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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE GUEST PARTICIPANT – WEEK THREE – MY LAMP OBSESSION

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I have never taken a professional decorating course. But I have been “a student of decorating” since I was a very little girl. I would always wonder…”Why does this persons house look so much better than that persons’ house?” and I came to the conclusion  this will be in the book...entitled..”Useless and not so useless stuff that I have learned along the way…” .that There are, in my opinion , TWO make or break elements when it comes to decorating – ART and LIGHTING. And sometimes the LIGHTING is ON the ART…but These two things can transform and elevate a space…give it personality and bring YOU into the space if that makes sense…and  take it to the next level.

Think of any room that has turned your head, stopped you in your tracks, made you weak at the knees…and I bet that room had Great lighting and incredible ART.

 

I also have a wallpaper obsession, paint color obsession and can get giddy taking about sideboards…I have a lot of friends.

This week I am going to focus on the LIGHTING and LAMPS and NEXT week we are going to talk about one of my favorite things in the world – ART.

ROBERT ABBEY DOUBLE GOURD LAMPS IN PINK

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Leslie

2016 DESIGN BLOGGERS CONFERENCE MARCH 6-8

REFERRED TO AS

“THE EVENT OF THE YEAR FOR DESIGN BLOGGERS”

THIS YEARS DESIGN BLOGGERS CONFERENCE ~

IS ONCE AGAIN IN ATLANTA AND I AM ONCE AGAIN GOING!!!

QUESTION – WHO IS THE CONFERENCE FOR???

ANSWER –

  • Design bloggers – individuals, small businesses, associations, or other organizations
  • Interior design writers
  • Design enthusiasts or aspiring interior designers
  • Interior designers
  • Suppliers to the luxury home design community
  • 2015 Design Bloggers Conference

    2015 Design Bloggers Conference

I was still on the fence as to whether or not to go again this year ….when I went on the site a few weeks ago and saw the speakers:

 

 MY MIND WAS IMMEDIATELY MADE UP TO GO!!!!

Me and Nathan when I was at the LA conference in 2013. I painted his dogs, Daisy and Nacho for him.

Me and Nathan when I was at the LA Design Bloggers Conference in 2013. I painted his dogs, Daisy and Nacho for him.

Prior to attending my first conference in 2013…I was still trying to find my NICHE…(this is a BIG WORD in blogging) You need to know your NICHE so you can consistently direct your energies.

I still struggle with “Where do I fit in? AS AN ARTIST?

DECORATOR? ARTIST WHO DECORATES? OR  Just a (super) fan of design.

ALL OF THE ABOVE!!!

ALL I DO know is that when I fell into this group…I felt the most “AT HOME”. Many of the designers have big names in the business and I must admit, I was a little intimidated…I did not want to seem like a poser trying to be a Designer…but I was welcomed with open arms as an ARTIST who complements Design and in the meantime I have expanded my Decorating experience with so much inspiration and guidance from my new friends! I CAN’T WAIT…!! Every time I have gone I get a little scared and excited and every single time I make amazing connections that bring friendships and work!

in FACT, LAST YEAR, on the way out the door, my friend Lisa Mende introduced me to the designer Traci Zeller who she shares a design studio with. Traci and I then collaborated on there 2015 Homearama design house in an Equine neighborhood and I painted 13 Horse paintings!

There is a special rate UNTIL January 24 if you are at all interested. I cannot say enough about how worth every penny it is! The connections alone are worth the price of the ticket!

Also, do not forget to nominate your favorite blogger for the Design Bloggers Hall of Fame Awards. Nominations for the Design Bloggers Hall of Fame are now open.You do not need to be attending. –  hurry, nomination deadline is the end of the day (Eastern Standard Time) on January 15, 2016.

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 The awards will be presented live, and the inductees recognized during the 2016 Design Bloggers Conference at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta on March 7, 2016.

Nominate a Blog Now! 

MAYBE I WILL SEE SOME OF YOU THERE! LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE GOING !!!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Leslie

A FAREWELL TO 2015 – OH WHAT A YEAR!

THERE ARE ABOUT 8 HOURS LEFT..in this year,  2015

YEARS have whole personalities, like people. And when they come to a close and the time to sum them up arrives,  some years are easier to put in a nutshell, some are more interesting, busier than others.. some are tornadoes of change and drama …. some are beloved, sweet and simple. But ALL have a personality.

