Jerry's Amazing Adventure!!

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HFGuy recently came back from a tour of Europe and Jerry, the High Fashion Home bag (not me!! grrr!), was able to accompany him throughout. They visited Rome, London, France, and Barcelona and took pictures while sight seeing, which can be seen on our Twitter account! So head over there, get a free account, and start following us (fyi, you get updates via our twitter of when our blog is updated).
Jerry at Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona.

Jerry resting while on the London Bridge.

Jerry in front of the Colosseum in Rome.

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Nate Burkus' Farewell

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For those of you who haven't heard, Nate Burkus recently appeared on Oprah for his final appearance on her show (boo!). He's heading to New York because he is the next person to have been touched by the "Oprah Factor" and will now get his own show (hooray!). Berkus became a main staple on Winfrey's show after redecorating a small studio apartment into a lavish, multi-functional space.

I'm a huge fan of Nate Burkus, not only because he's a little cutie but, because he has a gift to turn any room into a work of art. If you guys didn't see the show, his tip for small areas is to place large items into the space so that you're not reminded of its size.

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Paloma Picasso's Moroccan Retreat

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While running yesterday, with the boyfriend, I was thinking that we needed to get away. Whether it be a full fledged vacation with the works or just a quick weekend getaway. I was just thinking that we needed a break from the norm, then it hit me like a runaway freight train! My friend Paloma Picasso, daughter of renowned painter Pablo Picasso, has a Moroccan home that is her retreat, we can go there!!! (I know, I know! You're dying with envy right now.)

I remember seeing Paloma's home in the pages of Harper's Bazaar, so I popped over and was just in awe of it. Her home, purchased in 2006, was renovated throughout and was what her husband, Eric Thévenet, called a "sleeping beauty."

Paloma Picasso, next to her indoor pool, looks gorgeous in her caftan.

In their main room they have an amazing book case with a chandelier that is just flawless!

A painting of Paloma Picasso by her mother, Françoise Gilot.

Picasso and her husband, Thévenet, in the patio of their home.

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Apt. Therapy + A Big Book = Small, Cool Places

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Okay!!....I have to admit it, I have not been to Apartment Therapy's blog lately and I know you guys want to hurt me bad! (GASP!!) While I was over at one of my new favorite blogs, Cool Hunting, I stumbled onto something that I should have known about ages ago!!

Apartment Therapy has just released a book, named Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Places, by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, founder of blog. I checked out the preview on their blog and I'm so excited that I'm going to check to see if we can receive in the store, so keep your fingers crossed.

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Fashion Designer - Dion Lee

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I'm very excited about this up and coming fashion designer from down under. Dion Lee, who comes to us from Sydney, Australia, is making waves in the fashion world and from the looks of it I can see why. I discovered him via Zimbio and StreetPeeper while doing my regular surfing of the net and I'm definitely loving his aesthetic!

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Office in a Nook

I would love it if my small (but larger than the last one) apartment had a nook in which I could build a space for my husband's computer.  Since we've been married, I've had to fall asleep to the glow of the computer until he turned it off to come to be.  It's not an awesome way to fall asleep.  A nook for his computer would be wonderful, and these two, from Apartment Therapy, are a great source of inspiration...

This one is clean and modern.  The only drawback to using a nook over a closet is that you can't shut doors to cover it if company comes over.  It has to stay neat and organized which would be easy if we lived in Utopia, but we don't.  We live in Houston.

I love the idea of using a closet for an office.  Depth allowing, you squeeze a chair until the desk and still get the doors closed to hide your mess.  I also like how they used the doors as extra storage in this office.  In a small space, it helps to squeeze all the storage out of a space that you can.  I like this closet a lot, but I would have to tone down the girliness for hubby.  Flowers make him barf.

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See The Light!

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Friday May 7, from 1-3PM meet the team behind See the Light lip gloss from Beauty for Real at High Fashion Home.

"See the light! press the button on the cap when you need a little light in your life. illuminate in a theater, dark restaurant or at a concert. the mirror and the light are indispendable for getting the application right every time...
The formula loaded with plant derived antioxidents like green tea and grape seed extracts that deliver regenerative elements and anti-aging capabilities. aloe vera and avocado oil bring essential vitamins, are antibacterial and highly emollient. and a hint of grapefruit and mint bring a clean, fresh aroma.
The Sensation groundbreaking plumper feels cool and refreshing when applied. marine collagen infuses lips with plumping benefits.
The colors 9 beautiful shades that enhance every skin tone!"

You'll wonder how you've ever made it this far without this gloss!

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Most Romantic Homes

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A few months ago a list of the Top Ten Most Romantic Homes, for sale on the market, were named by The homes come from all over the U.S., from Hawaii and California to New York and Florida. The house that took the spot as The Most Romantic Home in the country came from San Francisco, C.A. I, however, fell in love with the estate that ranked third on the list, named Le Belvedere, built on 2.2 acres in Bel Air, C.A. that provides you with a breathtaking 280 degree view of the city below.

The view of the back yard is amazing with the 70 foot infinity pool. The home is an all steel construction and the exterior is imported Jerusalem stone.

The front of view of the house, which has its own gated access and a 20 car garage.

The formal dining area looks great and it doesn't hurt that there are two chandeliers in this area alone! If that isn't enough room for your dinner party, you can opt for the courtyard dining area that sits 100.

When I build my home, I want a staircase exactly like this. It looks fabulous!!!

One of the many bedrooms that Le Belvedere has to offer. The home also has a total of 19 fireplaces, both inside and out.

The master bathroom.

The Turkish Hammam which looks so relaxing.

Over hundreds of master craftsmen from Morocco, Mexico, Italy, China, and Russia were commissioned for various parts of the home. From the look of this Moroccan inspired room, it definitely shows!
This would definitely be the cigar and card room.

What house wouldn't be complete without a commercial grade theatre system.

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Green Dream Home

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The people over at HGTV have done it again!! They have already given away the 2010 Dream Home, located in Sandia, N.M., but have a "green" home up for grabs. This years eco-friendly cottage was built in Plymouth, M.A. and looks like a comfy and environmentally conscious way of living. The sweepstakes for the Green Dream Home ends June 4th, so check it out! Who knows, you might win and/or learn new environmentally friendly ideas that you can incorporate into your home.

The cottage features Energy Star-rated shingles and copper roofing along with a rooftop solar panel system.

The red couch and side chair in the living room look great with the white decor. They add a pop of color and it looks very inviting.

Everything about the way the dining room is set up lets you know that every meal will be intimate. Check out the HGTV link to get a great look at the table, its amazing up close!

The kitchen has a very clean and classic look. The island counter top is a gorgeous red that ties into the living room.

The tower, located on the third floor, has beautiful views of the surroundings and is great for a small workroom or a place to sit and read.

The master bedroom.

The kids room, located next to the master, is cool and fun with bright colors and bunk beds.

The back patio is equipped with a grill that can be hidden out of the way with sliding doors.

A view of Plymouth Beach.

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