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Grace Simmering
Former advertising executive who is turning a longtime love of interior design into a career.
Former advertising executive who is turning a longtime love of interior design into a career.

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home tour
We've been in our new house for a few months now and it's finally starting to feel a bit more like home. Moving from 1500 square feet to over 5000, means that we have a lot of empty rooms. I'm trying to be patient and enjoy the process of furnishing and fin...

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baby girl nursery inspiration
I've been a little radio silent the past few months. This pregnancy has been very difficult and I've been using all my spare energy to focus on finishing a busy semester. But I'm happy to share that my semester is complete and baby Eleanor arrived on May 4t...

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inspiration of the week: hidden storage
I am a neat freak. I think part of my obsession stems from a desire for control, and the other part comes from my love of interior design. There's no quicker way to distract from a beautiful room than a stack of unread mail, or a random pair of shoes sittin...

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Can your kitchen help you lose weight?
It's the season of resolutions and many of us probably have some resolutions for healthier lifestyle changes. Whether you're trying to lose weight or just looking to put some focus on healthier habits, you might not think the design of your kitchen plays mu...

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announcement: baby #2!
It's been months since I've given sunlight & sparkle some love and attention - but I have a good reason. We're so excited to announce that Alexander is going to be a big brother! Baby GIRL will be joining our family in May.  While we are absolutely thrilled...

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11 nursery essentials
Now that our little one has turned one(!), I've had plenty of time to use all the items in our nursery . Many soon-to-be new mothers ask me what the must-haves are for your first baby. Each baby is different. Here is my list of nursery essentials (in no par...

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design spotlight: hidden TV
Most designers loathe a giant television as the focal point of a room. But realistically, many people enjoy watching television, or live with a ( cough...husband ) that does. So what do you do if you've created a beautiful space but can't take your eyes off...

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design crush: outdoor serving counters
We've been spending some time at the pool the past few weeks and just completed 'Parent & Tot' swimming lessons. It was so fun to see baby Alexander loving the water so much. I grew up with a pool and would love to be able to have one again someday. In my d...

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our home: master bedroom
The master bedroom is an owner's retreat. A place to decompress and forget about the worries of the day. But for many homeowners, including myself, the master bedroom is the very last room to get an update. It's so easy to focus on the public places of the ...

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our home: dining room
We absolutely love our home in Congress Park. It's perfect for our family right now and we've done a lot to make it our own. That said, we've been toying around with the idea of putting our home on the market lately. It's a seller's market and we're not sur...
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