A game of tag and I am it! Plus a giveaway!

Good morning! Have I intrigued you with this “game of tag”? Heres the lowdown…. Anne Marie from the chic blog, 10 rooms “tagged me”. Do visit her fabulously chic blog if you don’t visit it already, click here to visit 10 rooms! ?Curious I admittedly was…as ?I had no idea what this was until I read on with?amusement and realized this is just a grown ups version of an old favorite. The idea here is that a blogger “tags” another blogger and gives them 11 questions to answer in a post, then that blogger “tags” another 11 bloggers, and comes up with their own 11 questions and so on.



Fun fun fun. So Anne Marie, thank you for giving me an excuse to sit and relax and ponder these fantastic questions! It was a neat exercise, one I am happy to pass onto others! Isn’t her blog header like the coolest thing! I am getting sidetracked…sorry, but when I see things of beauty I develop a sudden case of ADD! Anywho..here we go, and thanks Anne Marie for including me!


1. What is your day job? Domestic goddess. JUST KIDDING. Wife, mother, part time interior designer,blogger, family organizer extraordinaire, private chef (to my family..lol)


2. Why did you start blogging? As a way to fill a creative outlet and nurture an incessant bug to express myself, it was and is a wonderful outlet to practice my writing, share the building and?decorating process and to learn, learn ?learn like nobody’s business!

3. What is the best thing that has come from blogging? For sure, the friendships,and the people that I have met. I have ?connected with so many wonderful, like minded people from all over the world that I would otherwise never have met. And the connections in general that might result in some interesting endeavors down the road.




4. How and where do you find inspiration? All over the place, books, people whose taste I admire, other blogs, art, culture,great designers and tastemakers, the building and research process, architecture, great design

5. If you could live anywhere, where would you be? Well since we just moved, I am quite happy with where I am but if you wanted to give me a weekend place in Napa Valley, you won’t hear any complaints from me:)

6. Who is your favourite artist??Monet, to me the absolute master of the universe in French impressionism, if anyone wants to give me one as a housewarming gift, I have a spot waiting for it…come to mama.

7. What’s playing on your iPod? Don’t judge me, but I don’t have one. Well I did, my boys gave me one for Mothers day but somehow my 16 year old “adopted it” temporarily and it hasn’t found its way back since. But if you want to know what kind of music I like, I like a big range, everything from Coldplay to Beethoven to Bossa ?Nova to Chris Brown to techno…weird huh?

8. How do you spend your day off? Lots of lounging (preferable in PJ’s) catching up on mail/email/reading, maybe a movie, or getting together with a friend. Its a no pressure time so whatever strikes my fancy

9. Who would you most like to meet? Not one person jumps out at me, but if Diana were still alive I would have chosen her.I have such a profound sense of respect for the person she was, the mother, wife and role model that she grew into being.


10. Best childhood memory? The endless hours I spent at the stables. I got my first horse around 12 and became obsessed with it. Riding and hanging at the stables was my life. My best friends were all there and every minute outside of school was spent there, in the snow, rain,ice, whatever…nothing kept us away! ?From the crack of dawn before the bus came until well after sunset….good times!

11. What is your favourite colour? Blue in all its many beautiful shades

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And now the fun part, the 11 other bloggers who I am passing this onto as well as the questions I have come up with for you to answer. Have fun!



(Trying to also include blogs that I haven’t done something like this with)



Tassels, twigs and tastebuds

Pinecorns and Acorns

Pretty Pink Tulips

Good life of design

Splendid Sass

The French Hutch

All in the Details

Inspired Design

Design Chic

Hello Lovely Inc.

I dream of

Style for Living



And now my questions that await your deep thoughts and pondering…….



1. Do you have a hobby? Tell me about it, if not tell me a hobby you wish you had!

2. Whats worse, failing at something or never trying to begin with?

3. Would you rather be a great cook or a great designer?

4. If you could only have two rooms in your house which would they be?

5. Tell me which 2 famous people you would choose to have dinner with (dead or alive)

6. What are four descriptive words that describe you well?

7. Best book or two that you read in the last year?

8. What do you miss most about being a kid?

9. If you had a freaky Friday experience and had to trade places with one person for one day, who would it be? Why that person?

