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

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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

Budget-Friendly Garage Organizers

Premier Garage

Named by the New York Times as the “final frontier in home renovation,” garages are basking in the design spotlight. Sleek, chic custom organizers like these make it easy for any garage to go from junkyard to jewel. If you have a robust budget. But what if your decorating dreams are bigger than your bank book? Then you need garage organizers that get the job done in budget-friendly style. Continue reading

Trend Alert—Galvanized Metal Decor

Lamps Plus, Magnolia Market, Pottery Barn, Shades of Light, Williams Sonoma, World Market

Galvanized metal decor is hotter than a cat on a hot tin roof. This mix of rustic and industrial pairs well with wood and stone finishes, and can be dressed up or down depending on how or where it’s used. Decor made of galvanized metal is  turning up everywhere, including high-end boutiques. Here are six pieces that recently caught my eye.  Bet they will yours, too:

Magnolia Market

Joanna Gaines (of HGTV’s Fixer Upper fame) has lots of galvanized metal in her Magnolia Market shop in Waco, Texas. The Desna Crown shelf has a lot of style going for it with pretty touches like its club-shaped edging. $24.

Magnolia Market

Also at Magnolia Market is this galvanized tin envelope, an artful place to store mail or notes.
($16-small, $20-large). There’s a similar version at Target for $9.99 but this one is better designed so it’s worth paying a bit more for it.

Williams Sonoma

Modeled after a farm churn, this galvanized steel planter (exclusive to William Sonoma) has simple, clean lines. Plus, it’s water-tight and rust-proof so it can be used without concern. $24.95-$39.95/small, medium or large.

Shades of Light

Inspired by the fan blades of a vintage windmill, the Aluminum Fan wall clock is crafted of galvanized metal laced with jute roping. $124.

World Market

The Zinc Elaine laundry box adds retro charm while corralling laundry room essentials like clothespins and dryer sheets. $14.99.

Pottery Barn

Although shown here filled with tabletop, the Rainier galvanized storage cart is also terrific for holding bathroom towels, craft supplies and office stuff. $99.

Lamps Plus

Inspired by industrial and barn light designs, the Fordham galvanized LED outdoor wall light features a seeded glass orb surrounded by a small cage. $79.99

All of these pieces are quite affordable for the style they deliver. As you spy pieces that you like, snap them up without hesitation. As the popularity of decor made with galvanized metal continues to rise, so will prices.

 

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Spiky Style—Hedgehogs for Home

Parrot Uncle, Creative Co-Op, Anthropologie, Etsy

As a design muse, the hedgehog may seem more than a tad unconventional.  And yet, this little woodland creature is popping up all over the place as an accent that charms -and disarms- with an unexpected sense of style.  Continue reading

“E” is for Elegant Easter

Mark and Graham, Williams Sonoma, Tory Burch

Easter is a time for dressing up. This year, spiff up not only yourself but your table, too. Dine fine. Make this an elegant Easter everyone will remember with table decor that’s the peak of chic with a dash of contemporary style. Continue reading

“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