Tag Archives: Styling

Just Because…

Being a former store owner when I come across a fellow merchant that I think that is just doing it right…I need to take a moment for a little praise!




Melanie Marshall’s store is located in Midland, MI…which is located almost in the center of the state(perhaps that’s why the town is called Midland).

Either way…Melanie does it right!  This brick and mortar store is laid out beautifully, well displayed and offering a superior LIFESTYLE experience!



LOVING the concrete sink…well played…especially when needing a place to fill vases for her fabulous flower presentations.


Melanie…is also right on trend…with the new direction for floral’s…reflecting the “dutch still life styling”…or free form floral placement.


Melanie…double and triple up on those fabulous chenille balls…they sell like hot cakes!

So when in the area…stop in!  Or visit her blog for a long distance visual delight!



If anyone’s hears or knows about a GREAT retail storefront like this…email me at simpleandcozylifestyle@gmail.com!


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Making Small Rooms Even Better…


Tall floor lamps along with floor to ceiling art presentations are both key factors in creating a smaller space look larger.


Large mirrors…strategically placed!


Drapery rods meeting ceiling line.


Larger art…


White walls…


Ceiling lights…chandeliers in place of table lights to draw your eye up!


Small is a state of mind…Love, Inspire!





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Welcome SUMMER…

Yes Please!

I’ll take two…please!

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What I’m Obsessing Over this Week…

Tortoise Shell Print…

A client was searching for something with a tortoise shell print on it and I thought I had remembered a particular piece that we did have in the studio.

So when I went to search it out…it was as though I had never seen it before.  The richness of colors umber and black…layered on this 3 drawer chest was so inviting.

I LOVE a good statement piece of furniture.  It is as though you set the whole room…in a usual design format and then…out of no where this great piece just seems to scream “come look at me”…it is like a quiet seduction.

It is like life sometimes, you need to take some time and really look at things because we are all going so fast that we don’t always really notice things.  And as you look closer taking a second glance (to review the space).  Something catches your eye…it’s not gaudy or tacky but it’s just sitting there quietly…making that needed statement of elegance to complete the ambiance of the room.


tort shell

Tort Shell Mirror

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I have a LOVE/HATE with Flat Panel TV’s…

TV-Grid TV-Fire TV-Shelves TV Wall


Whether you do a symmetrical grid around the TV with complimentary frames or hang shelves above the TV at least what these pictures are trying to show you is…how to pull an interest to a wall that could very well be unattractive because of that big black box.

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Shake it like a Polaroid Picture…


                         for an instant gratification!


               The “art” of a simple pic…PRINTED!



The above is fabulous for you I Phone addicts…”Instant Lab”.


This is for those just looking for the updated version of a Polaroid.

If you have to ask why Polaroid?  Then you maybe you just need to stay on the porch…with your mainstream camera phone.

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