There are years where you receive the passport stamp of MILESTONE MOMENTS…, marriages, births, deaths, divorces, big moves and job changes..years that as they wind to a close often elicit a “we made it!” high five…or a simple sigh of relief and a readiness to turn the page.

There are years of LOSS. I lost an immediate family member is 2012 (My Father), 2013 (My sister-in-law Maura), and 2014 (My Father in Law) …those were years of navigating the stages of grief and  though LIFE carried on, creativity happened and many smiles and happy moments spontaneously erupted and joy ensued…always…in the back of my heart was a tender place.

Holes where they had been.

Time heals and life carries on.  2015 will go down in MY LIFE’S HISTORY as one of the

BIGGEST YEARS OF JOYFUL CELEBRATION. I’ll take it!

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 MY FIRSTBORN, TATE COLTRANE, GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL AND WAS ACCEPTED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA…WHERE HE BECAME A FIRST YEAR IN AUGUST.

BEAN AND TATE SAY GOODBYE

BEAN AND TATE SAY GOODBYE

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 MY SECOND BORN, , PHOEBE HOLIDAY, APPLIED EARLY DECISION AND WAS JUST ACCEPTED TO THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY WHERE SHE WILL BEGIN HER STUDIES FALL 2016.

PHOEBE ALSO WAS THE RECIPIENT OF THE EMILY COURIC SCHOLARSHIP ($5000)  AT HER HIGH SCHOOL AND IN JANUARY WILL ATTEND A LUNCHEON WITH 7 GIRLS FROM EACH OF THE OTHER SCHOOLS IN OUR AREA AND ONE OF THEM WILL WIN $30,000!…

AND SHE WAS THE HOMECOMING QUEEN!

THE QUEEN AND I!

THE QUEEN AND I!

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 MY YOUNGEST COOPER ELLINGTON, GRADUATED MIDDLE SCHOOL AND STARTED HIGH SCHOOL……AND HE..AND I…..GOT OUR BRACES OFF!

COOPER AND HIS BUDDY JAKE

COOPER AND HIS BUDDY JAKE

COOPER AND HIS COUSIN ELLIE

COOPER AND HIS COUSIN ELLIE

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. I COMPLETED A MAKEOVER OF PHOEBE’S BEDROOM FOR HER 17TH BIRTHDAY AND AS A SPRING ONE ROOM CHALLENGE GUEST PARTICIPANT.

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. I COMPLETED A MAKEOVER OF COOPERS BEDROOM  AS PART OF THE FALL ONE ROOM CHALLENGE – WHICH BECAME JUST HIS OWN ROOM AFTER TATE HEADED TO COLLEGE.

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 I ATTENDED THE DESIGN BLOGGERS CONFERENCE IN LATE FEBRUARY AND ON THE WAY OUT THE DOOR, WAS INTRODUCED BY MY DESIGNER FRIEND LISA MENDE, TO TRACI ZELLER, A LOVELY DESIGNER WHO HAPPENS TO SHARE A DESIGN OFFICE SPACE WITH LISA. TRACI ASKED ME IF I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN PAINTING SOME HORSES FOR AN UPCOMING SHOWHOUSE SHE WAS DESIGNING…AND THUS BEGAN ON OF MY FAVORITE PROJECTS EVER! THE CHARLOTTE HOMEARAMA SHOWHOUSE IN CHEVAL.

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 IN ADDITION TO THE DOZENS OF CUSTOM PET PORTRAITS I HAD THE HONOR OF PAINTING…

IN AUGUST, THE ONLINE ART WEBSITE U GALLERY COMMISSIONED ME

TO DO 7 “CELEBRITY” CUSTOM PET PORTRAITS. IT WAS THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME. WE EVEN HEARD BACK FROM A FEW THE RECIPIENTS!!!

CESAR MILAN - INSTAGRAM - JUNIOR MEETS JUNIOR! THIS PHOTO ON CESARS INSTAGRAM HAS 14.2K LIKES !!!

CESAR MILAN – INSTAGRAM – JUNIOR MEETS JUNIOR! AS OF TODAY…THIS PHOTO ON CESARS INSTAGRAM HAS 14.2K LIKES !!!

