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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Stealthy Steppin’
When summer is in full swing, there

KISS... Keep It Stealthy Steppin’ When summer is in full swing, there is a good deal of stealthy coming and going on these stairs. I can imagine on a day like today, when cottages are getting closed up for the winter...there’s nothing but a lone lady bug or spider exploring these stairs. When I designed this house, I had planned for round windows...long story, they didnt happen. So to add light, style and something to this space, I immediately thought to go round! I love how these three cerused oak mirrors greet you around the corner. The gold leaf edge compliments the brass details elsewhere. As you walk down you get a nice perspective of your outfit as well. Always dreaming of summer.... #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitstyled #keepitstealthy #stairs #bluestairs #danasmalldesigns #interiordesigner #interiordesign #interior #interiors #beachview #bvc #beachhouse #lakehouse #summerhouse #summersomewhere #blueandwhite #round #roundmirror

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Simple Silly
#wallpaperwednesday would not be complete

KISS... Keep It Simple Silly #wallpaperwednesday would not be complete without a throw back to this fabulously fun bathroom...decked out, top to bottom in my favorite @quadrillefabrics pattern. This custom blue has acquired many names....... BVC Blue Painter’s Tape Blue Best Blue Dana’s Blue Beach House Blue I love taking any design detail and steppin’ it up a notch with a custom colorway. Thanks Quadrille! 💙💙💙 #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitsimplesilly #keepitstyled #quadrille #sigourney #custom #blueandwhite #danasmalldesigns #interior #interiors #interiordesign #interiordesigner #bathroomvibes #bathroomdesign #bathroominspiration #beinspired #bvc #beachviewcottage #beachhouse #lakehouse #summerfun #summerliving #coastalliving #lakelife

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Sassy & Spicy
Our summer days in Michigan have passed

KISS... Keep It Sassy & Spicy Our summer days in Michigan have passed but #margaritamonday is still a thing of the present. This summer was the summer of the colorfully-infused ice cube. I wanted to create something that gave a pop of color to my cocktails & mocktails and a jolt of added flavor with an everlasting effect. So I invented simple combinations of flavors in ice cube form that would compliment all my drinks. I think my favorite summer ice cube combination is seen here: jalapeño-lime-sea salt-cilantro. They add just the right kick to my classic margarita. Wanna really spice it up a bit, pop in two cubes! Its so fantastic how the ice cube slowly melts as you sip, releasing these bits of intense flavor with a wow finish. So whether you are sipping a cocktail or a refreshing agua sin gas....these little frozen numbers can be added to anything. Recipe: in a @vitamix blend the following ingredients: - (1) can of frozen limeade -(2) cans of water -(6) jalapeños deseeded and finely chopped - (1) cup of finely chopped cilnatro Blend on high for 1 minute Pour in your ice cube tray Sprinkle with sea salt Freeze for atleast 8 hours Pop them in your classic margarita... Enjoy! Now on to finding some fun ice cube forms for more drinkable, edible experiments! #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitsnappy #keepitspicy #flavorflav #margaritamondays #creativeicecubes #pop #sip #wow #cheers #danasmallcocktails #icecube #icecubes #icecubetray #howto #jalapeno #lime #cilantro #seasalt #fresh

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danasmalldesigns. KISS....
Keep It Sunday Scheduled
We all have our “thing” that we do o

KISS.... Keep It Sunday Scheduled We all have our “thing” that we do on Sundays, like every Sunday, like a ritual...sleep in, spin, church, family bbq, football, tinkering around the house, beach walk, yoga along the seashore or simply relax. Today’s beach walk was so peaceful, so calm, so incredibly still. Like the calm before the storm, or a chance to clear the mind and super charge it for the week ahead. No matter what your thing is....good for you, keep it scheduled, refuel your mind, body and soul and be grateful for your blessings! #kiss #keepitreal #keepitscheduled #sunday #ritual #beachwalk #alongtheseashore #shells #seashells #dontstop #cantstopwontstop #ilovethebeach #floridaliving #coastalliving #atlanticocean #relax #letyoursoulshine #begrateful #mindbodysoul #soulshine #blessings

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Street-Size Servin’
Check out these adorable street ta

