Favorite Designer – Michael S. Smith

It’s nothing new that white will make a room look airy and elegant but what caught my eye first in this decor was that canopy bed in the bedroom!  I wouldn’t mind having that kind of bed in my room. Plus the entire home is just so bright and open!  Having lived in dark apartments in the past, I have such an appreciation for the sunlight streaming through!  What a luxury! With nature peaking in, this is definitely a space I could be spending some time while enjoying the view!  

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Favorite Designer – Amanda Nisbet

Don’t you just love to have unique fixtures in your décor ? I certainly do! This is why I like the way Amanda Nisbet incorporates one-of-a-kind elements in a space. She also combines colors fabulously! With the magic she weaves in every room, I would definitely love to stay in it and just unwind. 

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I like her idea of having a marble table with wooden chairs behind the sofa.  It is just so perfect for when a friend drops and you want to have an intimate place for a chat and enjoy a few hors d’oeuvres. I can just imagine sitting there with a friend sipping a glass of bubbles as we catch up with the latest stuff in our lives. 

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The unique lampshade with its tree-like shape is such a nice touch to the living room. That vintage side table would also great also in a bedroom I think.  Not only is it great on the eyesight; it’s also very handy for displaying photos or use it for vases, lamps and whatever little things that makes one happy. 

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Classy and elegant, modern and funky interior designs, there’s no doubt Amanda Nisbet knows what she’s doing. Now, who wouldn’t want to lounge in these superb rooms she creates? 

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Favorite Designer – Suzanne Kasler

Oh how beautiful!  And how does it make me miss the beautiful Africa, home to our beautiful son Simon.  Our son is a wonderful 11-year boy that has many mums’ lets say.  Our path crossed three years ago during my second visit to Uganda where I decided I wanted to care for this beautiful boy.  

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To the question of why I decided to come back on my steps that day, I can but say that my heart told me to do so.  As you can imagine with any guardianship or adoption process, I have been in for quite a ride, often being a very emotional one, feeling defeated more than once.  Yet I can say with full conviction that even though challenging, I am so extremely happy of the decision that I made that day. 

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Today his life has taken such a complete turn, he is now going to school, playing soccer, swimming, participating in theatre plays and being an amazing student.  I am so tremendously proud of him and where he is today.  For a long time I considered moving to Uganda and whenever I’d dream about the kind of home we would have, this is exactly how I imagined it; polished concrete floors, lots of neutrals and natural elements with a few rusty touches here and there.  I love how the design of this place comes so well together and I must admit, it really gives me that itch to build a home there maybe one day…

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Favorite Designer – Victoria Hagan

Is there anything better than a lazy evening?  You know that feeling of coming home after a long day of work and all you can think off is take off your shoes (and bra) – oh yes, come on, I know you know the feeling.  Aaaaah…bliss. 

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Whether you like to read a book or watch some mindless TV, taking time out and treating yourself to doing nothing with a purpose is so important. I for one, have a hard time with this.  I mostly have to push myself to do nothing and not feel guilty about it. 

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I always want to do something that will have some type of result in the end. Mostly it is related to design so I never really see it as work but just something that I love to do.  It is a challenge at times to be able to draw the line.  I have had moments while working for a TV show where I’d push myself so much, I’d literally start crying from tiredness after working 27 hours straight yet I knew that stopping was just not an option.  I didn’t want to stop.  I couldn’t stop.  I’d be so focused on the end result that there was just no stopping until the end result was achieved exactly the way I saw it in my head and only then I could relax.

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When I look at the designs created by Victoria Hagan’s, I could totally imagine myself coming home to one of these.  Just by looking at them, they evoke such a sense of uncomplicated calmness.  From its soft tones to its unpretentious luxury; it feels very sophisticated and elegant yet it also feels so cozy and welcoming.  Oh yes, I could see myself stay here for a while and just do nothing.

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Favorite Designer – Nate Berkus

Classic modern with a few Saharan touches here and there.  I say yes!  Nate Berkus has such a good eye for detail.  He creates decors that I just can’t stop looking at.  I am sure if I went to his house, I would want to touch everything.  It feels luxurious yet very unpretentious and welcoming.  Wouldn’t you love to spend some time in this gorgeous pad?

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Favorite Designers – Thom Filicia

I have been a big fan of Interior designer Thom Filicia since Queer eye for the straight guy.  I love his New-American Style creating this perfect balance between contemporary and timeless interiors. 

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No wonder House & Garden called him an “International Taste Maker”.  And have you seen his Home Collection?  Check out those rugs he designed for Safavieh.  How beautiful are those? 

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They look so elegant and stylish.  And by using viscose yarns made from wood pulp to create them, they are not only stylish but they are eco-friendly as well. I can definitely see those in my living room.  What do you think?

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Designer Tom Scheerer

The danger with going over beautiful design images day in, day out – is that my right brain is constantly spinning, wanting to create, wanting to move, wanting to build and renovate. 

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All day long I am on Pinterest and design blogs and I can’t stop myself!  This first picture makes me want to stand up from behind my desk and start renovating my entire patio…again!  Maybe I should just get a few pillows and accents to give it that that cozy summery look shown on this patio designed by Tom Sheerer. 

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Designer Mcalpine Booth Ferrier

I came across the beautiful designs of Mcalpine Booth Ferri and fell in love with the mixture of delicate furnishings against those dark, industrial pieces making for such an effortless balance between a strong masculine feel and a soft atmosphere.

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Isn’t it one of those typical hurdles when a man and a woman move in together is to find the right balance between what he likes in his home (other than his flat screen TV) and she can’t live without?

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What about you?  Did you have to go through any of those obstacles when you moved in together ?  And how did you deal with it?  What were the keepers and what were the ‘have-to-go’s?’

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