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‘TIS THE SEASON

If you’re like me you’ve already sent out your Christmas cards, you’ve shopped for everyone and your home is full of Christmas Cheer — HAHA! If I’m being totally honest, as of this moment, I still have Thanksgiving decorations up. So, today I’m listing my top 5 go-to websites to help get us in the Christmas spirit!

1.I love this shop, Hillenmeyer Christmas Shop in Lexington, Kentucky. They offer gorgeous trees, garlands, wreaths and a barn full of animals that kids can pet and enjoy.

via Hillenmeyer

via Hillenmeyer

2. Home decor magazines like Atlanta Homes, Southern Living and Veranda are also great sources!

via Atlanta Homes Magazine

via Southern Living Magazine

via Southern Living Magazine

via Veranda Magazine

3. Another website that has tons of great ideas is Apartment Therapy

 via Apartment Therapy

4. I also recommend visiting your local garden store to see what kind of gorgeous seasonal products they have in stock. Some of my favorites are Thompson & Hanson in Houston, TX, Petersham Nurseries in London and Rolling Greens here in Los Angeles.

via Rolling Greens

5. Also, One Kings Lane, has wonderful decor for your tree, mantel and table this holiday season.

via One Kings Lane

via One Kings Lane

 I don’t want to make anyone nervous, including myself, but there are only 20 days until Christmas!

xoxo,

Shannon

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COTTAGE LOVE

Currently I’m searching high and low for exterior paint inspiration for a bungalow project that I’m working on and came across this gem. Take a look…

By using dark shingles and painting the porch white it really brings the focus to the porch. The baby blue accent on the shutters adds a touch of softness and color — perfection!

I love how the arches on the porch frame out the light fixtures and hydrangeas perfectly!

Love the hydrangeas in black planters!

All photos via Lissy Parker

Have a great Wednesday!!

~ Shannon

SAN GIORGIO, MYKONOS

As a designer I look to a lot of places for inspiration and hotels are a great source. This morning I came across this beauty — San Giorgio on the Greek Island of Mykonos and just had to share.

The interior design is by Annabell Kutucu & Michael Schickinger.

Have a great weekend!!

~ Shannon

 

 

LAKE BALBOA PROJECT

Happy Monday! Today, I’m introducing you to a new project in Lake Balboa; a district in the San Fernando Valley here in Los Angeles. As you can see it’s a perfect candidate for a makeover.

Above, we completely gutted the kitchen so I can now determine the layout. I’m leaning towards eliminating the two smaller windows in the left corner and replacing them with a large window on the back wall to allow for more light and a view of the backyard.

A view from the dining room looking into the kitchen

Same view but now with the wall removed

I can’t wait to get my hands on this project and start to see it take shape. I’ll post more photos on the progress in a couple of weeks!

Have a great day!

~ Shannon

 

Situated high on a cliff with gorgeous views of the sea is the botanical garden, Santa Clotilde. It was designed by Nicolau Rubio i Tuduri in 1919 and was claimed to be the most important private garden of 20th century Spain.

 

The garden is reminiscent of an Italian Renaissance style with manicured shrubs, statues and beautiful fountains.

It’s a gorgeous garden with Italian cyprus, agaves, cactus, purple & white Agapanthus, ivy, oleander and many more lovely plants.

A POLISHED EXTERIOR

FOR A LITTLE INSPIRATION ON THIS TUESDAY, I’M SHARING THE EXTERIOR OF THIS BEAUTIFUL HOME. LOVE HOW THE EXTERIOR MARRIES MODERN WITH TRADITIONAL — GORGEOUS!

 

EXTERIOR HARDWARE BY SUN VALLEY BRONZE

THE MIX OF SIDING AND BRICK ADDS GREAT TEXTURE!

BLACK DOWNSPOUTS AND GUTTERS IN ZINC LOOK GREAT WITH THE WOOD SHINGLED ROOF AND WHITE EXTERIOR.

 BEAUTIFUL EXTERIOR FRENCH STEEL DOORS BY RIVIERA BRONZE

ARCHITECTURE BY BRANDON ARCHITECTS

BUILT BY PATTERSON CUSTOM HOMES

IMAGES VIA HOME BUNCH

LOVE THE FONT AND SIMPLICITY OF THE ADDRESS — IT WORKS WITH BOTH MODERN AND TRADITIONAL STYLES.

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

xoxo,

~SHANNON

Several weeks ago I did a post on Black + White Interiors and the beauty of a crisp and simple palette for the interior. Today, I’m sharing how well a black + white palette transfers to the exterior as well.

 Kenneth Brown Designs

via Pinterest

via Decor Pad

 via Luxe 

via Studio McGee

The appeal of going with a black + white exterior, is that the focus becomes the architecture and/or the details (i.e. shutters, front door, hardware, plants, etc).

via Coats Homes

Above, a project I did in Texas. Before, the exterior was a bit busy but by painting the brick and trim white, it calms the eye and allows you to focus on the details.

 

Some of my favorites…

 

Happy Friday!

xoxo,

Shannon

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