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Have a little Halloween fun.

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skeleton wreath



Stacked and Stylish: A cozy Cleveland accepts its fate!
Let’s log in some more hours at home by embracing the elements organically  –  invite them inside.
It gives a sleek new meaning to wood shelving.

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This year we took our summer vacation out west.
We started by attending a fabulous wedding in Vail and ended up in Denver spending the week
with all of our smart friends who decided to live out there.
We timed our trip just right – Chihuly has an exhibit this summer at the Denver Botanical Gardens.
Incredible hand blown glass throughout the gardens is quite a site to see.
Click here for more about Dale Chihuly’s Gardens + Glass installations.
Click here to learn more about him.

If you every get a chance to see any of his work, do it!  It’s truly amazing.

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Summer is official in our house when school’s out.
So today is our first day of summer and we’re ready to embrace it!

No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher’s dirty looks

http://jenis.comIf you haven’t tasted Jeni’s ice-cream, you’re in for a treat.
Lucky us, we have one right in Chagrin Falls.
Click here for all their wholesome unique flavors.


I just discovered S’Well bottles.  I love their mission – to get rid of disposable water bottles .
They keep drinks cold for 24 hours, hot for 12 – which makes them
great for the car and beach in the hot summer months .
The colors are awesome – check out the wood grain in cool colors!
If you’re near Chagrin Falls, Hedges has a great selection.  Otherwise check them out here.

smore-and-fire!/post/vw-camper-buyer-guide?cm_re=WW-_-MODULE_C12-_-WWBLOG is the season for easy breezy dresses.

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 6.12.59 PMI recently discovered COOKIE and kate.  A great site for fresh, vegetarian recipes.
Sign up on their email list here.

This is what Ruby is eyeing to wear to an upcoming family wedding.

http://www.paulferney.comI love Paul Ferney‘s beach paintings.
Click here to see more.


My trip to New York City this past weekend, like always, has me inspired by all it has to offer.
Among the great shopping and fabulous restaurants we checked out the High Line.
This awesome public park owned by the city, is built on a historical freight rail line above the streets on the west side of Manhattan.
This 1.45 mile park is full of beautiful plants and gardens, plenty of seating
and currently has an art sculpture exhibit throughout the line.
What a great escape to be 1 flight of stairs away from traffic lights & automobiles
and still enjoy the city views.

My daughter with her friends, walking the line.



Not only is the concept incredible, but the design is quite impressive.

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Vendors filled this space the beautiful sunny Saturday we were there.
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Read more on how the same park designer, James Corner Field Operations is helping Cleveland.

Or click here to check out New Vision for a Key Public Space aired 4/23/14 on WCPN.

The holidays are a magical time of year.  Part of the magic is the festive decor
we spend so much time setting up.
As an interior designer, it’s natural for me to want my house looking its’ best.
All that hard work for only a month of enjoyment?
It’s time to go for the winter look so we can enjoy it until spring.

Here’s my front porch ready for Christmas.
All I’ll have to do after the new year is remove santa.  Even the red burlap bow
can hang out until valentine’s day.

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Snowmen, pinecones and cardinals represent winter.
It looks like I’m keeping current with the plaid trend –
see my designer + blogger friend’s post on plaid.
click here to read Mad for Plaid by Dawn Cook

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After years of mismatched stockings, it was time to coordinate.
After a trip to the fabric store and a little sewing and stitching,
our family is now united!


Our barn is naturally color coordinated for Christmas.


Incorporate winter into your world this season.

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branches in water

pinecone tie



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Sources, Styles & Inspirations from Interior Designer, Dawn Cook

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