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23.07 20150

Island Style

This year, my summer vacation was to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. We stayed at the Ritz-Carlton, which was beautiful! We saw so many design ideas while there. The island old world meets new world style was evident everywhere. Here's a view of the entrance to the hotel: walkway

Indoors was gorgeous as well. Look at those dark ceilings, contrasted with the light walls.

ceiling

Here's a view of that mirror you can see in the corner. The bright sun motif really lights up that dark background, and the orange accents are understated but lovely.

restaurant

Another display in light airy colors. Neat and beautiful.

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Light fixture at the end of a stairway. The metal work is old plantation style, charming but durable.details

Mirrors everywhere caught the light and background plants. The island was lush and vibrant.

mirror

The artwork kept to the tropical and island theme. Here's a pineapple print.

pineapple

An interesting fresco that caught my eye.

painting

Detail on the furniture added those little reminders that this was a sophisticated, but comfortable getaway.

woodwork

Flower and plant arrangements were everywhere, emphasizing the vibrant island life!

table and arrangement

Marble was a common element. It stands up to rough salty air well.

table

A potted plant surrounded by columns:

tropical foliage

Outdoors, I found one of my favorite things - an herb garden!

herb garden

A racehorse training in the water. I'm sure it enjoyed the chance to cool off.

water

Outdoor showerheads help get the sand and muck off of swimmers before they go indoors.

outdoor shower head

Many outdoor items had a patina. It's a good thing it's so beautiful and rustic looking, because on the island everything is subject to the elements.

Patina

A water fountain with lots of tropical plants around.

plants

Does anyone know what these plants are? They're very interesting looking!

tropical plant

This was the chalkboard at one of the restaurants. We definitely took some time to relax and unwind.

coconut cove

Another spot to unwind. Beautiful and tranquil.

view

The "wish you were here" photo everyone sends home. I loved the palm tree on the railing. And I had a great vacation!

island view

         

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20.02 20150

Romantic Style

I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's weekend and had the chance to experience some love and romance! I’d like to talk about Romantic Style. Imagine the fresh smell of white Oriental lilies, with their intense fragrance wafting in the air in your Romantic style cottage. The Romantic Style is a comfortable design style that appeals to the senses through flower arrangements, soft fabrics, painted furniture, or light filtering through sheer linen curtains. When creating the romantic style think about white washed walls, color palettes, fabrics and textures, and cherished items. Here are some things that work well when you are creating the Romantic style. Furnishings: Painted pieces, small accents with graceful curves and dark or natural wood accessories. Color: Soft grays, dusty blues, sage greens, antique ivory. All of these colors I’ve used when decorating in Romantic Style. I believe color schemes with muted tones  are best to use to create comfortable and relaxing rooms. Fabrics: Plush is the word that comes to my mind. Velvets, linens, lace. Soft, supple fabrics, like Egyptian cotton sheets. And don’t forget to add a touch of silk! Decorative Accents: Bring in silver frames with your loved ones photos. Candelabras or lighting with sparkling crystals. A carved French commode for a bedside piece. Sentimental family objects. IMG_6608   Love the champagne color velvet and the nailhead trim. IMG_6720 French dining table with acanthus leaf carving is gorgeous in this room with the white antique linens and antique candelabra. IMG_6471 Nothing is more romantic than a roaring fire. The beautiful antique tapestry looks lovely hanging on the wall next to the stone mantel. IMG_5615 I'm a lover of blue and white china. Blue willow, transferware, and flow blue are just a few I've collected through the years. In 1824, the Ceramics Act was passed requiring all pieces to have a country of origin mark. IMG_4721 Beautiful! A grapevine basket filled with the most magnificent color of roses. IMG_1299 A dining room should, in my opinion, have a beautiful center piece on the table with the perfect chandelier above. And of course, it should have fabulous artwork on the wall. IMG_9966 What a great spot to curl up and enjoy that juicy romance novel. IMG_4184   Bedding is where I love to go wild with pillows. How about a little pillow talk or maybe a game most commonly played by children but also enjoyed by adults? Let's have some fun and frolic with a good old pillow fight!   All pictures from Better Homes & Garden's Romantic Styles & The Cottage Journal 2014.

