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Wine and Jazz with the Los Angeles Jazz Society

Los Angeles Design Blog | Material Girls | LA Interior Design - Published by Jill-LA

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Last weekend I got to attend a summer evening wine and jazz event hosted by the Los Angeles Jazz Society. The event took place at a private home with a resort like backyard of lush landscaping. There was poolside live music and nine California wineries participated in providing tastings. My friend Allan and I enjoyed an evening of food, wine tasting, and live music.

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Photos by Allan Dallatorre

Spotlight on Lighting: Lamps Plus

Los Angeles Design Blog | Material Girls | LA Interior Design - Published by Jill-LA

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A friend of mine was recently interested in upgrading his pendant lighting in his rental, a dining room area that needed better quality of lighting. He was intrigued with the idea of a drum shade pendant. Thanks to my friends at Lamps Plus, they were able to help out with just the right fixture.

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Given a few options, he chose the Possini Euro Drum Pendant in white. The 20" diameter size was perfect for his round dining table and the white shade provides added clear white lighting that the space needs.

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The same fixture also comes in a bronze color.


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The best part? The pendant was an easy DIY install that he was able to change out and install without an electrician. A little modifying of the cord length and it works perfect for his space!

Thank you to Lamps Plus!


Room photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design

Sketches of Spain

Chicago Design Blog | Material Girls | Chicago Interior Design - Published by Julia-Chicago

Art and design go hand in hand and I've been fortunate to work with many talented artists through the years, both curating pieces for my design clients and for the rotating art exhibits in my Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom in Chicago.


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One of my absolute favorite installations in my Showroom still to this day is this gallery wall by Chicago-based Artist Francine Turk.


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Francine Turk breaks the rules of constraint. As artist and visionary behind Francine Turk Studio, Turk seamlessly blends thoughtful beauty with the dramatically raw and vulnerable nuances of life. Her artwork stems from a constant excavation of her truth and is revealed as a layered expression of emotion and discovery, evoking a connective and visceral response from the viewer.


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In its layered complexities and juxtapositions, she expresses this embodiment of her artwork as both delicate marks of charcoal on paper and fearless representations of what it means to be a rebel, a forger of one’s own path.


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Turk is influenced and inspired by great artists like Picasso and Matisse yet compared to contemporaries like confessional artist, Tracy Emin. She also draws inspiration from musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Jack White, who, in Turk’s eyes, have been fearless in their pursuit of personal truth. Given the complexity of influences and her own highly expressive and layered technique, she is not compelled to confine her work to a particular genre.


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Much in demand by collectors worldwide, Turk's acclaimed works are housed in private and corporate collections across the globe. Her most well received solo exhibitions include Bad Ass (2011), A Decade of Evolution (2012) and Verite (2014). She has been part of group exhibitions alongside Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Andy Warhol, Helen Frankenthaler, Marlene Dumas and the like.


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I recently reached out to Francine to discover she was "headquartered" in Barcelona for the month of June! I was instantly wishing I was back in Spain as well taking day trips to the countryside. We certainly share our love of travel and inspiration!


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Francine was in Spain for continued inspirations for the "Love Letter to A Matador" series. For the first time ever, Francine sent a private invitation to collectors to be a part of this journey by purchasing work created in Spain that would mark the beginnings of an upcoming solo show. A limited number of "site unseen" pieces were made available to collectors only as a presale and quickly sold out within days. It was a true exercise in gratitude to thank collectors for supporting her over the years as the pieces were made available for a fraction of the market value.


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Picasso has always been a huge influence on Francine’s work and this trip was no exception- especially his “bous” (bull) studies. She named each of the 27 sold works in Catalan. She was influenced by cubist and expressionist styles using charcoal, ink and oil sticks. The culture in Barcelona was also a huge influence on this series.  Back alleys hosted a variety of street performers, opera singers and men fighting with fire at every turn.  She created bous and matadors with undertones of romance, mystery, sex and masculinity.


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Francine stayed in the gothic quarter where graffiti was prevalent and influential. She visited a flea market acquiring ledger books, antique hand written letters and vintage postcards, which she used as the background for thank you notes to her collectors.  She enclosed this personalized note with each piece and shipped the work in drawing tubes from Barcelona.


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Follow along Francine's entire journey on Instagram (@francineturk) and at www.francineturk.com.


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An upcoming exhibit of Francine's work will be in the Buckingham I+D Showroom. Stay tuned!


xx,


Julia

Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival 2015

Los Angeles Design Blog | Material Girls | LA Interior Design - Published by Jill-LA

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The Fifth Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival returns next month, August 27-30, for a back to back three days of jam packed events city wide. I attended last year and it was the epitome of finest chefs and wine tastings one can ever experience. I had the opportunity to experience some great food tastings from rooftop at the L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills to an outdoor evening event under the skyline of downtown LA. It's a not to be missed weekend of fun, food, music!

