Kathryn Ireland & The Perfect Room

Serious is NOT a word that should be used in decorating.- Kathryn Ireland
One of our favorite interior designers, Kathryn M. Ireland, has an amazing interior design website currently in beta.  The concept behind the site is beyond brilliant as it brings rooms from the world's top interior designers straight to your door. The website, called The Perfect Room, offers clients three tiers of design packages depending on personal needs.  The first package includes a custom floor plan, the second...
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How to Wear Athleisure Over 50

Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.- Jean Cocteau
The athleisure trend is more popular than ever and it seems that there is a new athletic line popping up everyday.  My mom and I have jumped on the bandwagon and love wearing these sporty looks mostly not at the gym!  Athleisure is so comfortable and can be worn by any age.  It's not just for teens or twenty somethings!  For us, one of the keys to wearing this look is to...
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5 Best Jeans for Women Over 50

Denim is a love that never fades.- Elio Fiorruci
Over the years, my mom and I have found that shopping for jeans is one of the most frustrating experiences!  It can literally take all day to find the perfect pair with a great fit and a wash that you love.  With that being said, a great fitting pair of jeans, that you can dress up or down, is one of the essential pieces in creating a basic wardrobe. My mom, who is...
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Modern Art Under $100

Art enables us to find ourselves & lose ourselves at the same time.- Thomas Merton
If you've read the blog before, you'll know that I am crazy about adding modern art to a traditional space.  An abstract charcoal drawing or a modernist oil painting can instantly breathe new life into a traditional space.  Good design is all about juxtaposition and the play between old and new gives a space a sense of timelessness. Read more

Thom Filicia’s New Take on Traditional Style

Being dull and boring is far more tragic than being tacky.- Thom Filicia
My mom and I have been watching Bravo's new show Get a Room, starring designers Thom Filicia and Carson Cressley, and can't get enough of it.  The entire Bravo network has always been a guilty pleasure for us (umm....did anyone say Real Housewives of Beverly Hills?) but now that they have launched home and design shows we are even more hooked.  And to top it all off Carson...
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10 Goals for 2019

Cheers to a new year & another chance to get it right.- Oprah Winfrey
With 2018 coming to an end quickly, I've been thinking a lot about what I want to accomplish in 2019.  This past year went by so quickly that I can't even believe it's almost over.  Life just seems to be rushing by at lightning speed and I need to slow things down.

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5 Tips for Downsizing with Style

Less is more.- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
My mom and I recently moved out of our large family home and downsized to a much smaller space.  We went from nearly 4,500 square feet to 1,800!  What an undertaking it was- you never realize how much you have until you begin to put it in boxes.  I'll have to admit, that at first, I was less than enthusiastic about the move.  We loved our home and had so many memories which...
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3 Ways to Use Bold Wallpaper

An interior is the natural projection of the soul.- Coco Chanel
One of the hottest design trends, for 2019, is big bold wallpaper.  Papered walls are finally back and the bolder the better.  As a true wallpaper lover, I couldn't be happier about this.  There is nothing like a bold patterned wall to give a room interest and an instant sense of architecture.  Wallpaper also gives a room a feeling of warmth and texture.  All of my bedrooms growing up were...
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What to Wear: A Cozy New Years Eve at Home

There's no thing as too much sparkle on New Year's Eve.
After the Christmas rush, there's nothing I like better than getting cozy and staying in to watch the ball drop.  It's so relaxing to stay at home and I love the idea of making the night extra special by dressing up a bit.  I'll be ordering in my favorite Chinese takeout and serving it off of vintage china dishes to make it a bit more festive. Just because you're staying in...
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Chic & Easy Holiday Appetizers

A party without cake is just a meeting.- Julia Child
My mom's family has a wonderful tradition of having a party every year on Christmas Eve.  It's such a fun time and I always love seeing everyone.  The party is actually a tradition that my great grandfather started, years ago, when my mom and all of her cousins were little.  I love hearing her tell stories of the excitement she felt as she anticipated Santa's arrival and looked wide-eyed at the ...
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