The Power of Design

You should be surrounded with whatever gives you joy.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Grand Staircases

I guess you could describe my favorite design style as mostly french with rich details and lots of dramatic gold, silver and bronze accents with lots of flowers. I also enjoy modern,mid-century modern and even transitional as well.Grand staircases are all about the personality for me. I dislike the modern styles and can't get enough of the traditional English country style staircase-spiral or grand-it doesn't even matter. They give me this wonderful giddy feeling while also giving me this feeling of peace. It's very hard to describe since they are very different feelings, but its the excitement I still get when I see them, like I did when I was a child. They still make me want to run up and down them, play house and pretend I live there, and imagine having one someday in my own home. Since wonderful elegant staircases are usually inside mansions and castles I get a feeling of safety also. I think it's the combination of stone walls, lots of money, and important people usually associated with these structures that gives me the feelings of feeling protected. I still adore the old huge grand staircases over the modern eclectic versions out there now. Which do you prefer? And am I still terribly childish or does anyone else get similar feelings when they see staircases??

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Genevieve Gorder

Genevieve is-hands down-my favorite designer on hgtv. She is brilliant, gorgeous, funny, bubbly, and always smiling. Her designs are always so perfect, she goes above and beyond, always. I've never seen so many people cry tears of joy than with her as their designer. She sums up why I think her designs are so great by saying, “designing a room comes down to finding out what gives you joy, and I’m there to help make yours visible.”

Beautiful Wine Cellar

This wine cellar is out of this world. This is the most beautiful cellar I've seen, beautiful stone and wood throughout and of course a gorgeous table sits perfectly in the middle so guests, friends, and family can taste test a little before taking one home!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Back In Style

I just absolutely love the headboard on the show Mad Men. The style is so 1960's yet is back in style and now most newer renovated places have a headboard just like this but usually in a more neutral tone. This sexy cigarette soaked headboard definitely catches your eye and defines Betty Draper's personality perfectly.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Strength of a Fireplace

hgtv siteI absolutely love this fireplace. I do believe that fireplaces warm up a room in such a big way (literally and figuratively). Stacked stone fireplaces are probably my favorite, and give off even more of that "homey" feel. This quality is the perfect feel for a living room.

55 word challenge

I'm not going to pretend I have this "artistic eye" or that I'm some judge with any credibility. I do watch hgtv A LOT, but that doesn't make me a design genius by any means. I have learned a lot though, and  will continue to update this with MY favorites in design.


Hi all, welcome to my blog! I will mostly be featuring tips and photos of the best renovations I come across whether it be from the HGTV website or from random websites and articles I come across when browsing the web. Enjoy!