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The Walt Disney Concert Hall made for a stunning backdrop for the downtown LA events that took place right on Grand Street!

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Absolute highlight of the three day festival was the Lexus Live on Grand tasting event.

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Beautiful summer night under the downtown LA skyline with live music, food, and wine.

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For more info and to purchase tickets, visit: www.lafw.com

All photos from last year's event, by Jill Seidner Interior Design

A Curated, Creative Journey

Chicago Design Blog | Material Girls | Chicago Interior Design - Published by Julia-Chicago

The Julia Buckingham Collection for Global Views debuting Summer 2015...


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It's been an amazing journey this last year and such a learning experience. I am thrilled to introduce my new collection with Global Views.  They have been an amazing partner allowing me to bring my Modernique® vision to life. It has always been my dream to have a collection where I can literally curate an entire space from floor to ceiling- Global Views has allowed me to do just that. I've always been a huge fan of Global Views and they have been a go-to for many of my design projects.


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It was such fun to style the product for the Summer Brand Catalogue photoshoot. I arrived with a suitcase full of shoes, jewelry, and vintage accessories!


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Louboutins in the display "Vitrina"...why not right?? They are a work of art!


Here is the Global Views design teams take on my vision as they set up the Dallas Showroom for Market...


Gotta LOVE them!! These couture running kicks do look quite nice with my chartreuse marble "Bella" grapes!


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The collection stays true to my Modernique® style, a blending of past and present to create something uniquely new. Lots of rich colors with soothing neutrals, rustic finishes with refined touches, and multi-layered textures and rich metals, all living harmoniously together. You will see these elements in the collection that includes lighting fixtures, accessories, rugs, accent pillows, furniture and decorative tabletop pieces.


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The inspiration for my collection comes from all of my world travels and experiences. Global influences are reflected from my travels to French flea markets, Spain, and also living in the Southwest. Fashion plays a huge part in my designs as I'm always inspired by fashion houses like Chanel, Balenciaga, and Hermes. You will see that the collection is a huge nod to the fashion world which is becoming more and more prevalent in interior design- always within my projects. The sense was that the collection could stand alone, and appear to have been collected over time. All of the pieces complement each other by feeling unique alone or in a curated collection.


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The unexpected spirit of my new collection offers ease and inspiration to design enthusiasts everywhere, reducing the angst associated with making a correct interior design decision. The collection is based on taking a curated, creative journey and creating an ongoing relationship between people and their homes. One of my favorite pieces is our glass"Bubbles" in pink sculpture. Handmade to perfection!


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A preview assortment of the collection debuts at the summer markets in Dallas, Atlanta, and Las Vegas with the full collection unveiling in October at High Point Market. Hope to see y'all there!!


Be sure to stop by my Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom in Chicago where the pieces will begin to arrive by the fall!


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xx, Julia



 


 

 

 

 

Bling, Copper, and Fur...When in Germany!

Chicago Design Blog | Material Girls | Chicago Interior Design - Published by Julia-Chicago

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Who doesn't need a furry sheep stool in their lives? I rounded up this lil guy while at the Ambiente Fair in Frankfurt, Germany earlier this year. I'm still anxiously awaiting his arrival to my Buckingham Interiors + Design Showroom in Chicago…it's a long trek from Germany!


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He's also got a fleecy suede friend tagging along for the ride too:)


I was so fortunate to be a part of the 1st ever Blogtour for Modenus visiting the biggest consumer trade fair in the world. I saw so many amazing new introductions in the world of gift and table top decor.


One of my faves, copper, made a huge statement throughout….


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I also always can't resist a great hair-on-hide piece…especially when it is dyed lilac!!! How fabulous is this hue???


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Big shout out again Veronika Miller, Editor in Chief & CEO of Modenus and her amazing Modenus Team!


Please check out more highlights of my amazing Ambiente Tour experience on the Ambiente Blog!


Xx, Julia

My "Pinch Me" Moment

Houston Design Blog | Material Girls | Houston Interior Design - Published by Lauren-Houston

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A snapshot of the just some of the beautiful flowers on our photoshoot last week for a national magazine - so exciting!  I can't wait to share this feature, a real "pinch me" moment.  Lauren Haskett Fine Design has been blessed with so many amazing clients over the past almost five years.  We are wrapping up some great projects and are now accepting clients for Spring/Summer 2015.  Please email me at lauren@laurenhaskett.com to inquire about working with us!  We take on all types of projects - single room, renovations, but I have to say my passion is new construction.  I absolutely love getting in at the very early stages and working with the architect, builder, and client to create the perfect home.  Trust me, it's never too early to call an Interior Designer when planning your new build!  I can only take on a few new constructions at a time so let me know if you are building and would like to talk to me about working together!