10. Describe a perfect day for you from morning till evening…..

11. A place in the world you have never been that you would love to go……





Thanks Anne Marie, and to all the unsuspecting bloggers up there:) Enjoy, its a fun exercise and lets keep this going. Its always great fun to get to know a little more about our fellow bloggers!



Last…..for those of you who do not know about the fabulous Segreto signed book giveaway, click here to visit yesterdays post. A great opportunity to win an amazing coffee table book by Segreto, the master in the world of finishing! I will announce the winner tomorrow.



Wishing everyone a fabulous day!



Newsflash as of 12:30 for anyone looking for some serious bargains, on One Kings lane, you have to check the Safavieh sale…so many great items, all these for under 400!! Click here to visit! Just helped a friend buy the first chairs for her new dining room and a pair of the black benches for her mudroom!



Have a super afternoon!




A game of tag and I am it! Plus a giveaway!

Good morning! Have I intrigued you with this “game of tag”? Heres the lowdown…. Anne Marie from the chic blog, 10 rooms “tagged me”. Do visit her fabulously chic blog if you don’t visit it already, click here to visit 10 rooms!  Curious I admittedly was…as  I had no idea what this was until I read on with amusement and realized this is just a grown ups version of an old favorite. The idea here is that a blogger “tags” another blogger and gives them 11 questions to answer in a post, then that blogger “tags” another 11 bloggers, and comes up with their own 11 questions and so on.

Fun fun fun. So Anne Marie, thank you for giving me an excuse to sit and relax and ponder these fantastic questions! It was a neat exercise, one I am happy to pass onto others! Isn’t her blog header like the coolest thing! I am getting sidetracked…sorry, but when I see things of beauty I develop a sudden case of ADD! Anywho..here we go, and thanks Anne Marie for including me!

1. What is your day job? Domestic goddess. JUST KIDDING. Wife, mother, part time interior designer,blogger, family organizer extraordinaire, private chef (to my family..lol)

2. Why did you start blogging? As a way to fill a creative outlet and nurture an incessant bug to express myself, it was and is a wonderful outlet to practice my writing, share the building and decorating process and to learn, learn  learn like nobody’s business!

3. What is the best thing that has come from blogging? For sure, the friendships,and the people that I have met. I have  connected with so many wonderful, like minded people from all over the world that I would otherwise never have met. And the connections in general that might result in some interesting endeavors down the road.


4. How and where do you find inspiration? All over the place, books, people whose taste I admire, other blogs, art, culture,great designers and tastemakers, the building and research process, architecture, great design

5. If you could live anywhere, where would you be? Well since we just moved, I am quite happy with where I am but if you wanted to give me a weekend place in Napa Valley, you won’t hear any complaints from me:)

6. Who is your favourite artist? Monet, to me the absolute master of the universe in French impressionism, if anyone wants to give me one as a housewarming gift, I have a spot waiting for it…come to mama.

7. What’s playing on your iPod? Don’t judge me, but I don’t have one. Well I did, my boys gave me one for Mothers day but somehow my 16 year old “adopted it” temporarily and it hasn’t found its way back since. But if you want to know what kind of music I like, I like a big range, everything from Coldplay to Beethoven to Bossa  Nova to Chris Brown to techno…weird huh?

8. How do you spend your day off? Lots of lounging (preferable in PJ’s) catching up on mail/email/reading, maybe a movie, or getting together with a friend. Its a no pressure time so whatever strikes my fancy

9. Who would you most like to meet? Not one person jumps out at me, but if Diana were still alive I would have chosen her.I have such a profound sense of respect for the person she was, the mother, wife and role model that she grew into being.


