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Hide It Away

Simplicity is the key to great design. Sometimes having fewer elements in a space can give your design a stronger impact. That being said, there are some great tricks out there to hide things away in your home.

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Whether it is a large appliance or some small miscellaneous kitchen items, there are creative ways to conceal these things into your design. Many designers choose to disguise refrigerators to look like a run of cabinetry. This trick can work in a laundry room setting as well. Refrigerators can also be made to mimic an armoire with mirror and styled trim work. You may also want to consider your storage needs when it comes to your kitchen as well. Take advantage of every square inch! You can hide away spice racks, trash cans, wine racks, cutting boards, and you can even conceal drop zones for wallets and keys. Take time to consider where you will incorporate these things into your design ahead of time so you can hide away unsightly things and let your design shine!

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Jazz Up Your Doors

There are so many ways to make a statement in your kitchen and bathroom nowadays, especially with your choice in cabinetry. You can paint your cabinets a bright color, mix two different styles, or even add some interesting hardware but one of my favorite ways to jazz things up is by changing the door style.

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There is a huge rise lately in the use of shaker cabinetry which is a very tailored and clean look, but try thinking outside the box. Sometimes just changing the doors on your uppers or on a bathroom vanity can transform the look of the whole room without overwhelming the rest of the design. You can choose to incorporate a pattern or special design in the glass of your cabinets or you can have a trim carpenter create a wood overlay on top of a standard door. You can also integrate antiqued or smoked mirror for additional interest. The sky is the limit when it comes to what you can do to make your cabinetry one-of-a-kind.

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Day Trip to Oxford

Situated to the east of the Cotswolds and to the west of London, this amazing town is a must-see if you are heading to England or just into London.

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Take the Tube to Paddington station and hop on the Great Western Railway. Trains leave for Oxford about every hour throughout the day and evening. To get there even faster, make sure to book the direct train. Oxford is known to be a university town but what I didn't realize is that the university is actually made up of 38 different colleges. Take time to wander and explore some of the beautiful architecture. Christ's College is actually home to the great dining hall where the Harry Potter movies were filmed. If you have time, head down to the Cherwall River for a bit of punting. You can rent the boats riverside. Look for a sunny day because you will want to be outside enjoying this beautiful picturesque college town.

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Bachelorette Pads

It's a new concept but it totally makes sense. Women are not marrying as young as they once did and combining households with their guys. For this reason, why not take the opportunity to show your personality and glam it up.

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So pink it up, fur it up, and glam it up. Your personality should shine through your design. Look to Instagram and Pinterest for ideas that you might want to copy and then hit your Homegoods store or some other favorites to start collecting your favorite accessories. Neutral upholstery always is a good choice for this fun look. Let your creative side shine. It's not about him, it's about you!

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Wrap Around Your Corner

Kitchens are the hub of the home and most layouts are designed to maximize efficiency and space. Today's kitchens are starting to incorporate some great design details. One very popular element is corner shelves.

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These shelves also have a highly functional use.  Corners are not the easiest places to deal with but open shelving can wrap helping to bridge the space around them. Trip them out with some plates or coffee cups or style them with various accessories full of color and texture. I'm sure they will end up being a favorite design element in your kitchen.

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Tablescapes for Fall

I'm not sure if you are like me but I love to walk into a Crate and Barrel or a Pottery Barn store in the fall. They usually have some amazing tablescapes displayed up front. Decked out for Fall, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, these tables give us all great ideas to take home. The following pictures are sure to inspire as well. 

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There are many common elements that you see in these beautiful photographs. Notice the layering effects going on. These are as important as the colors and textures chosen. Try to design a table that has a more dimensional look to it instead of a table that is flat. Look to your yard for some inexpensive ways to incorporate a layer. Beautiful leaves or cuttings can be a terrific addition. Finally, don't forget to try to mix things up a bit. Using different dishes and pairing them with something you haven't used before is a great way to visually change your table. There are no design rules here, just creativity.

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Nice Niche

One thing that has gone from a luxury item to a mainstay in showers today is the niche. What's interesting is how they are evolving in design.

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It used to be that niches were very small and built out of the same material as the shower walls. Today's niches are better designed with all sorts of cool ideas such as two tiers, oversized horizontals, and of course beautiful selections of tile materials for in and around the niche. I think the most important aspect of a shower niche is where to place it. I always try to take advantage of lower pony walls or walls that are not seen except when standing inside the shower. The reason is although it's a decorative item I don't think it should be the focal of the shower. Plus do you really want to put your shampoo and conditioner bottles on display? When you are remodeling your shower it's a good design tip to always remember.

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Getaway to the Ritz

With eighteen miles of pristine beaches and some of the most gorgeous moss covered southern oaks, Amelia Island is just a short drive north from Jacksonville. The Ritz Carlton at Amelia Island is perched high amongst the sand dunes and offers a great overnight destination for any special getaway.

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Prior to visiting make sure to make a reservation at Salt. The restaurant has an outstanding menu and beautiful views. I personally started at the the pool with a frozen strawberry daiquiri from the pool side bar and then wandered out on the board walk where staff is there ready to set up your chaise lounge and umbrella. The beach is pristine with amazing dunes framing the hotel. If you are a golfer there is great course adjacent to the hotel. You can always ask for an early check in and explore the resort until your room is ready. The staff and the service they provide is true southern hospitality. They are ready to help your stay at the Ritz be a relaxing, memorable getaway.

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Emerald City

My absolute favorite jewel tone that has been popping up all over the place this fall has got to be emerald green!

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Fair warning… this color is definitely for the bold decorators out there! Emerald is a rich and deep color that really adds a unique layer to any room. It looks great on cabinetry, casegoods, and can even be a unique pop of color for the back of a bookcase. For a real statement, use a velvet emerald fabric on your sofa with pops of gold around it. Emerald green is also a great choice for the bedroom. It can be the upholstery color for your headboard or can be layered into your bedding. If you are more of a cautious decorator, just add it in through some great pillows on your couch or in a couple of accessories and art pieces around your home. Whether it is just a few small touches or an entire wall in your favorite room, this yummy color is sure to be the statement of your next project. I’m already green with envy!

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My Favorite Designer Light

When I design I try to look at all aspects of a room. I especially try to design a room to have some visual interest by incorporating a three dimensional look or to add architectural interest. One way to achieve this is by adding my favorite light the library sconce.

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This light is a spin off of the traditional swing arm sconce which is found mainly in bedrooms. However, the library sconce has broken the mold and can be used in many different rooms of your house. My favorite place to install these lights are in the kitchen positioned over a sink or over some cabinetry. Many people love the look of these sconces over their bookshelves. Try repeating them several times to make a huge design statement which I personally love. They come in an array of finishes and are even now being produced with clear shades as well. Don't forget to take a look around your home and figure out a way to incorporate these into your space. I think you will be thrilled with the look.

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