CELEBRITY PORTRAITS - FROM TOP -"SADIE" - OPRAH, "MABEL" - ELLEN DEGENERES, : "JUNIOR" CESAR MILAN, "OLLIE" RICKY GERVAIS, "COOPER" KATIE COURIC, MENSWEARDOG, AND "WATSON" - NEIL PATRICK HARRIS

CELEBRITY PORTRAITS – FROM TOP -“SADIE” – OPRAH, “MABEL” – ELLEN DEGENERES, : “JUNIOR” CESAR MILAN, “OLLIE” RICKY GERVAIS, “COOPER” KATIE COURIC, MENSWEARDOG, AND “WATSON” – NEIL PATRICK HARRIS. EACH RECIPIENT WAS CHOSE BECAUSE THEY HAVE SUCH A STRONG SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE IN SUPPORT OF ANIMALS AND ANIMAL RIGHTS.

ALL THE NOTES - SURREAL

ALL THE NOTES – SURREAL

KATIE COURIC AND HER PORTRAIT OF "COOPER" - TWITTER

KATIE COURIC  POSTED A PHOTO ON TWITTER WITH HER PORTRAIT OF “COOPER” – IN LOOKING FOR PHOTO INSPIRATION FOR THIS PORTRAIT….I FOUND THAT SOME OF THE BEST PHOTOS OF COOPER WERE ON THE BEACH AND SO I TRIED TO CAPTURE THAT SPIRIT AND NAMED THE PAINTING “COOPER AT THE BEACH”

. ……I ALSO PAINTED ANDY COHEN’S DOG “WACHA” – JUST BECAUSE I LOVE HIM AND LOVE HOW WACHA HAS STOLEN SUCH A HUGE PIECE OF ANDY’S HEART…HE SENT ME A LOVELY THANK YOU NOTE…WHICH YES..MADE MY DAY!!!

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ALSO, at the Atlanta Design Bloggers conference, I met the Queen of decorating herself, Bunny Williams. I introduced Bunny to my paintings and while they did not end up using any of my work  in the 2015 Southern Living Ideahouse which was located 15 minutes from my home…I absolutely  LOVED the house and was obsessed with the interior color Sherwinn Williams “Steamed Milk”! I visited the house  twice and painted 2/3 of my house in “Steamed Milk”, I plan to do a TON of redecorating next year with this soft background as my template.

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 ANOTHER PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHT OF THIS YEAR FOR ME WAS COMPLETING A BIG DECORATING JOB. I WILL BE POSTNG THIS TRANSFORMATION IN MUCH MORE DETAIL IN THE COMING WEEKS…BUT I WAS HIRED TO MAKEOVER A LIVING ROOM, DINING ROOM AND A DEN IN A GORGEOUS HOME. THE FINAL INSTALLATION WAS THIS PAST MONDAY AND THE CLIENT SAYS SHE FEELS LIKE SHE IS LIVING IN A DREAM! I COULD NOT ASK FOR MORE!

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WE HAD FAMILY FROM BOTH SIDES HERE BEFORE AND AFTER CHRISTMAS AND IT WAS PURE BLISS..SHARING TIME WITH THE ONES I HOLD SO DEAR!!! and not for a funeral!

FINALLY – I AM SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE COMPLETED ANOTHER YEAR HERE…ON THIS planet and on this BLOG…JUST SHOWING UP…IF NOT WITH AS MUCH REGULARITY AS I WOULD LIKE …ALWAYS WITH CONSISTENT LOVE FOR WHAT I SHARE AND WHAT YOU SHARE…YOUR HOMES, YOUR QUESTIONS, YOUR PETS…ALL THE AMAZING ANIMALS I GET TO MEET AND PAINT…I AM SO VERY BLESSED THIS YEAR WAS WONDERFUL!

THIS PAINTING WHICH WAS LOST ON ITS WAY TO ITS OWNER HAS BEEN FOUND!!!

LILY IS FOUND!!! THIS PAINTING WHICH WAS LOST ON ITS WAY TO ITS OWNER FOR CHRISTMAS…HAS BEEN FOUND IN THE LOST MAIL OFFICE IN ATLANTA – I HAD ENCLOSED A BUSINESS CARD AND THEY TRACED BACK TO ME BY MY EMAIL!!!

IN CLOSING, I WANT TO SHARE SOMETHING I WROTE ON FACEBOOK A WHILE BACK

“I know the world is a ****fest right now.

