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Back to the Beach

Summer is right around the corner and most of us Floridians head straight to the beach. Whether it’s a day trip to Jacksonville beach, an investment property on the water, or just some new coastal touches to your home, these images will inspire you to bring the feeling of the beach inside.

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Coastal color palettes usually include linens, off-whites, blues, grays, and soft greens. To keep the feeling of the space light and bright, keep your large upholstery items neutral and layer in a little bit of color with your art and accessories. You tend to find lots of jute, wicker, and grey-washed woods layered together to add texture. Shiplap is always a great addition to a beach house. It can be added on the walls or even on the ceiling. Finally, add in a little coral and a sea fan and you will feel right at home on the beach!

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Patina Farm's Perfection

So when you own an interior design firm, you are so busy designing for everyone else that rarely do you get to venture out of the moment to dream about what you would eventually love to design. Well here it is, Patina Farm.

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Situated in the beautiful California countryside, 90 miles north of L.A., here lies dreamy Patina Farm, the home of Brooke and Steve Giannetti. The architecture is a perfect display of European farmhouse with a few modern twists. The gorgeous limestone floors add an visual warmth to the house. The palette is neutral, with great textures and architectural nuances. Yes, this is my Dream House, inside and out. If you want to find out more about the farm there is a great book on Amazon about the property or you can read Velvet and Linen, a wonderful blog by Brooke Giannetti.

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Accessories for a Fabulous Entry

What makes a fabulous entry? Well... I would say architecture first but that being said a close second is the way you take this first impression space and layer some fab in. 

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Of course you are going to start with your main piece. That might be an antique or contemporary chest of drawers, a great table or even an interesting bench. Next starts the layers. These layers can add pops of color or stay very neutral. Most entry halls are begging for their own rug... great accessory number one.  Oriental or sea grass, cowhide or neutral, the rug will help you set the tone for the color palette. Next comes what goes over the entry piece. An amazing art wall? An eclectic mix? A mirror? It doesn't matter, it's what design element you love. Finally we address the space to the sides of your anchoring piece and the space on top. Do you need to add small benches underneath or to the side? Use a fiddle fig for height? Sprinkle some amazing vases for color? Once again, your choice but pay attention to the details and experiment. That's what makes a room so interesting and a showstopper for anyone coming through the front door.

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Bellissimo Florence

This beauty is a definite to add to your travel itinerary and it is the gateway into Tuscany. Depending on the time of year you go just realize that it is a favorite destination for many and there will be crowds especially May through August.

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It's a city that contains so many masterpieces in art and architecture because of its history. The best way to see Florence is to walk it. Uber is not really an option. The taxi drivers have prevented it from coming in. Just put on a pair of comfortable shoes and you can reach most the sites by wandering the cobblestone streets. The Uffizi Gallery contains recognizable masterpieces by famous artists and the Duomo's architecture takes your breath away. Please check out the Church of Santa Croce which is the burial site of Michael Angelo, Galileo and Machiavelli. The river Arno flows through the city and the famous Ponte Vecchio is the gorgeous bridge which connects the different banks. It's full of jewelry shops and it used to be an escape route for the Medici family who would leave the Uffizi when they felt in danger. Last but not least, purchase in advance you tickets to go see David, sculpted by Michael Angelo. The lines are long and pre-bought tickets are a must but the detail of this sculpture will leave a lasting impression on you.

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Gather 'Round

Who doesn't love a long, wooden dining room table that the whole family can gather around? The show Fixer Upper has really highlighted the Modern Farmhouse style and one of the major staples of that look is a beautiful farmhouse dining table.

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The warm tones of the rustic woods used in a farmhouse table really set the tone for the whole design of the room. One of the great features of a dining table like this is that you dress it up or keep it casual. For a really comfortable look, add some wood back chairs or a long rustic bench. If you want a more refined look, use linen slipcovered chairs and put an amazing chandler above with a little bling. You can’t go wrong adding some patterned plates or an amazing centerpiece to finish off your farmhouse dining room.

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Blissful Blue & White Bedrooms

Crisp and clean, bright and bold, these are just a few of the most commonly used phrases when describing a blue and white bedroom. This combination is also one of the most popular color schemes to use when designing your bedroom spaces.

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I think one of the reasons that blue and white bedrooms are so popular is because they are so versatile when it comes to integrating into many different designs. Coastal, cottage, traditional and contemporary... this combination delivers timeless looks that make any bedroom an inviting space that you and your guests will love to hang out in.

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Vibrant Vanities

Out with the old and in with the new is our Spring time motto. Why not use this opportunity to make a bold new color decision?

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A bathroom vanity is the perfect place to add a bright new color to your home. Different shades of blue can translate into many styles of homes. Turquoises can be coastal when you add shiplap around them. Moodier blues can transition well into homes that already have a lot of classic touches. Which ever shade of blue you choose will add personality and interest to your home. Use the vibrant colors of spring to inspire you for your next home renovation project.

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Liberty of London

Every time I visit London I always make sure to drop by one of my favorite stores... Liberty of London. Located on Great Marlborough Street, this Tudor style masterpiece was constructed in 1924 and stands out not just for its architecture but most importantly for what's inside.

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Stop and take in the beauty of the flowers that adorn the outside entry into this five story building. I usually head straight for the elevator and up to the fourth floor. There you will find interesting curiosities, Persian rugs, antique furniture and of course... the signature Liberty of London fabrics.  For those of you that appreciate fashion and accessories, you will have an amazing time on the lower floors. Liberty of London gives you an experience that most American stores do not. That is an excitement about what you are going to discover as you meander around this unique store.

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Step Up Your Game

Board games, pool, chess, poker, or even shuffleboard… we all love a compelling match. As technology continues to grow, it is important to make a space in your home that can attract the whole family for game night.

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Bonus room spaces are the perfect place for entertaining. Many choose to put a large pool table and a mini bar to keep the company coming back. There are also really attractive shuffleboard and table tennis sets out there that are made from rich woods like the ones sold at Restoration Hardware. Some people choose to create an awesome game room out of a basement space with a flat screen TV and gaming consoles that teenagers can use to entertain their friends. If space is an issue, find a small table with 2-4 chairs to use for board games or even a match of chess. It doesn't take much to carve out a great space to have fun and enjoy time with you family and friends. Play on and let the best man win!

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Entry Elegance

Not all of us are lucky enough to have the space for a great entry hall and some of us do not have a set of stairs. For those of you out there who do… you will love these pictures.

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I'm sure you have figured out the common design denominator here… the round entry table. Rustic or refined, painted or stained, the round entry table is the go to piece when it comes to creating a beautiful entry space. These lovelies can be easily accessorized by a variety of fresh greens or large gorgeous vases. Whatever your decorating style, one thing is for sure… a stunning round table is the foundation for creating a welcoming and inviting space for your family and your guests.

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