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*This oldie but goodie was originally posted in 2012

Remember my neighbor, friend and decorator extraordinaire, Karen Devine
Within weeks of each other, Karen and I both turned Forty-licious. 
Karen celebrated her birthday on a warm, sunny beach with an ocean view. 
I was happy for her. Really. 
In our neighborhood, many neighbors have keys to each other’s homes. We housesit for each other. We let out the dog on those long work days. We take in the paper and check the mail and shovel the walk while you are on a freaking beach in Florida.
I was happy for her. Really.
Karen graciously agreed to let me share her home with all of you!
Please join me for a tour of Karen’s lovely home. (Be sure to scroll to the bottom for the outtakes.)




The foyer



The living room (and Maggie dog)



The powder room



The dining room



The breakfast nook


And, upstairs we go!



How much do I love grasscloth wallpaper?



Up we go- again!


The master suite


These portrait silhouettes are from their honeymoon…in France.



This week, I will be sharing more pictures from Karen’s home. (“Tips on how to be functional and purdy”)

I’ve been reading a lot about “How to be a better blogger in 2012!” 
Sarah from A Beach Cottage, one of my favorite bloggers, encouraged others to blog in their own voice.  Leave your footprint on your posts, so to speak. 
So…here is a peek behind the scenes of this house tour. 

Karen has lots of make-up to play with!


What a liquor collection!


Wow, all this work makes a girl thirsty!


Karen’s not the only one rockin’ her bikini in January!
I even managed to fit in a few sit-ups on Karen’s diving board!


I was so happy to warm up in Karen’s robe…with her booze…with her magazines…in her bed.

Planning a trip? I’m available…call me.


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