Which would you choose?

?Good morning! So nice to be back in blogland! I am well rested and will tell you tomorrow about my whereabouts for the last few days, in the meantime this was in my draftbox from over a month ago so thought it was a good time to post this…….hope you are well and hope everyone had a superb Mothers Day!

Hi there, well finally just yesterday I, being cautiously optimistic , put away my gloves, hats and scarves into my “winter bin” that I hope I will not have to open again for several months! The milder weather has me dreaming of beautiful crisp summer clothes in soft pleasing colors, light flowy fabrics against sun tanned skin! How about you?

Have you been thinking the same way? So today thought it would be fun to see which look sums up your summer style best. You know the drill….take a look at all these chic ensembles and tell me, if you had to choose just one look to represent your personal style….which would you choose? Which one best emulates your style? I cannot wait to hear! Cheers to warmer weather, pedicures, sun kissed skin and al fresco meals!

CHOICE 1

Tory Burch

CHOICE 2

J Crew

?CHOICE 3
Each X Other
?CHOICE 4
J Crew
?CHOICE 5
J Crew

CHOICE 6
Band of Outsiders
CHOICE 7
Willow
CHOICE 8
Net a Porter
CHOICE 9
James Perse
CHOICE 10
J Crew
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?CHOICE 11
Etoile Isabel Marant
CHOICE 12
?Net a Porter ?
CHOICE 13
James Perse
CHOICE 14
Tibi
?CHOICE 15
Tory Burch
CHOICE 16
Rag and Bone
So there you have it, 16 wonderful looks heading into the warmer months of summer, I look forward to hearing which you choose! As I always do I will kick off things with my own choices. So nice to be back, I look forward to catching up and going through all my favorite blogs today to see what? I missed! I hope you are well…..be back tomorrow:)

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Which would you choose?

 Good morning! So nice to be back in blogland! I am well rested and will tell you tomorrow about my whereabouts for the last few days, in the meantime this was in my draftbox from over a month ago so thought it was a good time to post this…….hope you are well and hope everyone had a superb Mothers Day!

Hi there, well finally just yesterday I, being cautiously optimistic , put away my gloves, hats and scarves into my “winter bin” that I hope I will not have to open again for several months! The milder weather has me dreaming of beautiful crisp summer clothes in soft pleasing colors, light flowy fabrics against sun tanned skin! How about you?

Have you been thinking the same way? So today thought it would be fun to see which look sums up your summer style best. You know the drill….take a look at all these chic ensembles and tell me, if you had to choose just one look to represent your personal style….which would you choose? Which one best emulates your style? I cannot wait to hear! Cheers to warmer weather, pedicures, sun kissed skin and al fresco meals!

CHOICE 1

Tory Burch

CHOICE 2

J Crew

 CHOICE 3
Each X Other
 CHOICE 4
J Crew
 CHOICE 5
J Crew

CHOICE 6
Band of Outsiders
CHOICE 7
Willow
CHOICE 8
Net a Porter
CHOICE 9
James Perse
CHOICE 10
J Crew
 
 CHOICE 11
Etoile Isabel Marant
CHOICE 12
 Net a Porter  
CHOICE 13
James Perse
CHOICE 14
Tibi
 CHOICE 15
Tory Burch
CHOICE 16
Rag and Bone
So there you have it, 16 wonderful looks heading into the warmer months of summer, I look forward to hearing which you choose! As I always do I will kick off things with my own choices. So nice to be back, I look forward to catching up and going through all my favorite blogs today to see what  I missed! I hope you are well…..be back tomorrow:)

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Lusting for leopard!


First thanks so very much for all of your many and truly fabulous contributions to my first “Can we talk” post. It was all about products and boy I have a list a mile long of things I need and am going to try based on your rave reviews. So thank you! If you didn’t’ catch it you must check it out. Click here.

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Secondly,? happy Tuesday to you. How was your weekend?? Ours was great, busy, got a teeny bit of snow and now I am gearing up for a busy week. Lots going on over here. On top of my green fetish, I am also crazy for a little leopard love. Just a touch here or there, nothing over the top. Give me a beautiful velvet leopard chair, ottoman or even a few pillows…and you will hear me roar with delight!?

