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Black & White AND a Giveaway

You might not know this about me but I love black & white.  It may seem a little boring to some, but to me it's pure simplicity.  I love the colour white because it's like a blank canvas, ready to be painted and black is grounding, there's depth to it.  The contrast between the two is what I swoon over.  So it's no surprise that when I photographed the house below, I was in Heaven.  I can only show a sneak peek for now. Black & White House Tracey Ayton Photography

Gee, who's house is this .....?   You can see more of my black & white decor in the latest special issue of the Style At Home 100+ Designer Secrets issue on new stands until September 15th

Tracey & Jay's House Tracey Ayton Photography

Riikka, a fellow blogger friend of mine from Finland, has a beautiful online store called  Weranna's .  She was so generous sending me this lovely bowl and linen table cloth in exchange for a couple of pictures for her blog post.  Yup, they're white.

Bowl & Linen Tracey Ayton Photography

So with that all said, I thought I would offer a giveaway in conjunction with Riikka and her online store, Weranna's Warehouse using the theme "Black & White"  All you need to do is comment below, tweet about the contest and "Like" Weranna's on Facebook to have a chance to win this fabulous paisley cushion cover.

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I couldn't help but include a picture of what's in the bowl right now.  Have a fantastic week and good luck!

M&Ms Tracey Ayton Photography

 

Clean & Serene

Here is my post for a new year and a new beginning. My goal: Keep things simple and uncluttered! I'm one of those people that keeps a clean house but upon opening a cupboard or closet, I get hit with something flying out due to its lack of space and not enough room. Living in an old home you need to make serious compromises when it comes to storage. Closets are a quarter in size of newer homes so with that said, I started with the linen closet. I purged everything that we haven't used in a year. We don't need 12 sets of sheets now do we? Time to let go.

I don't drink enough water ... gonna try.

And this is where I spend a lot of my time, at my desk. It's a place that needs to be clean and serene. It's a place where I can escape into my computer to edit, communicate and get a grasp on some inspiration. My surroundings have to be organized and uncluttered, in order for my mind to think clearly. I burn a soy candle with the wonderful smell of blue agave purchased at the Cross. Fresh cut flowers on my desk will be a regular thing I do now. I keep a picture of my mom close by ... (she passed a few years ago.) Lastly, I have a small glass rock that has the word CALM. If things get too crazy, I know I can grab that little rock in my hand, calm down and know that the clutter in my head will soon clear.