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

Mother’s Day Gifts For Gardeners

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Want to give a gift this Mother’s Day that’s both trendy and tasty? Then garden up. Chances are your mom is eager to make like Mother Nature because gardening is all the rage and at its highest level in the U.S. in more than a decade. Continue reading

Silhouette Style

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Silhouettes have been part of the design scene since the 1700’s when French artists began scissor-snipping profile portraits of everything in sight, from people and animals to objects and landscapes. Now this classic art form is back but with a modern twist. Continue reading

This Easter’s Sweetest Treat? Lemon Mini-Pavlovas with Fresh Blueberries

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Alexandra DeFurio, gibbs-smith.com

When hosting Easter dinner, I always like to finish the meal with a wow dessert. These lemon mini-pavlovas from “Meringue” by Linda K. Jackson and Jennifer Evans Gardner are that, and then some. While the authors dub their recipe as ideal for summer, I think it’s also just right for Easter, too. The mix of flavors are springtime fresh. And who wouldn’t want to indulge in one of these pretty little pavlovas while sipping tea in the shade as kids hunt for eggs on the lawn? Continue reading

Wild for Spring

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Winter may still rule with calendar types but designers have already gone wild for Spring. Anything but a “been there, done that” trend, this latest take on nature is delightfully diverse with looks that range from painterly and graphically mod to whimsical. Continue reading

Fine Dining? It’s for the Birds

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While we all settle in for a long winter’s nap after our holiday feasting, birds are all but winging it when it comes to mealtime. According to a study by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, winter can be a tough time for wild birds. Many species rely on bird feeders to supplement their diet because habitat changes, caused by urban sprawl makes survival more difficult. That’s why bird feeders are an important item for every yard.

If, like me, you’ve got birds on your brain (or at least on your mind!), here’s how to feed your fine-feathered friends in style and still have enough money left to purchase a bag of bird seed. Continue reading

Hey, Cookie!

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Santa’s not the only one who’s into cookies. That’s why cookie jars are the perfect gift, especially this year. Why? Because designers have put a stylish spin on these snack keepers that’s witty, whimsical and downright fun. Continue reading

Top 5 Holiday Hostess Savers

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In a few mere weeks, I’ll open my door to lots of family from four states (Arizona! Kansas! Missouri! Texas!) ready for a big Thanksgiving celebration. From years of hosting gatherings like this, I’ve learned that having the right items on-hand is a must to make the day unfold both seamlessly and stylishly. Here are five handy helpers you can quickly order online. Trust me, they’ll save the day…and your sanity.  Continue reading