I ache with worry that the world my children are going into is damaged beyond repair.
But I do believe in Love. I believe in Love with all my heart and I believe that one-act of kindness, small as it may seem…holds transformative powers. Love one another. Truly. Let the crap go. Forgive. Open your hearts and your minds . Let love in and leave your Love Stamp wherever you go. Be nice. And kind. I do believe in Love.”

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Leslie

2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE – KIDS ROOMS

THE 2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE,

DECORATED BY BUNNY WILLIAM’S,

“Your home should be the most comfortable place you can imagine,” says Bunny Williams. And beautiful, of course.

THE 2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE

THE 2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE

THE 2015 Idea House WAS designed by Rosney Co. Architects of Charlottesville and set in the nine-year-old, 2,300-acre conservation community of Bundoran Farm and closed it’s doors this past sunday after a 6 month show.

I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO VISIT THE HOUSE TWICE AND ON THE LAST DAY I BROUGHT MY CAMERA AND TOOK BETTER PHOTOS OF THE BEDROOMS AND THE WOMENS LOUNGE.

GIRLS BEDROOM

GRILS ROOM

GRILS ROOM

GIRLS ROOM WINDOW SEAT

GIRLS ROOM WINDOW SEAT

GIRLS ROOM BED

GIRLS ROOM BED

BOYS BEDROOM

BOYS ROOM - IT IS HARD TO SEE IN THE PHOTO BUT THIS ROOM HAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CREAM COLORED GRASSCLOTH WALLS...

BOYS ROOM – IT IS HARD TO SEE IN THE PHOTO BUT THIS ROOM HAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CREAM COLORED GRASSCLOTH WALLS…

BOYS ROOM

BOYS ROOM – THE ROOM, LIKE THE GIRLS ROOM IS BEAUTIFULLY SYMMETRCAL…WITH MATCHING WINDOW SEATS AND AN ANGED CEILING

I LOVE THE DESK AND HOW THE DESIGNER HAS GIVEN EACH ROOM AND GREAT WORK SPACE

I LOVE THE DESK AND HOW THE DESIGNER HAS GIVEN EACH ROOM AND GREAT WORK SPACE

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BOYS ROOM

BOYS ROOM

SHARED BEDROOM

SHARED ROOM

SHARED ROOM

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SHARED ROOM CHAIRS

SHARED ROOM CHAIRS

LOVE THIS LIGHT FIXTURE IN THE SHARED ROOM!

LOVE THIS LIGHT FIXTURE IN THE SHARED ROOM!

LADIES LOUNGE

JUST OFF THE MUDROOM AND ACROSS A PATIO, IS THE GARAGE. ABOVE THE GARAGE IS A “STUDIO”…THIS SPACE WAS MY DREAM SPACE…IT COULD BE A GREAT ART STUDIO, OR GUEST ROOM, OR A TEEN HANG OUT…REALLY THE POSSIBILITIES WERE ENDLESS…JUST A DREAM!

I LOVE THE BUILT INS!

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LADIES LOUNGE

LADIES LOUNGE

THANK YOU FOR FOLLOWING ALONG, YOU CAN SEE MY PHOTO TOUR OF THE 2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE  ( 1,2 AND 3 AND 4)….  I WAS SO INSPIRED BY THIS HOUSE. THE DECORATING, THE COLORS…SO MUCH SPOKE TO ME AND I HAVE USED THE MAIN COLOR SHERWINN WILLIAMS – “STEAMED MILK” ALL OVER MY HOUSE!!!

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NOW…CAN YOU BELIEVE TODAY IS CHRISTMAS EVE????

CHRISTMAS EVE AT MY HOUSE!!!

CHRISTMAS EVE AT MY HOUSE!!!

WOW! MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!

Leslie

2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE TOUR – PART 3

THE 2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE IS LOCATED

15 MINUTES FROM MY HOUSE!

AT BUNDORAN FARM IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE LOCATED IN CHARLOTTESVILLE VIRGINIA ON BUNDORAN FARM

SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE LOCATED IN CHARLOTTESVILLE VIRGINIA ON BUNDORAN FARM

PART 1 AND PART 2 OF MY TOUR INCLUDE MOST OF THE DOWN STAIRS.

THIS WEEK IN PART 3 WE WILL SEE REMAINDER OF

THE FIRST FLOOR AND THE UPSTAIRS PAJAMA LOUNGE. 

MASTER BEDROOM AND BATH AND THE UPSTAIRS.

JUST AFTER THE ENTRYWAY…..

