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Happy Monday! I am obsessed with stair risers. For those of you who do not know what a stair riser is…then this post is for you. A stair riser is simply the vertical portion of each stair. I think of a stair riser simply as another design opportunity. It is a way to dress up your stairs. Tiles, paint, contrasting wood, or even decorative metals can make all of the difference for a set of stairs.

I have a COCOCOZY collection of painted wood floor tiles with Mirth Studios’ Mirthful Home. Mirth Studios also makes a great collection of stair riser decals that you can simply peel and stick onto already existing stairs! Love them. Click here to see their full collection of stair risers and read on to see my collection of stair riser decals and to see different options for your home too!

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I love a good arch.  As mentioned many a time, my best of friend AM loathes arches.  We have been best of friends for years and have rarely had major differences.  The arch thing is a major difference.  Yes, best of friend AM, I am drawing a line in the sand about arches. I love love love love them.  So… AM and I love talking about home decor.  We both get really excited when chatting about all things design.  We are aligned.  She likes a little more bold color and pattern than I do, but generally we are in sync…on the same page…see eye to eye…like minded…kindred design spirits…except when it comes to arches.  I don’t know why she doesn’t like arched things. I really don’t.  I know, after all these years, I cannot sway her.  It is fine.  I am resolved.  One less arch lover means more arched things for me.  I love arches in home decor.    I do.  I think a good arched built in book shelf, window or doorway can all of the character you need into a space.  Take a look and then please weigh in on this great debate…do you like arches? Or don’t you?

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Foyer Foliage Wallpaper

May 16, 2017
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I am all for a home with a proper foyer. A separate entry hall or space on the inside of the front door is so important to me. During my on going house hunt, I have immediately nixed the spaces that do not have a proper foyer. I know everyone is all for open floor plans these days but I am celebrant of a properly defined foyer space.

Anyhooo….saw this little foyer in an apartment and LOVED it. I love the foyer foliage wallpaper. The green and white wallpaper defines the space and sets the tone for the cute but simply decorated apartment beyond the front door area. A great way to greet guests I believe. Oooh just had a thought about a textile pattern. Thinking about my next collection of rugs and this wallpaper and foyer has inspired me! Take a look at the way the 360 degree view of this foyer and the wallpaper source…

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I am always fascinated about how trends in home and fashion come about. How do all of the manufacturers all know to create a certain look all at the same time? This year, one summer trend blowing up the fashion and home pages is the pom pom craze. Not tassels or fringe or trim but rows of round balls adorning clothing, home textiles and furnishings. Why is it the year of the pom pom? I have no idea. All I know is that I was working at the COCOCOZY offices with my assistant one Saturday a few weeks ago and I had the bright idea that we should work on a pom pom post. I felt like I was having a pom pom epiphany of sorts. I was thinking about how great it would be if we could figure out some photography of me wearing pom pom. Problem was, I looked like a wreck and that would mean we would have to break our focus on the work at hand, go buy/find something pom pom embellished and cute and then put on a mini photo shoot. A lot a lot a lot for one photo. So we put the pom pom post to the side, when about 3 hours later, I realized…

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I am totally obsessed with the idea of taking a flower arranging class.  I have no idea where I would find such a course, but I DEFINITELY want to take one. I love entertaining and I love creating my own original flower arrangements.  I think adding the right flowers to any setting can improve the decor and feel of a space almost instantly.  I love arranging flowers but I wouldn’t say I am a pro at it. I want to get better.  That being said…having fresh flowers in your home doesn’t have to be a big ordeal or cost a lot of money or require you to take some fancy flower arranging course.  All it takes is four steps: 1) go to your local supermarket or flower shop and buy any type of flowers or greenery; 2) Find some sort of vase or vessel in your cupboard; 3) Add water;  4) Cut flowers and voila! Instant upgrade to your room’s decor.  Here are some easy everyday flower arrangements for inspiration…

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What does it cost to remodel a kitchen?  That is the question of the day.  Of course the answer can be…”as much as you want to spend” or we can give you a few details.

Today,I bring you a cute kitchen update from STUDIO LIFE.STYLE. designers Shannon Wollack and Brittany Zwickl.  This is a kitchen they remodeled for a client here in the Los Angeles area.  The designers shared some of their sources and design thinking behind transforming this space into a cute kitchen.  They estimate that a remodel like this would cost between $30K-40K.

For those of you contemplating your first kitchen remodel, I have also broken down a possible kitchen renovation budget from low to high end too.  How much does it cost to remodel a kitchen like a designer…details…details…

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Okay, for those of you who just read the blog and are not on my social media channels, I just realized I did not clue you in on some very big news!

Last month, I woke up one morning to find thousands of more followers on my Instagram and an email from FORBES MAGAZINE saying I had been named as one of 30 on the Forbes Top Influencers List for 2017 (I ranked #10 in the Home category) !!!!  WHAAAAAAAAT???  Every time I think about it, I pinch myself.  That morning, I started screaming and dancing and reading and screaming and dancing and reading and screaming and dancing and reading…it was unbelievable to me that after almost 8 years of blogging, my blog had been recognized by Forbes.  I could not believe it!  I still can’t.  Why me?

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