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Inspired by gorgeous rooms and architecture, here are a few interior spaces that feel like getaways. Perfectly balanced between wood and glass, these rooms compliment nature and create stunning focal points. Filled with light and minimal details, a clean design makes it easier to unwind in rooms like these. As we head into 2014, may you find yourself relaxing more in a favorite place.

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As we gather around with family and friends, take time to notice the many blessings that surround your life. From the small tasks that allow us to share  a grand feast to the distances traveled to bring family and friends together – blessings are abound when loved ones are around! Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving today filled to the brim with blessings.

 

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When fall weather comes in shades of gold and the temperature turns cold, bold stripes and warm tones mixed in layers makes for fashion’s favorite season. Scarves, rain boots, umbrellas and trench coats become endless possibilities for fashion statements. Combining bold stripes, graphic shapes and warm tones together, here are a few of my favorite fall looks.

 

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{Asos Dress, Hunter Boots image via Atlantic- Pacific}

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{ zara sweater , dr denim Jeans , queens wardrobe  Coat via Frankly Esoteric}

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The stage is a difficult tool to master as evidenced by the horrible, no need to name music performance that made the news recently. Done right, a performer can light up the stage combing great music and costumes that steal the show. Lately, ill fitting costumes, ridiculous facial expressions and nauseating dance moves have become the norm on stage. I prefer a show of talent that draws out the energy of the crowd rather than shocks it. The stage becomes the canvas for the artist to express themself. No need for gimmicks to make up for a bad performance, these standouts show how to master the stage. 

 

U2 @ The Superbowl 2002 via U2.com

Mary J. Blige via the Grammy's

 

 

When I started in design, the World Wide Web went from flashing rainbows and disco ball effects to vector graphics and java script for a more realistic experience on the web. Taking design to warp speed, designers can now create virtual worlds on the web to attract more users on more devices than a PC.  Today’s tools of the trade include responsive design, HTML, CSS, Adobe CS6, social media, vector graphics, wireframes, SEO, copy editing, Java script and PHP to name a few. With a huge tool chest of ever changing skills, keeping current with technology is a challenge. Imperative is keeping an eye on design trends and staying curious. I chose web design to make the World Wide Web better and as this unforeseen labyrinth of information evolves, so do I as a designer. Inspired along this creative journey, here are a few designers that are mastering the art of web design.

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Stay cool this summer in a romper. A must have fashion mainstay for women; the romper is an all in one piece you can wear from the beach to the bar. With different fabrics from silk to terrycloth, it’s easy to go from dressy to casual and still keep your cool. While the romper is a perfect choice for women, it doesn’t translate well for men. So guys, you can keep the shorts and T’s and we’ll keep wearing an updated version of the onesie. Here’s to the romper, a perfect playful-yet-stylish piece for summer.

 

Striped Retro Playsuit via Etsy

Old Navy Romper image via dofgstyle.com

Margot Romper via forwardtoall.com

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Walk along the beach and you might stumble upon a few pieces of driftwood and not think twice about it. Fortunately, there are a few  uber creatives who view driftwood as an art medium. One such artist is Jeffro Uitto, a Washington coast resident who turns driftwood into eco art masterpieces. Jeffro’s creations range from sculptures and furniture to large art installments on the beach. One of my favorite pieces is a giant multi layered sculpture of a rearing horse standing on the sand. I am fascinated by the arduous process of  finding the right pieces of wood used for such a visually stunning work of art. Inspired by artists like Jeffro who take a found object and turn it into something extraordinary. Here’s a peek at driftwood art pieces by Jeffro Uitto.

 

Jeffro Uitto Sea horse

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Jeffro Uitto chair

Jeffro Uitto Guitar Sculpture

 

Along Lake Michigan there’s a magical place where Victorian cottages line a sugar sand beach. Buffering a shipping harbor and historic lighthouse is Mother Nature’s version of Disneyland called Macatawa. From climbing sand dunes to watching thunder storms cross the lake, there’s no need for rides and pools in such a special place. Generations of families have returned every summer to sail and sunbathe or swim in warm water. Here’s a peek at one of my favorite spots on the planet, my beloved Macatawa.

 

 

Big Red at Macatawa

From an intimate concert at Tree House Point listening to folk duo The Barn Birds  to my band, Curb Appeal performing classic rock hits in a biker bar, I noticed various types of songs would always get the crowds moving. It didn’t matter if a loud thumping bass was playing or a sweet harmony was sung, certain songs have a way of stirring the soul with their sound. It was hard to sit still to The Barn Birds new song, “Close enough to touch” or not sing along to a sassy ditty called “Sundays loving you“.  The next night, we turned it up a notch with classics from Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally“ to “Long Cool Woman” by the Hollies. No matter what style of music you favor, not every song will move a crowd but the ones that do? Well, those tunes we save for making memories. Rock on, Rap on, dance on and sing on to the music that moves crowds.

 

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What makes for a perfect beach house besides a great location?  Room for guests and a sandy beach for starters.  Add a couple of Adirondack chairs and a fire Pit by the beach and you’ve got the makings of a swell home by the sea.  With sunsets over seashores to beach-combing and clam bakes, a beach house has special needs to fill with its design. Inspired by various styles and layouts, here are a few of my must haves when designing a beach house.

Covered Porch

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Of course – a hot tub and lap pool!

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  Enclosed Patio

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Guest Quarters

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Outdoor Fireplace

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Bunk Room

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