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♥♥♥♥♥ Christmas is right around the corner and I still don’t know how it snuck up so fast. Last night my husband and I went to see Jeremy Davenport play a Christmas concert at the beautiful Saint Louis Cathedral Church in the French Quarter. It was such a fun night and it got me in the holiday spirit. As seen on previous post I am currently living in the French Quarter and it has been fun to see the decorations going up for the holiday. Happy Friday before Christmas y’all! ♥♥♥♥♥

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Handsome Hardware

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Often in the design world you will hear the term “the design is in the details”. This is so true. There are a few details in design that I find are overlooked or not well thought out time and time again. Lighting is one design element that is sometimes only thought of as a necessity and not part of the overall design. Lighting can be one of those elements that when well thought out and implemented correctly can really make a huge impact on a space. Another element that is often overlooked is hardware. This applies to many element such as door pulls, cabinetry knob, hinges, hooks and even door bells and mailboxes. These hardware elements are often the last thing people think about when designing a space but inevitably they are in every space in some form. When the hardware details  are well thought out it can elevate a space to a higher design level. It is one of those things in a space that you don’t really think much about until you see it done right. In a resent search for pulls I found a great company , Rocky mountain hardware, specialising in handcrafted architectural hardware. Everything below is from their website. This company got me excited about hardware (I’m a designer, these things excite me) and the possible application of these products on future projects.

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♥♥♥♥♥ Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. This year was different for me. I had no family in town so Chris and I were on our own this year. I decided not to cook and we went out to eat (different). We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the French Quarter and going to all the hotel lobbies to see the Christmas decorations. Only in New Orleans can you take a walk on Thanksgiving and run into a parade. It was great and we had a lovely day. Happy Friday  y’all! ♥♥♥♥♥

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A Place To Relax

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My husband and I love to take walks. We have done this since we first met. There is no better way to take in your neighborhood than to walk it. I love to look at other people’s houses. The colors they paint them, how they decorate them, and even the plants that they use will always be interesting to me. Living in New Orleans we are pretty lucky that no matter what neighborhood you live in it is usually full of character or at the least some fun colors.  We are currently living in the French Quarter and these old buildings are magical. I have become obsessed with the balconies. Since many French Quarter spaces are pretty small the balconies are often like and extension of space. I can’t think of a better place to relax after a long walk than on one of these great balconies.

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♥♥♥♥♥ It is so hard to believe that next week is Thanksgiving. How did this happen? Well I guess I have no choice but to embrace the season. Here are a few fun seasonal finds. Let the holiday madness begin. Happy Friday y’all! ♥♥♥♥♥

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Awesome Accents

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An accent wall is a great way to add a punch of color, texture or pattern to a space. Accent walls can be as simple as a different paint color on one wall but it does not have to be limited to just paint. Although paint is probably the easiest and cheapest way to add a punch of color to a wall it is by far not the only way to make a statement. Wall covering has made a great come back in the last few years and with so many new and fresh patterns it is also a great option for an accent wall. But really the ideas for an accent wall are endless with just a bit of imagination and creativity. Here are a few great accent walls that inspired me.

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♥♥♥♥♥ Well I figured I would wrap up this weeks post with a little more food. As you saw on my post Monday I am now wrapping up the second week of my 21 day challenge. This week was filled with fresh fruits and veggies as well as a little fish. I promise I will get my mind back in design soon. One more week to go……… Happy Friday y’all!♥♥♥♥♥

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Lovely Links

This week I have food on my brain. I often go to food blogs to look for new recipes and inspiration in the kitchen. I have my favorites that I go to for recipes. I also love to read local New Orleans food blogs to find out whats going on in the New Orleans food scene. These are a few of my go to blogs for New Orleans inspired food finds.

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1. {http://fleurdelicious-nola.com/}

2.  {http://sucktheheads.blogspot.com/}

3.  {http://nolafoodporn.tumblr.com/}

4. {http://bouillie.us/}

5. {http://www.gonola.com/}
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Meatless Monday

Todays post is all about fruits and vegetables! A few weeks ago a girlfriend and I decided to do a 21 day cleanse. This is not new to me as CMH and myself have done this a few times over the last few years. We followed the Wholeliving mind and body challenge. The goal is to cut out wheat, dairy and sugar and eat clean non processed foods. Each week you add back certain foods. I am not doing this to lose weight. Honestly I am pretty happy with my weight and my fitness level. I struggle with chronic headaches and am always looking for anything that will help. And although I am pretty health conscious I do live in New Orleans and I am not above a good shrimp poorboy or piece of kingcake.  So this is a good exercise for me to refocus my eating habits and make some new recipes. The first week is the hardest since you only eat fruits, vegetables and nuts. But I got through it and honestly it has not been all that bad. Happy meatless Monday  y’all!

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♥♥♥♥♥ I have a confession……… I love nail art. I went more than half my life painting my nails with clear polish every week. My nails are week and short and honestly not that attractive. But a few years ago when nail art really started to take off I just decided I could not resist. Who cares if my nails are short! I just love a good mani or pedi with a bit of flair. Happy Friday Y’all! ♥♥♥♥♥

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