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Silver & Gold

silver and goldMetallics are definitely having a moment in the world of interior design. The shimmer, shine, and texture of metals make them a unique element in home decor. While decorating with metals is certainly on trend, their timelessness makes them easy to incorporate into a variety of styles that are sure to last.

Silver-and-gold-Tiles-by-Acquario dramatic tiles by Acquario

silver and gold mark williams design assosMark Williams Design

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At the moment, gold has returned to the design spotlight, and I love that this time around it’s being used in small, impactful ways that embrace its warm tones and regal character.

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Yes, to the mix and match of metals


silver and gold sally wheatSally Wheat Design


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cuff home

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If your decorative style steers more towards the rustic and natural approach to metallic finishes, why not try the appeal of corrugated metal? In recent years corrugated metal has been used by designers for walls, ceilings, sides of cabinetry and creative accent walls

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calm and sculptural, a tasteful blending of metals

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Jan Showers Design

and finally my love for gallery walls, don’t be shy, mix and match your frames

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I am constantly inspired by my colleagues in our world of Interior Design. Here are some recent pictures of well done rooms.


Tasteful and soothing, design by Bergaya – Klasik

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striking craftsman bungalow, I love the black wood

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Traditional elegance with a dash of Asian influence, design by Porchlight Interiors

designer room for Kristin CavallariKristin Cavallari’s crib in the Hollywood Hills.

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Old & new, interesting and quirky

designer room by the sea

Beautiful palette,easy open floor plan and the view…..wonderful

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Clean, crisp, perfect…love the gray walls

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I am so attracted to the arched windows, very accomplished subtle design it let’s the house speak


Aubudon Birdhouse Entry & Auction

Buena Vista Aubudon Society

birdhouse auction 2014

The Buena Vista Audubon Society is soliciting donations of signature birdhouses, bat-houses and birdfeeders for our 4th Annual Birdhouse Auction to be held 2/22/2014 from 5-8:00pm. Last year’s event was a blast. We had over 100 unique and beautiful birdhouses up for auction, and every one of them sold. This year we will feature live music, great food and drink and both silent and live auctions. This year’s live auction will once again be led by guest auctioneer, Martha Barnette of KPBS’s “A Way With Words.”

Entries may be decorative or functional and can be submitted by teams or individuals. Prizes will be awarded for the top three vote getters. A limited number of undecorated birdhouses are available for $8.00 to help you get started. The use of sustainable, recycled and re-purposed materials is encouraged. All proceeds benefit the Buena Vista Audubon Society, an all volunteer, non-profit 501(3)(c) corporation dedicated to fostering an appreciation for the plants and animals of our community. Last year volunteers at the BVAS Nature Center hosted classes about nature and the environment for over 4,000 local schoolchildren. Applications can be found online at http://www.bvaudubon.org/

Buena Vista Aubudon Society

Merry Christmas

Christmas trees around the world

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The Capitol Christmas tree in Washington , D.C.
, is decorated with 3,000 ornaments that are the handiwork of U.S.
Schoolchildren. Encircling evergreens in the ‘Pathway of Peace’ represent the
50 U.S. States.

xmas2The world’s largest Christmas tree display rises
up the slopes of Monte Ingino outside of Gubbio, in Italy ‘s Umbria region.
Composed of about 500 lights connected by 40,000 feet of wire, the ‘tree’ is a
modern marvel for an ancient city

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A Christmas tree befitting Tokyo ‘s night time
neon display is projected onto the exterior of the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka.

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Illuminating the Gothic facades of Prague’s Old
Town Square, and casting its glow over the manger display of the famous
Christmas market, is a grand tree cut in the Sumava mountains in the southern
Czech Republic.

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Venice ‘s Murano Island renowned throughout the
world for its quality glasswork is home to the tallest glass tree in the world.
Sculpted by master glass blower Simone Cenedese, the artistic Christmas tree is
a modern reflection of the holiday season.
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Moscow celebrates Christmas according to the
Russian Orthodox calendar on Jan. 7. For weeks beforehand, the city is alive
with festivities in anticipation of Father Frost’s arrival on his magical
troika with the Snow Maiden. He and his helper deliver gifts under the New Year
tree, or yolka, which is traditionally a fir.

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The largest Christmas tree in Europe (more than
230 feet tall) can be found in the Prada do Comercio in Lisbon , Portugal .
Thousands of lights adorn the tree, adding to the special enchantment of the
city during the holiday season.

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‘Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree’: Even in
its humblest attire, aglow beside a tiny chapel in Germany ‘s Karwendel
mountains, a Christmas tree is a wondrous sight.

xmas 9Ooh la Galeries Lafayette!  In Paris, even the
Christmas trees are chic. With its monumental, baroque dome, plus 10 stories of
lights and high fashion, it’s no surprise this show-stopping department store
draws more visitors than the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower

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In addition to the Vatican ‘s heavenly
evergreen, St. Peter’s Square in Rome hosts a larger-than-life nativity scene
in front of the obelisk

Christmas Tree at Puerta del Sol in Madrid

The Christmas tree that greets revellers at the
Puerta del Sol is dressed for a party.

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A token of gratitude for Britain ‘s aid during
World War II, the Christmas tree in London ‘s Trafalgar Square has been the
annual gift of the people of Norway since 1947

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Drink a glass of gluhwein from the holiday
market at the Romer, Frankfurt ‘s city hall since 1405 and enjoy a taste of
Christmas past.

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Against a backdrop of tall, shadowy firs, a
rainbow trio of Christmas trees lights up the night (location unknown).

The twelve days of Christmas….. what do
leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who
won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?

read on……

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice
their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism
song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning
plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in
the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could

-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.-

-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the
Old Testament.

-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy
Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation,
Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace,
Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness,
Gentleness, and Self Control.

-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the
Apostles’ Creed.

Merry Christmas Everyone,

Peace, Love and Joy to you today and in the new year

Wait! it’s not over yet

I’m preparing my kids for back to college and school, but it’s only the middle of summer!

I’m not ready to let go of these relaxing balmy days. beach 8

So let us enjoy the summer a little longer with these breezy coastal designs……

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I feel better, keep that summertime state of mind