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It’s such a classic, if you look back at homes from 50 years ago…..you will see leopard. And I am quite certain if you look ahead another 50 years, leopard will still be out there. I like the fact that its so neutral, its at home in the most formal of spaces as it is in more transitional homes or even very modern ones. What about you? Is it a like or love? Lets take a look at leopard and how beautiful it can make a room…..

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?This beautiful ottoman is what sort of stirred up my inner leopard lusting……Chinoiserie Chic

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?This is such a rich and masculine space…love how the leopard pops against the drama of the dark accents, Elle Decor



?House Beautiful lets the beautiful ottoman be the focal point in this monochromatic room…..

Madelaine? Castaing’s beautiful stool sits atop this decadent leopard carpeting…….

This room is a monument to some serious leopard love….but how fabulous it is! Tumblir

Miles Redd….got it so right in this beautiful room

?Renea Abbot uses animal prints as the focal point in an otherwise monochromatic space

Leopard walls? Why not! Arch Digest

?I do think the idea of a small accent piece like this from Sally Wheat via Laurie Perez is a wonderful way to bring in just a pop of leopard into a room.

Love the leopard pillow on this fabulous green sofa….so chic! Palmer Weiss

?Absolutely love the way its used int this gorgeous room! Mona Ross Berman


A perfect example with how just a subtle touch is so effective, a neckroll is a perfect accent!
So sumptuous! Mary McDonald


Candace Cavanaugh designed this very elegant dining room

An open airy and dramatic space with the four leopard chairs,House Beautiful

?Alexa Hampton shows how versatile this fabric is in this more modern space

So elegant, especially when paired with blue and white!

?Talk about a serious statement piece! Charles Spada

?Love the softly hued leopard runner on the stairs….works so well with the warm woods. Elle Decor

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LOVE this chair! Leave it up to Ralph as in Ralph Lauren, but of course!

Tony Duquette…..how opulent!

Joe Nye added a pair of leopard pillows to this eclectic space…

Leopard carpeting really makes this fabulous red space, Stark

Used as a stair runner, Metropolitan Home

Even in the most traditional room, leopard carpeting is right at home


Velvet, antique mirror and leopard…..OH YES!


Love the colors and think the leopard and tiger used here is spot on! Arch Digest

?A touch in a dark masculine room channels a Ralph Lauren vibe…..which I absolutely love!

?This is how I think I like it best, as a small accent on the pillows and an ottoman

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And who says its has to be black and tan! I love it in all its many colors…a fun take on a timeless classic!
And if all this leopard lusting has you craving some…..here’s a few inexpensive ways to add some leopard into your life!
?Cozy flannel blankets from Ballard (I just ordered one)
These rainboots are so much fun. Now on sale for? $39 at Ballard!!
Snag this chic leopard cashmere cardigan from Dolce and Gabanna

Add a pair of leopard velvet pillows to a room for instant impact! 1stdibs

Add a? cashmere leopard scarf to a simple outfit, it gives it an immediate wow factor!
Another very simple way to give even the simplest of outfits a bit of panache, J Crew?

?Or change things up with a fun personalized leopard phone case, click here.
Well..this should give you your leopard dose for the day! Is this something you would ever incorporate into your home? Wardrobe? Or do you already? Again for me, it has to be a small dose, but I do think in the right room used in the right way, it can be quite beautiful. Ditto for wardrobes, I own a leopard scarf, leopard flats and a leopard print velvet jacket. Only use one at a time (naturally) but when paired with something very classic and simple…the effect is really quite pretty! So, as usual I? would love to know your thoughts……..enjoy your Tuesday!



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Lusting for leopard!

First thanks so very much for all of your many and truly fabulous contributions to my first “Can we talk” post. It was all about products and boy I have a list a mile long of things I need and am going to try based on your rave reviews. So thank you! If you didn’t’ catch it you must check it out. Click here.
 
Secondly,  happy Tuesday to you. How was your weekend?  Ours was great, busy, got a teeny bit of snow and now I am gearing up for a busy week. Lots going on over here. On top of my green fetish, I am also crazy for a little leopard love. Just a touch here or there, nothing over the top. Give me a beautiful velvet leopard chair, ottoman or even a few pillows…and you will hear me roar with delight! 
 
