Top 5 This Week - Inspiration

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The Generous Spirit

It never ceases to amaze me how giving and compassionate people can be in a crisis. Every time I open my IG or Facebook I am reminded of how generous and caring people truly are in the face of Hurricane Florence. The out pouring of love and support is truly inspirational. Everything from churches setting up shelters to farm owners offering transportation and stabling for displaced animals. People coming together to help others in their time of need is at the top of the list!

Dream Design Live by Paloma Contreras

My copy of Paloma Contreras’ book Dream Design Live arrived in my mailbox last Thursday and I have been truly enjoying every bit of it!!! If you love being inspired and love design, order it this instant. It is like you are having a conversation with this lovely talented designer who is willing to spill her secrets to success. She shares her passion for what she does and it is truly infectious. It inspires you to design the life you want to live. What could be better than that!

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Addison Weeks Hardware

If you are looking for something special, Addison Weeks Hardware is stunning. It is definitely splurge worthy! Check out their luxury, handmade gemstone hardware. Solid brass & all natural gemstones.

The Dogwood pull is one of my absolute favorites.

The stunning Benson pull with backplate is used in this gorgeous room designed by Amie Corley Interiors. Image via

Ribbon/Trim Borders

Lately I am excited by ribbon and trim borders. I am not talking about the “ducks in a row” or the “clothes on the line” borders of the 1980s. I am talking about using gorgeous silk or grosgrain ribbon and actually defining the borders of a room. This is NOT a new technique. Top designers have been using it in projects for decades. It can be seen in this project by Mark D. Sykes and in this interior by Sarah Bartholomew. Here is a link to Lisa Mende Design’s post on How to Trim a Room with Grosgrain Ribbon and Nail head Trim.

Image from Martha Stewart Living via Little Green Notebook blog.

Get Creative: Acrylic Paint on Canvas

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Over the last couple of weeks I have really enjoyed following my own advice and getting creative with paint. You don’t have to be an expert - just go to your local art store, ask questions, purchase a few supplies and get started. There is nothing quit like the therapeutic quality of being creative. Plus I also discovered I purchased the above floater frame for a fraction of the cost of having this 36” square canvas professionally framed. Trust me if I can pop this canvas into a frame - anyone can.

Just to be clear - this post is in no way sponsored. I am just passing on what has inspired me this week. I would love to hear what you are working on or what inspires you!

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