Living room up date

I thought I would show you my new tables and candelabra...there not really new....but I'm a little late in posting and sharing them with you...the coffee table is from Bliss and I found my side table at an antique store..the top is marble...

Some of these pillows were used to stage our studio...the new owners want to buy the furniture and accessories so I'm going to have new ones made... 
Oh darn! 
Just kidding..
I love it...
I'm always changing things up!

The vintage door has been sold to a client...

I got my Candelabra from Aiden Gray...
I know..this picture isn't the best... Sorry!

I love my dog... but she peed on my rug...don't you love it? 
I wasn't very happy with her! 
I have tried everything to clean it and get rid of the smell..
I even put a bounce sheet under the cowhide to see if it would take the smell away... but I still get a whiff of it every once in awhile...
 I'm going to have to replace the rug...
Its time anyways...
I've had the cowhide for awhile and I would like to add more color... Now, just to find one that I love and to fit my budget...that always makes it a little challenging!
Thanks for stopping by...


Staging to sell our studio.

My husband and I had bought a ranch style home 11 years ago and turned into a photography studio....We decided to sell it and I had to stage it to look more like a home...

In one of the bedrooms I placed a screen behind this chair to add some interest.....I love this antique hand painted screen...its so pretty!

This is the kitchen...I know it looks like this bread board is floating in space...but its on a glass table that has columns.

I'm going to keeping the pine cabinet in the back for my office.

This room was an office and I had to make it look like it was a family room... I took my old blue sofa and made it back into a family room....that's a painting I had painted years ago!

This is the living room...I love this chair!

We kept my husbands portraits hanging on the wall.

We sold it  within 6 weeks with 4 offers....the couple who bought it wants to buy everything in it...including the accessories!

 My hubby will be opening his new studio in Westlake Village which will be only 20 minutes from home.

Thanks for stopping by..


White Paint and Bounce!

I have been looking for the perfect white paint for a living room that I'm working on....we have added a lot of wood details in the home. The home owner likes red, white, and blue...They like a French cottage style with a twist of coastal elegance.

(Jonas Workroom)

Most whites have either a yellow, gray, or pink undertone....

There are so many whites to pick from..

(Were only Young and Naive Tumbler) 

I'm looking for a warm white that has a gray undertone...is there such a thing!? In other words not yellow! 

I'm going to have big samples made to hang in the room to get a better idea of what the color will look like. I highly recommend it...most paint stores should do that for you...at least mine does...thank you!

(Fleaing France Tumbler)

I have always used Simple White from Benjamin Moore in my own home....

There are so many different whites!

(Suzie Anderson Home Tumbler)

So I did a little research on Pinterest to see what other designers use...

Decorators White, Linen White, Simple White, Cottage White and Navajo white are the top picks from Benjamin Moore Paints

(This Ivy House Tumbler)

By the way...I love white shirts...

This is Simple White (B.M.)...found on Home Bunch Blog.

Here are some whites from Apartment Therapy Blog....
What are your favorites?

On another note, did you know that Bounce dryer sheets can do far more than keep your clothes smelling fresh?
I received this list from a friend.... 

The U.S. Postal service sent out a message to all letter carriers to put a Sheet of Bounce in
their uniform pockets to keep yellow-jackets away.

Use them all the time when playing baseball and soccer. I use it when I Am working outside.
It really works. The insects just veer around you.

All this time you
ve just been putting Bounce in the dryer!

1. It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them. It also repels mice.

2. Spread sheets around foundation areas, or in trailers, or cars that are sitting and it keeps
mice from entering your vehicle.

3. It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don
t get opened too often.

4. It repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during
mosquito season.

5. Eliminate static electricity from your television (or computer) screen.

6. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with
a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling..

7. Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a sheet of Bounce.

8. To freshen the air in your home - Place an individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or
hang in the closet.

9. Put Bounce sheet in vacuum cleaner.

10. Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through a sheet of Bounce before
beginning to sew.

11. Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage
before storing.

12. To freshen the air in your car - Place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat.

13. Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit
overnight, and sponge clean. The anti-static agent apparently weakens the bond between
the food and the pan..

14. Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.

15. Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the
loose hairs.

16. Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds..Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce
to prevent dust from resettling.

17. Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet of Bounce will collect
sawdust like a tack cloth.

18. Eliminate odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of
a laundry bag or hamper.

19. Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight.

20. Golfers put a Bounce sheet in their back pocket to
Keep the bees away.

21. Put a Bounce sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before folding and storing them.
It will keep them smelling fresh.

22. Wet a Bounce sheet, hose down your car, and wipe love bugs off easily with the wet Bounce.

23. Put a sheet of Bounce in your suitcase when traveling, it will help keep mites or any
other critters out of it. While you are at it, travel with several Bounce sheets and run them up
and down your bed linen before getting into bed, it will cause all the critters already in your
bed to run. Keep a sheet in your suitcase even after you have unpacked to protect your
suitcases from bugs nesting in it.

Anyone have a critter problem? 
I'm having a problem with silverfish...
They eat fabric...Not good! 
I'm afraid to use chemicals in my home to get rid of them and after reading this I thought...huh...maybe I should try this! 
Besides they are the ugliest things... I'm hoping Bounce will do the trick!
Have you used Bounce dryer sheets for any of these purposes? 

 Thanks for stopping by,


Vintage Bamboo Table and Chairs

I found such a great table and chairs for my kitchen at an Estate sale...
I was so excited...
I've been looking for a set like this for a long time...