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21.07 20140

“The Way We Worked” Smithsonian Exhibit

This weekend, a really interesting traveling exhibit by the Smithsonian made its way to Pell City, AL. "The Way We Worked" is on display at the Pell City Center until August 23. You should come out and see it! Pell City was natural choice because of our history. We do not have a museum of our own, but we have an active interest in both our past and the future.  In the al.com article linked above, Pam Foote is hoping that this exhibit will be a springboard for a museum in Pell City. It might be a great way to stoke interest in the regional heritage that makes us so great! A lot of interesting furniture has been made from repurposed items that lived another life as work items around mills, factories, and farms. These vintage items might be kept as-is, and simply preserved. Sometimes the wood is salvaged and made into something entirely different. Either way, a bit of history is preserved. Here's an example of a light fixture made from salvaged wood at Lilly Designs, A Design Resource. Just think, this wood could be sitting in a landfill, rotting. But instead it's a beautiful piece just waiting to add personality to someone's home. Salvaged wood slat pendant light (blue tint) This piece is in my showroom in Pell City. It's a refurbished cart being used as a coffee table now. It was most likely used in an old mill. Pell City's industrial history is a treasure trove for decorators! coffee table   In addition to my normal items, I carry unfurbished and refurbished items. It's interesting and responsible to repurpose these items, and they're great talking pieces, too. I can always find you that perfect item you're looking for to add that touch of history and interest to your living space. You should visit the exhibit in Pell City, then take a stop by my shop to continue to be inspired by the voices of the past!      

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30.06 20140

Scouting Scott Antique Market

Beautiful pillows at Scott Antique Market: Pillow Scott market   Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles June magazine has a great article about Scott Antique Market in Atlanta. Last year, I wrote about Scott Market and how much I enjoy spending time there shopping and just getting lost in all of the merchandise.   distressed furniture   There are so many vendors and items it's worth taking two days! Mirror Gorgeous one of a kind rugs and other items you won't find anywhere else, like this rug: Rug scott market   You never know when there will be that perfect item you've been waiting for, so bring your tape measure! Scott furniture   Scott Market is open on the second weekend of every month. The main show is at the Atlanta Exposition Center in Atlanta, Georgia. November through March, they also have a high end antique show that is at the Ohio Expo Centers. scott market   Scott Market is billed as a huge treasure hunt, and that's exactly what you'll find when you get there! There are so many vintage items, as well as unique one-of-a-kind gems that you won't find anywhere else. Designers from all over love searching through the wares of more than 2000 vendors. still life at Scott A few tips: bring a camera and a friend with you. If you're searching for a specific item, it helps to know sizes and to bring color swatches to help you match items to your room. And take advantage of the on-site food vendors, too. Make the most of your shopping trip to Scott Antique Market, and come away with something special. Mirror at scott

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31.03 20140

Organization and Interior Design

Organization is something that I struggle with on a personal level at times. I'm an artistic type, and while I see the beauty in everything, sometimes finding a spot for it or remembering what I did with it is a challenge. When I'm redoing a room for someone else, it's easy, but my own space can get put on the back burner.  My interior design shop in Pell City just got a facelift, and one of the biggest changes I made was simply finding a place for everything. Although there are many items, now everything is artfully and carefully placed. It's a huge relief to see the well-ordered store and to know where items are.

second view of kitchen

One of the major focal points of interior design is how to arrange a space to its best effect. Many people struggle to do that, in part because they have too much stuff and not enough organization. Tiny spaces only make this harder, and every surface may be cluttered with papers, trash, and junk. Consider this image of a room from the Edward Drinker Cope House in 1897. It's got some great elements, and in fact is now a national landmark. But at the time, it was a bit of a mess, too .

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  On the other hand, a well organized room is a thing of beauty. Finding a place for everything might be a challenge in the beginning, but haphazard clutter and mess, even in a clean house, can be a source of stress. It goes much deeper than not knowing where to find your car keys. It can be a burden on your mind, tugging at you. By contrast, open spaces can be welcoming and inviting. Here's a recent interior design project I worked on. Doesn't this counter top seem like the perfect place to cook? Organization is beautiful!

P & M Project

  Fortunately, there are some simple ways to add organization to your life. As I discussed recently, well-ordered bookshelves can turn an unsightly stack of books into a focal point.  You might embrace a bit of chaos, but having a hiding place in an ottoman or a bench (like this one available in my shop) can be a great solution that helps to bring some needed order into your life.

Hudson

  What are your favorite organizational tips? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook. I'd love to discuss it more with you.

