Feast Your Eyes On This

If you know me, you will know that I love hosting, entertaining, and feeding people. This champagne dinner party, my friend, by Sitting In A Tree Design is the epitome of eye-swooning, eye-candy, and is aesthetically pleasing to the naked eye.

The rich colors and tasty details make my mouth just absolutely water. The styling and the arrangements are delightful, and I just want to capture those moments and transpose them into my dining room. Notice the beautiful sofa, right behind the dining table? It sets such a sophistacted tone that makes me quite jealous. The arrangement of the tablescaping is truly very organic, not contrived, and that is the perfect recipe for casual elegance. The pops of fuscia here and there really makes things interesting, and those gold utencils are the very details that really add that extra level of class.

These very pictures have inspired me to host my very own intimate dinner party, and you are personally invited. ;)

Feast your eyes on this!

xoxo

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Today I will be small on words, and big on pictures!

So white ain’t your thing? How about black? With skulls? See, I wasn't joking on my last post when I mentioned black walls and skull stenciling.

Skulls are cool. Black is cool. Why not turn your interior into one bad-ass space? One thing you’ll notice about me is that I do not discriminate. And, please, also note that skulls are not only for Halloween! Look how great these skulls look in these spaces.

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Hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Tomorrow is Friday!  Do you have anything special planned for this weekend?

Cheers!

What Color Should I Paint My Walls?

"Aware of the sheer complications involving something that may seem so simple." - My Husband

"What color should I paint my walls?"

That's always one of the first questions I will get apprached with once they find out I'm a designer. I usually say black with white skull stenciling around the perimeter, and with a serious face... Ha. Gets them every time.

My real go-to answer used to always be white, Super White, from Benjamin Moore specifically.

Mind you, I obviously have never seen their home, but my immediate repsonse would still be Super White. I realize how premature that may sound, and truthfully, the best time for me to pick a color is after I've selected furnishing and accessories. It really does narrow down your paint options, but I would blindly still recommend white.

Why you may ask? It's a great color to fall back on. White is never boring. It's minimal and dramatic at the same time. It's sophisticated and casual. White works well with many differnt colors, and it's the perfect backdrop for your furnishings and accessories. White can be cozy and stark, and it is not as tricky as people make it out to be. It is simple, serene, and refreshing. But most importantly, it's an easy color to commit to.

Can you imagine being married to blue walls, green walls, red walls, and yellow walls all year long. Knowing me, I would just set off a bomb in the house out of the frustration. I once saw an apartment with figuratively ever color imaginable and it made my eyes burn, and even my brain started melting from the inside.

Many people struggle with selecting a paint color for their home because of the endless array of overwhelming options of tones, hues, and shades.

My advice? Keep it simple. With white walls and even neutral walls, you can add textures and pops of color throughout your home with area rugs, decorative pillows, tablescaping, lighting, furniture, and accessories.

The latest trend for a neutral paint color is gray. Some designers are even calling it "greige." Take a look at my latest pins under my Paint My Home collection for more details on color trends.

And here are some of my favorite interiors with white and gray walls. I would literally take over each and everyone one these homes, make babies, and live happly ever after.

www.brightboldbeautiful.com

www.brightboldbeautiful.com

www.casasugar.com

www.casasugar.com

www.stylemepretty.com

www.stylemepretty.com

www.sacramentostreet.com

www.sacramentostreet.com

www.housetweaking.com

www.housetweaking.com

www.housetweaking.com

www.housetweaking.com

www.bloglovin.com

www.bloglovin.com

www.bloglovin.com

www.bloglovin.com

www.trendenser.se

www.trendenser.se

www.greyandscout.com

www.greyandscout.com

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 lacooletchic.tumblr.com

blog.graylivin.com

blog.graylivin.com

So clean, simple, and serene. 

Who would have thought?

Really? It really is amazing how things worked out. I never, ever, imagined that I would still be working with my employer from Miami Beach in Raleigh, N.C. I apologize in advance, but this post is somewhat of my initiation slash commencement to my new virtual home, and also my physical home. Celebrate with me? It's also emotional since its the demise of my previous blogspot, which I hardly used. Strange how easily I can get attached. Warning, this next sentence may sound too zen for you. This blog will help me maintain balance in my life, not only balance, but discipline, focus, and creatively. What I'd like to share with you are images that evoke emotion, whether it be a slice of cheese on a butcher block table, or a well-thought out interior space. I love drama and bold colors in small intimate room, and I appreciate the minimalist approach in a wide open space. (Maybe that is why I am having such a hard time picking dining chairs!) That's another post. 

I am daring myself to post on this site at least 3 times a week. I may fail...Well, I know I will fail, but see, that's the wrong attitude! It makes me angry with myself. I am already setting myself up for failure. And I know, this is just a website, and I shouldn't be hard on myself, but I am, and I can't help it. Alright, I will stop my ranting. 

So, we actually moved up to Raleigh last November. Rob and I lived in small tiny duplex in the heart of Coconut Grove, a small neighborhood in Miami, FL. We have fond memories there and we still reminisce. It was our perfect little world; dog park nearby, restaurants and shops just a short walking distance away, and the occasional "walkers" were fun to observe. See, if you know Coconut Grove, you'll know that Grand Avenue is just a few blocks away, and we had a Walgreen's literally just a 2 minute walk, so our street was the pathway to the Walgreen's. There will be all sorts of crazy people walking towards the 24-hour Walgreen's at odd hours of the night. The minute we moved in, Rob set up home security alarm, and "beware of dog" signs everywhere. Doesn't she look threatening??

Meet Kenji. We rescued her when Rob and I were dating. She is a shepherd mix, but looks like a Black Mouth Cur. We also have two toy poodles.

Meet Kenji. We rescued her when Rob and I were dating. She is a shepherd mix, but looks like a Black Mouth Cur. We also have two toy poodles.

This is a view of our living room in the duplex...

If you are wondering, the first door on the left leads to guest bedroom #1, and the door that is open leads to our master bedroom. Right across from our master bedroom door was the guest bathroom. We actually had an on-suite.

If you are wondering, the first door on the left leads to guest bedroom #1, and the door that is open leads to our master bedroom. Right across from our master bedroom door was the guest bathroom. We actually had an on-suite.

Here is another view of the living room from the front door. To the left was our kitchen, and the back door towards the right leads to guest bedroom #2, which we used as an office. This small duplex had a small little yard for our doggies. It was October, hence the pumpkin on the coffee table!

Here is another view of the living room from the front door. To the left was our kitchen, and the back door towards the right leads to guest bedroom #2, which we used as an office. This small duplex had a small little yard for our doggies. It was October, hence the pumpkin on the coffee table!

They really hated to be outside. Miami is very muggy. 

They really hated to be outside. Miami is very muggy. 

We had a wonderful time living there. Lot's of parties and get-togethers, and friends/family coming over. But before the duplex, we lived in a 600 sqft apt...which was dismal. Maybe, just maybe, I will share some images...one day.

Now, we are in Raleigh, and we are enjoying it! It really has been an adventure. We purchased a ranch-style home in May. We've already removed the popcorn ceiling, and removed all the carpet. There's still plenty to do. The list is exhaustive, but a home doesn't happen overnight.

Front facade 

Front facade 

Here are some of the images of the interior. Just click on the image to the left and it'll go to the next pictures. 

Enjoy!