Design Wisdom Wednesday

Project details…so, so many!

Recently at the High Point Furniture Market I selected a lot options for furnishings and accessories for a guest house project.  I started with the upholstery pieces and fabrics.  The rest of the accessories, rugs, and bedding followed suit.  Here is where we started. A number of fabrics were selected and the then narrowed down […]

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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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And the client’s paint and rug selections are…

Last week I asked all our followers to don a designer hat and pick the best combination of rugs and and paints for the Chalk project.  From the many great responses I can see a “little” designer skills buried in all of you.  If you missed last week’s post check it out here.   Be […]

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Be the Designer-Choose an Accent Paint Color and Coordinating Area Rugs

Don’t you love the colors in these Company C rugs!  It is hard to decide which one to use.  A & C will be the accent rugs to coordinate with B & D. We have tentatively selected two accent paint colors to coordinate with the rugs.  All walls will be Benjamin Moore White Dove except for one […]

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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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How to “Stretch” A House!

I am so excited to finally share a work in progress update for the Chalk house. We started planning the renovation in March and finally we are about to begin adding the interior finishes.  It always seems to take a long time to get from demolition to finished sheetrock.  For this house we are finally […]

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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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Win a Jar of Prickly Pear Jelly

Let’s do something different this week!  Do you want to win a jar of prickly pear jelly?  Here is your chance. Share this post with a friend and have them sign up to receive our weekly blog post and both of your names will be entered to win an 8 oz. jar of my (freshly […]

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Canyon Road Trail to Kiln-Formed Glass in Santa Fe

I hate to turn this blog into a travel log but when I travel art and design are always front and center.  Paul and I just returned from a short five days to Santa Fe and Taos, NM.  What a mecca of wonderful natural and man made art!  There was so much to see and […]

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6 Kitchen Materials NOT to Use

I recently came across an article on a blog site called Houselogic.com.  They often post great renovation tips.  Here is an article I want to share with you about Six Materials to Never Use in Your Kitchen.  I agree with most of the authors comments. Here is my take on the 6 Materials NOT to use […]

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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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Lighting Story Board Telling a Mixed Tale

I love this collection of lighting on order for a current project.  It was pulled together with some of my favorites from past projects and the addition of some great new fixtures.  The mix of finishes, glass textures and flowing lines tells an interesting story.  It certainly has a contemporary feel but many of the […]

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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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The Amazing Flowers of the Desert

The flowers of the desert are amazing.  This is my first spring in the Tucson area and I am soaking in all the colors of Spring.  The PaloVerdes trees have been in full bloom for over a month with bright yellow flowers transitioning into lime green new growth.  The intense buzzing of the bees over the […]

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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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The Competition Heats Up at the Flame Off

Last week during the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show I had the opportunity to attend The Flame Off – an “Iron Chef” like competition at the Sonoran Glass School.  Basically the competition involves local and visiting artists competing to produce their best lampworking glass creation in 1 1/2 hours.  A panel of judges select the winners. […]

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Gems, Beads and Rocks -Oh My!

Once a year over 55,000 people descend on Tucson, AZ. for the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.  I have been to many trade shows but none that is so vast in size and depth in the very small category of gems and minerals.  Because it was my first time and I was doing very limited purchasing […]

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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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What a difference paint can make!

Two weeks ago, as the Thanksgiving holiday was approaching, I wanted to quickly refresh an old table that was originally in my grandmother’s house.  It had been through many moves and various uses.  Nails and screws were used to hold it together over the years.  This quick re-do really only took about 3 hours 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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Update Your Decor By Refinishing

At market, we see so many amazing styles and trends.  I’m often attracted to classic lines and details of furniture, but with a funky finish or creative fabric choice.  It inspires me to think about how I can revamp an older piece into something brand new! Recently, I refinished a set of bamboo chairs for […]

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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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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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Hippity, Hoppity, Easter’s on Its Way

There may still be a chill in the air, but springtime IS on its way….along with one of my favorite holidays…EASTER! Easter is a time to rejoice, celebrate, and decorate!  Bright combinations of pink, green, blue, and yellow are used to banish the winter blues and brighten our homes both inside and out.  Decorations can […]

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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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