It’s such a classic, if you look back at homes from 50 years ago…..you will see leopard. And I am quite certain if you look ahead another 50 years, leopard will still be out there. I like the fact that its so neutral, its at home in the most formal of spaces as it is in more transitional homes or even very modern ones. What about you? Is it a like or love? Lets take a look at leopard and how beautiful it can make a room…..
 

 This beautiful ottoman is what sort of stirred up my inner leopard lusting……Chinoiserie Chic
 

 This is such a rich and masculine space…love how the leopard pops against the drama of the dark accents, Elle Decor

 House Beautiful lets the beautiful ottoman be the focal point in this monochromatic room…..

Madelaine  Castaing’s beautiful stool sits atop this decadent leopard carpeting…….

This room is a monument to some serious leopard love….but how fabulous it is! Tumblir

Miles Redd….got it so right in this beautiful room

 Renea Abbot uses animal prints as the focal point in an otherwise monochromatic space

Leopard walls? Why not! Arch Digest

 I do think the idea of a small accent piece like this from Sally Wheat via Laurie Perez is a wonderful way to bring in just a pop of leopard into a room.

Love the leopard pillow on this fabulous green sofa….so chic! Palmer Weiss

 Absolutely love the way its used int this gorgeous room! Mona Ross Berman

A perfect example with how just a subtle touch is so effective, a neckroll is a perfect accent!
So sumptuous! Mary McDonald

Candace Cavanaugh designed this very elegant dining room

An open airy and dramatic space with the four leopard chairs,House Beautiful

 Alexa Hampton shows how versatile this fabric is in this more modern space

So elegant, especially when paired with blue and white!

 Talk about a serious statement piece! Charles Spada

 Love the softly hued leopard runner on the stairs….works so well with the warm woods. Elle Decor

 

LOVE this chair! Leave it up to Ralph as in Ralph Lauren, but of course!

Tony Duquette…..how opulent!

Joe Nye added a pair of leopard pillows to this eclectic space…

Leopard carpeting really makes this fabulous red space, Stark

Used as a stair runner, Metropolitan Home

Even in the most traditional room, leopard carpeting is right at home

Velvet, antique mirror and leopard…..OH YES!

Love the colors and think the leopard and tiger used here is spot on! Arch Digest

 A touch in a dark masculine room channels a Ralph Lauren vibe…..which I absolutely love!

 This is how I think I like it best, as a small accent on the pillows and an ottoman

 

And who says its has to be black and tan! I love it in all its many colors…a fun take on a timeless classic!
And if all this leopard lusting has you craving some…..here’s a few inexpensive ways to add some leopard into your life!
 Cozy flannel blankets from Ballard (I just ordered one)
These rainboots are so much fun. Now on sale for  $39 at Ballard!!
Snag this chic leopard cashmere cardigan from Dolce and Gabanna

Add a pair of leopard velvet pillows to a room for instant impact! 1stdibs

Add a  cashmere leopard scarf to a simple outfit, it gives it an immediate wow factor!
Another very simple way to give even the simplest of outfits a bit of panache, J Crew 

 Or change things up with a fun personalized leopard phone case, click here.
Well..this should give you your leopard dose for the day! Is this something you would ever incorporate into your home? Wardrobe? Or do you already? Again for me, it has to be a small dose, but I do think in the right room used in the right way, it can be quite beautiful. Ditto for wardrobes, I own a leopard scarf, leopard flats and a leopard print velvet jacket. Only use one at a time (naturally) but when paired with something very classic and simple…the effect is really quite pretty! So, as usual I  would love to know your thoughts……..enjoy your Tuesday!

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Which would you choose?

