Trend Alert—Modern Enamelware

French Farm Boutique/Etsy, Emma Bridgewater, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Unison Home

This Spring, prepare to be enamored with enamelware—a classic gone contemporary. Made of lightweight metal with a durable porcelain finish (as it has been for centuries), today’s enamelware is all about clean lines, simple silhouettes and a sophisticated use of color. Understated, chic and versatile, this is a look that’s at home everywhere from urban lofts to modern farmhouses and renovated ranches in the ‘burbs.  Continue reading

Home Takes The Dolly Parton Challenge

Crate and Barrel, La-Z-Boy, Ballard Designs, Macy’s

With a wink (and in the blink of an eye), Dolly Parton has happy’ed the world up with her recent “Dolly Parton Challenge,” posting a four-photo mosaic of prospective account photos of herself for LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Tinder. Now Dolly’s post has gone viral as millions of people rise to the challenge with photos of themselves that fit the style of each social media platform: LinkedIn/professional, Facebook/family-friendly, Instagram/stylish and Tinder/sultry.

While clothes may make the man or woman, decor makes a home and the moods within.

So walk with me in Dolly’s shoes (high as they are) as we take the #DollyPartonChallenge with sofas—the best seat in the house. Continue reading

6 Stylish Ways to Make Your Home Nice and Neat

Pottery Barn, Helen Milan, One Forty Three, Urban Outfitters, Siren Song Curiosities

As the new year begins, the best of intentions surface again as many people resolve to do better at everything from health to housekeeping.  While I can’t stop you from choosing donuts over kale (please—I can barely stop myself), I can spotlight some stylish ways to make your home nice and neat all year-round.   Continue reading

5 Gifts That Travel Light

Food 52, Anthropologie, Magnolia

Want to save some money this holiday season, yet still give great gifts?  Then set your sights on beauties that won’t break the bank in postage or checked baggage charges. Items like these travel light on everything but style. Continue reading

Say Cheese

Crate and Barrel, Anthropologie, World Market

Recently, I found myself thinking about how hard it’s gotten to plan dinner or party menus. For every person who shuns meat, there’s another who’s convinced that fried food is the devil’s work. Still others believe that should a crumb of bread touch their lips, carb-ageddon will occur.  Just when I was about to resign myself to restaurant rendezvouses for the rest of my life, it dawned on me that restoring menu planning sanity was easy.  Just say cheese. Continue reading

Fun for Fall? Book It!

Zazzle, Amazon, Society 6, Wall Monkeys, Red Bubble

In a surprising twist of design fate, books are the look to check out for Fall. This new spin on an old school favorite is a clever mix of classic, contemporary and high tech smarts. Here’s how to turn the page on style with a bit of literary wit. No reading required. Continue reading

Alfresco Fun

Target, French Bull, Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, James Ransom, Amazon, Outward Hound

This is the time of year when it’s hard to do anything indoors. So give yourself permission to leave the office early or set those household tasks temporarily aside. Kick back, relax, play. Summer’s here. Alfresco fun awaits. Continue reading

Flying High—Chic Bird Decor

Crate and Barrel, Fishs Eddy, Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs

Although a design classic for centuries, birds are winging their way back into the style spotlight today. Sleek, chic and crafted in materials that are very of-the-moment, this latest spin on nature’s fine feathered friends is something to chirp about. These are birds that flock together in high style no matter what look you’re into. Continue reading

6 Small Space Garden Must-Haves

Gardener’s Supply, Williams Sonoma, Vivaterra

Americans are gardening with gusto, with six million of us trying it for the first time in recent months, according to the National Gardening Association. If growing your own food is appealing but seems impossible because of your home’s small outdoor footprint, grab your spade and get ready to dig into the trend with help from smartly designed products like these. Continue reading

This Spring, Home Softens Up

Jonathan Adler, West Elm, Vivaterra, Wedgwood

The harshness of winter is giving way to a Springtime scene that draws inspiration from nature in quiet, contemporary fashion.  Blues, browns and whites form a familiar, yet fresh, palette in subdued tones. Shapes are more rounded and organic with simple, clean lines. Natural materials add authenticity. Here’s how to bring this easy-does-it look home in modern style. Continue reading