10. Best childhood memory? The endless hours I spent at the stables. I got my first horse around 12 and became obsessed with it. Riding and hanging at the stables was my life. My best friends were all there and every minute outside of school was spent there, in the snow, rain,ice, whatever…nothing kept us away!  From the crack of dawn before the bus came until well after sunset….good times!

11. What is your favourite colour? Blue in all its many beautiful shades
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And now the fun part, the 11 other bloggers who I am passing this onto as well as the questions I have come up with for you to answer. Have fun!

(Trying to also include blogs that I haven’t done something like this with)

Tassels, twigs and tastebuds
Pinecorns and Acorns
Pretty Pink Tulips
Good life of design
Splendid Sass
The French Hutch
All in the Details
Inspired Design
Design Chic
Hello Lovely Inc.
I dream of
Style for Living

And now my questions that await your deep thoughts and pondering…….

1. Do you have a hobby? Tell me about it, if not tell me a hobby you wish you had!
2. Whats worse, failing at something or never trying to begin with?
3. Would you rather be a great cook or a great designer?
4. If you could only have two rooms in your house which would they be?
5. Tell me which 2 famous people you would choose to have dinner with (dead or alive)
6. What are four descriptive words that describe you well?
7. Best book or two that you read in the last year?
8. What do you miss most about being a kid?
9. If you had a freaky Friday experience and had to trade places with one person for one day, who would it be? Why that person?
10. Describe a perfect day for you from morning till evening…..
11. A place in the world you have never been that you would love to go……


Thanks Anne Marie, and to all the unsuspecting bloggers up there:) Enjoy, its a fun exercise and lets keep this going. Its always great fun to get to know a little more about our fellow bloggers!

Last…..for those of you who do not know about the fabulous Segreto signed book giveaway, click here to visit yesterdays post. A great opportunity to win an amazing coffee table book by Segreto, the master in the world of finishing! I will announce the winner tomorrow.

Wishing everyone a fabulous day!

Newsflash as of 12:30 for anyone looking for some serious bargains, on One Kings lane, you have to check the Safavieh sale…so many great items, all these for under 400!! Click here to visit! Just helped a friend buy the first chairs for her new dining room and a pair of the black benches for her mudroom!


Have a super afternoon!


Sensational Segreto and a wonderful giveaway!!

Good morning! Hope everyone is well. Before you read this post, a warning….. you might never look at white walls the same!! Segreto is the name to know when it comes to beautiful finishes for walls, cabinets, ceilings and such. Leslie Sinclair and her staff of 25 artisans bring life and beauty to bare walls and cabinets like no one else! When I was asked to review the brand new book, “Segreto: Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors“,??I was so incredibly excited. Why? Well, because I knew of Segreto’s work and was a definite admirer. I just knew this was going to be good! ?I recently found out that they had a book but hadn’t gotten around to getting it yet, so I was thrilled when they sent me one! I have been asked about reviewing other books and don’t always connect with?them as much as I would like to, ?and cannot in good faith go out and gush about it if I don’t really really love it. Well, suffice to say this book is very deserving of the gushing and warrants its very own post on their exquisite body of work. Segreto, a full service company who does the most beautiful finishing of all kinds including faux painting and murals, is ?based in Texas but they travel across the U.S.

Their visions are truly spectacular. I had a ball pouring through every luscious page, something for everyone. You know those books that feature a few amazing pictures then the rest is a let down? Well this just keeps on giving with every turn of the page. Its that good. So today, I am doing two things. Introducing you to their work, and some of these pictures are brand new so even for those of you who are already fans, you possibly haven’t seen them. Leslie was generous enough to answer some of my questions about their work and share her insight which is information worth remembering! ?And second, Leslie Sinclair who owns Segreto has ?generously offered a signed book as a giveaway!! How fun is that!!!! This is a book every single design enthusiast should have gracing their bookshelves. ?All details on bottom of this post. Here is a sampling of their uber gorgeous work as well as Leslie’s answers to my questions for inquiring minds that want to know……

The beautiful coffee table book chock full of beautiful inspiration…..