Happy Wednesday….wow its the middle of the week already?? Very busy days lately and today I am hosting a birthday luncheon for a very special girl. I will do my best to try and include some highlights but have been a little under the weather in addition to taking care of my son who is sick in bed, so if I appear fully dressed to greet the guests with food to serve, I will consider it a success:) ?given that I am EXHAUSTED. But thankfully woke up feeling better and well rested after two loooooong days with little sleep. Busy week ahead for me so will pop in when I can……

?OK, its time for another round of Which would you choose?? Today’s theme is summer dressing…..lets just say you are invited to someones house for a summer party, backyard style. You want to look chic, polished but still casual and comfy. Which outfit best reflects your personal style? Would you tweak the look you have chosen and if so how or do you love it exactly as its shown? Love to know what my stylish readers love and hear your take on things……oh and lest I forget (all figures shown including the perfect legs, toned arms and skinny mini?waists are part of the package, lol)! Now………see which you like!

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? CHOICE 1

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? CHOICE 2

CHOICE 3
CHOICE 4
CHOICE 5
CHOICE 6
CHOICE 7
CHOICE 8
CHOICE 9
CHOICE 10
CHOICE 11
CHOICE 12

CHOICE 13
CHOICE 14
CHOICE 15
CHOICE 16
Seriously I love each and every one, when you look good, you feel good. Don’t you think? They say always dress each morning as if you are going to bump into someone that you want to look really good for. I wish I followed that more often because when I do there is absolutely a little pep in my step….are you the same way? ?I included things that I love and that reflect my style for the most part but tried to vary it up a little so hopefully something for everyone here!! ?So…whats your choice? I cannot wait to hear. Enjoy your day!

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Which would you choose?

Happy Wednesday….wow its the middle of the week already?? Very busy days lately and today I am hosting a birthday luncheon for a very special girl. I will do my best to try and include some highlights but have been a little under the weather in addition to taking care of my son who is sick in bed, so if I appear fully dressed to greet the guests with food to serve, I will consider it a success:)  given that I am EXHAUSTED. But thankfully woke up feeling better and well rested after two loooooong days with little sleep. Busy week ahead for me so will pop in when I can……

 OK, its time for another round of Which would you choose?  Today’s theme is summer dressing…..lets just say you are invited to someones house for a summer party, backyard style. You want to look chic, polished but still casual and comfy. Which outfit best reflects your personal style? Would you tweak the look you have chosen and if so how or do you love it exactly as its shown? Love to know what my stylish readers love and hear your take on things……oh and lest I forget (all figures shown including the perfect legs, toned arms and skinny mini waists are part of the package, lol)! Now………see which you like!

                                                            CHOICE 1

                                                          CHOICE 2

CHOICE 3
CHOICE 4
CHOICE 5
CHOICE 6
CHOICE 7
CHOICE 8
CHOICE 9
CHOICE 10
CHOICE 11
CHOICE 12

CHOICE 13
CHOICE 14
CHOICE 15
CHOICE 16
Seriously I love each and every one, when you look good, you feel good. Don’t you think? They say always dress each morning as if you are going to bump into someone that you want to look really good for. I wish I followed that more often because when I do there is absolutely a little pep in my step….are you the same way?  I included things that I love and that reflect my style for the most part but tried to vary it up a little so hopefully something for everyone here!!  So…whats your choice? I cannot wait to hear. Enjoy your day!

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Sunday’s spectacular seven….and your questions answered!

Good morning, hope everyone is having a great weekend. We are experiencing our first round of true fall weather, and I have to say I am loving it. Brisk, cool, beezy….now this is what I have been waiting for!! Today is a short post on seven spectacular rooms/spaces that I just love for one reason or another. ?Also I have another round of questions to answer so thought it is easier if I just answer them as I get them..





1. Are we polishing or honing the marble? Is there a difference in how it wears? Well, I am not claiming to be a marble expert by any stretch but we are honing all of our marble in the kitchen, butlers and pantry. First I love the look of honed marble, it makes it look kind of old world and the bottom line as I have been told, ?the key either way is to be sure you get a really good heavy duty sealer and use it 1-2 times a year. This applies for either finish.



