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Happy Wednesday! Lately, I’ve been using a lot more faux plants in my designs, including some really beautiful faux succulents. One of my favorite ways to display these faux succulents is by arranging them in stone planters — I love the look!

This is a beautiful, yet simple, way to add something extra to your kitchen island, entry or dining area. For this client’s home, I went with this handsome limestone planter and selected mainly purple and gray succulents that would complement the color tones in her kitchen. Below, you can see how easy it is to put an arrangement like this together.

(I was in a bit of a rush putting this together so I apologize for the quality of the photos.)

  1. Cut the floral styrofoam to fit the inside of the planter — this will help hold the succulents in place.

2. Add moss on top to camouflage the foam.

3. Next, add your faux succulents.

You can cut, or bend, each to the size you need. I always believe more is better, so I ended up adding about 15 succulents to this 10″ x 5″ planter.

If you would like to see more of my examples of faux plants, check out my pilates studio project.

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Although travel is postponed, I still LOVE finding beautiful places that inspire me. Today’s design crush is on Es Bec d’Aquila — a gorgeous finca (country estate) on the island of Menorca, Spain. It’s designed by Atelier du Pont, and as you can see by the photos below, it’s stunning!

Click here to read more about Atelier du Pont.

Happy Monday!

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  Looking for inspiring ways to create a perfect work space in your home? Whether a designated home office, a bedroom space or a dining table, these ten favorites of mine will ignite your thinking.

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Kara Rosenlund

Coveteur

This Ivy House

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Clic

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The Visual Vamp

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Vosges Paris

Happy Tuesday!

~Shannon

 

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Happy Wednesday! Today, I’m sharing a kitchen renovation I did in Austin, Texas. Originally, this part of the home consisted of three rooms — a play room, the kitchen and the dining area. By removing all the walls, we opened up the entire space allowing for the perfect open floor plan for an active family that loves to entertain. Photography: Madeline Harper

Below, a before shot of one of the walls we removed between the living room and the kitchen.

Before

After

Below, a shot of the original kitchen and dining area.

Before

After

Above, a shot of the space gutted and walls coming down.

After

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Happy New Year! I’m a little behind with this post but I wanted to wish you all a very happy & prosperous New Year! This past year I was blessed to work with wonderful clients who supported and entrusted me with their homes and businesses! Thank you so much!

SHANNON AHERN DESIGN 2019: A YEAR IN REVIEW

Pilates Studio in Studio City

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South Bay Home

One of my favorite parts about this project was renovating the back studio (photo below). Click here to see more on this project.

Glendale Cottage

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A little more design work at one of my favorites in Austin

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Favorite Blog Post… Garden Party in San Antonio

I had so much fun hosting this garden party with my dear friend and fellow designer Lisa Woolley!

This coming month, I’ll be sharing a couple of new projects with you — a kitchen in Austin and an exterior project in San Antonio. Looking forward to a great year!

Wishing you all the best for 2020!

~ Shannon

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Happy Friday! Today, I’m sending us off for the weekend with this wonderful little gem from the island of Rhodes. The home belongs to Jasper Conran, son of Sir Terrence Conran, and like father, like son, it’s just as low key and lovely as Terrence’s home in Provence.

All photos by Magnus Marding. Click here to read more.

Have a great weekend!

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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).

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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.

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PHOTOS: MADELINE HARPER

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