SHOWHOUSE ENTRYWAY PAINTED SHERWINN WILLIAMS "STEAMED MILK" - THE DOORWAY TO THE RIGHT LEADS TO THE MASTER BEDROOM WING...

SHOWHOUSE ENTRYWAY PAINTED SHERWINN WILLIAMS “STEAMED MILK” – THE DOORWAY TO THE RIGHT LEADS TO THE MASTER BEDROOM WING…

THE HALLWAY TO THE MASTER BEDROOM AND BATH

THE HALLWAY TO THE MASTER BEDROOM AND BATH

I ADORE THIS PAINTING IN THE HALLWAY!!

THE MASTER BATH IS PHENOMENAL!!!! THE WALL COLOR IS SHERWINN WILLIAMS “HINTING BLUE”. THE PAINTING BY KAREN BLAIR DIVINE!!!

LIKE MUCH OF THE HOUSE, THE MASTER BEDROOM IS PAINTED SHERWINN WILLIAMS "STEAMED MILK"...ALLOWING THE FURNITURE AND ART TO TAKE FOCUS.

LIKE MUCH OF THE HOUSE, THE MASTER BEDROOM IS PAINTED SHERWINN WILLIAMS “STEAMED MILK”…ALLOWING THE FURNITURE AND ART TO TAKE FOCUS.

 

BUNNY WILLIAMS LAMP LOVE!

BUNNY WILLIAMS LAMP LOVE! IWANT IT – IWANT IT – I WANT IT!!!

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MASTER HEADBOARD AND ART – “THE HORSEFAIR” BY ANNE LYNE

THE ART IS PHENOMENAL!!!

THE ART IS PHENOMENAL!!!

KITCHEN SL IDEA HOUSE

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"PINK ON BLUE" Y ISABEL ABBOT - DID I MENTION THE ART IS SWOON WORTHY!!!

“PINK ON BLUE” Y ISABEL ABBOT – DID I MENTION THE ART IS SWOON WORTHY!!!

HEADING UPSTAIRS…

THE STAIRCASE IS PAINTED SHERWINN WILLIAMS STEAMED MILK

THE STAIRCASE IS PAINTED SHERWINN WILLIAMS STEAMED MILK

IMMEDIATELY AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS IS A LIVING AREA CALLED THE

“PAJAMA LOUNGE”

THE UPSTAIRS "PAJAMA ROOM" ...

THE UPSTAIRS “PAJAMA LOUNGE” …

PAJAMA LOUNGE - ART BY ANDRAS BALITY - "DOG BEACH"

PAJAMA LOUNGE – ART BY ANDRAS BALITY – “DOG BEACH”

LOVE THIS LAMP!!!!!

LOVE THIS LAMP!!!!!

THE PAJAMA ROOM - I LOVE THIS PAINTING!!!

THE PAJAMA ROOM – I LOVE THIS PAINTING!!!

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2015 southern living idea house pajama lounge!

I THINK MY PAINTING OF TWO BEAUTIFUL KING CHARLES SPANIELS WOULD LOOK GOOD IN THIS ROOM!!!

I THINK MY PAINTING OF TWO BEAUTIFUL KING CHARLES SPANIELS WOULD LOOK GOOD IN THIS ROOM!!!

HANDS DOWN,  THE PAJAMA LOUNGE IS MY FAVORITE ROOM…WELL, AND THE LIVING ROOM..AND THE KITCHEN..OH HECK!!! SO HARD TO DECIDE!!! NEXT WEEK WE WILL FINISH THE TOUR…FOR NOW ENJOY THESE FEW MORE FROM THE PAJAMA LOUNGE….

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I LOVE THIS PAINTING – BUT I CAN’T FIND THE ARTIST OR NAME..I PROMISE TO FIND OUT!!!!

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DASH AND ALBERT RUG BY BUNNY WILLIAMS

THE 2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE WILL REMAIN OPEN TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL DECEMBER 20. I AM GOING BACK WITH A GROUP OF GIRLFRIENDS IN EARLY DECEMBER! MAYBE WE WILL SEE YOU THERE!!!

Leslie

2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE TOUR – PART 2

LAST WEEK I SHARED SOME iPhone PHOTOS OF MY TOUR OF THE

2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE

 I fell in love with the “STEAMED MILK” which is the wall color of 75% of the house…beginning with the entryway:

SOUTHERN LIVING MAGAZINE PHOTO OF THE ENTRYWAY...IF YOU NOTICE, SOME DETAILS WERE DIFFERENT ...IN REAL LIFE...SEE THE GRANDFATHER CLOCK?

