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I absolutely love the holidays, and today I’m sharing how to put together a very easy and elegant holiday table. First, I throw out all the rules. If you don’t want to get bogged down with the formalities keep reading. This is the perfect foundation table for any occasion. You can make it more or less formal. It’s totally up to you. Below are my basics.

START WITH THE PLACE SETTING

Very basic for some, table setting 101 includes placemat, plate, napkin, done.

placemat // plate // napkin

 For a more formal look, you can add a beautiful tablecloth, formal charger and napkin ring.

THE CENTERPIECE

Candles are the best way to bring elegance to the table. For this table setting, I kept it extremely simple. I purchased a wreath at World Market, and added three pillars in various sizes in the center. The addition of a charger underneath helps protect the table from dripping wax.

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A COUPLE MORE IDEAS…

From this table setting you can add more or less. More candles, more vases with flowers or greenery. For Christmas, I like to add a fresh sprig of holly or juniper to each napkin. If I don’t have time to go out and purchase, I just take clippings from my Christmas tree.

If you are more of a “rules follower,” here’s a diagram from Wayfair just for you.

Most important, have fun & enjoy! Happy Holidays!

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The bedroom–the place we go to rest, recover and dream.

A well thought-out bedroom, whether large or small, should give us a sense of peace and comfort. It should be our refuge from the daily rigors life throws at us.

When designing a bedroom, the first thing to consider is the overall color palette. Depending on your personal taste, it should be a palette that calms and soothes you, and allows you to decompress at the day’s end. Next, bring in texture with a headboard, a beautiful rug, linens and window treatments. Make it personal. Reflect your style with a gallery wall that includes your favorite photos or paintings. Add objects that reflect found travels and books that make you happy. Lastly, de-clutter. Clutter only stresses us out and makes us think of everything we’re not doing at the moment. Organize yourself with good storage, or at least, move all your clutter to another room (hahaha).

Amber Interiors

Amber Interiors

Joshua Smith

 Also, if you don’t have carpet in your bedroom, don’t forget a rug. Rugs ground a room and make them feel cozy in a snap.

Happy Wednesday!

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By removing a dated atrium in this Texas project, I gave my clients a much larger dining room, as well as more storage space in the kitchen. See the before and after photos below.

AFTERBEFORE

AFTER

Next time, I’m sharing my 5 favorite bedrooms.

Happy Thursday!

 

 

 

Photos: Madeline Harper

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House plants are bigger, bolder and better than ever. From agaves and olive trees to palms and euphorbias, plants that normally belong outdoors are now coming indoors.

Happy Wednesday!

 

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“Free rein” were the instructions given to me when I took on this project, something a designer relishes in. Therefore, when it came time to design the kitchen I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to design it around an island, a very large island. A place that would bring family and friends together, where kids could hang out as meals were prepared and guests could pop over for a cup of coffee or glass of wine. I knew it would become the heart of the home and place where many memories would be made.

Before

Before

 

 

 

 

PHOTOS: MADELINE HARPER

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I’ve posted the interior of this Austin project before, but I recently had it photographed, so today I’m excited to share the first batch of photos with you.

Originally, the fireplace was covered in stucco and there was a large atrium that took up most of the living space.

Before

 

Photos: Madeline Harper

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I’m so excited to share my latest project with you — a pilates studio in Studio City, California. This was such a fun project to design, and I couldn’t have asked for a better client.

Before

My goal for the studio was to create a space that felt light and airy, yet completely relaxed. The owner, Angie, is so friendly and personable that I really wanted the space to reflect her personality. I designed a seating area that would be comfortable, yet understated, so not to take away from the real stars — the pilates equipment.

I added a mix of both faux and real plants.

THE LOCKER ROOM

The exterior was fairly simple — paint, a new awning, grasses that would move in the wind and some privacy for the clients.

Happy Wednesday!

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