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My Creative Escape

There are lots of different ways to deal with stress.  Some healthy, some not so healthy.  Some people go on vacations, some run or do yoga.  Others hit the bar or binge eat (I have totally eaten my feelings in the past).  For me: I build, paint and create. Read More »

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Wallpaper Crush

I have a love / hate relationship with wallpaper.  If you’ve ever had to remove layer upon layer of wallpaper, you know exactly what I’m talking about.   Read More »

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Making Your Bedroom Feel Like an Escape!

Struggling to make your bedroom feel a little more romantic and more like an escape?  I’ve got some tips for you that can help make you feel like you don’t have to run far to feel like your far, far away. Read More »

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Sneak Peak At 2017 Decor & Gift Trends

Check out my favorite 2017 products I found at one of the worlds largest gift shows (in Atlanta).  It was full of all styles of decor, holiday, kitchen and gifts for 2017 Spring and Summer trends.  It’s the leading wholesale marketplace with showrooms in over 7 million square feet and three building complexes.  It’s super exciting (and crazy exhausting!) to be exposed to so many manufacturer’s product lines and designer collections all in one place.

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Kid Art Gallery

In the past I’ve been told, “Wow! How do make your home look like you don’t have kids?!? It’s like an art gallery in here!”  (They wouldn’t say that if they saw the upstairs or the basement on any given day… YIKES!) I know they were paying me a compliment, but the comment actually stung a bit because I didn’t want my house to look “perfect” or look like kids weren’t welcome.  I have two active, messy, wildly creative young boys (who happen to LOVE art)!  Also, as an artist, my studio is covered in half-finished projects, piles of art supplies, random messes and paint splatters; far from perfect.  I decided that if I was going to put my artwork on display throughout the house for guests to enjoy, that it was only fair that I display some of my boys’ artwork as well.  Read More »

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Deck the Halls and Make them Sparkle!

This is the very first Holiday season in 14 years where I’m not rushing to finish a catalog last minute!  The Talisman Designs catalog is done, I’m working on research and new designs concepts for 2018.  I feel like I have time to take a deep breath, exhale and focus on my family!  So, when I have time, I love to create magical dreamscapes for my family to experience. During the Holiday season I love to bring the magical wintery wonderland inside.

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Thrift Store Christmas Tree

By Melessa

You know that saying, “One’s man’s trash is another man’s treasure?”  Well, that couldn’t be more true for my Christmas tree.

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Thanksgiving Prep Part 2

By Melessa

My sister loves decor and beautiful table settings, but she hates crafts, complicated set up and buying expensive items she’s only going to use once or twice a year.  So I wanted to create a simple, practical table setting that showed natural arrangements, texture, layers and beauty.

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Thanksgiving Prep Part 1

By Melessa

If you still have a few gorgeous leaves left on your lawn then you might be interested in this craft.  It is super easy, and very elegant.

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Halloween & Day of the Dead

In America, most people are familiar with Halloween, but only in recent years has the Day of the Dead tradition increased in recognition and popularity.  We thought it would be fun to explore the history behind these holidays, and share a craft/treat that can be used for both!

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