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Phoebe Howard

Now onto my latest obsession
sorry for fold in sample
Designers Guild

Grasscloth? Still love it but my new crush is crocodile wallpaper. Crikey! It's just so modern and fresh. Love it against the white trim. I would rough it up a bit and surround it with lots of crazy texture in my furniture and accessories.

Do you know what else I'm loving about it? It's wipeable. Yep, take that paw prints, magic markers and dirty, grimy hands!

You can find this at Aubusson Home in Wayne. It's simply spectacular.

Or, wait ... how about this one in your library with lacquered trim? 
Schumacher. I die.
Or this one...

Lonny Magazine

OK, Must stop myself. But this brings me to a question a reader had for me this week.

"When I want to redesign a room or freshen it up... where do I start?"

In my opinion, start with something you absolutely love and feel like you can't live without like crocodile wallpaper or ...



Timorous Beasties Fabric - London Toile


Rug (this is the easiest place to start)
It's going to be different for everyone. Or even use a picture of a room that you love for inspiration.

Then develop a plan from there. Ask yourself:
What do I own already that will work with this?
How will it relate to surrounding rooms?
What do I need to purchase to pull it all together?

Have a final picture and a vision. Don't go willy nilly into it or you will find yourself really stuck.

For example, for my dining room redesign I fell in love with a fabric years ago that appeared in Cynthia Rowley's home.

Instead of using it as a fabric I chose to use the wallpaper so I could make it my own design.

 Cole & Sons Wallpaper

Also, to make my basically traditional room feel more modern I'm planning on adding a more contemporary rug, art and accessories. I just haven't gotten there yet... but I do have a vision ... I swear people!! And life gets in the way my friends. But I couldn't be happier with my jumping off point and I'll be honest I will always LOVE the hunt.

If you've started to refresh your own home and find yourself stuck and can't seem to pull it all together our good friends at Aubusson Home could help connect you with that magical fabric that will make it work. Or, there are lots of other sources in this area: Calico Corners, Pryors. etc. Not to mention the gazillion places on the internet.

Here's another tip when your out there searching for the right pieces/fabric for your design make sure you keep pictures of your room on your phone so you can refer back to it when shopping.

Still not sure where to go with your room? This is where you may need the help of a friend with a pair of fresh eyes to step in or even a quick consultation with a designer (really am not trying to promote myself here). But someone who can help you achieve the look you want so that you will enjoy your space to it's fullest.

Anyway, I hope I have answered your question. But, don't worry I will be exploring more resources in the near future for all of you 
do-it-yourselfers out there!

If you would like help in a redesign project or a second opinion on your design choices contact me at

Guess who I was hobnobbing with?



Anna Spiro
House of Turquoise
 Photos brought to you by this spring weather:)
So I wanted to do some client shopping and I popped over to Hob Nob Home in Wayne.

Found lots of goodies that I wanted to share with you. Not to mention everything is on sale ... and who doesn't love a sale? 

Here's what went down...

Oh, for the love of lacquer!
White lacquer mirror - perfect for above a console $562

For my mudroom

Love the pop of orange! mirror $329
For when Morris Day comes to visit
I will already have the "Time" - remember that group/song?, no?
(sorry I'm a HUGE Purple Rain/Prince fan)

Instead of the overly done x-benches
(hey, I'm guilty too)

For the basement or kids room
Why not spray-paint these a fun color ... hot pink or bright blue?
 $28.75 each

I'd style this tray as a bar cart with pretty glasses and lots of liquor!

A chalkboard for my kitchen so we could leave each
other love notes:)
For my shore house or guest bedroom

Each framed seagull print is only $12.75. You could buy all nine and group them together above a bed or table in a beach house/guest room for less than $115

And for when I just feel like horsin' around

 You can check out their website for more details here.

Random Thoughts

This is what I normally use

You can buy it here.

But lately, I'm thinking I need something stronger than tinted moisturizer for my aging skin:) Plus, I'm always losing it... leaving it at the shore ... throwing it under my sink and never can seem to find it when I need it. So, I finally learned to always have a drugstore backup. This is what I use when I can't find the above...

You can buy it here.

Works REALLY well - may even provide better coverage than the above. And just a dab will do (just like we learned in kindergarten). 

Does anyone out there have any suggestions for me on a new foundation/tinted moisturizer? My aging skin will thank you!!

Just inbox me and I will share with my readers!!

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