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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!http://marysherwoodlifestyles.com/happy-valentines-day/

Just wanted to wish all my friends Happy Valentine’s Day!  Sending hugs and kisses your way!  This a Prickly Pear cactus paddle in the shape of a heart.  You can find love in all kinds of places including the desert! If you still need something sweet (and somewhat healthy) for Valentine’s, try this recipe from […]

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メリークリスマス Merry Christmas!

Today I had so much fun putting together our gifts to take to my daughter-in-law’s family in Japan.  I couldn’t resist sharing.   Here they are! In last week’s post, An Easy Gift Idea, I talked about the items to be included.  To make things a little more personal I used Google Docs to translate […]

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I’m Back!

I took a two week hiatus from publishing this blog because I was so busy back in NC.  I hope you missed seeing our weekly Wednesday post.  (If you didn’t, don’t tell me 🙂 ) A week was spent at our Lake Gaston home doing maintenance after a very busy summer rental season.  We were […]

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Be the Designer Challenge #2 Choosing a Tile Grout Color

As promised, here is the second in the series of  “Be the Designer” challenges. Today you will need to select the tile grout color for the kitchen backsplash at the Chalk house. This may seem an easy task but here are a few things to consider when selecting a grout color. Color of the tile. […]

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Learn How to Build a Pallet Succulent Garden

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a Pallet Garden class at Green Things in Tucson.  The plants and the staff are amazing.  The class had its challenging moments.  Picking from all their beautiful plants was the hardest part.  So here is what you need: A pallet-salvaged or constructed.  For this class we used a […]

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Mary’s Version of Santa’s Workshop

This has been an exciting week with the launch our new website and online store, Mary Sherwood Art Glass.  Thanks for so many wonderful comments.  If you missed the announcement you can see it here. In the launch announcement I promised a 2016 Holiday Art Glass collection.  So today I opened Mary’s version of “Santa’s […]

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Gadgets that Help You Make Beautiful Summer Salads

How do beautiful salads and Paul’s new iphone relate? Here’s the answer. Recently Paul became an iphone convert.   His droid was due to be replaced so he made the switch.  So far no regrets (thank goodness).  So, because both of our phone contacts had expired, I also got a new iphone 5e. Well, what […]

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Exploring Santa Monica

Paul and I just returned from five days in Santa Monica visiting Jake and Elif taking in all the beautiful weather and surroundings. Our first outing is always a walk through the neighborhood to brush off the road weariness.  The streets are lined with a mix of old and new homes.  I always enjoy the small […]

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Recipe for Summer Squash and Carrot Spiralizer Salad

Summer Squash & Carrot Spiralizer Salad Veggies 2 Large Carrots 2 Med. Yellow Squash 1/2 Onion 1 medium to large chopped Tomato Salt and pepper to taste Dressing 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar  (can substitute regular balsamic but it colors the noodles) 1T Olive Oil infused with Garlic (regular olive can be substituted) 1T Dijon […]

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Spa-like Shower Tile

I am so excited about these two spa-like shower plans!  If you have been following us, I previously mentioned finding an amazing tile source in Tucson call Fractured Earth.  Once I saw their extensive array of tile the concepts for these showers started to come together. Here is the guest bath shower tile incorporating this beautiful glass, penny […]

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Semi-Precious Stone of All Colors

I recently visited an amazing stone company, Cactus Stone, in Scottsdale, AZ.  While I have visited many stone companies there has never been such a variety in one place. It is several football fields in size and the rows go on and on.  There are many common granite and quartz slabs but what caught my […]

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Cottage Style with Pops of Red

Finally a small peek at the little cottage project we started last Fall! The most dramatic change in this little house was the removal of the wall separating the living space and the kitchen.  This house is only 1000 sf.  We needed to give it as much open space as possible. We did several posts […]

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An Anniversary and the New Chapter

Today’s blog is not about design trends, gardening or travel.  It is about how wonderful it feels to celebrate the first year of our new personal journey. On May 15, 2015 Charlotte Webb Smith purchased Mary Sherwood Lake Living.  That business was our heart and soul for 28 years.  It was difficult to let it […]

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Decorative Mirrors are a Designer’s Best Friend!

Certain rooms don’t seem complete without a mirror!  The powder room, the master bath, the foyer, and the dressing room are a few that simply aren’t finished without a mirror. I searched back in the photo files and found so many rooms we finished with mirrors.  Here are some recent installs as well as some […]

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High Point “Style Spots”

I am back after a very productive and enjoyable trip to North Carolina.  The final days of my trip were spent at the semi-annual High Point Furniture Market.  I have been going to this market since 1988 (too many times to count).  I am always amazed each season by the creative, new introductions. Several years […]

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Sorry – I’ve missed a few weeks!

Hi from Lake Gaston! I am here prepping our lake house for summer rental.  We are so excited to have so many weeks booked for our first season. 🙂 I have been so busy prepping for coming here and now checking off my list of things “to do” while here the blog has had to […]

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Model Home Bedrooms: What to do and what not to do in your bedroom!