?What is the most requested finish that you are asked to do? Why do you think this is so popular? ?Plaster finishes and cabinet finishes are the current most popular techniques. I think the trend in home interiors are to soften the spaces so your eye goes seamlessly between the different elements in a home.? Plaster achieves a warmth and depth while still maintaining a softness which complements the surrounding rather than overpowering them. ?Sometimes the starkness of plain paint on cabinetry can detract from a home?s overall look.? By putting a series of soft glazes on them you can bring out the details in the pieces and create a furniture feel as if the piece had been acquired and built in to the space.


What trends have you seen in the last few years with finishing??A softening of techniques.? The 80?s and 90?s had heavy faux finishes which were drastic and dramatic?I love the turn of events where the current finishes enhance rather than overpower a space.

For someone on a strict budget, what can you suggest to enhance blank walls??I think to pick and choose.? Every surface in your home does not need to be treated with a finish!!? Stay soft between your basecoat and your top coat. Tone on tone always looks great and pick finishes with little variation.? A beautiful color wash can give your walls depth and is applied in a one-step application keeping the cost down.

Which finish is the most timeless? Will stand the test of time??Plaster has been around since 9000 B.C. and has definitely withstood trends and time.? In the faux world if the finishes are soft with subtle movement they also stay strong.? Allover stencil designs done in a soft hand also hold up while giving one a wallpaper seamless look.?

Do you have a favorite or a few favorite paint colors??For the French blue grays I love SW?s new deck?Some of my favorites are Silverpointe and Mineral Deposit. In their old deck Silver Strand For an all-around trim color I love BM Creamy white and many of the selections in the front of their newest deck?It has the best choices of white!! For wall colors I like their historical colors and the colors from the classic color deck better. For gray greens try SW Jogging path, ?Techno Gray, and Svelte Sage. For kakis SW Canvas tan and BM Manchester Tan. ??Goodness I love color and have so many!!

Do you work just in Texas or throughout the country??Most of our work is in Texas but we have done work in Sarasota, San Francisco, Charleston and are going to Los Angeles for a big job in the fall!!


Tell me about a dream job either that you have had or would like to have!? I really love all my jobs big or small!!? To change an environment in a good way in something so personal as someone?s home is my favorite thing I do.? Would be so cool, however to be able to do a job on the other side of the globe!!
Thank you Leslie! Information that we can all benefit from and its always interesting for us design obsessed mavens out there, as we are a unique breed to know whats new and exciting in the world of paint and finishing. Pretty spectacular, don’t you think? I think after seeing their work and book, you may never look at white walls the same!?
And finally the wonderful signed book giveaway details. All you need to do is leave a comment here. In addition, if you would like extra chances, you can “like” Segetro on Facebook by clicking here. ?I will announce the winner on Friday morning! ?Trust me its a book that you will enjoy for many years to come! Thank you for stopping by and thank you Segreto for this wonderful post, your always sensational work and inspiring interiors! Click here to visit their beautiful website. Wishing you an enchanted day!

To purchase ?Segreto: Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors? from the website click?here?or to purchase through Amazon click?here
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Sensational Segreto and a wonderful giveaway!!

Good morning! Hope everyone is well. Before you read this post, a warning….. you might never look at white walls the same!! Segreto is the name to know when it comes to beautiful finishes for walls, cabinets, ceilings and such. Leslie Sinclair and her staff of 25 artisans bring life and beauty to bare walls and cabinets like no one else! When I was asked to review the brand new book, “Segreto: Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors“,  I was so incredibly excited. Why? Well, because I knew of Segreto’s work and was a definite admirer. I just knew this was going to be good!  I recently found out that they had a book but hadn’t gotten around to getting it yet, so I was thrilled when they sent me one! I have been asked about reviewing other books and don’t always connect with them as much as I would like to,  and cannot in good faith go out and gush about it if I don’t really really love it. Well, suffice to say this book is very deserving of the gushing and warrants its very own post on their exquisite body of work. Segreto, a full service company who does the most beautiful finishing of all kinds including faux painting and murals, is  based in Texas but they travel across the U.S.

