someone thought of it before me and already had the domain name! ?After that, it was taking design related words (home, decor, style, etc) and seeing ? which domains were available. I had a list of 10 or so, and while I was in the Bahamas with my family I read them all out loud. Everyone reacted immediately and positively to Conspicuous Style (unlike many of the others!), so that was it.
Do you have a favorite all time movie??Yes, for some reason my husband and I were both spellbound by?Finding?Neverland?with Johnny?Depp?and Kate?Winslet. ?It was such a romantic and beautiful movie. I think the connection I felt with him (my husband, not Johnny 🙂 is part of the reason I love that movie so much. ??Shakespeare in Love?and?The English Patient?are close ?seconds, pretty much for the same reasons.
You get to spend a month in the European ?countryside…..is it Italy or France??Having never been to either, that’s a tough one. ?I guess I’ll pick France. When do I leave?

Favorite meal ?Anything Mexican, and very, very spicy.

Tell us as little or as much as you want to about your family.?I met my husband when I was 19 years old in college, and we knew almost immediately that we would get married someday. ?We got married seven years later, which was almost 15 years ago. ?We have two amazing children, a boy (10) and a girl (6). They are the loves of our lives!

If you could have any career what would it be??The one I’m in! Although instead of working directly with clients (even though I love hem), sometimes I think it would be fun to work for a retailer like?Neiman?Marcus or?Horchow?and do their sourcing, buying, catalog design, etc.
Favorite design style??Transitional. I like traditional, but updated. Think mirrored pieces, more modern lines on the furniture, graphic rugs. Not so far as modern or contemporary though.
If you could only live in one color what would it be??Oh, that’s a hard one, too. I guess white. I love color, but I would get sick of the same color forever, whereas I never get sick of white.
Favorite season and why?Summer. I’m a night owl, so the longer days and shorter nights are good for me (so I’m not awake for as many dark hours). The morning sun helps me get out of bed, too. ?And of course, living on the coast, I love the beach, especially when we do bonfires at night.
Design icon??Phoebe Howard. ?I love every single room she has ever done. ?I would hand her my house and say “do whatever you want,” which is NOT my personality at all.?
One place you haven’t?been that you want to visit-?Europe…Can you believe it? Sometimes I just cannot believe that I have never made the trip.
What’s your number one pet peeve??Mean spirited competition. People who badmouth others, whether design-related or not.
What are the two best things about blogging??? ?1. The other?bloggers?I meet (I never imagined that so many people, competitors ?really, would be so nice and supportive.?2. How it has made me so much more creative. For example, I never would have paneled the walls in my kitchen myself if I didn’t draw courage (and instructions) from ?others who have ventured into the?DIY?world before me.
You get to have a private dinner with any two people in the world, they can be from the fashion, design world, literary world, Hollywood, politics,etc….your choice. Who are the lucky two??Mary McDonald (I’m dying to know if her personality is accurately portrayed on Million Dollar Decorators) and Jon Stewart (for the laughs).
Do you have a favorite saying or quote??“Where there’s a will there’s a way.” ?I usually find a way to get what i want. If it is a material object and I can’t afford it, I make it (or at least I try).
Most overrated trend right now??? Chevron! I’m really sick of it, and really, it’s just stripes going back and forth. This was the easiest question for me to answer! ?Oh, and subway tile.
Reading anything interesting that you want to share???I’m reading?Seabiscuit?for the second time. I adore that book! I fought the pressure to read it for so, so long because I had zero interest in horse racing. Finally, after ?every single person I knew told me it was the best book they ever read, I decided to give it a try. It really is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I almost never read ?books twice, but this one and a few others are exceptions (Pride & Prejudice, God Knows, The Red Tent, Life of Pi, and All the Pretty Horses).
You are 18 again. What do you do??I would study harder in college, pay more attention in my art history classes, not take some of the silly classes, and go in to design instead of the law (I went to law ?school and practiced for 8 years in the Enforcement Division of the Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington, DC before I switched over to interior design).
What are your plans for the summer??Work, of course, but also to spend a lot of time with my children. I want to give them a great summer that they will remember forever. So, that means more cookouts, ?more beach nights, more day trips, and more friends over for dinner and swimming.
In ten years I will be.………………50!?Ok, 51. Yuck. ?But, I will still have a daughter at home and a son in college, and I will still love my family, friends, and work, so I’ll be happy.
If you could live anywhere on earth and money was no object where would you go??I think I would stay right where I am, on the coast of Massachusetts, but would move to a house on the water. I would build it myself, and would drive the architect ?absolutely crazy in the process.
Best tip or two for any new?bloggers?reading this.……?Spend more time networking than writing (it helps your blog, but more importantly, you make amazing new friends), and blog only about what you like (if you’re not ?enjoying it, hey do it?)
Blogging to me?is?necessary?and?rewarding.