Mirasol by Matouk

Houston Design Blog | Material Girls | Houston Interior Design - Published by Lauren-Houston

 

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 I finally splurged and treated myself to "Mirasol" Euro Shams by Matouk and I could not love them more.  Scallops are just one of my favorite details and making my bed isn't as much of a chore anymore.  I just had to share my favorite bedding with you.

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Matouk + Hermes - the pefect combo by Kirsten Kelli!

Wash The Winter Blues Away

New York Design Blog | Material Girls | New York Interior Design - Published by Rebecca-NY

Every year Winter hits us (without much warning) like a ton of bricks.  The first snowfall is magical and we're quickly reminded of all the things Winter has to offer: skiing, sledding, snowball fights, hot chocolate, warm sweaters, fuzzy boots and fires.  It's certainly a time of year that, although cold --  very, very cold --  can bring a lot of fun through outdoor activities with family and friends.  However,  these long and cold days tend to drag on and on, and as soon as the groundhog sees his shadow (expressing 6 more weeks of winter) I think we're all ready for that first day of Spring.  With that being said, I was recently inspired by an artist, Kerri Rosenthal, who doesn't live too far from where I grew up in CT. Her warm, expressive paintings not only bring brightness and cheer to a space but they also have an incredible way of lifting your spirits when you enter the room.  Colors speak volumes and can transform your space and your mood on a cold Winter's day.  Take a look at some of Kerri's work below and if your Winter is dragging on like most of us in the NorthEast, it might be time to illuminate your days and remind yourself that Spring is just around the corner.

 

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If these paintings and colors don't brighten your mood and prepare you for warmer days ahead, I don't know what will.  Not only will a fresh new painting bring inspiration and happiness to your mind but it will breathe new light in your home - that just might be needing a boost of sunshine.  For more information on Kerri and her artwork you can visit her site here.


 

 

Never Met a Small Stripe I Didn't Like

Houston Design Blog | Material Girls | Houston Interior Design - Published by Lauren-Houston

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One of my all time favorite homes (seen above and below)  - the Madrid apartment of Carolina Herrera Baez as seen in Elle Decor


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I seriously never met a small stripe I didn't like!  So simple, so chic.  It could work in pretty much any room.  Carolina Herrera Baez proves you can even use in multiple rooms of your home.  Walls, furniture, bedding, pillows, the uses are endless!

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Another top favorite home - Ivanka Trump's old apartment as decorated by Emma Jane Pilkington.  Proof that a small stripe is the perfect compliment to a mix of color and patterns.

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Small pinstripe on this settee as seen in Kate & Andy Spade's NYC Home.


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Stripes make the perfect slipcover!  (source unknown)


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Simple and chic!  Via Martha Stewart


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Who could resist a tented stripe room by Miles Redd??


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Loveseat by Jenny Komenda  and proof you can do stripe on stripe

Ms. Iisha Goes to Washington!

Dallas Blog | Material Girls | Dallas Interior Design - Published by Emily-Dallas

We are so proud of our former intern, Iisha, who was chosen as a volunteer to help decorate the White House for the holidays!  What an amazing opportunity and challenge!  I don't know about you, but decorating my 1930s cottage for the holidays sometimes seems overwhelming, so can you imagine what goes into decorating a 55,000 square foot national landmark!

Each year a theme is chosen for the White House's holiday decor.  I wish I could transform my holiday decor from year to year!   This year's theme is "A Children's Winter Wonderland" which celebrates the Christmas spirit as viewed through the eyes of a child.  Iisha flew to Washington D.C. on Thanksgiving Day and spent the next five days in a whirwind of holiday decorating, surrounded by tinsel and ornaments galore!  The White House provides the volunteers with decor, tools, and inspiration photos to help them complete this enormous task.  Iisha worked individually and as part of a team to decorate two rooms and a hallway in the East Wing of the White House.

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 Iisha with one of the many White House Christmas Trees!


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A Winter Wonderland!


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Iisha and the Obama's dogs- Bo and Sunny


This year's theme also honored the Armed Forces and their families.  The East Wing featured a Christmas Tree decorated with gold ornaments which represented our nation's fallen heroes.  Iisha also had the privilege of being chosen as one of a few volunteers to greet military families on a holiday tour of the White House.  This was particularly meaningful for Iisha because her dad served in the U.S. Army.

On the final night of her stay, Iisha attended a volunteer reception where the first lady made a speaking appearance!  To top it off, Iisha met Genevieve Gorder, who is hosting an HGTV special on the 2014 White House Christmas decor.  The special will replay on December 24 at 7am/6 c on HGTV, so set your DVR and tune in!

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Be sure to check out #WHHolidays for some behind the scenes experiences of White House visitors.

Congratulations Iisha on this honor and thank you for sharing your White House holiday experience with Material Girls!

