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Source: javacupcakes.com

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I have this amazing client who just moved to DC from Jordan!  He owns a cupcake shop in Jordan and plans to open up a branch here in DC too!  … and you all know how much I love cupcakes, I even posted about it here!  Once its open (hopefully this year!), I will definitely share pictures.

Anyway, Fadi contacted me while still living over seas and we pulled this gorgeous design together through tons of phone calls and emails.  Considering we were designing for a space neither of us had actually seen yet, it couldn’t have turned out more perfect!

Floor plan design by Lauren Racowsky

Floor plan design by Lauren Racowsky

Below are some before and afters!

Before

Before

This bright, cheerful, and elegant room reflects his personality perfectly!  What cupcake flavor would I call this?… Definitely not vanilla.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Love this art collage we grouped together above the sofa, such a great focal point!

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

If you need help designing your own space, contact me!

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So gorgeous!

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Its finally here!  The 2013 HGTV Dream Home!  Okay, so it has been here for a while now but there is only 26 days left until the drawing so I hope you have entered by now!  …To make your life easier, you can enter here, aren’t I so sweet?

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Again, Ethan Allen has furnished the Dream Home House, this gorgeous house is in Charleston, SC.

What do you think about the kitchen ceiling paint color?  With ceilings this high, I think it totally rocks!

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I just love the fun and vibrant color scheme that is pulled throughout the whole entire house!  I have a feeling that painted furniture and this aqua blue and lime green scheme will make a comeback this year (yes, I do still know that the Pantone color of the year is emerald green).

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All of the accents are so cute!  And almost all are from Ethan Allen.

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So do you love or hate the colors in the house this year?  I love them and hope I win (although I have only entered once)!

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Source: HGTV.com

If you need help designing your own space, contact me!

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I recently had a client come to me who needs help designing the family room in her new condo.  Kim has just turned 28, started a new government job, and feels like it is finally time to buy some “big girl furniture” and to get rid of the ol’ Ikea and college hand-me-down junk.

Designed by Julien Macdonald for Graham & Brown

I decided to post about this project because Kim and I have a very similar aesthetic and I really connected with what she has envisioned- “mature”, “sophisticated”, and “elegant” were the three words she said when I asked her to describe what she had envisioned.  In other words, she likes a feminine yet refined look with a modern twist.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Designed by Lauren Racowsky

(I want to point out that she did not want the TV to be the focal point in the room.)

Kim’s Famly Room floor plan

I just love taking traditional pieces but updating them with a modern and graphic fabric and bold paint!

Source: Ethan Allen

I achieved this look by combining clean modern pieces and dark woods with accents (like the floor lamp) that have a more organic shape.

Source: tables and accents-Ethan Allen, sofa-Holly Hunt, chair- Jaxon Home, rug- Fabrica, paint- Ben Moore

What’s your take on modern meets traditional?

If you need help designing your own space, contact me!

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Source: woodstockhomeandhardware.com

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Thanks Benjamin Moore for pulling this list together for us!  Here are their top 10 most searched for colors of 2012.

1. simply white OC-117
2. caliente AF-290

Source: benjaminmoore.com, Caliente

Source: benjaminmoore.com, Caliente

3. revere pewter HC-172
4. white dove OC-17
5. wythe blue HC-143
6. mascarpone AF-20

Source: benjaminmoore.com, Mascarpone

Source: benjaminmoore.com, Mascarpone

7. seedling AF-450
8. fiji AF-525

Source: houseandhome.com, Ben Moore Fiji

Source: houseandhome.com, Ben Moore Fiji

9. kalamata AF-630
10. linen white 912

What color will you search for in 2013?

If you need help finding the perfect paint color for your space, contact me!

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