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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
Reclaimed Wood Does A World Good

Have you really noticed the beauty in a solid piece of wood? Today we have access to some gorgeous reclaimed pieces. Utilizing reclaimed wood in our decor for flooring, furniture and architectural statements gives them a second life. One of a kind natural element that pare well with any style decor. In celebrating Autumn, it’s time to think about nature. Salvaging what is before us has never been more beautiful. Infuse some reclaimed gorgeous pieces into your home, renovations and artfully display them in retail spaces. Let’s get inspired!

Resource: Second Shout Out Blog


We’re constantly scouring thousands of blogs, Instagram muses, and newsfeeds to stay inspired by the freshest concepts. Check out our favorite trends from from this week’s scour that have us antsy for summertime happiness:

1 | white outerwear and chunky art deco-ness

2 | the beachy “lob” 

3 | straw totes… or was it the puppy? both. 

4 | a cozy, crisp, bright & snuggly situation

5 | any salt water/cover-up/straw hat combo.

We’re ready for you, sunshine. 

How To: Incorporate Desert Hues Into Your Decor

July 30th, 2014

How To: Incorporate Desert Hues Into Your Decor

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The southwestern style trend is spreading quickly these days – and we here at Dot & Bo have fully embraced it. You don’t need to live in the four corners to get the look in your own home though: turns out, the look is easily achievable in just a few simple moves.

1. Introduce outdoor elements indoors: a great way to get the desert environment into your home is to bring air plants, succulents, and cactus inside. These plants require little maintenance and very little water (hence why they’re native to desert climates). Another trick: antlers and animal skulls (real or not) authenticate your walls with some veritable desert fauna.

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2. Mix bright accents with white walls: there’s no reason to go painting all your walls burnt sienna or sage brush. The white walls of your rental will do just fine with a gallery wall of prints and photos and some bright, printed textiles: think area rugs, throw pillows, and throws.

3. Print it! Desert prints with punchy geographic patterns and fun colors (even neons!) are a fun way to instantly adopt the look. 

4. Don’t forget the neutrals too! It’s not all about the pinks and blues of a desert sunset: sandy beiges, tans and light browns have their place as well, anchoring the look and calming the mood. - See more at:


Recycled Blues Denim Company-REsells & REstyles Vintage & Luxury Denim. Jackets, Shirts, Skirts, Jeans, Shorts,Overalls etc….

As Quoted on the Providence Flea Blog RBDC’s Elizabeth says, “Denim is the number one apparel piece worldwide.  We wanted to recycle and restyle what already existed, saving the planet and making high quality denim more affordable. Reuse, Recycle, Restyle—that’s us!” 

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31st July 2014

At just 31 and 25, husband and wife developer team Gal and Tania – known as G&T London – are making some real waves in the prime London property world. They specialise in refurbishing period buildings, combining them with the latest contemporary styling cues and innovative technology. We met up with Tania to discuss her background and latest project.


I have always been attracted to real estate and interior design since an early age but had decided to embark upon a journey to become a solicitor, which involved rigorous legal training followed by a painstaking selection process filled with numerous interviews and aptitude tests. My life was occupied with multi million occupied with multi million pound facility agreements, tax deeds and legal claims when suddenly one day I realised that all the years spent working towards achieving my goal did not provide me with the fulfilment and ability to express myself that I had always wanted. Eventually the urge to try and turn this passion into a profession took over – leading me to where I am today.


Travel is a great passion of mine and a lot of my inspiration stems from hotels and places that I have visited. I like to try and pick key elements from each one and merge them through my own work. When I travel I find my passion for interior design to be a great excuse to stay in an exceptional hotel – perhaps even two or three in the same city – allowing me time to enjoy and derive inspiration from the built environment around me.


There are a number of architecture and designer practices whose work I follow very closely. I derive a lot of inspiration from hospitality interior design as it allows a huge room for imagination and experimentation with the latest trends in design and technology. In particular – and this is no means exhaustive – WATG, Roland Lu & Partners and Graham Lamb.


