Jul. 22

 

Are You Missing Something?

by Lynn Byrne

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I have seen quite a number of quotes advising you to put your desires and goals out to the universe and they just might come back to you.  I know it worked for my dear friend Jennifer .

Jennifer took this approach when she said publicly that one of her biggest goals was to participate in a designer show house. Sure enough immediately after her speaking engagement, she was asked to design a room for last year’s Ronald McDonald Show House in the NYC metro area.

So what’s my goal?  I want to be a freelance writer.  Don’t worry.  I will never give up Decor Arts Now.  I love my blog and all of the wonderful friends and experiences I have had because of it.   But I most certainly want to expand my writing for others.

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Sep. 20

 

FOODIE FRIDAY: My Secret Scone Recipe

by Lynn Byrne

My scones, photographed by Sarah Sarna, before they were all gone!

My scones, photographed by Sarah Sarna, before they were all gone!

Last summer when I hosted blogger buddies Young, Audrey, Sarah and Jennifer at my Montauk house, I served them fresh berries and homemade scones for breakfast on the deck.  I was delighted when they praised the scones.  Ok–they inhaled them.

I promised the recipe.  Drumroll please,  for the great secret.  I make the scones from a mix!!  

But there is a trick–I do not follow the instructions on the box. They are still a snap to put together, however, and here is how I do it.

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Aug. 02

 

HAMPTON DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE: Family Room by Sherrill Canet

by Lynn Byrne

Family Room by Sherrill Canet for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph from her.

Family Room by Sherrill Canet for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph from her.

It is wonderful serendipity when you forge a friendship very quickly and purely by chance. That is what happened with Carla.

Carla stood next to me on a long line to check in at the  2012 Design Bloggers Conference and, then, the next morning we just happened to plunk our stuff down next to each other in the large room for the panels.  By the end of the conference we were fast friends.

I haven’t seen Carla since–she is currently living in Thailand with her son and State Department employed husband, but we keep up with each other via social media.  (One example where it truly functions as it should).  Carla has lived all over the world.  Currently, her Facebook feed is littered with fabulous images of Thailand’s gorgeous spas and markets. Recently there was a picture of her atop an elephant.

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Jul. 30

 

3 Top Tips for Decorating Your Outdoor Space from the Hampton Designer Showhouse

by Lynn Byrne

Porch by Ken Gemes for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph courtesy of him.

Porch by Ken Gemes for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph courtesy of him.

By far the best part about attending a showhouse (aside from supporting a worthy charity) is the design inspiration.  At this year’s Hampton Designer Showhouse, the outdoor spaces were filled with good decorating ideas.

Here are my  3 top tips gleaned from the designers who created outdoor rooms at the Hampton Designer Showhouse.

1. Think beyond standard issue outdoor furniture when outfitting your space, particularly when decorating a protected area such as a porch.

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Jul. 29

 

HAMPTON DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE: Dining Room by Lillian August

by Lynn Byrne

Dining room by Lillian August for the Hampton Designer Showhouse

Dining room by Lillian August for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photo courtesy of Lillian August.

My favorite part of the dining room by Lillian August, a corporate sponsor to the Hampton Designer Showhouse, is the palette of chartreuse and aqua.  If you have visited my Montauk house, you know why.  I use those same colors, albeit in a very different way.  Beachy, but not the typical blue and white.   Additionally,  Lillian August reminds us  about the importance of addressing the “fifth wall”  (the ceiling) in a room by wallpapering it in  that very pretty shade of blue.

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