SOUTHERN LIVING MAGAZINE PHOTO OF THE ENTRYWAY…

LETS TAKE A LOOK AT MORE OF THE DOWNSTAIRS!!!

THIS HOUSE FLOWS SO NATURALLY, EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE

….to the left as you enter is the

LIBRARY

MY COUSIN VICKI AND I LOVED THIS ROOM!!!

MY COUSIN VICKI AND I LOVED THIS ROOM!!!

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LIBRARY 2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

I LOVED THE STYLING OF THE BOOK CASES...AND THE COLLECTION WAS WONDERFUL!

I LOVED THE STYLING OF THE BOOK CASES…AND THE COLLECTION WAS WONDERFUL!

NEXT, YOU WALK THROUGH INTO THE

KITCHEN

…TO THE LEFT ARE THE  FUNCTIONAL ASPECTS, THE APPLIANCES, FRIDGE ETC AND A HUGE  ISLAND  !

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THE KITCHEN – 2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

I LOVE THE LIGHTING, PENDANTS AND THE SCONCES OVER THE COUNTERS GAVE SUCH WARM LIGHT.

2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. THE KITCHEN

2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. THE KITCHEN

AS YOU STAND IN THE KITCHEN…. TO THE RIGHT IS THE “DINING ROOM”…

DINIGN TABLE - 2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

BEAUTIFULLY SET DINING TABLE – DON’T YOU JUST LOVE THESE COLORS!!! THE HOSUE FELT SO COLORFUL…2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

DINIGN ROOM 2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

DINING ROOM LOOKING IN FROM THE LIVING ROOM END…..2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

THERE IS A LOVELY BUILT-IN SIDEBOARD AND WINDOWS ALONG THE SIDE LOOKING OUT AT THE GORGEOUS VIEW. THERE WERE SO MANY DROOL-WORTHY DETAILS…THE LIGHTING…THE LINENS, THE TABLE AND CHAIRS..EVEN THE DISHES!!!!

DINING ROOM - 2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

DINING ROOM – 2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

SIDEBOARD -2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

SIDEBOARD -2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

THE VIEW IS BREATH TAKING

THE VIEW IS BREATH TAKING EVEN OF A GLOOMY RAINY DAY…BUT I PLAN TO TAKE MY CANON 60D CAMERA WHEN I GO AGAIN THIS MONTH AND PRAY FOR A SUNNY DAY!

JUST OFF THE KITCHEN IS A BUTLERS PANTRY….

THE BUTLER'S PANTRY

THE BUTLER’S PANTRY – LOVE THE CABINET COLOR AND HANDLES…THE DETAILS…OH BUNNY YOU NEVER LET ME DOWN!

AND THEN YOU WALK THROUGH THE KITCHEN INTO

THE LIVING ROOM

SL IDEA HOUSE LIVING ROOM

SL IDEA HOUSE LIVING ROOM…OH THE ART COLLECTION…SO CURATED…SO PERFECT SO BUNNY

WE VISITED THE SHOWHOUSE ON A RAINY DAY…SO THE OUTSIDE LIGHT WAS MORE DIM, BUT THAT ACTUALLY ADDED A COZINESS TO THE INTERIORS OF THE HOUSE….I WANTED SO BAD TO CURL UP ON THAT SOFA!!!

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BUNNY WILLIAMS BELIEVES IN MAKING EVERYONE FEEL COMFY - EVEN THE PETS...HENCE THE LEOPARD BED TUCKED UNDER A TABLE - GENIUS!

BUNNY WILLIAMS BELIEVES IN MAKING EVERYONE FEEL COMFY – EVEN THE PETS…HENCE THE LEOPARD BED TUCKED UNDER A TABLE – GENIUS!

BEAUTIFUL SOFA - BUNNY WILLIAMS DESIGNED SOUTHERN LIING IDEA HOUSE

BEAUTIFUL SOFA – BUNNY WILLIAMS DESIGNED SOUTHERN LIING IDEA HOUSE

LIVING ROOM-2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

LIVING ROOM-2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

THIS CHAIR WAS CALLING MY NAME! 2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

THIS CHAIR WAS CALLING MY NAME! 2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

FIREPLACE 2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

FIREPLACE 2015 SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

I LOVED THE MIXTURE OF FABRICS AND TEXTURES, OLD AND NEW, MODERN AND TRADITIONAL. THIS BRAND NEW HOUSE, FELT LIKE A LIVED IN HOME...WITH A HISTORY...

