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Portman Chandelier

“I have been blessed, or cursed, with a love of life and a passion of insatiable curiosity seeking insights and knowledge.” – John Portman.

John Portman is an Atlanta icon – architect, painter, sculptor and designer. I happened to be in his office the other day (he was in China, sadly) and came across this incredible chandelier that he designed in 1970 hanging over his conference table. In person, it is breathtaking. A real photographer shows of it’s beautiful detail here.


Entry Wall Redo

The entry way of a home tells guests what the rest of your home and the tone of your home life is like. The homeowners were no longer happy with what their entry was saying about them. It was dated, bland and a little unwelcoming. The homeowners are quite the opposite – warm, generous, hospitable and modern. Time for a redo!



With a simple paint job, a zebra rug and pictures of cathedrals (copied in sepia from an old calendar of cathedrals from a collection of the homeowners) framed in barn wood, this little nook is fresh, simple and inviting!

Ahhhh, After.


The Knick-Knack Nancys and our Fancy Hair Stuffs

Some fellow Pinterest fan friends and I decided to get together and actually make some of the things we were pinning. We call ourselves the “Knick-Knack Nancys.” The concept is this:  Everyone in the group has an opportunity to host. As host, you pick the project (an easy one!) and gather the supplies. Non-hosts bring a drink or snack to share and everyone has a great time, we leave learning something new and we have a gift for someone else or a decoration in hand. With the holidays upon us, we’ve got some crafting to do! First up…

With beads and buttons, plain hair ties become boho-chic accessories in 10 seconds flat! As long as the hole in the bead or button is large enough, you won’t have to cut. If you have to cut the elastic, be sure to knot it well!

Adding color to bobby pins could not be easier with nail polish. Present on nice card stock. Use as a gift or punch a hole in the corner and use as a gift tag!

The Nancys and the bobby pins. We slid the pins on printer paper so we could paint without precision and simply slid them off when they were dry and on to pretty card stock. We found that bright colors and metallic gold were our favorites.

We decided to package our creations together. A chevron stamp and “Made with Love From,” made our project gift giving ready. That said, we were sure to make enough for ourselves. (I’m wearing my bead tie as I type). Fun & easy project. Give it a try!


My House is Such a Tease

Photographer Christina Wedge, who specializes in interiors and often shoots for HGTV,  shot my house and it turned out beautifully! This is a teaser…. more to come!

Christina Was Here. Action shot. (Also you should know that behind the scenes in a photo shoot, everything is a WRECK. This is insider stuff, baby. You don’t get this on other blogs).


Model Staging

I helped my friend Jessica Teague set up and style a model apartment at Walton on the Chattahoochee this week. When you stage a model home/apartment, it has to look like a place people can see themselves living. It must be beautiful, personal, livable and practical. This is accomplished here with plenty of light, cozy elements like throws, rugs & pillows, lots of seating. You have to show people how they can lay out their rooms after they sign their lease. Voila! Check out the progress!

Jess stands in the middle of the blank bland slate. Ready to bring the magic and make the renters run!

Here I play the part of bed maker and masterful pillow fluffer.

Beautiful linens, an architectural mirror and plenty of light make for a great bedroom.

This living room is great with bold accessories and items that make an impact. We decided that sconces on either side of the mirror would balance the room and draw the eye up. So stay tuned….


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