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More Beautiful Bathrooms August 26, 2008

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Cottage Living: Colleen Duffley

Coastal Living: Keith Scott Morton

Traditional Home

Southern Accents: Mary Evelyn McKee

Southern Living: Photo Gordon Beall, Designer Mona Hajj

Design by Candice Olson, above three photos via HGTV

Not sure how these dropped off my post yesterday! A little blog calamity!

Hope you enjoyed some more beautiful bathrooms today for the dream file!

So, since we are on the subject, what is your favorite style of bathroom? Cottage? Glam? Traditional? Modern? Or if money were no object would you choose a luxurious spa experience over a more humble and traditional bathroom? What you do you think about the map wallpaper in the tiny powder room? Do you have a powder room or dedicated guest bathroom?

Have a terrific day everyone! Don’t forget about the BIG CELEBRATION WEEK next week. If you plan some Fall Nesting & Decorating posts you will be able to link them up via Mr. Linky!

More details on the upcoming festivities and updating my blog address can be found here!

Beautiful Bathrooms: more inspiring images can be found here!
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Beautiful Bathrooms August 25, 2008

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Coastal Living, Alec Hemer

This Old House, Casey Sills

This Old House Casey Sills

This Old House, Casey Sills

This Old House, Casey Sills

Cooking Light, John O’Hagan

Living Etc. Jan 2005 via House to Home

Coastal Living, Jean Allsopp

Coastal Living, Jean Allsopp

Cottage Living, Laurie W. Glenn

25 Beautiful Homes Dec 2005 via House to Home

Cottage Living, Antoine Bootz (Cathy Kincaid designer)

Cottage Living, Pieter Esthersohn & design Eric Prokesh

Cottage Living, Pieter Eserhsohn, designer Amelia Handegan

Cottage Living, John O’Hagan

Cottage Living, Rob Meinychuck


And my personal favorite, in case you missed it: A New Old Inspiring Bathroom

PS. Don’t miss the IMPORTANT NEWS in the previous post! Hint: A Giveaway and Blog Change!

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Attention! Attention! Important News! August 24, 2008

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Hi friends! Excuse the interruption, but I want to let you all know a FEW EXCITING THINGS!


First, I have a NEW BIG GIRL BLOG ADDRESS! If you all would be so kind as to change your link to my updated address, I’d be forever grateful! I don’t want to lose track of my friends! The new address is:


Secondly, the day after Labor Day here in the U.S. I will be kicking off THE INSPIRED ROOM’S CELEBRATION WEEK AND FALL NESTING KICKOFF! Oh, it has been far too long since I’ve had a celebration week! There will be LOTS to celebrate! One year of blogging, 300 posts, back to school, FALL NESTING, the kick off of Blissfully Domestic‘s new & improved site that week, and my grown up blog address and a NEW BLOGROLL (I’m working on it) on THE INSPIRED ROOM!


And what is a celebration without GIVEAWAY? I’ll be rewarding readers (and people who update my blog address or mention my celebration week or my blog) with surprises all week! Just like the PRIZE PATROL, I’ll show up at your blog or email door!

I’ll have some gifts (real ones), I’ll be stumbling some of your awesome posts with glowing recommendations from me (I’m new on Stumble Upon), I just might be mentioning your blog by name on a huge traffic week, and generally just fussing over you! And, I’ll be creating a new blogroll to reflect all the awesome new readers who link to my blog.


Do you have an awesome fall decorating or nesting post full of large crisp clear photos & inspiring ideas that The Inspired Room readers might like? Send me a link to I can’t feature all of them, but I will provide a round up of links during the week (and perhaps feature your idea) so thanks for sharing your submissions.


The return of MR. LINKY! (yikes!) Mr. Linky will be around to allow you to link back to your posts. We’ll be featuring “BACK TO FALL NESTING & DECORATING” ideas all week, so start working on posts to share Labor Day week

WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK (if you want to!)

  • Update your THE INSPIRED ROOM links (you don’t have to wait until celebration week, I need time to find you all to reward you). I will see the new links on Technorati so I can do a happy dance when you link!
  • Leave me some comments this week reminding me to come visit you, so I can start scoping out some great posts (they do not have to be decorating related) to stumble and recommend!
  • Start working on some FALL DECORATING OR NESTING posts to share after Labor Day via Mr. Linky!
  • Oh, and if you don’t have a blog? I love you anyways. Leave me comments so I know who you are and you just might be a prize winner! You don’t have to have a blog to win!