2. I got several people asking my about my personal style, how do I like to dress and if it mimics my style in decor (classic, elegant traditional) and what are my favorite brands? I had to laugh a little at this because lately anyone who thinks of me as dressing well would be very disappointed, seems lately I live in sweat/yoga pants, a basic t shirt, and sneakers (sad but true). But I do have my great looking Ralph Lauren jacket over it! Seriously, yes do love classic dressing. I would say my style is classic traditional tailored elegance with a little twist. Some of my favorite brands are Tory Burch (very much my style), Tibi, Milly, J Crew (for basics), Theory to name a few. I love great cashmere sweaters and cardigans, blouses, lacy tops, tailored straight front pants, beautiful scarves, tailored fitted jackets, ballerina flats and riding boots. Am also a bit of a handbag fanatic. Those are some of the pieces that I love and wear often. Of course many of these items are ugh….lets just say “on hiatus” in my closet taking a nice long vacation while yours truly gets her priorities back and starts losing 15 -20 lbs that shes gained due to “house stress”. Yes, it IS so convenient to blame that house 🙂



3. What will I be using as ?backsplash in the kitchen/pantry? We are actually working on this now as a matter of fact. I am thinking of going classic and simple, ideally want to get beveled subway tiles that are oversized either 6×10 or 6×12. Then maybe frame out a herringbone design above the stove. Want it to be a beautiful but subtle backdrop to everything else going on in the kitchen.



4. Did I or am I working with a designer? No, its all me!! I was doing interior design work for clients for a few years before we started building our home, and despite having the good fortune of being offered several jobs turned them down to fully concentrate on this house. My opinions are strong and pretty definite on how I want things to look so I realized early on, that I wasn’t going to want to work with anyone else alongside me ( did briefly consider it and spoke to/interviewed a few designers). One of them even told me that he thinks I could do it on my own as he loved my ideas/vision and I realized he was right, at least up until this point. ?However I did hire someone who is a master at room planning/space planning to help with layouts, sizes of furniture,etc and I do bounce things off of him from time to time and am sure there will be more of this as we step up the decorating process now….it might take a little longer this way but at least I will get exactly what I want!



5. What color stain are we using in the family room and what was used in the breakfast room? They are both custom stains, we played around with several options and tweaked them until we got the formula where we wanted it to be. In the breakfast room, we did a “limed” finish on top of the stain.



6. Do I recommend putting bathtbus in all the bathrooms for new construction? No?I don’t, unless it happens to work for you and your lifestyle and you have kids who specifically really want bathtubs. We have 3 sons who all like showers, but my youngest who is an athlete likes to soak in a tub, so we put one in his bathroom and in the guest bath. I think its wise for resale to have at least one other bathroom with a tub but I certainly do not think its necessary to have one in every bathroom.



7. What are my feelings on TV’s above the fireplace? I got this several times too. In a perfect world, I wouldn’t do it but sometimes you have to bend the rules and make concessions. In our bedroom, we are doing this, but we have a beautiful frame and woodworking around it and I am confident that when the room is done, the focal point will not be the TV but many other pretty elements in the room. It happens to be dead center so it was the logical spot for the TV. Again in our family room, our architect was against it, but it was the perfect spot in terms of how the room lays out with furniture to have the TV above the mantle. So the compromise was we installed a hydraulic unit above the fireplace that will be part of the wood panelling that can conceal it when and if we want. This was my hubby’s thing, putting it on the record that I had no problem with seeing the TV, after all it is a family room, you expect it!!



Now onto 7 spectacular rooms…..Have a favorite??

I am in love with this space, the colors are so beautiful! Heirloom Philosophy
Beautiful sitting area/vestibule by Barry Dixon
Love the earthy tones in this spectacular room, the windows, the door, ahhh…..
Dan Carithers got it right in this vision of a kitchen
Love this bathroom! Old world but fresh.
Blue and white, the perfect crowning touch
A perfect sitting room, don’t you think? Traditional Home
Which is your favorite? Always love to know! Wising you a wonderful and relaxing Sunday!

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Sunday’s spectacular seven….and your questions answered!

Good morning, hope everyone is having a great weekend. We are experiencing our first round of true fall weather, and I have to say I am loving it. Brisk, cool, beezy….now this is what I have been waiting for!! Today is a short post on seven spectacular rooms/spaces that I just love for one reason or another.  Also I have another round of questions to answer so thought it is easier if I just answer them as I get them..


1. Are we polishing or honing the marble? Is there a difference in how it wears? Well, I am not claiming to be a marble expert by any stretch but we are honing all of our marble in the kitchen, butlers and pantry. First I love the look of honed marble, it makes it look kind of old world and the bottom line as I have been told,  the key either way is to be sure you get a really good heavy duty sealer and use it 1-2 times a year. This applies for either finish.