Give me four words that describe your personality.?Creative, obsessive, determined, sensitive.


Thank you Stacy!! It was fun getting to know you better and do visit her wonderful blog, its definitely worth the trip! Wishing everyone a happy and enjoyable day!

A little recap of what makes Stacy tick………
































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Behind the blogger…meet Stacy from Conspicuous Style

Good morning! Hope everyone had a happy, enjoyable and safe July 4th weekend. I feel suddenly like summer is starting to go by very fast….a little too fast and that makes me nervous, I better not see back to school supplies anytime soon, that is always a very dreaded sight and a sign that summer is far too short lived. I feel like the fun has just begun!

 I am so excited to present a new series to my blog, “Behind the blogger”. I am fascinated by what makes people “tick” and love getting to know more about the people whose blogs I enjoy reading on a daily basis (a growing list every day). Figured it would be fun to not only get to know them a bit better but to share it with you, my readers! One of the huge perks of blogging has been getting to know others who are like minded not only about home decor, but architecture, art, fashion, cooking,culture, the list goes on and on and on…….it is a special group of people and I feel lucky to be part of this “exclusive club”.
 
There is truly something for every one and its a thrill to get to know new people through this vast and wonderful online world! So once a week or so, I am going to start posting a “behind the blogger” post about some of my favorite bloggers. Today we meet Stacy from Conspicuous Style. She is newer to the blogging world but you would think shes been at this for much longer, her posts are always beautifully presented, extensive, filled with lots of pictures (a girl after my own heart) and there is always something interesting to discover and learn. Stacy is a former lawyer turned decorator….very impressive I know! Gotta love someone who can cross examine like no ones business AND put fabrics and paint together with unparalleled expertise! Do visit if you aren’t already familiar with her blog…it is so worth the trip!

Thank you Stacy for participating!
Click on the header below to visit Stacy’s wonderful blog……

So……. what inspired you to start blogging in the first place? You know, I’m not totally sure.  That’s a weird answer, but it’s the truth. I think once I decided to do it, it was such a blur that I can’t remember. My personality is slightly obsessive (OK, a LOT obsessive). So, once I made the decision, I had to have a domain name, a website, a design layout, a blogroll, a unique header, etc, RIGHT NOW. So I worked compulsively on all of that for the first month, and it is such a blur that I can’t even remember what made me want to do it in the first place. However, I’m so glad I did and wouldn’t change anything. If you asked me why I blog now, it is because I love researching, looking at rooms on line, writing, and communicating with others who enjoy the same, so it’s a perfect fit.  I guess I had some vague notion that blogging might help drive new clients to my site, but it isn’t now and I don’t think it ever was my main motivation. 

How did you come up with your blog name?  Oh my gosh, I went through SO many names before I settled on Conspicuous Style.  My favorite was Esprit Decor (I thought it up and was so pleased with how clever I was ), until I saw that someone thought of it before me and already had the domain name!  After that, it was taking design related words (home, decor, style, etc) and seeing   which domains were available. I had a list of 10 or so, and while I was in the Bahamas with my family I read them all out loud. Everyone reacted immediately and positively to Conspicuous Style (unlike many of the others!), so that was it.
Do you have a favorite all time movie? Yes, for some reason my husband and I were both spellbound by Finding Neverland with Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet.  It was such a romantic and beautiful movie. I think the connection I felt with him (my husband, not Johnny 🙂 is part of the reason I love that movie so much.   Shakespeare in Love and The English Patient are close  seconds, pretty much for the same reasons.
You get to spend a month in the European  countryside…..is it Italy or France? Having never been to either, that’s a tough one.  I guess I’ll pick France. When do I leave?