KISS... Keep It Street-Size Servin’ Check out these adorable street taco corn tortillas. These are the real deal, authentic street taco tortillas bought at my local grocery store. For Foodie Friday, this is how you get your fiesta started. Perfect for taco sliders, mini taco cups, or any other fun festive snack. I slide the street taco tortillas under the broiler for a smokey, toasty flavor then top with this simple refreshing mixture: chopped avocado chopped apple chopped celery minced onions squeeze of lime topped with chopped baby arugula They are so cute and delish, hard not to gobble these up in a flash! #kiss #foodie #foodiefriday #foodiefridays #foodiesofinstagram #keepitsimple #keepitstyled #keepitreal #keepittasty #street #streettacos #streetsize #corntortillas #vegan #veganlife #fiesta

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Side x Side
Maybe its because I have twins, and I love

KISS... Keep It Side x Side Maybe its because I have twins, and I love things in pairs....but who doesn’t love a little side x side action in the bathroom! His & Hers, His & His, Hers & Hers....whatever floats your boat. This wallcovering is one of my all time favorite materials, patterns and applications. Teak wood tiles for the wow factor in a herringbone pattern making a rather unexpected visit in this very vanilla shiplap space. I am crazy for the contrast and depth of texture between the tile and shiplap. Finishing touches are antique sconces with a nautical nod to mate perfectly with the boat like feel of the tile and the round porthole like mirrors. Enjoying a good peek-a-boo moment catching a glimpse of the guest bedroom headboard beyond...be sure to look back a few posts for a glimpse of the guest bedroom. #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitstyled #keepitsidebyside #sidebyside #sidexside #bathroomdesign #danasmalldesigns #interior #interiors #interiordesign #interiordesigner #nauticalnod #twins #pair #setof2 #b #bvc #summerhouse #lakehouse #beachview #bvc #bathroominspiration #bathroomvibes #herringbone #herringbonetile #besttileever #bathroomlove #nauticalvibes #coastalliving

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It School-Snack Stocked
Remember when your mom sent you t

KISS... Keep It School-Snack Stocked Remember when your mom sent you to school with an apple?! A real apple. Not some power bar with apple crisp “natural” flavoring. Or squishy apple fruit in a plastic tube. Well here in Florida, I send my kids to school with an orange...an avocado...fist full of carrots...and right now, those Georgia peaches are perfect for that good old fashion super sweet, super juicy school snack! My kitchen table is covered in binders, books, pencils, pens, markers, stickers, calculators, any & every school staple, so #tablescapetuesday will have to wait until next week. Happy First Day of School! #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitreal #keepithealthy #keepitwhole #wholefoods #wholesome #fresh #organic #apple #orange #banana #carrots #grapefruit #avocado #rainbow #tastetherainbow #interior #interiordesign #interiordesigner #danasmalldesigns #floridaliving #coastalliving #backtoschool #firstday #firstdayofschool #11th #juniors #thepineschool

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Summer Send Off
Today is officially the last day of Su

KISS... Keep It Summer Send Off Today is officially the last day of Summer...school starts tomorrow in these parts!...on a Tuesday?! So grab your sun hat, hit the beach, jump in the lake, go fishing, plunge in the pool, read a book, take a nap...get out there and make it the #bestdayever Seriously, I hope you are not stuck in a long line at Staples! #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitstyled #summerisover #lastdayofsummer #lastdaybestday #summersendoff #sunhat #sunhats #driftwood #interiordesign #interior #blueandwhite #shiplap

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Stylishly Served 
A week ago, we left our summer house

KISS... Keep It Stylishly Served A week ago, we left our summer house to head back south and brace ourselves for back to school action. It is always a somber, bittersweet goodbye. Tearful to go, but excited to charge ahead to the next chapter. Not before one last gathering. Shown here, last week’s farewell signature drink... the Bon Voyage Vojito! For years I have been concocting a variety of versions of your classic cocktails. I found that most people prefer vodka 10:1 over rum. So I took the rum roots from the Mojito and exchanged the rum with vodka. Hence the Vojito was born. It is such an easy drink to serve up and a total crowd pleaser. This one served up with a few slices of fresh lime, a fistful of fresh mint, @oceanvodka with stylishly blue paper straws and a side of Jenga! We love a good game of Jenga during the sunset hours. They can get quite competitive but more hilarious than heated. And we love to leave messages on the Jenga pieces for the next round of play! OUTIES RULE! #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitstyled #keepitstylishlysimple #keepitfresh #vojito #signaturecocktail #signaturecocktails #cocktails #mocktails #serveemup #sweetsippin #saturdaysips #summer #summertime #epworth #lakelife #beachhouse #bvc #coastalliving #jenga #drinkup #southbeach #sobe #southbeachrules #itsfiveoclock #itsfiveoclocksomewhere #cheers #bonvoyage #outiesrule