I have a friend who loves to check out model homes.  Over the last year we have seen several.  When I reviewed my pictures I noticed all the bedrooms, master or guest, looked so much the same.  I will highlight a few of my likes and dislikes. There is definitely one common characteristic-TOO Neutral! This has a nice accent […]

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Art Glass Passion

I am in love with all forms of art glass.  If there was anyway I could afford it I would collect Chihuly Glass.  Short of that I have gathered an assortment of small to large glass art for my own home.  Many of you may recall some of these pieces if you toured our Lake […]

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Wedding Cake Cheesecake in the Park

Last week you heard about the time we spent with Aaron and Kiori in Scottsdale for their Canal Convergence exhibit.  In just a short five years of marriage they have developed a strong personal and business relationship with their company, Purring Tiger.  They collaborate on their interactive art installations in a remarkable way.  They are […]

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The Sherwood Hacienda – Divide and Conquer!

At long last I am ready to share our new home-The Sherwood Hacienda.  It has been a little over six months and bit by bit it has come together.  The layout of the great space was certainly a “divide and conquer” process.  Often when down sizing you are trying to squeeze in furniture.  We were […]

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Tiny House Living on Wheels

We recently had a visit from Paul’s sister, Mary Lindner, her husband Kyle, and their teenage daughter Kathryn.  They have spent the last five years (full time) traveling the country in their 34′ Airstream Classic trailer. They have been living in a “Tiny House” on wheels long before it became “hip”.  Kyle works remotely anywhere […]

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Art for the Community

From our first visit to Oro Valley (our new town) I was amazed at the magnitude of public art displays.  It has been a true joy to see various artistic expressions in unexpected places i.e. the parking lots at Ace Hardware, Safeway and Home Depot and roadways throughout the area.  Here is a brief description […]

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Eye Candy for Your Home

While visiting Santa Monica I took a walk to the downtown mall and promenade.  I asked Paul to join me and we ended up on a very long walk with shopping mixed in, much to his dismay. (Sorry, Paul) 🙂  I took a quick look in the Jonathan Adler showroom and couldn’t help but smile. […]

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Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas!

This year we travel to “Santa” Monica for our Christmas celebrations.  It is one of the few times the immediate Sherwood family is all together. 🙂  This year we will have the joy of Paul’s sister and husband joining us right after Christmas day. Here is the family picture from last Christmas at the lake house. […]

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Party Food Etiquette

As you were growing up your parents taught you to be polite and courteous.  Those same rules today can be applied to planning a party menu for those with food allergies or food preferences. Last weekend we hosted our first party in our new home.  It was great to share our new place with neighbors and […]

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Tale of the Tubac Table

Another very busy week! WHEW!  As we continue to get grounded in our new location the days are full and the skies are most often clear blue.  This past week I tried my hand at fused glass art.  Some practice pieces are out of the kiln but nothing to brag about yet.  We made our final […]

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Oversized Mirror Headboard-Is this “off the wall”?

About six weeks ago I ask for help with selecting the paint color for our Master Bedroom.  The final decision was Benjamin Moore #647.   Read more about the color selections here:  Help me with my MBR design. So now we are finally pulling it all together.  The wall is painted and the fabrics are […]

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Cottage Guest Bath-Industrial Style

Before I begin to share the latest elements of the small cottage project I have to say I had two wonderful weeks touring from Kingston NY, Blacksburg VA, High Point NC to beautiful Lake Gaston NC.  Each stop was filled with many different activities but the BEST was being so warmly embraced by all my family and friends. […]

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Small House Kitchen Project Planning

I started working on a small house project in our new neighborhood.  It will not be used as a full time dwelling but more like a weekend hide-a-way!  The plan was to keep it simple but it continued to grow (as they all do).  We are updating the entire 1000 sf but this week I […]

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Help me with my MBR design!

This is approximately Week Seven of our new house makeover.  Slowly but surely each week there is progress (sometimes way too slowly).  This week I am trying to pull together all the elements for our MBR.  The storage platform bed finally arrived after a month of the mattress on floor :(.  Now what?  Here is the […]

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Reclaimed Oak works it Way into this Design

This week marks just over four weeks since we arrived in Tucson.  Soooo much has transpired since then.  For those of you who have seen our lake house you know how many wonderful built-ins and storage cabinets it has.  Moving to a smaller place with not much storage has been a challenge.  Two new glass […]

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A Sneak Peek at The Dove Mountain Project!

There is never a dull moment as we create our new lifestyle. We have been busy exploring new things, trying different food and working up our stamina for our upcoming hike in Glacier National Park the first part of September.  Our newly found favorite hiking spot is Catalina State Park just about 5 miles from […]

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Mary’s Childhood Scrapbook-A Prelude to a Design Career!