Favorite meal ?Anything Mexican, and very, very spicy.

Tell us as little or as much as you want to about your family. I met my husband when I was 19 years old in college, and we knew almost immediately that we would get married someday.  We got married seven years later, which was almost 15 years ago.  We have two amazing children, a boy (10) and a girl (6). They are the loves of our lives!

If you could have any career what would it be? The one I’m in! Although instead of working directly with clients (even though I love hem), sometimes I think it would be fun to work for a retailer like Neiman Marcus or Horchow and do their sourcing, buying, catalog design, etc.
Favorite design style? Transitional. I like traditional, but updated. Think mirrored pieces, more modern lines on the furniture, graphic rugs. Not so far as modern or contemporary though.
If you could only live in one color what would it be? Oh, that’s a hard one, too. I guess white. I love color, but I would get sick of the same color forever, whereas I never get sick of white.
Favorite season and why?Summer. I’m a night owl, so the longer days and shorter nights are good for me (so I’m not awake for as many dark hours). The morning sun helps me get out of bed, too.  And of course, living on the coast, I love the beach, especially when we do bonfires at night.
Design icon? Phoebe Howard.  I love every single room she has ever done.  I would hand her my house and say “do whatever you want,” which is NOT my personality at all. 
One place you haven’t been that you want to visit– Europe…Can you believe it? Sometimes I just cannot believe that I have never made the trip.
What’s your number one pet peeve? Mean spirited competition. People who badmouth others, whether design-related or not.
What are the two best things about blogging?    1. The other bloggers I meet (I never imagined that so many people, competitors  really, would be so nice and supportive. 2. How it has made me so much more creative. For example, I never would have paneled the walls in my kitchen myself if I didn’t draw courage (and instructions) from  others who have ventured into the DIY world before me.
You get to have a private dinner with any two people in the world, they can be from the fashion, design world, literary world, Hollywood, politics,etc….your choice. Who are the lucky two? Mary McDonald (I’m dying to know if her personality is accurately portrayed on Million Dollar Decorators) and Jon Stewart (for the laughs).
Do you have a favorite saying or quote? “Where there’s a will there’s a way.”  I usually find a way to get what i want. If it is a material object and I can’t afford it, I make it (or at least I try).
Most overrated trend right now?   Chevron! I’m really sick of it, and really, it’s just stripes going back and forth. This was the easiest question for me to answer!  Oh, and subway tile.
Reading anything interesting that you want to share?  I’m reading Seabiscuit for the second time. I adore that book! I fought the pressure to read it for so, so long because I had zero interest in horse racing. Finally, after  every single person I knew told me it was the best book they ever read, I decided to give it a try. It really is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I almost never read  books twice, but this one and a few others are exceptions (Pride & Prejudice, God Knows, The Red Tent, Life of Pi, and All the Pretty Horses).
You are 18 again. What do you do? I would study harder in college, pay more attention in my art history classes, not take some of the silly classes, and go in to design instead of the law (I went to law  school and practiced for 8 years in the Enforcement Division of the Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington, DC before I switched over to interior design).
What are your plans for the summer? Work, of course, but also to spend a lot of time with my children. I want to give them a great summer that they will remember forever. So, that means more cookouts,  more beach nights, more day trips, and more friends over for dinner and swimming.
In ten years I will be.………………50! Ok, 51. Yuck.  But, I will still have a daughter at home and a son in college, and I will still love my family, friends, and work, so I’ll be happy.
If you could live anywhere on earth and money was no object where would you go? I think I would stay right where I am, on the coast of Massachusetts, but would move to a house on the water. I would build it myself, and would drive the architect  absolutely crazy in the process.
Best tip or two for any new bloggers reading this.…… Spend more time networking than writing (it helps your blog, but more importantly, you make amazing new friends), and blog only about what you like (if you’re not  enjoying it, hey do it?)
Blogging to me is necessary and rewarding.

Give me four words that describe your personality. Creative, obsessive, determined, sensitive.


Thank you Stacy!! It was fun getting to know you better and do visit her wonderful blog, its definitely worth the trip! Wishing everyone a happy and enjoyable day!

A little recap of what makes Stacy tick………

















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