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.
The open metal framework and glass center of the Shay fireplace screen creates a picturesque view that’s contemporary cool. $625.
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.
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The Chevron brass fireplace screen adds a touch of mid-century style with its bold chevron pattern. $249.
With its soft scalloped frame accented with delicate florals and leaves, the Artemis folding fireplace screen romances the room. $129.99.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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