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

Stylish Summer Fun for Kids Only!

Land of Nod, Uncommon Goods, Gardeners Supply, Pottery Barn Kids

Land of Nod, Uncommon Goods, Gardeners Supply, Pottery Barn Kids

As summer break nears, kids are excited and parents are anxious about how keep their offspring occupied with something more than a tv remote. If that’s you, here are five ways to help your kids get -and stay- busy all summer long while also teaching them a thing or two about style. Continue reading

This Spring, Take a Walk on the Dark Side with Fashion Florals

Pottery Barn, Barney's, Canopy Designs, Gucci

Pottery Barn, Barney’s, Canopy Designs, Gucci

Flower power is back in a deliciously dark way. Paired with black, these blooms strut their stuff with runway style inspired by the spring collections of Gucci (shown above), Oscar de la Renta, Burberry, Versace and more. The look is fresh and froufrou-free with a dash of gothic romance mixed in for good measure and dramatic effect. Continue reading

Chic-er by the Dozen–12 Exquisite Eggs for Easter and Beyond

#1 JPEG Egg collage

Easter and eggs go hand-in-hand. Each year, we dip, dye and hunt them with childlike glee. But this Spring, eggs are breaking with tradition and leaving their one-day glory story behind. Inspired by the organic shape of this simple orb, designers are whipping up an impressive range of furnishings that elevate the lowly egg to high style status. Here are 12 exquisite egg designs that’ll give your home egg-quisite style for Easter and beyond. Continue reading

Warm Up to the Modern Fireplace

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

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

ecosmartfire.com, anthropologie.com, potterybarn.com, timorousbeastiest.com

ecosmartfire.com, anthropologie.com, potterybarn.com, timorousbeastiest.com

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

fredandfriend.com, uncommongoods.com, hammacher.com

fredandfriend.com, uncommongoods.com, hammacher.com

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