Home Tour Inspirations

Do you enjoy home tours? My friend Jane Meade and I went to a special event to share holiday decorating ideas at a fancy Beverly Hills estate. Not only did we see exotic, exclusive, and extraordinary design, we saw the setting for historic events and countless movies. The home is an interior designer’s delight with new rooms every year.

The Greystone Mansion, also known as the Doheny Mansion was built for Edward “Ned” Doheny, Jr., and his family, including five children. A gift from his oil tycoon father, the home cost over $3 million to build in 1928. Doheny Sr. was a major character in the Teapot Dome scandal. (Before the Watergate scandal, Teapot Dome was regarded as the “greatest and most sensational scandal in the history of American politics”.)

Would you enjoy a mural like this in your home? The satin headboard and Lucite pillars seem more Hollywood than Beverly Hills. What do you think?

I’d like to create a lamp with crystals like this.


What kid, any age, wouldn’t love this musical hideaway/bed?


This was my favorite takeaway from the home tour. I’m going to frame my Main Bedroom TV.

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Joy Bird Songs

You can barely hear the birds in this short video. Besides stopping to smell the roses, do you stop to listen to the birds singing?

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5 Design Psychology Updates from Joy to the Home Kitchen


Since we moved into our new home, I’ve learned a few home decorating ideas about my Design Psychology practices. I’m also amazed at how patient I’ve become waiting to finish the stripped kitchen.

No matter how many times I have updated the following photobucket slideshow, it still doesn’t delete deleted slides or show the titles.

  1. Countertop Choices
    I always preferred plain, simple countertops because kitchens get so cluttered. There’s no way I’m taking out the special granite (I believe Brazilian Bianco Antico) counters with gold sparkles which came with my home. After a few months of keeping the countertops cleared off except for a few strategically placed useful accessories, I’ve fallen in love with the busy pattern. Since we used the plain cream limestone counters in the party kitchen, I’m happy with the pattern balance.

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Joy to the Kitchen!

My Twitter friend, Caroline Di Diego, AKA @CASUDI, started a great dialog on architectural kitchen design. She invites you to share your kitchen in ”show & tell” format.

Jeanette's kitchen

This is the current scene as I write this post early Saturday evening. My kitchen has two islands, an antique bar corner, a pool table, a fireplace, and a TV. Most people call this a great room. We call it the kitchen.

kitchen fun

college kids playing

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