We Set A Place For You: Fall Feature

This time of year I find we are all entertaining more often and I am always in search of an exciting new way to set my table. I love the crisp cool weather of this season and whenever possible try to dine outside. Above, some vintage glass mixed with sunny yellow pottery and natural elements create an organic feel inside or out.


For those who crave a little glam once in a while, spray pumpkins with silver paint, pair with multiple size candle holders, and a vintage silver tray, voila. For a more casual feel, green glass bottles make unique votive holders, interspersed with greenery, twig pumpkins and pine cones to bring the outdoors in to your dining experience.






Below, is a rustic treasure. A fabulous vintage centerpiece with turquoise toned pumpkins and a scalloped turquoise charger, beneath wooden plates. This is my pick of the day.




A combination of aqua, red and turquoise for some radiant color bliss. Acorns were dipped in aqua paint and hung on sprigs to create this centerpiece. I am loving the pattern place-mats and modern red chairs with this color scheme.

Natural color pumpkins, with swirled twigs and a monochromatic color scheme is always in style. A peaceful setting for a fall gathering. 

Now for some Halloween table bliss! “Wicked” the musical was one of my all time favorite Broadway shows, I couldn’t resist this centerpiece. Also, the modern chic feel of this room is the perfect setting for it.

I am crazy for vintage Halloween decorations and this table rocks vintage Halloween, wouldn’t you say? Enjoy your Sunday!

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Five Steps To Design Your Bathroom


Whether you are renovating an existing bathroom or building a new home there are certain tips for designing and renovating that I follow every time.

aayes31. The Process- What does the process of renovating a bathroom entail and what will it cost? The steps to renovation are; rent a dumpster, cap off the water sources, remove the fixtures, gut the bathroom down to the studs, install rough plumbing and electrical, install the proper sheetrock for the shower and walls, install tile, install the fixtures, install vanity and paint. A typical full bathroom cost ranges from $8,000 to $25,000. A DIY bathroom is about $3,000.00.

2. Contractor or DIY– The first choice is to hire someone or to “Do It Yourself”. If you are hiring someone I recommend having three contractors bid on the project, you also gain three different perspectives which can be helpful. DIY includes electrical and plumbing so you may want to hire an electrician and/or plumber for part of the project but there are still plenty of things you will be responsible for as you just read.

3. Time to Design– Layout the plan considering where the current plumbing is located if renovating. Keeping the plumbing close to where it is currently located will be kinder on your budget. Once you have decided where the fixtures and vanity will be its on to lighting design. I like a combination of recessed fixtures and decorative wall mounted fixtures. I also recommend deciding the fan location at this time which I prefer in a corner on the ceiling. When you select your tile create a tile plan; will the floor be straight or on an angle, will there be tile on the walls, what will the shower interior walls look like, will the shower floor be tile or a pan and is there any decorative tile? Don’t forget to add a shelf on the inside of the shower, recessed shelves are my favorite.


4. Selecting Materials & Fixtures– A fun step as a designer but one that can be frustrating if you have never done it. I recommend finding inspiration bathrooms to work from, I have dozens here. It will simplify the process and help narrow down your choices for; tile, counter-tops, vanities, toilet bowls/sinks/faucets, lighting and accessories

5. Project Management– Even if you have General Contractor overseeing his contractors you will still need to manage the process. This means making the selections, placing orders, following up on deliveries, scheduling, making sure the project stays on budget and that the scope of work is being carried out properly and in a timely manner.

A fresh new bathroom is such a treat and can feel like a vacation. I hope these steps help guide you through the process, here are even more tips and remember you can always email me.


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We’re Back!

Hello dear friends, Adore Your Place is back after a recent sabbatical. Major life changes and soul searching were in full swing this past year in addition to raising my kids and running my interior design business. I originally created this blog to inspire you to take risks when designing, share my design projects and give design advice but in this next chapter of my life I also hope to share; living a passionate life, defining happiness and finding your authentic self.

Neale Donald Walsh wrote, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”,  and I am living proof of that. My friends, each and every time I stepped out of my comfort zone my life jump-started. I could breathe easier, took more risks and began to discover happiness. I say “stepped out” because I often quietly stepped right back into my comfort zone but during the past two years that was not the option for me.

I had to begin the journey to find my authentic self out of my comfort zone. I’m here for you so stop in weekly to get inspired, send over your design dilemmas because I adore helping you solve them and lets define what happiness means to you on your journey designing and living.




How to Design Clean & Crisp Andalusian Style


As summer comes to a close I wanted to share a House Tour from Spain where steamy weather and the scent of the sea in the air exists for all seasons. Architect Alejandro Gimenez Ferrer has captured the essence of Andalusian design in this small town of San Roque overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar.


Andalusian design combines the influences from Andalusia, Spain with modern clean lines and natural materials. Although this is an ideal location, you can use the influences from this style in any size home or apartment.


The architecture is modern and sleek complemented by crisp white walls combined with statement pieces like this vintage bench, bold color accessories and a fabulous chandelier.


The modern kitchen works in harmony with the architecture while a traditional terra-cotta floor runs throughout the home providing a consistent flow.



Even the hearth is sleek and modern with built in benches flagging each side and a fabulous window seat.



The bedroom uses indigenous wood from the surrounding areas while woven wood storage adds texture and creates an inviting cottage feel. Notice again, the white walls and terra cotta floors remain the same throughout this home to keep the energy flowing; and with that view of the sea, who could ask for more.



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