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I love Ellen DeGeneres’s new lighting collection. Crafted by Generation Lighting and influenced by some of Ellen’s favorite artists, the collection is inspired by her own treasured pieces throughout her homes. I love the relaxed style of the collection which works beautifully with many different styles —  from rustic to mid-century.

One of my favorites — Augie Table Lamp

Anhdao Table Lamp

Indo Table Lamp, Indo Wall Sconce & Georgia Wall Sconce

Francis Floor Lamp

Another of my favorites — Redmond Table Lamp.

To view Ellen’s entire collection go to Clarkson Lighting.


Have a great weekend!



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Love the work of interior designer, Monique Gibson, and one of my favorite Gibson projects is John Mellencamp’s home in South Carolina (see below).

Gibson’s talent to make large spaces feel warm and inviting, yet stylishly interesting, is stunning.

Happy Friday!

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Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean this beautiful villa was built in the 30’s by Wallace Frost after spending a decade in Italy. Owned by Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, I absolutely love the way they decorated this gorgeous villa. I’ll be honest, I’m a little obsessed with this home.

I love this porch, and the staghorn fern on the wall is incredible!

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When Ellen talks about why she loves this home in her book, Ellen DeGeneres Home, she says, “… I think it’s because the house is always surprising. It reveals itself to you in new ways every day. And it’s really how I want to live. It’s not overly manicured or tidy. It’s not overly precious or perfect. And it’s a home that manages to be both spacious and cozy at once.” — I love that!

Happy Friday!

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After taking a couple of weeks off to enjoy the holidays with family and friends I’m back at work. And, I’ve got several posts in the pipeline that I’m excited to share with you.

First off, I have the final photos from my last project. Below, the kitchen being worked on —  tomorrow I’ll be sharing the after photos.

the long table

North Hills Kitchen

 I have a really fun post coming up on pub houses.


The Wild Rabbit

 I’m also doing a post where I  talk about my favorite item for the garden.


 And, I’ll be sharing one of the most dramatic renovations to date.

Townhome Remodel

Townhouse Remodel

Lastly, I have a post coming up on how to put together a gallery wall.

the long table

So stay tuned and Cheers to 2017!

~ Shannon

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Goodbye 2015!


Hello 2016!

Can’t wait to finish up these projects and share more before and afters with you here on the blog.

Wishing everyone a fabulous New Year!!


Cheers! XOXO

Shannon Ahern

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I first heard about Patrick Dougherty in 2009 when Southern Accents did a story on him, and I couldn’t believe what he could create out of twigs! These incredible works of art seem to compliment each setting in which they are constructed. In nature, they look as though they’ve existed there forever. When placed against buildings or in galleries, the contrast between the natural and the manmade — is gorgeous! I do want one of my own.


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Just Around the Corner



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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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Happy Weekend!

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A while back I was asked if I had any examples of how to use succulents in a landscape. It can be a bit tricky to only use succulents because people tend to use the same textures and colors. The trick is to mix it up, using different height and shapes, as well as different textures and colors. For example, using a large Agave Attenuata or Barrel Cactus with Senecio Mandraliscae planted around it would be beautiful.

Below, I have collected a couple of examples.


A great mix here — Kalanchoes, Senecio, Agaves, Barrel Cactus, Kangaroo Paws, and Sago Palms


They mixed shape, texture and color beautifully! (Barrel Cactus, Senecio & Torch Aloe)


The color contrast here between the blue of the Echeveria and the green of the Barrel and Opuntia is stunning.

Succulents and Cactus are perfect plants and when mixed well they can produce a gorgeous garden with little maintenance.

Another great resource is Jammie Friday’s board on Pinterest called, Arid Garden.

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