6 Small Space Garden Must-Haves

Gardener’s Supply, Williams Sonoma, Vivaterra

Americans are gardening with gusto, with six million of us trying it for the first time in recent months, according to the National Gardening Association. If growing your own food is appealing but seems impossible because of your home’s small outdoor footprint, grab your spade and get ready to dig into the trend with help from smartly designed products like these. Continue reading

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This Spring, Home Softens Up

Jonathan Adler, West Elm, Vivaterra, Wedgwood

The harshness of winter is giving way to a Springtime scene that draws inspiration from nature in quiet, contemporary fashion.  Blues, browns and whites form a familiar, yet fresh, palette in subdued tones. Shapes are more rounded and organic with simple, clean lines. Natural materials add authenticity. Here’s how to bring this easy-does-it look home in modern style. Continue reading

5 Ways to Bring Cottage Garden Style Home

C. Jordan

No matter how often I travel across the pond, my heart still skips a beat when I come across a garden like this one in Stratford-upon-Avon.  Its relaxed embrace of nature, with a subtle yet sophisticated mix of color, shape and texture, disarms with charm as only English gardeners seem to know how to do. Until now. This Spring, designers here in America have found their green thumb, too, with decor that’s as pretty as an English cottage garden. Here’s how to bring the look home—no green thumb required. Continue reading

Love, American Style

Anthropologie, Wolfum, Amazon, Bauer Pottery

This Valentine’s Day, it’s time to up your game with something more than candy, flowers and a card.  Show your Valentine some love -American style- with decor made right here in the USA.  That’s how to get to the heart of the matter with style and the spirit of a passionate patriot. Continue reading

5 Ways To Create A More Peaceful, Stress-Free Home

Soothing Home, Sharper Image, Hammacher Schlemmer

With the start of a new year, hope springs eternal even in turbulent times like these.  While solving problems like a government shut-down are beyond our individual grasp, we can transform our homes into shelters from the storm with furnishings that combine good design with clever technology to calm, nurture and relax. Continue reading

Design’s Best Small, Affordable Gift of 2018

Rosanna, Inc., Mod Cloth, Z Gallerie, West Elm, Anthropologie, Jonathan Adler

For gifts or stocking stuffers that wow without breaking the break, try trinket trays.  These petite catchalls for rings, keys, coins and the like add a touch of vintage charm to vanities or night stands while keeping clutter at bay. Continue reading

Llama Drama Comes Home

Amazon, Uncommon Goods, Crate & Barrel, World Market, Fab Funky

Want to give your home a touch of global mystique that doesn’t take itself too seriously?  No prob-llama.  Design’s newest muse is the quirky cousin to the camel that has no hump, but couldn’t care less.  Exotic yet down to earth, this is a trend to embrace without thinking twice.  Llama drama up and smile each time you come home. Continue reading

This Fall, Write Home

Anthropologie, Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn, Urban Outfitters

Proof that the pen is mightier than the keyboard, the art of handwriting is on the comeback trail. Fonts, letters and cursive penmanship (now a required subject in 14 states) are once again cool for school and interior design, too. Continue reading

Tailgate Grills That Sizzle With Style

Better Homes & Gardens, Amazon, Crate & Barrel

Fall is nearly here and you know what that means. Time for football and tailgate parties. If your portable grill has seen better days, it’s time to team up with one that’ll score big with foodies and design lovers alike. Continue reading

Home Joins the Fan Club

Better Homes & Gardens

Beat from the heat and beyond ready for relief? Steady on. Designers have flipped the switch on a classic air circulation device, making it the most stylish thing to pair with an air conditioner since the invention of iced tea. Here are five reasons why Home has joined the fan club and you should, too. Continue reading