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“It’s So Fabulous!” DESIGN BOOK of the Week: Defining Luxury, by Jeffrey Bilhuber. This lovely design book is filled with inspiring photos and artfully written copy. It reads like a beautiful, descriptive essay of decor delights. Throughout the book, Bilhuber inserts quotes from other decorators and well-known people that effectively express his designer point-of-view. Definitely worth adding to your coffee table collection!

“It’s So Fabulous!” CAUSE of the Week: This week, my cause is a simple one! Let’s all COMPLIMENT and APPRECIATE those around us! Although it seems like a simple concept, how often do we walk right by our family members or co-workers without even acknowledging any of their fabulous attributes or contributions to our lives? Or how often do we think to ourselves how much we love an outfit or new hair style someone is sporting, yet we fail to ever mention it to them? The busier our lives get, the easier it becomes to overlook little things.

Join me in forming a new habit of complimenting at least FIVE people every day…. regardless of the circumstances or challenges thrown my way. If we each make this small contribution to “paying it forward”, we may find that we feel happier with ourselves, and that the people around us are also happier! Win, win, for everyone!

This arrangement includes a burst of apricot-color roses mingled with dahlias, hydrangeas, hop vines, viburnum berries, and orchids.

“It’s So Fabulous!” GIFT IDEA of the Week: FLOWERS! I happen to be an avid gardener, and I believe that there is nothing lovelier than fresh cut flowers from my own yard! Regardless of whether you have a collection of rare rose bushes, or merely basic day lilies, you already have everything you need to create a fabulous gift that is sure to be appreciated by almost anyone. The simple gesture of gathering florals and greenery from your own yard produces a unique and personal outcome every time. In addition to roses, I also love so many other options, such as foxgloves and hydrangeas. Even if you don’t have any home-grown “flowers” from which to construct your arrangement, it is also aesthetically-pleasing to cut greenery from your bushes or trees (like dogwoods or ferns), then insert a pop of color by tying a ribbon around the vase. No matter what you choose to include in your arrangement, the recipient will be honored that you took the time and effort to appreciate them!

Photo from Better Homes & Gardens. They used ruby-red dahlias, maroon 'Black Prince' snapdragons, blue lisianthus, larkspur, blue veronica, and aster.

“It’s So Fabulous!” DESIGN IDEAS of the Week: This week’s blog posts were all about wallpaper, so it seemed only appropriate that my FAB FRIDAY design ideas would also incorporate wallpaper. Here are a few creative uses that you may not have considered!

Wallpaper a single accent wall to give the room some extra "pop" without breaking the bank or overwhelming the space. Photo via House to Home.

Martha Stewart

This cabinet was given some extra pizazz by wallpapering the inside! Via Martha Stewart.


The interior of this closet's walls and doors were wallpapered for an added element of surprise! Via Domino.

Southern Living

This space was given added detailing by wallpapering on the inside of the molding. It almost appears to be framed artwork! Via Southern Living.

“It’s So Fabulous!” RECIPE of the Week: This recipe was featured in the June issue of Better Homes & Gardens, and it looked so delicious that I just had to feature it in my blog! I have not yet tried it, but very soon! Let me know what you think!


This photo is not actually the Better Homes & Gardens recipe shown in this blog post, but rather another recipe for Tomato Bread Salad from Martha Stewart. They BOTH look FAB!


  • 4 medium  roma tomatoes, cut in 1-inch chunks
  • 1/2 of a medium  red onion, cut in thin wedges (1/2 cup)
  • 1 medium  yellow sweet pepper, cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup  olive oil
  • 1/4 cup  red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp.  Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2 tsp.  Italian seasoning, crushed
  • 8 oz.  ciabatta or focaccia bread, cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Tbsp.  olive oil
  • 1 cup  small fresh basil leaves
  • White cheddar cheese shavings (optional)


1. In large serving bowl combine tomatoes, red onion, and yellow sweet pepper. In screw-top jar combine 1/4 cup olive oil, the red wine vinegar, mustard, Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Cover; shake well to combine. Add to tomato mixture and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight (up to 24 hours).

2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a shallow baking pan, toss bread cubes with 1 Tbsp. olive oil to coat. Bake about 10 minutes or until toasted, stirring once. Remove and cool on pan. Add bread cubes and basil to tomato mixture; toss to coat. Top with shaved white cheddar cheese. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!

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