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Really Linda Barker

I was really inspired today by some of the imagery on the Really Linda Barker website and thought I’d share some of these pretty things with you (you can shop for them online here).


I especially like those twinkle lights around an ornate mirror. It’s such twinkle light season, isn’t it? I love decorating with them in the Fall and Winter. They add such warmth.

(images from really linda barker)

Posted in inspiration on October 23, 2007

Matthew Mead {Fall}

New Hampshire-based talent Matthew Mead contacted me to let me know his Fall website is up (his website updates per season) and when I clicked over, I once again fell in love with his color palette and gorgeously styled photos.


I really like his tips on painting gourds with black acrylic paint (so easy and perfectly decorative for the credenza or mantle) and of course, his pie recipes in the typical style New England style. Thank you Matthew for the update – you amaze and inspire me!

(images from matthew mead)

Posted in inspiration on October 23, 2007

Domino Decorating Contest Finalists

The five finalists have been selected, now it’s your turn to pick a winner. Click here to cast your vote – who should win the $10,000 grand prize?

I’ve already selected my favorite shown here above, Steven from Des Moines, because it’s so completely different from my own decorating style (his is very bold) and I just adore how he uses so much color. I also think his relies less on the architectural features of the room and more on the overall design.


(image from domino magazine)

Posted in contests on October 23, 2007

Reader Q: Chandelier Help

Here’s a reader question from Rebekkah that I wanted to post right away since I’m sure one of you will immediately know the source. Here’s what she writes, “I’m searching for a chandelier I have been dreaming about since I saw it in France. I have attached a photo that I took while drooling over it and my dinner. I asked the hostess where she purchased it and she said it came from Printemps in Paris but they do not have an online store. Any ideas, suggestions, or sources for this chandelier? I am going mad trying to find it.” – Rebekah.


Can anyone help Rebekah? I will continue my investigation, hopefully we can all pull together and help her locate this unique find. I guess she could always contact Printemps directly, but I’m almost willing to bet that like all large department stores, it will take ages to hear back. I found this one on Dutch website Premium Gids, but I’m not convinced that it’s what you’re looking for entirely. If you feel like a little DIY project, you can make your own via the Carlo Rossi website, I’d dead serious, click here. It’s so funny!

Posted in lighting, reader questions on October 23, 2007

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