Color It Summer

French Bull, Frontgate, IKEA

Ready to give your outdoor living space the posh pick-me-up it deserves? Then color up with popsicle brights that’ll bring a smile (and lots of style) all summer long.  Continue reading

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8 Fast Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

All Modern, Gardeners Supply, Anthropologie, Garnet Hill

First impressions count, whether you’re selling your home or in the one of your dreams.  Designers call it “curb appeal” and it’s something you can score -fast and affordably- with stylish tweaks like these. Continue reading

Trend Alert—Gingham Chic

Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, PB Teen, Zazzle

If like me, you’ve not thought about gingham for more than a country minute, now’s the time to re-evaluate this classic small check pattern in alternating colors. This Spring, designers have gone gung-ho for gingham but from a contemporary point-of-view. Across the design spectrum, this trend checks out as a fresh way to pattern up and have a little fun as you do. Continue reading

Blue and White Springs to Life

Lamps Plus, Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, Katie Kim, Pier 1 Imports

This Spring, all eyes are on blue and white—a classic color combo that’s turning heads with its new modern look. By pairing a palette of inky blue and crisp white with bold graphic pattern, designers have done the trick. Blue and white is a color combo that’s fresh, inviting and relevant again. And a must for every home this Spring. Continue reading

Bringing The Year of the Dog Home

West Elm, Etsy, Draper James, Chinese Fortune Calendar, Ballard Designs, World Market, Anthropologie

Chinese New Year is about to begin and 2018 is all about the Year of the Dog. Here on the home front, designers are putting on the dog, too, in ways that honor Fido in fabulous fashion. Continue reading

New Year—New Ways to Lighten Up

Pottery Barn, World Market, Ballard Designs, West Elm

Want to squint less, see better in your home this year? Then check out these new light fixtures. They’ll work wonders in dark foyers, hallways and closets—and even by the bed (where there is seldom enough light for reading). And did I mention—they just happen to also be gorgeous? Continue reading

5 Fun Christmas Gifts

Better Homes & Gardens, Uncommon Goods, Neiman Marcus, Fred and Friends, Urban Outfitters

Jam-packed social schedules. Family drama. Frantic, last minute decorating. Is it any wonder the holidays can be hard? If your ho-ho-ho is about to hit the road and leave nothing but the Grinch behind, it’s time to lighten up. Happy up with fun gifts like these.  And then pass it on.  The smiles you’ll see on Christmas Day will be all the proof you need that these are perfect presents for beneath the tree.  Continue reading

Stylish Gifts for Gardeners

Crate & Barrel, Anthropologie, Barber’s Baskets

Winter can be especially hard on us gardeners. There’s little we can but look out our windows while snow falls and frost takes hold. That’s what makes gardening-inspired gifts like these so perfect. They’re a stylish reminder that Spring is but a few months away. That’s an idea we can dig. Continue reading

Mother Nature’s Modern Side

Helen Norman, Better Homes & Gardens; Ballard Designs, Sur La Table

Want to bring the outdoors in but in a less traditional way? If so, you’re in sync and on trend because this Fall’s focus is on Mother Nature’s modern side. With new takes on design classics, the look is as clean and fresh as a sunny Spring day and just the thing to help homes beat the chill as temps begin their seasonal dip. Continue reading

Standing Tall—This Fall’s Best Floor Lamps

Target, Better Homes & Gardens

As Autumn nears, change is in the air. Outside, leaves are starting to change color and set the stage for pumpkin perfect views as far as the eye can see. But indoors, something less desirable is going on. Shrinking hours of daylight are transforming interiors into dark, shadowy spaces that make it as easy to go bump in the day as at night. Prefer your home stay light and bright year-round? Then now’s the time shop for floor lamps.  Continue reading