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IT’S CHRISTMAS AND YOUR MAMA DOESN’T WANT ANOTHER SCARF

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My favorite thing about Christmas is that it asks you to put yourself aside for the holiday. Ideally, with Christmas, the focus is on others. It’s now accepted science that doing for others has been proven to increase your Serotonin/Oxytocin levels (essentially feel good brain food) maybe that’s why we herald Christmas as the eternal apogee of holidays. That’s my pollyanna theory about Christmas anyway. And a vacation from your own cluttered mind? For me, I say book it!

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BUYING TRIPS – A Q&A

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When I get a new Veranda Magazine or The World of Interiors, I get a familiar flush of giddiness that seems to come no matter how many years creep by. At this stage, I’ve learned a couple of things and one of them is that I will forever be captivated by the universe of interior design and even more specifically, antiques. I wonder to myself, what it’s like to be a buyer and go on these procuring trips.

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TABLESCAPES TO BE TRULY THANKFUL FOR

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It’s the second most wonderful time of the year. I jest; Thanksgiving isn’t second to anybody, at least not for me. It’s all the family, all the food, and all the gratefulness, without the embarrassing consumerism that can be Christmas. It’s boots crunching on the newly fallen leaves…more every day. It’s the smell of something always in the oven and (if you’re lucky) children laughing (or screaming). However, the privilege of hosting such an anticipated day can come with some head-scratchers. For instance, how do I create a festive dining experience that’s not overwrought or silly looking?

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5 TIPS FOR ACHIEVING A STELLAR GALLERY WALL

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From the hastily thrown up to the laboriously curated, why is it that gallery walls are so satisfying? Could it be we’ve finally grown weary of all the stark minimalism? And yet, there is something so modern about this look. The perennial Diana Vreeland would say, “The eye has to move” and we agree, with a bouncing gaze, a great room hypnotizes; it can leave you breathless and thinking about changing your lifestyle to fit the space. A great gallery wall can help in this blissful work of creating an interior worth changing for and keeping your eyes invested is key.

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT – LOGAN KILLEN INTERIORS

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Logan Killen Interiors is an amazing new-ish designer duo out of New Orleans. Katie Logan Leblanc and Jensen Killen of Logan Killen Interiors started their New Orleans business in 2012, both graduates of LSU’s arduous but revered design program.

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WHY, CURIOUSLY ANTIQUES ARE THE WAY TO A GREENER FUTURE

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Sustainability. Eco-friendly. Green. We hear these axioms so often we can become desensitized to them, but that doesn’t keep them from being timely and relevant topics. The truth is, these movements will only get more important as we move forward. Our own personal microcosm is sometimes all we have the ability to change and this is where we can find our stride!

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I DREAM OF TECH-LESS LIVING AND OTHER UNLIKELYHOODS

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We wanted to feature this in last week’s blog about trends but, when I started exploring its relevance, we thought it warranted its own proper coverage: tech-less living rooms or even (for the sake of practicality) having your media secreted in an armoire. The consequences of going tech-free have been severe, from becoming closer to those with whom you cohabit, to increasing your creativity.

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TRENDS AND WHEN TO FALL IN LINE

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Trying to navigate the world of trends can be daunting, in part because you don’t want to make an investment in something only to find yourself cringing at it in a year when it’s everywhere. With that in mind, it can be helpful to know which looks you can implement fearlessly.

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Designer Spotlight: Bruce Foreman

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Upon meeting designer Bruce Foreman for the first time, you are instantly enamored by his effervescent personality and un-ending confidence. After so many years in the business, this man isn’t afraid to tell it like it is and we love him for it!

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Antique Mirrors and the French Red

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The color known as “French Red” came to be almost as happenstance…

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