I LOVED THE MIXTURE OF FABRICS AND TEXTURES, OLD AND NEW, MODERN AND TRADITIONAL. THIS BRAND NEW HOUSE, FELT LIKE A LIVED IN HOME…WITH A HISTORY…

OFF THE LIVING ROOM WAS A MUDROOM….

MUDROOM

MUDROOM

MUDROOM

MUDROOM

…AND A LAUNDRY ROOM ….

THE LAUNDRY ROOM IS OFF THE MUDROOM

THE LAUNDRY ROOM IS OFF THE MUDROOM

AND POWDER ROOM OFF THE MUDROOM….

HALF BATH - MIRROR, SINK, WALLPAPER -LOVE!

HALF BATH – MIRROR, SINK, WALLPAPER -LOVE!

THIS ENDS THIS TOUR…NEXT WE WILL VISIT THE MASTER BEDROOM AND BATHROOM….THE UPSTAIRS BEDROOMS AND BATHROOMS AS WELL AS THE LOFT APARTMENT ABOVE THE GARAGE!..HERE IS ONE SNEAK PEEK!!!

KAREN BLAIR ART....WAS IN A FEW PLACES AROUND THE HOUSE AND TOTALLY ADDED TO THE OVERALL STYLE - SHE IS A NEIGHBOR OF MINE, THOUGH WE HAVE NEVER MET AND I IMMEDIATELY HAD TO FRIEND HER ON FACEBOOK...SHE IS SO VERY TALENTED!!!!

KAREN BLAIR ART.…PLAYED A PROMINENT ROLE IN ADDING COLOR AND WHIMSY TO THE HOUSE – AND  ADDED TO THE OVERALL STYLE – SHE IS A NEIGHBOR OF MINE, THOUGH WE HAVE NEVER MET AND I IMMEDIATELY HAD TO FRIEND HER ON FACEBOOK…SHE IS SO VERY TALENTED!!!!

SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE RESOURCE GUIDE

Leslie

MONDAY MAKEOVER – THE SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE AND PAINTING THE HALLWAYS

Earlier this month I visited THE SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE

Front Door looking through house, Idea House,

Front Door looking through house, Idea House,

….which just happens to be 10 minutes from my house!

JUST OUTSIDE OF CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

ARMED WITH ONLY MY iPhone – I TOOK DOZENS OF PHOTOS…TOO MANY TO SHARE IN JUST ONE BLOG POST…BUT ENOUGH TO INSPIRE.

THE ENTRYWAY

THE ENTRYWAY

I WAS SO VERY MOVED BY THE HOUSE, THE ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND THE DESIGNER, BUNNY WILLIAM’S COMMITMENT TO DESIGNING  A HOME WHICH WAS NOT ONLY EXQUISITELY GORGEOUS AND FUNCTIONAL BUT A HOUSE WHICH FITS INTO OUR LANDSCAPE, NOT JUST A DESIGNER’S FANTASY HOME BUT A REAL HOME.

BUNNY WILLIAMS LIVING ROOM SL IDEA HOUSE

BUNNY WILLIAMS LIVING ROOM SL IDEA HOUSE

 BUNNY WILLIAMS TOOK INTO ACCOUNT HOW WE LIVE, OUR WORK, OUR WEATHER OR KIDS AND PETS…EVEN THE DEEP RUST COLORED CLAY WE TRACK IN …SHE THOUGHT OF EVERYTHING AND THE HOUSE WAS TRULY A CHARLOTTESVILLE DREAM HOME!

SOUTHERN LIVING MAGAZINE PHOTO OF THE ENTRYWAY...IF YOU NOTICE, SOME DETAILS WERE DIFFERENT ...IN REAL LIFE...SEE THE GRANDFATHER CLOCK?

SOUTHERN LIVING MAGAZINE PHOTO OF THE ENTRYWAY…IF YOU NOTICE, SOME DETAILS WERE DIFFERENT …IN REAL LIFE…SEE THE GRANDFATHER CLOCK?

