Warm Up to the Modern Fireplace

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Neiman Marcus, Fern NYC, Ignis Products, Angela Adams, All Modern, BDDW

During winter, fireplaces are hot properties for obvious reasons. Now designers are turning up the heat on these traditional sources for warmth and transforming them into haute spots for contemporary style year-round.  Continue reading

C is for Creative–4 Ways to Stylishly Warm Up this Winter

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Winter’s here and there’s no thrill to its chill. But take heart. Beating Jack Frost at his game is easy to do if you think outside the box. That’s why, alphabetically speaking, C is for “Creative” if you want to stylishly warm up this winter. Continue reading

Gadget Gifts

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Christmas is coming and it’s crunch time if you want to give really cool presents. Gadget gifts -practical presents with a clever twist- are trending high this season. They’re also among the most affordable options around. Here are nine really good gadget gifts you can snap up faster than Santa can shimmy down the chimney because they’re all available online. Continue reading

Santa’s Modern Makeover

 

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With a twinkle in his eye and a design trick or two in his bag, here comes Santa. This year’s nod to the big guy in the red suit is marvelously modern and smartly stylish; and proof that St. Nick may be old but he’s forever fashionably young.  Continue reading

B is for Bread

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Erin Kunkel, The New Sugar & Spice cookbook; masoncash.co.uk, williams-sonoma.com, chefscatalog.com, surlatable.com

I come from a long line of home cooks who love to make bread. We like to mix and knead dough by hand, then wait impatiently for it to rise and bake before slicing off a big piece and slathering it with butter. In my mind, there’s nothing like a great loaf of homemade bread.  Continue reading

IKEA Pops the Cork on a Great Idea for Fall

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Those clever Swedes are at it again. This month, IKEA is all about cork -one of the trendiest sustainable materials going- with their debut of the SINNERLIG collection by London-based designer Ilse Crawford. A soft, sound-dampening material once reserved for utilitarian uses like bulletin boards and floors, cork has gone cool and this is the proof.  Continue reading

A is for Apple

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Autumn is just around the corner. Time to sink your teeth into one of Fall’s tastiest trends–apples. Whether you’re decorating or cooking, apples are ripe for the picking this year and it’s easy to see why. Apples add a refreshing touch of nature to interiors and spin the color wheel from green to ruby red; while delivering crunch and contrast (tart or sweet?!) to recipes. But if you think just any old apple that falls from the tree is spotlight-worthy, think again. The apples getting an “A” for awesome think outside the box in contemporary ways.  Continue reading

Chill Out

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Summer’s in full swing and the heat is on. Every night before bedtime, I give thanks for my trusty Trane air conditioner and for inventive products like these, designed to help us keep our cool whenever we dare step outside. A mix of quirky, practical and posh, each thrill with their ability to chill. Continue reading

The New Look of Laminate

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Don’t know who’s more excited about this trend–Mom or me. Mom’s been into laminate since the Sixties when our kitchen, like others on the block, got outfitted with a groovy laminate countertop. And although I could always see why she loved its durability and easy-care, I stayed somewhat less than impressed with laminate’s suburban mom styling. Continue reading

Soap Stars

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Looking for a summer hostess gift that doesn’t take much space to pack, yet packs a stylish punch? Decorative bar soaps are trending high as a witty way to make a splash in the bath of every home you visit, whether it’s for a weekend stay or a long getaway.  Continue reading