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BlogTour Ambiente and Frankfurt Germany

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Since returning from Germany and #BlogTour Ambiente last month, my life has been a whirlwind.  I have had two other trips since then and remodeled my kitchen and juggled various client projects.  So here is my long awaited recap of our amazing trip to Ambiente.  I have several posts to share with you but wanted to start here and talk about Frankfurt first.

I have never been to Frankfurt.  My great-grandfather, Estill Napolean Stifflemire, on my mothers side was the son of German immigrants.  My great-grandmother was a loving, kind woman who worked extremely hard caring for her family and living a on a meager income.  She lived to be 96 years old and thankfully lived long enough to meet my oldest son.

Estill Napolean Stifflemire

I never met my great-grandfather.  He was by all accounts a tough and sometimes abrupt man.  Many of my extended family members and the area where they settled outside of Austin, Texas have German and Wendish ancestry.  As a result, I was anxious to see Germany and had just a quick glance of Frankfurt while I was there.


S Bahn 2




Frankfurt City - Copy


Frankfurt Winter - Copy

What struck me the most about Frankfurt was the colors – darker deeper tones everywhere – green, navy, burgundy.  Colors that we sometimes consider dated were the norm in architecture and building design.  We only had one afternoon to spend in Frankfurt and it was a dreary day as you can tell from my photos, but I would love to spend more time in Germany because I found I really liked the food.  Schnitzel was of course my favorite!!  And of course the mustard in a tube….so great.




In my next post, I will share with you many of the details from BlogTour Ambiente and the Ambiente Fair we attended for four days.  PS – we didn’t get to see all of it even after FOUR days!!

And to combat the dreariness of the weather and season, there were fresh flowers everywhere.  A little spring inspiration for you.

Florals Press Room


Florals Villeroy



When we toured the Ambiente Fair however there were many more bright colors and inspiration.  So much color and style and chic design and I can’t wait to finish my post on my favorite tabletop moments with you.  Stay tuned!




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#TBT to our first project to grace the cover of a regional publication. We love this family room we designed for a busy family with two young children who wanted color, style and function. The leather ottoman coordinated with recycled glass in the kitchen backsplash and created a unified color palette that still looks fresh almost 6 years later!

Koh Family Room

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