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

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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: Continue reading

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

Stylishly Sensible—Decorative Fireplace Screens

John Gruen, Country Living; Horchow, Bellacor, Crate and Barrel, Lamps Plus, Signals

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. Continue reading

Stylishly Sensible—Decorative Doormats

Gardeners Supply, Anthropologie, Garnet Hill, Improvements Catalog, Ballard Designs

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

Design-Worthy Pet Presents

P. Shaw, A. Angle, C. Jordan

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