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In the past I’ve been quite adamant about only using real flowers in a home. However, faux flowers have changed, and let’s face it some of us are just too busy to keep up with it all.  A trip to your local farmer’s market or grocery store for fresh flowers before company arrives might not be realistic — the solution just might be some fake ones, why not?


British Interior Designer/author, Rita Konig’s, home above with faux dahlias. fake2

Love the bowl of photos guests can sift through


A grouping from Abigail Ahern’s website

Abigail Ahern, also an interior designer, stocks lovely fake flowers in her London shop.



 Most local floral/craft stores carry faux flowers, as well as Ikea. The trick to using fake flowers is to use what would typically be in season at the time (more believable). The brilliant thing about faux flowers is that they add a beautiful burst of color with little effort. Enjoy!

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Recently, I have been inspired by all sorts of photos on Pinterest. These photos happen to have one thing in common — a house plant. Which reminded me how using house plants in decor is a great visual tool. Plants (living objects) help to break up all the hard objects and knick-knacks we tend to collect.  These days you can use almost anything. I’ve seen cactus, succulents, herbs, small trees and so on. Perched on books or placed in the entry, plants add texture, color and life to our homes. You can place a tall palm in that corner you don’t know what to do with, put a funky succulent on your bar or a cactus on your bookshelf. And, you can pick up a fun/funky plant (1 to 5 gallon) for under $15.00, which is usually cheaper than a dozen roses and last a lot longer.

hp1I love this look — a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree in a large basket.

hp3 Cactus in large Mexican potteryhp6 Another Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree in a small pot


A simple elephant ear


A Clivia placed on an entry table


 I am actually off to buy a plant for that corner I don’t know what to do with — I’ll post pictures later.

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The Inspiration

bar6(a very handsome bar)

The Breakdown

1. Tray

2. High Ball Glasses

3. Ice Bucket

4. Cocktail Glasses

5. Goblets

6. Bar Items

7. Dish for Lemons/Limes

8. A Lamp

9. Cocktail Napkins

10. & just add your favorite bottles


*all bar items from One Kings Lane & Restoration Hardware

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When designing an outdoor space, I always like to include a console table. The console table, on its off time, serves as a place for a lantern, potted plant, and an interesting object or two (as in the photo above). However, when there is entertaining going on, the console becomes the perfect place for food & drink.


A great example of this, is Bunny Williams’ patio area. She has a lovely huge console table that can easily transform into a buffet table when entertaining.


Here, for a friend’s garden, I had a potting table and mirror made for the patio area. When entertaining, the table becomes the perfect place for beverages and food, otherwise, it displays the owner’s fabulous plants and objects.

Breaking it down…

The table you use for you buffet doesn’t necessarily have to be a proper console table, you could use an old picnic table, potting table, small bistro table or even your outdoor coffee table — it all depends on your needs/space.

Items for your buffet…

Tomorrow – The Bar

*all goods from Jayson Home & Garden, Pottery Barn, Terrain, Serena & Lily, One Kings Lane & Inner Gardens

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If you haven’t heard of One Kings Lane, the trendy home and style source, you definitely need to check them out. It covers all tastes and styles from traditional to mid-century. Today, I came across some fabulous finds that reminded me of Big Sur style, the hippie/bohemian coastal town along the Northern California coast.

The Sandpiper

Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton in The Sandpiper, filmed in Big Sur

Big Sur Goodies From One Kings Lane~

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Lately, I have been looking for pendant lighting for an upcoming powder room project and found so many fabulous ones, the choice became far more difficult than I expected. Below, are  only a few that caught my eye. I also included some similar, but less expensive versions as well.

Armand Riviera Iron Pendant, $447.00

Capriz Hanging Pendant from World Market, $69.99

Beat Light Pendants by Tom Dixon, $450.00e

Drop 1 Pendant by Peter Bowles, $220.00

“Happy Kiss” Pendant by Caleb Siemon, $500.00

Gervasoni Bell 95 Suspension Lamp, $990.00

A similar version from Ikea, $39.99

Bucket Pendant Light from Anthropologie, $248.00

A similar version from Lowes, $49.97

Ayers Pendant light by Marco Piva, $1,188.00

A similar version from Ikea, $49.99

I’ve sent several options over to the clients, we’ll see what they select in the end. I’ll post it soon!

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I know I have mentioned Thompson & Hanson before but with a recent visit to Houston I am re-inspired (is that a word?). Anyway, it’s an amazing garden store and attached to it is a lovely little cafe, called Tiny Boxwoods.

One of my favorites, Boston Ivy, growing on the wall outside the shop. If you’re ever in Houston, and love garden stores, I highly recommend checking this one out. Very Inspiring!

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