FALL IS HERE!!!!! The kids are back at school, and guess who’s doing a happy dance?! . . . . . . . .   Well, Monty Python and me. Don’t get me wrong, it was a GLORIOUS summer. Temps reached 80 degrees maybe 4 days. We had plenty of rain at night, green grass, and sweet […]

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  • Christy Cope

    I’m in love with this week’s blog!!!! Bring on fall! Hoping we can make it up there to visit soon. Beautiful fabrics and decor pictured!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Glad you like! I’m excited to start using these fabrics. Just need the right project. 😘ReplyCancel

  • Out of all seasons, I love Fall the best. Loved that Etsy chairReplyCancel

Thanks to my extraordinarily thrifty, salesman-by-day-builder/furniture-maker-by-night father, I grew up being a furniture snob on a budget. Prior to opening my own design business (and getting access to all those lovely wholesale and trade prices), the only way I could afford my snobby champagne taste on my beer budget was to shop Craigslist, auctions, and upscale […]

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Montgomery designer Ashley Gilbreath caught my eye through her Instagram account a few months back. Little did I know then that she had and HDTV pilot in the works, Home Sweet Renovation, which aired on August 20. Apparently, IG is how HGTV discovered Ashley as well. According to Country Living, “NYC-based production company Departure Films (think: Rehab Addict, The […]

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  • Mary Lyndal Carrier

    Lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Connie

    Could hardly believe my eyes when I read that HGTV is considering an actual design show again. Have they finally turned off enough viewers with their flips and flops?? Let’s hope so. Ashely’s work is beautiful. Love her use of pretty colors.
    Thanks for this visual treat.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Amen to that! It’s definitely time to do a better job respecting audiences’ design palates and intelligence!ReplyCancel

  • Oh my, she is outstanding! Totally annoying that HGTV airs it in the middle of the afternoon. Thank you Amy!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      I bet it’s because of the stay-at-home parents who, while running around after their kids, are still *in* their homes during the day and able to mull over house ideas while they are working. I just wish I could view via the internet when I have the time!ReplyCancel

  • Paula Moreshead

    I think my favorite aspect of her design work is the mixing in and use of antiques with more modern elements, including quilts which I have always loved and still do:) Lots of great new pins!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      I agree! That wonderful mix is what gives her interiors so much vitality and soul at the same time.ReplyCancel

I’m scheming a couple of long-term kitchen projects right now, so over the last number of months I’ve been gobbling up all the information I can on counter surfaces. For my own kitchen — I live in a 1790 house — I will probably go with classic marble and soapstone and just live with their foibles. […]

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  • Dream kitchen and bathroom! So beautiful. This is very educational, thank you Amy!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Glad you liked, Eileen! I wonder, with all these maintenance free lookalike options on the market now, whether the demand for marble and soapstone will go down.ReplyCancel

First of all — congratulation to Beth, who won the gorgeous Jess Franks Art Calendar from last week’s post! Thanks to everyone who read and commented on the post. I hope you enjoyed learning about Jess and her beautiful work. Now, on to business! Every year, marketing and retail entities roll out their “Color of the […]

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  • What a pretty post, thank you Amy. I am a sanctuary girl also. My main family living room is Paliadian Blue, and has been for about 12 years. The color shifts with the light and seasons and still feels fresh. I am always complimented on the color and several people have used it after seeing it in my home, including my college aged daughter in her rental house. I am looking forward to the kitchen reno post! Enjoy the week.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Palladian Blue is almost always a winner! Our living room in our New York apartment was a similar shade, which we combined with ivory, berry red, and black iron accents. Everyone loved it. It was our oasis in the gross concrete desert of Washington Heights.ReplyCancel

  • Beth

    Yeah!!! I won I won the calendar!! Thanks Amy and Jess!!

    I think Sea Foam can make a comeback! My younger son’s bedroom has a very light mint green, almost white. I find this color very peaceful. Perhaps sea foam would be a more noticeable shade but still light and peaceful!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Congrats, Beth! Thanks for being a subscriber! Your son’s bedroom sounds perfect–whether or not he’s the quiet type himself, if it gives you a peaceful moment, then the color is doing its job!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous post Amy! Your dining room with the Chenonceau wallpaper is divine! I too love that pattern. I’ve only used it once– for pillows.

    This made my eyes roll in a smirking kind of way.

    “…evokes a sense of sanctuary and relaxation amid our busy, always-on lives.”

    hahahaha. right. Thanks, guys for letting us know. lol

    And Suzanne Rheinstein’s vignette made my heart skip several beats. It’s the Chinoiserie art over the mantel. Totally makes the room! And I love window treatments that pick up the wall color. Makes a lot of sense since they are both on the vertical plane.

    As for COTY. When I first began blogging, I actually took it seriously,(or as seriously as I am capable of) but now I really couldn’t care less. It’s because of the quote above. Marketing BS designed to make consumers BUY, is all it is!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      It does make one gag a little 🙂 However, having spent 7 years in the PR industry myself, my heart goes out to the poor blighters who have to create story ideas out of thin air so that we will write about them when there is no real news to report.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Freeman

    Palladium Blue or Stratton Blue by Benjamin Moore for the win! At least paint a room a color you look good in ……ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Good choices! I adore Stratton Blue, but I’ve yet to have the chance to use it.ReplyCancel

  • Love the seafoam in the kitchen but I am really hoping for a black variety as color of the year. From anyone. 🙂ReplyCancel