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20.01 20140

Design Inspiration: Madison214

Over the holidays, I traveled to visit family in Dallas. On vacation, I shopped in a gorgeous store named Madison214. Becca showed me around the store. It was bright and colorful, and I loved the details in this shop. Place settings and displays of china were cheerful and beautiful, as you can see.China   I got a couple of closeups of individual pairings. more fine china   What a beautiful variety.Fine china On display with flatware on a table, as if ready to serve: Colorful dishes   Books and accessories that were on sale provided some of the interior detailing as well. bookshelf The titles almost suggest a story themselves, don't they?   Books Planners and notebooks lined up in bright colors:Binder display I love this display of monogrammed handkerchiefs!   Napkin display   This little bird is distinctive and stylish. Partridge   Bright, sassy purses all lined up in a row!  Colorful purses   As you can see, the overall effect of the store was chipper and friendly! I truly enjoyed shopping here. The owners, Kirsten and Kelli, have put together an inspirational showroom to be proud of. Colorful display   Which are your favorite pictures? Are there design ideas you can use here? Let me know what you think, and if you're ever in Dallas, stop by Madison 214 and tell them Renee Lilly sent you!

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11.12 20130

Talladega Christmas Tour of Homes 2013

This Sunday, I  had the opportunity to tour a couple of the homes the Talladega Christmas tour. These are always fun for getting design ideas in general, but especially in decorating for the holidays! This Victorian home was built in 1906. The Lacys have lived here for 26 years and completely restored it. They were able to keep the original pine floors, as well as high ceilings, mantels, and fireplace inserts. Victorian home Talladega   I also visited this Greek revival cottage, built in 1950. It has been renovated and updated, but is a "work in progress." The owner is a fan of all things French, and it's apparent by visiting and seeing her interior.   Greek Revival cottage   Here are some of the interesting items I saw on the tour. You can see how just a subtle accent or two can make a beautiful home holiday ready.

bric-a-brac

 I love this cute little Christmas tree! Very understated and works well with the decor.

 subtle holiday accents

A splash of color is always festive and cheerful!

hallway

 Of course, sometimes you just want to go all out! This kitchen table is bright and cheery and cozy. It makes you feel like you're home. Christmas table There was plenty more to be seen. I've shared the highlights and best pictures from the day. Touring homes is a great source of inspiration and can put you in the holiday mood! I had a great time.

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15.04 20130

Facebook Contest!

Want to win this gorgeous tray? I'm looking for more fans and thought I'd shake things up with a monthly contest. The more people who visit my page, the better, and what better way to get your attention than with a giveaway? This colorful oval tray with lemons is perfect for spring, and would be a beautiful addition to your home!

Oval_Tray_Lemons

All you have to do to enter April's contest is LIKE us on Facebook, and follow this link to enter. Don't forget to share A Design Resource with all of your friends on Facebook! The more success I  have promoting both on Facebook and through my Pell City interior design business, the more opportunities I will have to share interesting, beautiful items with you. Thanks so much! Reneesig

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11.03 20130

Spring Picks from A Design Resource

By: Renee Categories:Bee Inspired, Buzzworthy

Have you looked at A Design Resource yet? The weather is warming up, and we're looking forward to outdoor gatherings. Here's some favorites from my catalog.

Candles offered by interior design website adesignresource.com

These citronella garden candles are a pretty alternative to the ordinary citronella bucket candle we see in so many gardens.

Pea Pod dish at interior designer Renee Lilly's website

If you're doing more entertaining with the nice weather, this adorable pea-pod shaped serving dish will do well for finger foods and nibbles.

Asian Prosperity Tea Table sold by interior designer Renee Lilly

Beautiful Asian prosperity tea table, which could double as a stool if it is more appropriate to your garden. This is a lovely addition to any garden, especially Southern gardens that often have azaleas and other Asian style plants.

What are you doing to celebrate the beginning of spring? Are there items you're on the lookout for to complete your outdoor design? I'd love to help you find that perfect piece.

Enjoy the weather while it lasts!

Reneesig

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02.03 20130

New Interior Design Website Rollout!

By: Renee Categories:Bee Inspired, Buzzworthy

Some of you may remember that I mentioned we were working on a new layout for my interior design site, Lilly Designs: A Design Resource. The new website is still undergoing some more changes, with new products being added every week, but I'd love it if you would give it a look!

Here are just a few items that we have for sale over on the website. I have can help you with all of your interior design needs, whether you need help picking out furniture, accent pieces, drapery, or other items.

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Pastel Tea Lights

There are many other things I can help you with, that might not be on my website. Don't forget that you can always contact me at my office in Pell City, AL for interior design advice or to see more beautiful items in person!

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