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{get the look} fresh, spring planters

{get the look} fresh, spring planters

An Afternoon in the Sun / Partial Shade Today I thought I would share an April project that we finished at the store – the Spring cleaning of our street frontage planters. Our store has a run of 4 windows onto the street and an old brick planter.  It gets a mix of sun and shade. The original plantings featured  impatience, tropical shrubs and browning ferns. Once full and lush, the display had seen better days and I thought it was...

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{my design week in pictures 03.06}

{my design week in pictures 03.06}

Just time for a quick hello today, with family visiting I have ‘unplugged’ myself from the virtual world and have been heading out and about… Disneyland, Universal Studios (come on Peter Jackson that King Kong 3-D is amazing)…great fun! Last week was taken up with the Design Bloggers Conference held at the beautiful Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. A great event for bloggers of all ages, styles and subject...

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{my design week in pictures 02.26}

{my design week in pictures 02.26}

Orangey-red and color-blocking (a popular trend at the moment) inspired my week after spotting Lanvin’s Crisscross Ankle-Wrap Espadrille in Neiman Marcus. There are so many easy ways to bring this bright, cheerful hue into your home. Here are some ideas all captured with my trusty iPhone camera. Arrange roses in just two colors (try orange and pink) in a simple vase; Create your own canvas art from a simple snapshot (this was taken...

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{design bloggers conference: test your design IQ}

{design bloggers conference: test your design IQ}

Less than a week to go to the 2012 Design Bloggers Conference… and thanks to the sponsorship of One Kings Lane, as one of the five scholarship winners, I get to attend this year’s event for free… The conference promises to teach me all about how to leverage social media, improve my website metrics, and help me attract advertising and ‘other’ as yet, unidentified revenue streams – all invaluable...

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{my design week in pictures 02.19}

{my design week in pictures 02.19}

I know what you are thinking – it’s Sunday, what is Helena doing? She doesn’t usually post on Sunday? But, from now on, at some point each weekend I plan to share my design week in pictures – all courtesy of my iPhone’s handy camera. It could be anything from a color in nature, to an interior in a magazine or an item that catches my fancy at the local store… inspiration, after all, is all around...

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{greetings from the OC!}

{greetings from the OC!}

Now I know I usually post on Friday’s but you will have to excuse me this week. Moving from Northern to Southern California with a  stop at Disneyland has eaten up all my time. But, we are unpacked and slowly getting to know our new neighborhood in sunny, sunny and hot, hot (we are told it is somewhat unusual for this time of year) Laguna Beach. Just walking around the town and driving along the PCH, I have been salivating over all...

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