Friday, September 5, 2014

Tour the 2014 HGTV Urban Oasis Home in Atlanta - Then Register for Your Chance to Win It!

I had the opportunity to tour the 2014 HGTV Urban Oasis home at the Mandarin Oriental in Atlanta on yesterday.  It is a spectacular space with breathtaking views and luxurious furnishings.  I wanted to move right in and immediately invite my friends over for dinner. The condo is in the heart of Buckhead and is conveniently located near some of the cities' best restaurants and shopping.  I can hardly believe HGTV is actually giving it away! 

Jack Thomasson, the HGTV Urban Oasis Home Planner and Lindsay Pumpa, HGTV Urban Oasis Interior Designer were on hand to answer my questions (I had a lot) and to share with me all the details that makes this space such a standout.

The home is about 2,000 square feet and is situated on the 37th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta. It's a two bedroom condo with two and one-half baths. It has floor to ceiling windows and an impressive closet /dressing room. The master bath is outfitted with the latest from Kohler and features a stand alone soaking tub as well as a spa like shower. 

The modern kitchen is sleek and elegant and has just the right amount of storage cleverly hidden behind the cabinetry.  I love the accent tile and quarts counter tops. So chic!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The 10 Instagram Accounts That Keep Me Motivated!

I know this is going to sound crazy but I'm really a private person.  I'm a blogger and I like to talk. I just can't bring myself to sharing every single aspect of my life online. Please don't abandon me for keeping some things a secret.  I have a lot of fun and exciting things planned for the fall and of course, I plan to share them in posts, on my twitter and via Instagram.

While we’re on the topic, I find my Instagram feed to be less engaging as I had previously. It started out really fun but over the years it has turned into a duplication of my Facebook feed. All the things I disliked about Facebook were now showing up on Instagram.

I realized that it was partly because I had yet not ventured into uncharted territory. I stopped following a lot of my family whose updates I can get via Facebook or my Aunt Bessie.  I've also stopped following friends who took questionable pictures or congested my feed far too many selfies. Instead, I started paying close attention to the people and brands that were doing innovative things and filled my feed with more people just like them. My commenting and sharing increased because I really liked what I was seeing.  

Today, I'm sharing my 10 favorite Instagram accounts.  These guys consistently share images and advice that makes my want to hit the like button.  I love the individuality of the people and the authenticity of their brands.  They inspire me and I hope they will inspire you as well.

*I want my Instagram feed to be full of creatives whose images have the power to inspire.*

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Before the Summer Ends We're Taking Some Time Off!

Just wanted to drop you a little note to let you know I will be out for the next few days.  I hope you have enjoyed our summer series here and on Blogtalk radio.  Our fall is gearing up to be busy, busy, busy, so I need to take a break now while I still can.

I absolutely love the fall. It's my favorite time of the year.  This fall I am in for some new adventures and I can hardly contain my excitement.  We will be starting a new series on the Blogtalk radio show with some of your favorite designers and design bloggers stopping by to share their ideas and inspirations for the home.

Our team is growing and you'll meet the girls behind Kimberly and Cameron Interiors as well as the new contributors to Pinkeggshell. Think fashion, makeup, hair and a lot more lifestyle!  

I finally got my guys situated and by situated I mean focused on what I need them to be doing.   This will mean more to those of you who follow Blue Satin Male and have been wondering why we stopped posting over there. Stay tuned major updates coming soon.

This fall I'll finally deliver on the kids and baby promise I made a few years ago.  I've been seeing a business coach all summer and  he thought I should axe Lavender Gloss.  I fought for it, so I have to fully develop it in the coming months.  I would really hate to see it go.  We have some really cool new contributors and hopefully together we can make it the premiere-decorating destination for our kids.  Fingers crossed!

I'm a lot calmer going into the fall.  Having a plan makes all the difference in the world. I'm also thankful for my team. Not just the team I manage, but also the team that manages me. You don't know what you don't know! I am grateful!

Please do join us back here in August.  Until then, enjoy the rest of your summer!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Join us Monday at 6pm EST as Beth D. Smith of the blog "My Chic My Way" shares Home Office decorating and organizing tips!

Our summer decorating series continues this Monday with the super funny and super organized Beth D. Smith of New Jersey's hottest new design firm Diana Studios!  I'm excited to talk decorating and organization with Beth because she is one of the best bargain shoppers I know.  She's always picking up chic new finds for her New Jersey town house.  This is a girl who knows her way around a Home Goods Store!  She's a lot of fun and I hope you'll tune in Monday to meet her.  The link to the show and call in number are below.  Hope to have you on with us!
BTW, here is a re post of an interview I did with Beth in 2012. The images are from her office. She's made some updates that I know you're going to love.   I'll wait to share those with you during the show.  Be sure to get your questions ready for Beth.  We'll talk to you on Monday!
347-327-9451 Call in Number


Today I'd like to introduce you guys to Beth D. Smith of My Chic My Way.  I originally met Beth in 2011 during Kravet's Blogfest  where we quickly became good friends.  Beth is so funny and keeps me laughing whenever we get together.  From time to time...OK every day, I go over to her blog to see what she's been up to and to get an instant pick-me-up.

Beth purchased a home a few years back and have been decorating it room by room every since.  You don't know organization like Beth knows organization.  I wish I could give you a peak into her closets or cabinets.  Everything has a place and nothing is without a custom container or label.  You'll have to check out her blog to see the photos and get details on all her projects.  

Monday, July 7, 2014

We're Exploring Kitchen and Bath Trends on the "Let's Talk Home" Show Tonight!

Our special Guest will be Jacob Herskovits from TileBar.  We'll talk about cabinets, and vanities and faucets, but our main focus will be on creative ways to use tile in these spaces.  I am in the middle of a home remodel  and am very excited to try the tile that mimics the look of hardwood flooring.  My client in Atlanta had it installed in his basement build out and I love it!  We'll take a fresh look at glass tiles and try and figure out the best patterns for a sophisticated and modern home.

I want to thank Jacob for coming on.  TileBar has been a huge supporter not only of me, but also of the African American Top 20.  Whenever I ask his to do something like tonights show his answer is always a cheerful yes!

Tile Samples from TileBar and a little something something for the designer.