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"Picture Perfect"

Let me begin by congratulating the winner of the March Dwell by Cheryl giveaway.....

Karen Roberts
(My 8th Grade Science Teacher)
Gulfport, Mississippi

Congratulations Mrs. Roberts! For teaching me the periodic table, you definitely deserve a free rug. : )   I hope you enjoy your Rugs USA rug.  Let us know which one you select and be sure to send us a picture.   Special thanks to Rugs USA for sponsoring the giveaway!

Last month's winner Brittany Lewis selected the Mohawk Select Strata Tropical Acres Ivory Rug.....

Mohawk Select Strata Tropical Acres Ivory Rug
Rugs USA

....and it appears she's enjoying it!

This week has been extremely hectic, and this weekend shows no signs of letting up. 

Several readers have asked me if I've gotten the "after" pictures from my last project. Remember, the living room with the green sofas?  Well, tomorrow morning I have a shoot to photograph those spaces along with another master bedroom project.  Sorry for the delay, but coordinating schedules with my photographer and the homeowners was no easy feat.  Of course, I have after pictures of both projects, but trust me, you'd rather see the real thing.  You'd think that once the project is finished, the work would be done, but getting ready to make a room picture perfect ain't easy.  

Here's what happens.  First, I look for some inspiration.  I scour the web, magazines and catalogs for ideas on props and staging essentials.   For example, the kitchen in the home tomorrow is an eat-in kitchen so I needed an idea for the table and I wasn't sold on actually setting it.  Thanks to Pottery Barn, I think I'm going with a much more casual feel.

Pottery Barn

 I really like the serving tray with the dishes stacked.

Pottery Barn
So, wondering where I'm getting all of these "props"?  Mostly from my home.....

From plates to tablecloths, throw pillows and serving trays, my car will literally look like I'm moving tomorrow. 

Next, a trip to grocery store for edible props and flowers (FYI, A Tips for Arranging Grocery Store Bouquets post is coming soon) and a little filler from the front porch....

Apparently, nothing says home like a bowl of fruit and some fresh flowers....

House Beautiful

Well, I'd better go finish preparing.  Here's hoping it's picture perfect.  I can't wait to show you the finished dwellings.

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