2. I got several people asking my about my personal style, how do I like to dress and if it mimics my style in decor (classic, elegant traditional) and what are my favorite brands? I had to laugh a little at this because lately anyone who thinks of me as dressing well would be very disappointed, seems lately I live in sweat/yoga pants, a basic t shirt, and sneakers (sad but true). But I do have my great looking Ralph Lauren jacket over it! Seriously, yes do love classic dressing. I would say my style is classic traditional tailored elegance with a little twist. Some of my favorite brands are Tory Burch (very much my style), Tibi, Milly, J Crew (for basics), Theory to name a few. I love great cashmere sweaters and cardigans, blouses, lacy tops, tailored straight front pants, beautiful scarves, tailored fitted jackets, ballerina flats and riding boots. Am also a bit of a handbag fanatic. Those are some of the pieces that I love and wear often. Of course many of these items are ugh….lets just say “on hiatus” in my closet taking a nice long vacation while yours truly gets her priorities back and starts losing 15 -20 lbs that shes gained due to “house stress”. Yes, it IS so convenient to blame that house 🙂

3. What will I be using as  backsplash in the kitchen/pantry? We are actually working on this now as a matter of fact. I am thinking of going classic and simple, ideally want to get beveled subway tiles that are oversized either 6×10 or 6×12. Then maybe frame out a herringbone design above the stove. Want it to be a beautiful but subtle backdrop to everything else going on in the kitchen.

4. Did I or am I working with a designer? No, its all me!! I was doing interior design work for clients for a few years before we started building our home, and despite having the good fortune of being offered several jobs turned them down to fully concentrate on this house. My opinions are strong and pretty definite on how I want things to look so I realized early on, that I wasn’t going to want to work with anyone else alongside me ( did briefly consider it and spoke to/interviewed a few designers). One of them even told me that he thinks I could do it on my own as he loved my ideas/vision and I realized he was right, at least up until this point.  However I did hire someone who is a master at room planning/space planning to help with layouts, sizes of furniture,etc and I do bounce things off of him from time to time and am sure there will be more of this as we step up the decorating process now….it might take a little longer this way but at least I will get exactly what I want!

5. What color stain are we using in the family room and what was used in the breakfast room? They are both custom stains, we played around with several options and tweaked them until we got the formula where we wanted it to be. In the breakfast room, we did a “limed” finish on top of the stain.

6. Do I recommend putting bathtbus in all the bathrooms for new construction? No I don’t, unless it happens to work for you and your lifestyle and you have kids who specifically really want bathtubs. We have 3 sons who all like showers, but my youngest who is an athlete likes to soak in a tub, so we put one in his bathroom and in the guest bath. I think its wise for resale to have at least one other bathroom with a tub but I certainly do not think its necessary to have one in every bathroom.

7. What are my feelings on TV’s above the fireplace? I got this several times too. In a perfect world, I wouldn’t do it but sometimes you have to bend the rules and make concessions. In our bedroom, we are doing this, but we have a beautiful frame and woodworking around it and I am confident that when the room is done, the focal point will not be the TV but many other pretty elements in the room. It happens to be dead center so it was the logical spot for the TV. Again in our family room, our architect was against it, but it was the perfect spot in terms of how the room lays out with furniture to have the TV above the mantle. So the compromise was we installed a hydraulic unit above the fireplace that will be part of the wood panelling that can conceal it when and if we want. This was my hubby’s thing, putting it on the record that I had no problem with seeing the TV, after all it is a family room, you expect it!!

Now onto 7 spectacular rooms…..Have a favorite? 

I am in love with this space, the colors are so beautiful! Heirloom Philosophy
Beautiful sitting area/vestibule by Barry Dixon
Love the earthy tones in this spectacular room, the windows, the door, ahhh…..
Dan Carithers got it right in this vision of a kitchen
Love this bathroom! Old world but fresh.
Blue and white, the perfect crowning touch
A perfect sitting room, don’t you think? Traditional Home
Which is your favorite? Always love to know! Wising you a wonderful and relaxing Sunday!

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