“W” is for Waffles that Wow

Cuisinart, Sur La Table, Fab, Lucy Schaeffer, Chronicle Books

Cuisinart, Sur La Table, Fab, Lucy Schaeffer, Chronicle Books

Ever since I was a kid, pancakes have been a Sunday staple in my family while waffles have been for special occasions. But now, we (like many of you) are seeing waffles in a whole new light—as something more than just pancake batter made better by its geometric shape. When filled with unexpected ingredients and cleverly cooked, today’s waffles work wonders and are proving perfect to serve anytime, anywhere. Want to your waffles to wow? Here’s how. Continue reading

Stylishly Sensible—Decorative Fireplace Screens

John Gruen, Country Living; Horchow, Bellacor, Crate and Barrel, Lamps Plus, Signals

John Gruen, Country Living; Horchow, Bellacor, Crate and Barrel, Lamps Plus, Signals

When temps dip, there’s nothing quite like a crackling fire in the fireplace. Yet, each beautiful blaze also creates flames, embers and sparks that homes (and the people in them) need protection from. What’s a stylish, yet sensible solution? Decorative fireplace screens that do their job while also transforming hearths into fabulous focal points.

Horchow

Horchow

The open metal framework and glass center of the Shay fireplace screen creates a picturesque view that’s contemporary cool. $625.

Bellacor

Bellacor

The Pleasant Hearth Arched fireplace screen puts a clean-lined, contemporary spin on an iconic Gothic architecture element that echoes the calm feel of the fire within. $61.

Crate and Barrel

Crate and Barrel

The Chevron brass fireplace screen adds a touch of mid-century style with its bold chevron pattern. $249.

Lamps Plus

Lamps Plus

With its soft scalloped frame accented with delicate florals and leaves, the Artemis folding fireplace screen romances the room. $129.99.

Signals

Signals

Handcrafted and soldered with 541 pieces of art glass, the Stained Glass fire screen adds gem-like sparkle and is simply stunning. Its price is also more than fair for the look and workmanship that goes into it. $279.95

What I like about each of these screens is that they create beautiful focal points year-round. That’s an idea we design lovers can warm up to very easily.

Stylishly Sensible—Decorative Doormats

Gardeners Supply, Anthropologie, Garnet Hill, Improvements Catalog, Ballard Designs

Gardeners Supply, Anthropologie, Garnet Hill, Improvements Catalog, Ballard Designs

A few years ago, British’s Queen Elizabeth II had something unexpected at the top of her Christmas list—a new doormat. Practically speaking, this makes perfect sense. We should all protect our floors whether our home is as big as Buckingham or as tiny as a tin can. This year, designers are making that easy to do with durable doormats that’ll weather whatever comes their way with stylish aplomb.  Continue reading

Design-Worthy Pet Presents

P. Shaw, A. Angle, C. Jordan

P. Shaw, A. Angle, C. Jordan

People aren’t the only ones hoping for something special beneath the Christmas tree. So are our pets. If like me, you’re looking for something more unique than the typical treat or toy, you’re in luck. Trending high this year are presents that not only pets will adore but design lovers, too.  Continue reading

“D” is for Deck the Halls

QVC, Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn

QVC, Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn

Festive times call for festive decor. But for design lovers, the challenge has always been where to find holiday accents that speak to the season in style. I’m happy to report that 2016 is shaping up to be the year of tasteful holiday decor. Need proof positive? Here are five beautiful ways to deck your halls -inside and out- without a single elf on the shelf. Continue reading

Trending Now–Nature Shows Its Glamorous Side

Z Gallerie, Wisteria, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Anthropologie

Z Gallerie, Wisteria, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Anthropologie

Just in time for pre-holiday home spruce-ups, designers are going back to nature for inspiration. But this time there’s a twist. Continue reading

This Fall, Home Horses Around

Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Ballard Designs

Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Ballard Designs

For generations, horses have won the hearts of animal lovers with their beauty, spirit and zest for life. Now these noble creatures have captured the imagination of designers in an unexpected way. The look is elegant, upscale and tightly edited. Silhouettes are crisp, clean and a tad modern by way of their simplicity. This Fall, equestrian style is riding high. It’s easy to see why… Continue reading

Cartography Chic

Cat Studio, All Modern, West Elm, Wayfair, Birch Lane, Sanderson

Cat Studio, All Modern, West Elm, Wayfair, Birch Lane, Sanderson

As a guiding star for travel, high tech GPS navigation is hard to beat. But this Fall, classic maps are making a comeback closer to home. Designers are discovering the allure of map motifs when used in unexpected, modern ways. Add one of these to your favorite space and so will you.  Continue reading

Tent Revival! From City Slicker to Camping Convert

Biolite, Cacoon USA, Sur la Table

Biolite, Cacoon USA, Sur la Table

I am not a camper. My idea of roughing it is a hotel room without room service. And yet I’ve noticed that camping today is hardly anything like what I experienced as a kid when we slept in a spartan tent on hard, rocky ground with bologna sandwiches to sustain us.

Yes, a tent revival underway. Style and comfort are its focus.  I suspect we city slickers about to become camping converts.  And we never saw it coming.  Continue reading

This Summer’s Scoop on Outdoor Dining with Style

IKEA, World Market, Crate & Barrel, Sur La Table, Shop Fog Linen, Pottery Barm

IKEA, World Market, Crate & Barrel, Sur La Table, Shop Fog Linen, Pottery Barm

Summer weather is here. Time to start dining alfresco again. This year, how about stepping up your game? No more flimsy paper plates, sitting on rickety folding chairs or eating the same ol’, same ol’.

Let’s resolve to picnic with panache. Grill like a gourmet. Make every cook-out a tad chic. For as we know, summer lasts but a season but good style endures forever.  Continue reading