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

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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

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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