Green with Envy

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From fashion runways to luxurious interior design this bold shade of green, which has been a staple in Ireland for hundreds of years, was selected by Pantone as Color Of The Year 2013. As a designer it is imperative for me to be on the cutting edge of color trends and it is such an exciting time of year when Pantone announces their pick. In a European capital, twice a year, Pantone hosts a meeting of representatives from various nations’ color standards groups. After presentations and debate, they choose a color for the following year. The results of the meeting are published in Pantone View, which fashion designers, florists, and many other consumer-driven companies purchase to influence their designs and planning for future product and projects. Read more

It’s Giveaway Time: Little Uni

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*** This giveaway is closed – see who won! ***

{Our lucky winner has been selected by Random.org and she is Karen Endres DeGirolamo, Congratulations Karen!  Visit Little Uni to select your Monogrammed Plate & Tote then email the selections to cathy@adoreyourplace.com. Here are Karen’s two favorite patterns. A special Thank You to our friends at Little Uni for sponsoring this Giveaway!}

Pippin is Vintage Perfection; NYC

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Holiday shopping puts us all to the test but I have to say one of my favorite things about it is finding just the right gift for that special someone and then seeing them wear it again and again. I started a shopping category on the blog to share my fabulous finds and today I want to share one of my favorite shops in New York City for vintage jewelry, Pippin Vintage Jewelry. Located in the eclectic Chelsea section of NYC their street is known as “thrift row” and it is a real gem (hehehe a pun).

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Green & Glorious Gift Guide

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Happy Weekend! This weeks Friday Find is a green gift guide that I stumbled upon today while trying to get a jump on my holiday shopping. I “try” to live green and design green but it can be challenging and costly at times. This catalog fulfills my desire to give gifts that are hip and my desire to live green (or slightly greener). I also like my gifts to have a real wow factor reaction. Today I found just what I was after with this holiday gift guide by Treehugger.  The wow factor is the level of uniqueness these gifts have coupled with the minimum impact they have on our earth, doesn’t get any better than that. 
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Mudroom Mayhem

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I had a super fun Wednesday getting back to everyone about their design dilemmas and project questions this week in my Just Ask category. The topic most people were interested in was organization, in particular mud rooms as we approach coat and boot season. I have designed hundreds of them so I am happy to share some inspiration.

Q. As the holidays and winter months approach I need to finally design my mud room. I have the space for built ins but wanted to also see what you can recommend if I just did a long bench with some storage. Barb L.

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Lending a Hand

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I decided that once the tree was removed from our street and we could leave that it was time for us to get out and help out. For some of us it meant collecting clothes for a family that lost everything at the Jersey Shore, for others it meant spendng time with friends that needed a pick-me-up and informing everyone we could where gas was available for sale. It also meant getting my little guy out for some much needed running and fun at the park. These are baby steps of course and this evening we began researching greater ways that we can give back. Here is what we came up with;

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Batik Fabric Fantasy: Katherine Rally Textiles

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One of the best parts about my job as a professional designer is that I get to shop for my clients everyday. Before I had my kids I taught Interior Design at the college level for a brief period and would joke with students that you have to love shopping to be successful at this career but it is actually true. You need to be able to seek out and find that latest trend or discover that tried and true classic piece of furniture that suits your clients needs perfectly. This means constant research and constant shopping, love it! Today I am sharing a fabulous find that I stumbled upon working on a recent project where I needed to specify fabric for pillows that would pull the entire room together. This fabric had to be unique in material, design and origin because it would not only complete the design but it would become a conversational piece for my clients to share with their guests. Katherine Rally, Fabric and Pillows.

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At The Farm

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I adore this season and the traditions our family has made. One of our favorites, since my daughter was three, is going to Wightman’s Farms. We love the hayride that takes you up the side of a hill and drops you off in their pumpkin patch. Other highlights are the corn maze, pumpkin sling shot, scrumptious homemade pies, cider donuts and apple cider. My kids vary in age so it is hard to find something they all want to do (even the little guy has an opinion now hehehe) but they all were so excited to spend some time at the farm together. 

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Pumpkin Possibilities

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This weekend we are enjoying the many wonderful experiences characteristic of the season. Decorating for Halloween, a town football game, pumpkin picking, and a Saturday night bon-fire. These experiences, the crisp cool air and spending time near all of these beautiful pumpkins, got me thinking about all of the possibilities for incorporating pumpkins into design and all of the wonderful recipes that my family loves. Let’s start out with a delectable sweet spiced pumpkin soup. I have made a version this soup for years and recently found this one which seemed slightly better. It was love at first taste and I never looked back for my old recipe LOL.

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