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Simply Stocked
Ready for the weekend?Entertaining?...w

KISS... Keep It Simply Stocked Ready for the weekend?Entertaining?...well dont over think your drink. First things first, keep your wet bar, cabana, bar cart...simply stocked. Whip up one simple signature cocktail (and mocktail version) Offer one or two options for glassware, a pitcher or two for pouring, a plethora of trays to serve, a basket of snacks, super farm-fresh garnish and a game waiting in the wings to stir up some fun. Shown here, my cabana kitchen in my summer beach house, ready at a moments notice for a gathering crowd. Missing this festive space and all our summer friends & family! #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitsimply #keepitstylish #keepitsimplystylish #keepitstocked #keepitready #keepitreal #cabana #wetbar #barcart #summer #summerfun #beachview #bvc #lakeside #summerliving #coastalliving #farmfresh #mint #lime #oceanvodka #sugarcane #jenga #jengaanyone

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Simple Sittin’
At the top of the stairs upon landing o

KISS... Keep It Simple Sittin’ At the top of the stairs upon landing on the third floor of this summer beach house, is a sweet, simple chair....waiting for you to take a rest, a load off, a sit. #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitstylish #keepitsweet #simpleliving #simplesitting #stylish #stylishliving #lakehouse #beachhouse #coastalliving #cottageliving #landing #perch

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Strawberry-filled Summer
Typically I am found eating n

KISS... Keep It Strawberry-filled Summer Typically I am found eating nothing but blueberries, I mean scores of blueberries....but with a late season due to the incredible amounts of rain in the midwest this spring....I didnt get to pick a single blueberry before we left Michigan. Boo Hoo. But thank goodness for strawberries. They were my fruit of the summer! Because I am so limited in the foods I can eat due to an unimaginable amount of allergies, I learn to incorporate the foods I can eat, into as many ways, shapes and servings I possibly can. From simple strawberry smoothies to strawberry salsa and strawberry coconut creme to strawberry mint infused water ....I think this year’s summer strawberries were some of the sweetest I have ever tasted. And did you know how incredibly healing and good berries are for you?! Just follow @medicalmedium and read his incredible knowledge of berries. Berries are brain food. Berries are excellent for your heart. Berries are great for recovery and healing. Berries are essential to living a good life. Be very berry good to yourself and eat more berries! #kiss #keepitsimple #strawberry #strawberries s #summer #summertime #strawberryseason #strawberriesmeansummer #infusedwater #infused #foodismedicine #healingfoods #foodforthought #berries #forlife #healingwithfoods

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Slumber Sharing
Always ready for guests and ready to s

KISS... Keep It Slumber Sharing Always ready for guests and ready to share our summer getaway. Here is a side view snap shot of a guest bedroom in my lake house. Lots of pattern play with paisleys by @ralphlaurenhome Ralph, Indian block prints by @rollerrabbitofficial and ultra soft stripes by @annieselke Took a vintage bed from @circawho and gave it a fresh coat of paint. A coastal, nautical nod with these @curreyco rope nightstands adds the right amount of texture. My most fun design accent is taking the fabrics and sheeting from the old master bedroom in the old cottage and giving them new life in this sunnyside retreat. I didn’t have enough of either fabric to finish off the drapery for the windows and french doors (that you dont see)....so I had my workroom create patchwork style panels. I love how it marries all the patterns together. #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitreal #keepitstyled #summer #lakehouse #puremichigan #cottageliving #coastalliving #guestbedroom #sunnyside #blueandwhite #interiordesign #interiors #interior #bedroomstyling #beourguest

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Superstar Stepping
It’s Monday morning...which way are

