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Mirror mirror on the wall... my top 12 favorite mirrors in home design!

We're using a huge mirror over a client's fireplace that I absolutely love and it got me thinking how much I love mirrors in home design.
Mirrors can enlarge a space and add drama 
They can reflect a beautiful chandelier and are perfect placed opposite a window
They can add oomph to a hallway
Spice up a large wall


Liven up your entry

And spark up your fireplace

All images via pinterest

Here are some of my favorite mirrors ...

Let's add some color!

Bungalow 5

Stay Gold


Z Gallerie
I'm Floored
Nieman Marcus

West Elm

Simple, Clean lines


Ballard Designs
$49 and up

Layla Grace


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 I actually have WAY more than 12 faves and every room calls for a different style mirror but I hope this gave you a few ideas to reflect on!
 Thanks for reading!! xoxo
P.S. If you received a crazy email from me saying I needed money and am in the Philippines my email was hacked. sorry. All is well and I'm right here in good ole PA.

Linking with Savvy Southern Style


Line 'em up! A great idea for container gardening ...

I don't know about you but when I design my container garden I usually think in pairs. Two planters together with a bunch of colorful flowers or boxwoods.

Entrance at our beach house rental
This year I'm going to create a more elegant feel and use multiples of the same container with the same plant in each. Say what? Check out the below images.

It's almost like creating a living wall or border on a patio or a deck.  This look would also be pretty amazing lined up around a pool or on a porch too. I'll be honest I'm so drawn to this look ... I just love it!




via Proven Winners

The best thing? You don't need fancy or expensive planters.  In fact, I really like containers with clean simple lines for this look because the impact is all in the numbers.

Here's two I have contemplated:

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Thoughts? Do you like this look?? Too simple for you??

In other news...
In my weekend bag -



Did you notice a pattern? Why all jcrew? 30 percent off today of course!!

Oh ...and I found out the secret to making the best homemade lemonade on one of my favorite blogs Design Mom! You should check it out here!

Have a GREAT weekend and thanks for reading!!

Need Some Inspiration For Your Outdoor Space?

Have at it:) ...


My space. I know it's crying for an outdoor carpet, some fresh pillows and plantings. It's coming and it's gonna look crazy good (I think)! So stay tuned...


Furniture Restoration Hardware

Outdoor Seating Roundup!

Ok people, I have perused the internet for your enjoyment and mine and found some nice loungey furniture for you. I gathered up pieces at all different price points so you can enjoy your outdoor space as much as we do! Check it out below...

Kipling at the Well-Appointed Home
sofa $4922


sofa starting at $3295

set $4895

starting at $395 for balcony seating

Restoration Hardware - yes this is outdoor!
starting at $2800

Restoration Hardware
loveseat starting at $1250 cushions not included

$2799.99 includes what you see here
Pottery Barn
set starting at $2349

Crate and Barrel
Chair starting at $924 with sunbrella cushions

Includes: Seat Cushions, Seat Cushion, Ottoman, Ottoman Cushion, 3 Toss Pillows, 2 Right Arm Sectional Seats, Back Pillows

West Elm
cushions included

Includes what you see here for $895

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Includes what you see here for $799

I hope this helps with your shopping efforts so you can relax and enjoy ... now all we need is the warm weather to go with it!

P.S. In case you didn't know the new West Elm store will be opening in King of Prussia on May 16th! (yipee)

Shut the Front Door!

It's the perfect time of year to paint our front door. Here's some inspiration.

In memory of Lilly Pulitzer ... a few Lilly-inspired color choices.

In memory of Margaret Thatcher ... a few front doors found in London.


My top four tips in painting your front door:

Tip#1 - Choose your color wisely.

Examine the color and undertones found in your facade, trim, walkway and shutters.  And don't forget to take into consideration whether or not you will be painting the inside of your door.  I wrote about painting interior doors here.

Black is always a safe and classic choice. It also looks great painted on the interior. 

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But how fun would it be to paint the outside/inside of your front door in a bright yellow or blue??

Tip #2 Get samples. Lots of them.

The Home Depot sells sample pots of paint for only $2.99. Just bring your Benjamin Moore, Pratt and Lambert, etc. paint chip in and they will color match it. And if you're like me you are going to get LOTS of samples. What I LOVE about their sample pots is that they are inexpensive, small, plastic and easy to store.

Tip #3 - Use high-gloss paint. Enough said.

Tip #4 - Hire a professional - you will always get the best result!!

Guess what else I'm doing?

I'm designing this room for the most amazing client. Can't wait to show you before and afters. It's gonna be awhile though they are doing a huge addition and we are designing like seven rooms together! I mean ... she will be living there. I will just be designing them:(

I'm also ...

Spring Cleaning with a BAGSTER.  Love this idea.

You can go to your local Home Depot and buy a nylon dumpster bag for $29.99 and the BAGSTER company will pick it up when you're finished.

You can read about about it here.  Pick up in our area is $144.00. Not a bad price, right?

Thanks to two of my stylish gal pals who suggested these topics to me this weekend. If you have a topic you are interested in me researching or if you'd like me to design a room for you contact me at kraussteph@yahoo.com.