THERE WERE COUNTLESS TAKE-AWAY DECORATING IDEAS,  BUT  THE DESIGN CHOICE WHICH I COULD NOT STOP THINKING ABOUT WAS THE OVERALL COLOR SCHEME OF THE INTERIOR WALLS.

THERE WAS COLOR – EVERY WHERE – IN ALL DIRECTIONS – BUT THE PRIMARY WALL COLOR OF THE ENTRYWAY,

ENTRYWAY

ENTRYWAY

THE STAIRCASE

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THE STAIRCASE I LOVE THIS RUG and see the dog bowls!

THE DINING ROOM

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THE LIVING ROOM,

LIVING ROOM

LIVING ROOM

THE MASTER BEDROOM,

THE HALLWAYS,

THE HALLWAYS - BEAUTIFUL ART IS EVERYWHERE!

THE HALLWAYS – BEAUTIFUL ART IS EVERYWHERE!

THE UPSTAIRS PAJAMA ROOM.

I HAD TO KNOW WHAT IT WAS…I CONSULTED THE RESOURCE GUIDE AND FOUND THAT THE COLOR WAS A SHERWINN WILLIAMS COLOR CALLED STEAMED MILK.

SHOWHOUSE ENTRYWAY PAINTED SHERWINN WILLIAMS "STEAMED MILK"

SHOWHOUSE ENTRYWAY PAINTED SHERWINN WILLIAMS “STEAMED MILK”

I WENT DIRECTLY FROM THE SHOWHOUSE TO SHERWINN WILLIAMS, AND PURCHASED A SAMPLE QUART. I CAME HOME, TRIED IT OUT…AND THIS PAST WEEKEND…WE HAD ALL OF OUR HALLWAYS AND THE ENTRYWAY PAINTED….

OUR ENTRYWAY PAINTED SW STEAMED MILK WITH BENJAMIN MOORE "CHANTILLY LACE" TRIM THROUGH-OUT

OUR ENTRYWAY PAINTED SW STEAMED MILK WITH BENJAMIN MOORE “CHANTILLY LACE” TRIM THROUGH-OUT

SHERWIN WILLIAMS -STEAMED MILK

STEAMED MILK UPSTAIRS AND DOWNSTAIRS

STEAMED MILK UPSTAIRS AND DOWNSTAIRS

I PLAN TO PAINT THE DINING ROOM AND MAYBE EVEN THE LIVING ROOM THIS COLOR…IT IS THE PERFECT CANVAS FOR ALL OF MY COLOR…MY ARTWORK.

TROUBLE IS…THE RESULTS ARE SO SOOTHING AND BEAUTIFUL THAT FOR THE MOMENT ANYWAY…I DON’T WANT TO PUT ANYTHING BACK ON THE WALLS!! I MIGHT GO IN A MORE MINIMALIST DIRECTION….LOL!

COMING DOWN

I LOVE THIS VIEW. THE INTERIOR DOWNSTAIRS DOORS ARE ALL PAINTED BENJAMIN MOORE GRAPHITE

I WILL CONTINUE TO POST PHOTOS AND MORE OF MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BEAUTIFUL HOME. THE SHOWHOUSE IS OPEN UNTIL DECEMBER 20 FOR THOSE WHO MIGHT MAKE A TRIP TO SEE IT.

BUNNY HAD THIS MONOGRAMMED NOTEPAPER IN MANY OF THE ROOMS...I LOVE HER DETAILS

BUNNY HAD THIS MONOGRAMMED NOTEPAPER IN MANY OF THE ROOMS…I LOVE HER DETAILS

CLICK HERE FOR THE HOUSE TOUR

Today’s post is dedicated to a Mom Friend…Martha, who passed away this morning after, losing her battle with cancer. Martha has 2 daughters who go to school with Phoebe, her eldest played soccer with Phoebe when they were younger and we sat on the sidelines…chatted and smiled and watched our girls. Martha was a beautiful person…inside and out, and my fondest memory of her, is of her dancing, last year, all by herself, in a room full of people, all dancing and looking as happy as a person can look. Her smile was contagious and she made YOU feel better. Knowing her battle I am grateful she is no longer in her broken little body but my heart feels sad that her body broke at all. I know, though, because I have passed these roads, that life carries on, the sun comes up, babies get born, people laugh really hard and cry really hard and LIFE is what you just keep doing…

…..so Martha, I will keep doing my LIFE,…in honor of you.  IMG_9491

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