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A Favorite Outdoor Space You'll Love

Think Spring!  Check out this gorgeous outdoor space I'm swooning over!

Happy Friday everyone!  Check back later this weekend for great weekend links in design, fashion and food!

Patio with pink accents.



Amazing Entries You Don't Want To Miss

Well, we have yet another snow day here in the DC area. Schools are closed once again.. while my kids are making me coffee (thank goodness for the easy to use pods!), I pulled together several gorgeous entries that I had to share with you! 

Which is your fav?

ohh yahh know, just my gorgeous foyer leading to my grand staircase, love the colors

We're not over the Parisian pop trend // French bones mixed with modern interior styling

the glass entrance of this Texas home frames a naturally inspired, clean entryway featuring a contemporary chandelier.

Sleek #doors #windows sliding doors, entrance door, door hardware, pivot doors, french windows and doors, double height windows, wall to wall glazing, bay windows, wooden doors, barn doors, glass doors, #interiordesign

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Photographer Matthew Williams

I was perusing photos last night and came across New York based photographer Matthew Williams work and fell in love.    He has a ton of photos on his site that are gorgeous!  Here are a few I wanted to share with you today.

Living area | Take a tour around an extended timber-framed house in the Hamptons | House tour | Livingetc | PHOTO GALLERY

living room / matthew williams

Dining area | Take a tour around an extended timber-framed house in the Hamptons | House tour | Livingetc | PHOTO GALLERY


Pretty Small Space Living in NYC

Hi Everyone!
I just got back from NYC to meet with a new client and am super excited to start their project. They live in a gorgeous building with 14 foot high ceilings, a beautiful Bay window, and ornate moldings.   But, after all, it is NYC, so this is a small space and I've been tasked with designing to make it the most functional.

Today I'm sharing NYC spaces to show you how creative design can get when it comes to small spaces.

New York City Apartment by Denizen Design
by Denison Design

20-Something Manhattan Apartment - First Apartment Decorating Ideas - House Beautiful
Via House Beautiful

Genevieve Gorder’s NYC Home, NYC apartment in a Manhattan brownstone, new york city apartment, small space living
Geneieve Gorder's old NYC home

Nate Berkus decorated this studio apartment.  Striped walls. NYC apartment.  Sofa at the foot of the bed, round cocktail table.
This studio apartment by Nate Berkus

Design by Frances Herrara of a Grammercy Park home


Weekend Wear: My Picks

I'm heading to NYC for a new client this weekend.  Since it's freezing here, I put together this fun (and warm!) weekend outfit for you! 

Weekend Wear


How To Take Great Instagram Pics/ Pretty Examples

This week has been crazy here with snow! 

Today I wanted to share tips on taking great Instagram photos. I get a lot of emails about how I've grown my Instagram account so fast.  One reason I believe this has happened is because I post excellent (aka high quality) photos that I've styled and taken with my iPhone 5. Other photos are from other designers that I share and love. 

Here are my tips and actual photos I've styled and posted to Instagram using my iPhone 5: 

PS- If you found this helpful, please send me a note and let me know! Thanks!

Use a plain background & varying heights
(White walls, gray walls, black walls)  A plain backdrop allows you to focus on what you are styling
Varying the height of the objects makes for a more interesting photo too as you can see in this photo of my living room below.

Take "top-down" photos 
Hold the camera (I know you've seen it a million times) directly above the items you want to showcase.  I love using my white dining room table or white cowhide rug. Play with the items while holding the camera above so you can see what looks good in the camera.  WHAT LOOKS GOOD TO THE EYE DOES NOT MEAN IT WILL LOOK GOOD IN THE CAMERA LENS.. YOU MUST PLAY WITH THE ITEMS.. I've found putting items close together works 

We all know good lighting is everything!  In my experience good light, but not bright light (it creates shadows) makes for the best photos


Mixing it Up: Using 2 Different Sofas in A Space

HI Everyone!

It is crazy here in DC!  Snow everywhere--beautiful, yet messy! 

Today I found this gorgeous California home designed by Ann Lowengart . Not only do I love the colors, but what caught my eye was the use of the same color for the sofas--but different styles! I've never used 2 different style sofas in a room and think I will in a project (pending client approval of course!). I love this look!

What do you think?

Ann Lowengart Interiors Modern Living Room // blue velvet sofas and quartz-lined chandelier
all photos via DomaineHome

Ann Lowengart Interiors Modern Living Room

Ann Lowengart Interiors Modern


Rue Magazine Features JWS Interiors' Valentine's Photo Shoot / WEEKEND Links

Just in time for Valentines or any event that calls for a candlelit dinner, I created this sexy dinner for two (ON THE FLOOR!) using Target, West Elm and World Market for trays, lanterns and floor cushions.

A Huge shout out to Rue Daily for featuring my photo shoot today! 

Click HERE to read the full article and see more photos from the shoot! 

Weekend Links:
Food:  We are making these Red Velvet Pancakes Saturday morning! 
Fashion: In love with these shoes
Design: Aren't these pillows fun? 

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PARTY TIME: Valentine’s Day Dinner by the Fire

Jennifer Wagner Schmidt, founder of JWS Interiors, hosts an at-home picnic with sushi, champagne, and plenty of style.