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Have a terrific week!
Stay tuned for new decorating posts!…

Email me with any questions, comments are closed on this post.

Photos: Hostess with the Mostess


Sweet Escape: Wedding Candy August 22, 2008

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One of my favorite things we did for the wedding reception was the “candy bar.” I know it is not very original but it really turned out to be both cute and a fun part of the festivities. It was fairly simple but still sweet!

We set it up right in the hub of the reception so it served both as a decoration and a focal point destination for sweets. We bought the candy from local beach candy shops and mixed into the decor the “love is sweet” frame as well as starfish (for the beach theme) and framed photos of the bride and groom. Of course, we coordinated the candy colors with the wedding colors.

Sticky tack is your friend if you want starfish to stick up and not slide down.

We used muffin papers for people to put their jelly beans in as they walked around.

Not shown in these photos was a big basket of cute bagged candy that served as party favors for guests.

This was definitely a SWEET ESCAPE! And a “candy bar” would be a cute idea for any party, not just weddings.

Did you see the behind the scenes of the wedding cupcakes in the previous post? Click HERE.
Are you new here and want to read who this wedding was for? Welcome! Click here!
Want to see what this beach house looked like just weeks before the wedding? Click here!


Observation: Checkerboard Kitchen August 18, 2008

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Greetings! Thank you all so much for checking in on me over the weekend. My daughters wedding was absolutely lovely. There were so many special things about it I cannot wait to share once I can get back into Portland and load some photos and gather my thoughts. An unbelievable amount of detail and coordination went in to this event (which was actually designed to be “a simple beach wedding” but yet still took a lot of thought!) so my brain has been on overload. Meanwhile, I kind of left you all hanging there without any posts so I am going to put in another observation post so we can have a little fun while I am getting myself back into gear.

For those of you new to this game we’ve been playing, here are some ideas to jump start the conversation, but feel free to share on anything about the room:

  • How would you describe this style?
  • What is the mood of the room?
  • Describe the personality of people who might live in a room like this?
  • What are the main things you notice when you first look at this photo?
  • What are some subtle features that you notice when you look more closely?
  • Notice things like the shapes, the textures, the colors, the proportions, patterns, etc.
  • What is something you can learn from this style or how the room is put together?
  • What role does the architecture play in this room?
  • If someone wanted to create a room like this, what are some of the significant things they should incorporate?

Enjoy observing, and don’t forget to share with us what you noticed. Many of you have commented how much you are learning by both sharing AND reading what others share. I agree this is a great way to learn about design!

“Observation” is a new series of posts where we will all share our observations on the day’s photo. There is no expected, right or wrong comment. Just share what you see, what you notice, what is unique, what you love, what strikes you, or what is something you might have learned about design from this photo.

You don’t have to love the room to observe things about it. We’ll study all kinds of rooms (don’t worry, we’ll do other posts too, not only these!)

This exercise is both to stretch our own creativity and to help ourselves and others see from a new perspective.

Need more help with what to look for? Read the explanation post here. Have fun observing!

Photo: Southern Living


Beach House Love August 13, 2008

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No, the beach house love I’m talking about has nothing to do with the wedding reception for my daughter that will be taking place this weekend at our beach house. I’m talking about a lovely beach cottage I spied on blogging friend Villa Anna’s blog recently. Oh, how I love! Click on over to her blog see the rest of the loveliness.

And because I can scarcely talk about anything non-wedding related this week, I’m gonna give you a few links to decorating articles I’ve written for Blissfully Domestic Magazine. You’ll go read them, right?

And if you haven’t joined me over on Twitter, I’d love to have you over there keeping up with the day to day or hour by hour happenings!





Love to you all! I miss visiting with you and can’t wait to catch up soon! Thanks to each of you who faithfully visit my blog, send me emails, say hi on Twitter and are just all around great friends! MUAH!

Photo via Villa Anna, & Design Editor designer Jane Coslick Design

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