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Dana Renee

Interiors The Business of Being Creative

Starwood x Marriott: Is this a good thing?

In September, two of the best-known hotel groups merged to form the world’s largest hotel company. Marriott International acquired Starwood Hotels & Resorts. With these two groups combined, this singular hotel company will have 30 brands between them and over 5,700 hotel properties throughout the world. The merger is seen as mostly positive. Guests will now have a larger portfolio of properties to choose from, each of the brand’s loyalty programs are expected remain intact and be honored by both…

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Creative's Spotlight The Business of Being Creative

Zaha Hadid

Gallery Photo Source: Zaha Hadid Architects   In March of this year, the world lost a mighty creative,  Zaha Hadid. Born in Baghdad, the Iraqi-born British architect changed the architectural style by introducing her own avant-garde approach to design. Her use of geometric shapes and digital design technology to create an abstract aesthetic was groundbreaking. She married gravity defying design with curves and shapes that were audacious and innovative. “All the privileged can travel, see different worlds; not everyone can.…

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Cloud Nine Interiors

9 Ways Jazz Up Your Bathroom Vanity

  The bathroom is undoubtedly one of the most used places in our homes. It’s the first place we head the moment the alarm goes off in the morning and it’s usually the last stop before we head to bed at night. Because we spend so much time in there, let’s make a place that you and your guest would love. One of the easiest way to add your personal touch to the bathroom with a minimal dollars is to style…

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Art + Culture Soul Sparkle

The Dog Days of Summer

This edition of Soul Sparkle is for those who love to keep fury friends in our homes.  As you know, I have a Maltese and I don’t have to tell you pet loves out there how having a pet can really make anywhere feel like home.  Pets shower us with love which adds to our feng shui lives. They bring incredible flowing energy into our home, helping us to relax, feel happy, and they help to stir stagnant energy in…

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Art + Culture Art Pause

Baltimore Joy

After a long work-week, I woke up to a beautiful Friday morning. There was no rain, no overcast, and the temperature was perfect. Not wanting to waste a day inside or in the District amongst lost tourists, I opted to take a quick road trip to Baltimore!  Yes, I braved the congestion of interstate 95 so that I could spend the day in Charm City. Baltimore of course, holds a very special place in my heart. It’s where I went…

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Cloud Nine Interiors

9 Affordable Balcony Must Haves For Relaxing Bliss

Summer is unofficially upon us. Hooray for warm nights, fresh air, stars in the sky, cocktails, good books and quiet time on the balcony. Having my own little balcony in an urban town is a little luxury that I find hard to live without. Being able to come home after a hectic commute and sit on my slice of bliss is definitely a small pleasure of mine. It doesn’t matter how large or tiny your balcony/patio space is. There are affordable…

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Dana's Musings

PATIENCE

I am thankful for May. Earlier this year, I worked with a great life coach and though our work, I’ve adopted a new monthly habit. Each month, I create a one-word theme representative of what I’d like to cultivate more of in that month.  For February, I worked on POSITIVITY. In March, I focused on INTENTION and April was all about ABUNDANCE. For the month of May, I now turn to PATIENCE. I can be a patient person. I’ll wait…

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Interiors

5 Reasons Mirrors Offer More Than Your Reflection

Dining Area Mirrors

I love incorporating mirrors in spaces and it’s not because I’m vain. Mirrors don’t have to always be about reflecting your smiling face. You can use mirrors to really transform and elevate a space. Here are 5 reasons mirrors can enhance your home. Enhance Light A great way to brighten a space using the light that is already there is to add mirrors to enhance the lighting source.  If you love to see the sun and light the way I…

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Dana's Musings

Do Your Own Thing

“We all have our own thing. That’s the magic; that everybody comes with their own sense of strength and their own queendom. Mine could never compare to hers and hers could never compare to mine.” ~ Jill Scott Follow my blog with Bloglovin We know that each and every one of us is a unique masterpiece. From our DNA to our fingerprints, we are different. We come to this planet as an original; there isn’t a single duplication anywhere in…

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Interiors Trends + Style

What’s Your Style? :: Modern

Featured Image Credit: Almrsal Modern Interior Design Modern design is all about clean, fresh, and uncluttered spaces. Marked with straight-lines, furniture is simple and sleek.  The use of color is very sparse. Walls are a solid color (white is pretty popular), no fussy wallpaper or ornate fabrics. This is in stark contrast with our previous featured style, “traditional.” The integration of textures is also limited. Often times floors are bare, but if area rugs are used, they are a solid neutral…

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