KISS... Keep It Superstar Stepping It’s Monday morning...which way are you going? Me: I’m back in Florida with lots of pep in my step thinking about all my mini projects and the retail season ahead. I am also thinking about and missing these fabulous blue steps in a shiplap filled stairwell in my summerhouse. The entire stairwell is shiplap, and I have it running every which way, vertical, horizontal, diagonal....the direction of the landings and the stairs. I like to add unexpected oomph to a rather boring but highly functioning space. And why not give it a jolt of energy with some bold blues. These color-charged steps just make you wanna sprint up or skip down. Such fun doing a two-tone tread/riser combo.... “tread” color is New York State of Mind and “riser” color is Paddington Blue, both by @benjaminmoore Itty bitty finishing detail using brass lighting for the steps. Big blue thank you to @goldengoose for making the perfect pair of superstars to match my beach house! #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitreal #keepitstyled #superstar #stepping #stairwell #blueandwhite #brass #onestepatatime #upordown #comingorgoing #sprint #skip #iloveblue #newyorkstateofmind #paddingtonblue #shiplap #shiplapwalls #summertime #summerhouse #beachhouse #lakehouse #goblue #michigan #lakemichigan #puremichigan #coastalliving #cottage #cottagestyle

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Stone Sharing
Summer after summer, year after year, ge

KISS... Keep It Stone Sharing Summer after summer, year after year, generation after generation, the people of our summertime community have been painting rocks for decades. It is a time-honored tradition and anyone with a paintbrush can get in on the action. These rocks/stones are found, painted and given with their bright colors, a simple message, a cottage name, a hashtag or commemorating a special occasion. I love painting rocks. I look forward to this therapeutic ritual each summer. It is the act of searching, choosing, painting and delivering the rocks that engenders even more joy than receiving one....I simply love sharing. So when I was asked to do the tablescapes for the Annual Venetian Weekend Teen Dinner, I knew immediately I would keep it simple and something to be shared. I chose fluffy fun Celosia flowers in mason jars, surrounded by beach rocks. I painted the rocks as simple as possible...in a rainbow of colors, commemorating 125 years of Epworth. That’s 125 years of tradition, family gatherings, joyous celebrations and summertime forever friendships! And once the dinner was over, the teens got to grab a handful of rocks as their party favor keepsakes. Swipe left to see more images showcasing the painted rock tablescapes I did for last weekends teen dinner and check out my insta story for step by step pics. #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitstyled #keepitsimplystyled #tablescape #tablescaper #tablescapestyling #teendinner #epworth #125 #125years #venetian #venetianweekend #tradition #shared #sharingiscaring #handpainted

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Sundeck Styled
To me, this image captures the essence

KISS... Keep It Sundeck Styled To me, this image captures the essence of our summer in Michigan. The color palette is simple: natural neutrals with layers of blue & white. The design is to take full advantage of the panoramic lake views and host a small crowd. The style is carefree, easy breezy, lakeside living. Super chic @sbumbrella umbrellas in my favored summer blue. Practically perfect @rollerrabbitofficial beach towels...two-sided, dual-action: plush terrycloth absorbent after a dip in the lake or flip it over for ultra softness as a blanket for chilly nights. Hats ( @lolahats ) a plenty for some much needed sun shade. Pillows and poofs for comfort and that indoor-outdoor lifestyle. The function is to be ready for all lakeside action. Sadly, our beachview/beachfront cottage has no beach. But that doesnt stop the family fun. #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitstyled #sundeck #sundeckstyled #sunny #bright #beautiful #blueandwhite #epworth #summer #summerstyle #beachview #beachviewcottage #bvc #lakemichigan #puremichigan #lakeside #watersedge #livingontheedge #nomorebeach #boohoo

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danasmalldesigns. KISS...
Keep It Simply Sigourney
Yep!... best wallpaper pattern EVER!

KISS... Keep It Simply Sigourney Yep!... best wallpaper pattern EVER! Designers alike, we are all goo goo for this @quadrillefabrics pattern. Shown here in a custom blue, aka painter’s tape blue, both sunburst pattern and color are striking in this cabana bathroom. This is a very happy space! #kiss #keepitsimple #keepitsimply #keepitsimplystyled #keepitstyled #quadrillefabrics #wallpaper #wallcovering #custom #painterstape #blue #blueandwhite #interiordesign #interiordesigner #beachhouse #summerhouse #lakehouse #lakemichigan #epworth #puremichigan #goblue #bathroom #bathroomsofinstagram #bathroomgoals #bvc

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