Their visions are truly spectacular. I had a ball pouring through every luscious page, something for everyone. You know those books that feature a few amazing pictures then the rest is a let down? Well this just keeps on giving with every turn of the page. Its that good. So today, I am doing two things. Introducing you to their work, and some of these pictures are brand new so even for those of you who are already fans, you possibly haven’t seen them. Leslie was generous enough to answer some of my questions about their work and share her insight which is information worth remembering!  And second, Leslie Sinclair who owns Segreto has  generously offered a signed book as a giveaway!! How fun is that!!!! This is a book every single design enthusiast should have gracing their bookshelves.  All details on bottom of this post. Here is a sampling of their uber gorgeous work as well as Leslie’s answers to my questions for inquiring minds that want to know……

The beautiful coffee table book chock full of beautiful inspiration…..

 What is the most requested finish that you are asked to do? Why do you think this is so popular?  Plaster finishes and cabinet finishes are the current most popular techniques. I think the trend in home interiors are to soften the spaces so your eye goes seamlessly between the different elements in a home.  Plaster achieves a warmth and depth while still maintaining a softness which complements the surrounding rather than overpowering them.  Sometimes the starkness of plain paint on cabinetry can detract from a home?s overall look.  By putting a series of soft glazes on them you can bring out the details in the pieces and create a furniture feel as if the piece had been acquired and built in to the space.


What trends have you seen in the last few years with finishing? A softening of techniques.  The 80?s and 90?s had heavy faux finishes which were drastic and dramatic?I love the turn of events where the current finishes enhance rather than overpower a space.

For someone on a strict budget, what can you suggest to enhance blank walls? I think to pick and choose.  Every surface in your home does not need to be treated with a finish!!  Stay soft between your basecoat and your top coat. Tone on tone always looks great and pick finishes with little variation.  A beautiful color wash can give your walls depth and is applied in a one-step application keeping the cost down.

Which finish is the most timeless? Will stand the test of time? Plaster has been around since 9000 B.C. and has definitely withstood trends and time.  In the faux world if the finishes are soft with subtle movement they also stay strong.  Allover stencil designs done in a soft hand also hold up while giving one a wallpaper seamless look. 

Do you have a favorite or a few favorite paint colors? For the French blue grays I love SW?s new deck?Some of my favorites are Silverpointe and Mineral Deposit. In their old deck Silver Strand For an all-around trim color I love BM Creamy white and many of the selections in the front of their newest deck?It has the best choices of white!! For wall colors I like their historical colors and the colors from the classic color deck better. For gray greens try SW Jogging path,  Techno Gray, and Svelte Sage. For kakis SW Canvas tan and BM Manchester Tan.   Goodness I love color and have so many!!

Do you work just in Texas or throughout the country? Most of our work is in Texas but we have done work in Sarasota, San Francisco, Charleston and are going to Los Angeles for a big job in the fall!!


Tell me about a dream job either that you have had or would like to have!  I really love all my jobs big or small!!  To change an environment in a good way in something so personal as someone?s home is my favorite thing I do.  Would be so cool, however to be able to do a job on the other side of the globe!!
Thank you Leslie! Information that we can all benefit from and its always interesting for us design obsessed mavens out there, as we are a unique breed to know whats new and exciting in the world of paint and finishing. Pretty spectacular, don’t you think? I think after seeing their work and book, you may never look at white walls the same! 
And finally the wonderful signed book giveaway details. All you need to do is leave a comment here. In addition, if you would like extra chances, you can “like” Segetro on Facebook by clicking here.  I will announce the winner on Friday morning!  Trust me its a book that you will enjoy for many years to come! Thank you for stopping by and thank you Segreto for this wonderful post, your always sensational work and inspiring interiors! Click here to visit their beautiful website. Wishing you an enchanted day!

To purchase ?Segreto: Secrets to Finishing Beautiful Interiors? from the website click here or to purchase through Amazon click here
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