When it comes to interiors, the marriage of traditional and contemporary, rustic and sophisticated, old and new always adds that edge that never leaves anyone indifferent. However, while design is paramount, usability and practicality are equally important as our properties are designed with people living there in mind. Nothing makes me happier than being told by a client or end buyer that they are thoroughly enjoying living in a G&T London designed property.


Always strive to amaze your potential buyers. Our buyers tend to be extensive travellers who are spoilt for choice and quality in every aspect of their life, it is therefore essential to always be at the forefront of cutting edge design, technology and finish in order to capture their imagination and create standout. Our goal is always to deliver a six star hotel finish in every property, as we believe home should be a comforting, inspiring and exciting place to live in.


Definitely 58-59 Myddelton Square, two grand Georgian townhouses in Islington that we entirely refurbished. It was a challenge as it is an area hat despite having amazing amenities, a first-class location and architecture, it is not yet associated with luxury, hence it was a slight step into the unknown to try and craft a luxury product there. There was no clear buyer profile so it was quite the challenge, however I’m delighted to say that when the buyers walked in, they loved every single element – down to the napkins on the table. It is the most rewarding feeling knowing that someone loves living in a property that you have designed and built.

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                                        The Art Of The Gift

Shopping for the perfect item or gift requires finding the right resource and that is where makes it easy.  Is there such a thing as the perfect gift? Well, yes, and all it really takes is a little effort and the desire to think beyond the usual and to avoid the cliché.  We usual give gifts to celebrate an important occasion or event in a person’s life. Birthday (1),  Wedding (2), Anniversary (3), New Home(4), Baby(5).  Those times that are so meaningful that we need to go beyond just saying something, we need to take that additional step and give something that says, I acknowledge you and this time in your life.   With all the cookie cutter gift options out there, I am extremely grateful that Uncommon Goods has gone beyond the expected and provided unique and “make it personal” items.

I really enjoy learning about each item and artist, what motivates them, how they got their start.  I Appreciate businesses like Uncommon Goods that provide a showcase for artist and entrepreneurs. Uncommon Goods is that type of site that you will return to again and again for gift giving, shopping  for yourself and for inspiration.   

If you need a little help visit the Trending section, see what people are “buying, liking, tweeting, pinteresting & sharing. 

On a personal level, as a sponsored post, (I am honored to be chosen to review a fantastic company like uncommon goods) I was lucky enough to be able to pick an item of my choice to review.  I fell In love with The Lucky Petal Necklace, handmade in Nashville, TN by artist Beth Lawrence. 

I love this necklace for so many reasons.  From the minute I saw the necklace I could feel the artist’s energy and creativity.  Personally, the three petals represent my three children.  The lucky part is always a good thing! 

The necklace arrived in a fantastic recycled envelope, stamped with all types of information about Uncommon goods.  The necklace box was encased in this adorable uncommon goods “made in the USA from Cotton t-shirt remnants bag”.  The box is stamped Freshie & Zero Handcrafted Jewelry.  When opened there is a wonderful information sheet titled “artist story”, telling us all about the company and artist. 

Uncommon goods is “anything but ordinary” As a Certified B Corporation they live by the creed of a company wishing to benefit society as well as themselves.  Uncommon Goods is a Win-Win For all. 



September may only be days away, but that doesn’t mean the summer vibe has to end. You don’t need to be a Californian to keep that feeling of soft breezes and eternal sunshine all year round.

Create a relaxing atmosphere with hammocks you can lounge in. Bring a little bit of the outdoors inside with planters. Indulge in a bold or dreamy color palette with some fun rugs and sea prints. And if you find yourself losing your heart to the ocean, well—we understand. 

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Ok, September is a bit away but it comes fast!! enjoy the colors, smells, foods, fashions and experiences only summer brings.

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