Cuckoo for Camo

New York Design Blog | Material Girls | New York Interior Design - Published by Rebecca-NY

I'm recently obsessed with anything camouflage which may or may not be trending at the moment -- but I'm not sure it matters when it comes to Andy Warhol's camo prints.  If you like anything Andy Warhol, you're going to love these prints.  Full of color and movement these pieces can certainly pack a punch.  The versatility is endless too -- I can see these prints in a living room, a playroom, a kitchen, a kids room, a den..you get the point.  If you can't afford the real deal, there are plenty of reproduction prints for sale at places like art.com - just make sure you frame it so it looks like an original ;)

 

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The lime greens make me think of Spring which puts a smile on my face



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Anything fuschia is bound to brighten a space



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A series of colorful camos - genius!


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These skateboards would be great in the kids space



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Look what it does to a rather bland kitchen



I guess I've got a project ahead of me!  I'm thinking I'll give this Warhol thing a whirl

The Power of One Piece of Art

New York Design Blog | Material Girls | New York Interior Design - Published by Rebecca-NY

Most people struggle to find that one piece of furniture or the right throw pillows that are going to help complete their space -- without realizing that one single piece of art can do the trick.  House Beautiful recently posted an article showing four different spaces that are dramatically improved by artwork.  Take a look at these four spaces as well as four additional spaces I found that will show you how to transform your space.  Art is of course very personal, so I'll leave that up to you, but I suggest spending the money on your walls.  It changes the space and often gets people talking if it's placed in the right spot

 

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This rather neutral room is quickly brightened with pops of yellow, red and azure



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The bright orange velvet chair is brought to life with its accompanying bright painting



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This entry without art would be exceptionally bland



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This is a nice play on both color and geometrics



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While this art is simple it still brings a sense of completion



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This art brings the golds, blues and greys full circle



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Don't be afraid to do anything oversize

Jan's Special Sale- Going on Now!

Dallas Blog | Material Girls | Dallas Interior Design - Published by Emily-Dallas

Attention Dallas!

Jan Showers just kicked off a VERY special sale...is is her first one in five years!  The sale is going on now at her Dallas showroom and lasts until February 14th.  The prices are amazing yal! My client and I just purchased a gorgeous sunburst mirror from the sale for my client's living room and the price was out of this world for such a large mirror.

The sale is a mix of her showroom items and antiques (you will see lamps that have never been on sale before!) This sale is not to be missed- happy shopping!

 

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The Lotus

Dallas Blog | Material Girls | Dallas Interior Design - Published by Emily-Dallas

Last September while in London, I was lucky enough to visit Farrow & Ball ...the creme de la creme of wallpapers and paint! It was a rainy afternoon (and my birthday of all days!) and my husband wanted to take a cat nap before we went to my celebratory dinner, so instead of resting up too, I hopped in a cab on my own little adventure and booked it to the F&B store in Chelsea ten minutes before it closed. I was determined to catch a larger glimpse of their Lotus wallpaper (and a few samples)- a wallpaper I had been coveting for years.

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I first heard about the Lotus paper when my mom saw it at Boxwoods in Houston and was dying over how gorgeous it was...we then posted a photo of it on the blog. This was almost four YEARS ago! I'm often sick of a wallpaper after four SECONDS so to still be coveting that precious Lotus paper four years later? Unheard of! (But I guess that means it was true love!)

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So what I love most about the Lotus in particular are two things- 1) that you can hang it right side up (how it's traditionally supposed to be oriented) or upside down..the image above shows it "upside down" if you can believe it! 2) that it comes in two sizes- small and large. I'm partial to the large  because I always "go big or go home" in design and the large was definitely more my style. The small is great but has a more traditional feel to it.

You may be thinking- "where have I heard that name- Farrow and Ball?" Well, Farrow and Ball is no newcomer! It was started in the 1930's by John Farrow and Richard Maurice Ball and the company has 43 showrooms across the UK, US, Canada & Europe as well as a global network of stockists carrying both paint and wallpaper. They are everywhere! In Dallas, you can now get it through the trade at the Lee Jofa showroom.

Here are some of my favorite images of the Lotus installed in different spaces- (as you can see, it can go more formal in a dining room or more casual in a laundry room! It can also go more subtle with the tone on tone colorway or more dramatic and graphic with the black and neutral one)

 

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F&B even has the Lotus on the front of their building!

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I'm happy to say that I finally bit the bullet and did the dark teal colorway of the Lotus in my small entry-

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The Lotus makes the space seem SO much larger!  I love how the shapes of the lotus practically "grow up" to the ceiling! I haven't been able to bring myself to put any wall decor over it, I just love it so much.  Wallpaper is an investment but you get so much bang for your buck with it and it can make such a statement.


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At first I was worried it might be too colorful, but the teal actually is so grayed out that it almost acts as a neutral and I love how it complements the orange-red color of the bricks on the exterior of my house.

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