Several months ago I shared my blog about A Design Career that Was Meant to Be.  If you missed it here it is. http://marysherwoodlifestyles.com/a-design-career-that-was-meant-to-be Since then I have been searching for my childhood scrapbook that I mentioned in that blog.  I found it!!!  Boy was I surprised about the  origin of “my design career that was […]

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Master Bedroom Makeover-Before and After

Today I felt like Libby Langdon and her NBC TV show Daykeover.  In about three hours we transformed this master bedroom from blah to beautiful!  Just like on TV, this does not completely happen in a day.  It takes several months of planning to pull this all together. The client built this wonderful new lake house […]

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How to Create a “Spa-like” Guest Bedroom

Make your guests feel like they are visiting a resort spa at Lake Gaston with these easy tips: Keep the paint color cool and refreshing like Benjamin Moore Antiguan Sky, 2040-60.  Bright colors provide too much energy. Keep the bedding simple.  A bright white matelasse coverlet, jumbo sham, crisp white sheets with aqua embroidery and a […]

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A Design Career That Was Meant to Be

This Design Wednesday Wisdom is a not much about design but a lot about my career in interior design. I write this on the cusp of a new beginning for Mary Sherwood Lake Living.  As of Friday, May 15, the business will change ownership.  Charlotte Smith plans to keep the MSLL traditions alive as she […]

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Trending at the High Point Market- April, 2015

Just returned from our semi-annual trek to the High Point Furniture Market.  I was just trying to figure out how many times I have attended this market…twice annually for 28 years-you can do the math!  I am still inspired with each market trip and have seen so many changes over the years.  I think a […]

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Furniture Style -Make It Your Own

There are so many ways to take a piece of furniture and make it your own.  I am not a big Pinterest user but that is a great resource for inspiration. Here is a fun piece made by Hooker Furniture that we had in our showroom a few years back that may give you inspiration […]

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Terrific Tulips: See how to arrange!

All of you probably know how crazy I am about tulips.  I dutifully order in the fall, pre-chill in our extra refrigerator until late December or early January and plant on the first “not too cold” day.  Tulips need several months planted in cold, dark soil. Because of our unpredictable winters, pre-chilling helps to give […]

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The En suite Luxury Master Bath

Last month we shared the “closet to die for”.  Here is the floor plan of the entire “en suite” luxury master bath. Now let’s take a look at the rest of the master bath filled with special details and luxury elements. The double vanity with rectangular sinks and lots of drawers is just the beginning.  […]

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Beach Dreaming for the Beach House

After all the wintry weather followed by a few warm days we all start a little “beach dreaming”. Working on a beach house project has certainly put us in the mood to think ahead to “warm sunny days, white sands and a cold drink in our hands” as the song says! Once again a brand […]

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Is This A Closet to Die For?

Recently we completed a wonderful master bath suite renovation which included this amazing “closet to die for”. Here is the picture of the “before” closet desperately needing some organization. The closet floor plan had several angles which made building-in the space a real challenge.  After measuring, assessing the contents and interviewing the owners here is […]

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Sherwood House for Sale by Owner

Hi everyone: Paul and I are posting our lake home for Sale by Owner. Please take a look at the link below. If you know of anyone that may be interested please share the link. We really appreciate anything you can do to help us. The asking price is $695,000.  The web site lists the […]

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Design Inspired by the Mountains of the Southwest

Good morning from Tucson! Our visit to Tucson has been extended several times the last few days because of all the winter weather between here and there!  We drove out West in two days with wonderful weather and blue skies. Never in our planning did we figure on ice and snow getting in the way of […]

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Designing in Tucson

Hello loyal MSLL Design Wednesday Wisdom followers!  I am writing this from super sunny Tucson, AZ.  Sorry to gloat but I am glad we are here instead of frigid NC. I was not sure this was the place for me until this trip.  I am loving the climate and getting excited about our future relocation. […]

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Trend Spotting Going Into 2015

I always get excited about exploring future trends. Based on High Point photos from October here are a few trends I see going forward in 2015.  Some of the highlights of the following pictures include textures, colors. natural elements, and multi-tasking furniture. These furniture pieces have several of the elements above-color, texture and multi-tasking.  I love […]

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Visions of Spring Tulips Hiding in the Reindeer Moss

As a gardener, although it is the middle of Winter, some days you just have to get outside and get your hands in the dirt.  Sunday afternoon the skies had cleared and the sun was shinning.  I couldn’t resist. Most of you probably have enjoyed our tulip display in the Spring in our large flower […]

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The Perfect Bookcase Arrangement

We recently completed a wonderful renovation of a Lake Gaston home.  It began with a kitchen update.  The project then expanded to include most of the first floor.  All the contents of this floor were stored while the pine floors were refinished.  Moving back-in required a lot of organization so we tackled the large expanse […]

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Christmas is All About Family

As I anxiously await the arrival of our sons and daughters-in-love I am reminded about how important family is at Christmas.  I am so very fortunate to have such a loving and close family.  We are spread out across the country but we make the effort to be together for Christmas.  I am truly blessed.  Here is […]

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Where will you find inspiration for your holiday decor?

If you have recently changed your color scheme or updated your interior how do you incorporate the new color scheme into this year’s holiday décor? Look for inspiration where you least expect it. This dining room had recently been updated using a wonderful blue accent wall (Benjamin Moore #798 Blue Suede Shoes). Could this be […]

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