I don't know if any of you have ever been to an estate sale, but you have to be on your toes....
I got up at 5 in the morning to be at this sale that started at 8. 
I was the 4th person in line and when the door opened they let 10 of us in at at a time....

People ran into the house and started grabbing things they wanted...

There is no time to think about what you want or you lose...in other words....
if you snooze you loose!

 I'm having new chair pads made...out of this fabric below.

The fabric is from Kravet.

This is going to be a little pillow for the backs...

I was really happy to see this on One Kings Lane...I paid less for the whole set...

Talking about One Kings Lane...
I saw this settee and I thought it would look great with the pieces below...
It just needs some pink pillows and it would look so pretty! 
Check it out here...

love this..you can find it here


Go take a peek...they have some great things.. here.

My hubby and I went to the beach the other night to look at the waves...they were so big! 
I was actually surprised to see so many people there gawking at the waves......
See those little dots near the wave...those are surfers. The waves were 13 to 15 feet...
It was amazing!

What wasn't amazing was that I stepped in dog poop, and boy! did we have a long ride home! 

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for being so patient while I was going threw such a hard time....
We had my Dads memorial and were able to celebrate his life with family and friends...

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Design Trends

Hi all.... 
This is Nancy from Powell Brower Interiors.  I am happy to fill in for Julie while she is taking some much needed 'down' time after her family's loss this summer.  She is an amazing presence in our design community and we hope she gets the rest and battery recharging that she needs. Bless you and your family Julie. She asked me to talk about design, so let's talk about trends...

With fall approaching people look for the next trend and opportunity to transform their homes with the 'latest' in decor.  My recent post "Are you on Board?" brought us to thinking about those marketing ploys and "colors of the year" and how some people jump on them, and other's not.

Whether it is a paint brands 'color of the year", Pantone's, or any other brand's color pick for the year, what that really is is a marketing tool that retailers jump on spawning the influx of that color into the marketplace at every level.  Take it or leave it, but what I find interesting is that it brings that color to' light' where you may not have noticed it that much before.  You are more aware of it since it hit the headlines and products in that color are easier to find.

I think it's fun, but I don't necessarily subscribe to trends as much as using the following guidelines:


Are you seeing alot of all white rooms, or all black rooms, or all white kitchens? These certainly are hot right now, but wait, there's another look just on the horizon! We are seeing beige in every variety coming back.

We are moving back to neutral environments with color added, as opposed to each room being a different bold color. Remember the days when the carpet colors changed from room to room?  At least we seemed to learn from that one, and opted for different wall colors from room to room, but a neutral floor that tied it altogether.  Now we are 'cleansing our decor palettes' in our homes and resetting our compasses with whites, beiges and many pale shades of colors all claiming to be the new neutrals.

For the last 10 years everyone painted all their wood furniture. It seems like original integrity of wood and using natural tones are coming back, with "earthtones' sneaking their way back in slightly different hues; Mustard, Ochre, Brown-colors in nature. I wonder what the color predictors will label this trend? Natural with a kick?

Are you bringing back earth tones in some way or another yet? I'm all for cleansing our palettes from time to time.

Enjoy your last month of summer and come visit our blog, Powell Brower !



The Circle of Life....

As I see my husbands eyes and my moms smile in my children and grandchildren...

I think of the generations that were here before me and what was passed down from one to another....
We pass on our traditions, our stories...and our love to the next generation...

Meet our newest little bundle...

 Rose Holland, 5 pounds 9 oz...

This is our other little queen bee...


Rose was born on a Wednesday and my Dad died on Thursday...

If you've been reading my blog... 

you know that my dad had been sick for a couple of years....
He had Cancer and Alzheimer. 

It's one of the most devastating illness I've seen..
To watch my dad  deteriorate from this illness was very hard.....

He was a bright man.....
he had a degree in computer science....

He could figure out how to do almost anything and near the end he couldn't flip on a light switch..
so sad!

Good by Daddy...

I love you and will miss you.

 (Where Feet May Fail)"

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep my faith will stand

I will call upon Your Name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Saviour

I will call upon Your Name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine.

Share on www.amazonI will be taking a break from blogging...

I'm going to take sometime off to be with family and hold that little Rose as much as I can! 
Thank you for your patience..
I will try to have some guest posts while I'm gone.. 


Rooms and Gardens in Santa Barbara

Hello there!
It's been a long time since I've written a post. Thank you to all my blog friends who helped keep TG alive during my time off.
I appreciate all of you so much!
As far as an update goes.. my dad is on Hospice and is very ill.
Its been very difficult..

In spite of this difficult time, there has been much to rejoice about.
 My daughter is due with her first child in 2 weeks, and my son is expecting their second daughter!

I recently went up to Santa Barbara to celebrate a girlfriends birthday, and of course, we had to stop by my favorite store, Rooms and Gardens. It has a beach-ie California feel that I love

We walked in and my girlfriend said, "Julie! It's like we walked into your home!"
 Of course I took this as a major compliment!
 I could buy everything in this store.

I want to put these chairs in my family room. Aren't the nail heads a great detail?

I would love to know who manufactured this table!

Loved all the blue and white pottery!

In the midst of all the blues and whites, this floral linen chair stood out...it was adorable!

I would like to thank you all again for your patience in my absence.
Under the circumstances I will be having some more guests posts.

Hope you all have a wonderful upcoming weekend and thank you again!

One Kings Lanes

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