Useful Gifts

 

CBCB2, Comfee, Cosori

If we’ve learned anything in 2020, it’s that home matters and so does what we put in it. That’s why this year’s best gifts are both practically perfect and pretty cool looking, too.  Useful is in, so put a bow on gifts like these.

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Halloween Throwback Style

Target, Amazon, Etsy

This Halloween is setting up to be quite different because of Covid-19 distancing protocols. So what’s a spirited soul to do without moonlit parties and haunting every house on the block for tricks-or-treats?  Summon the ghosts of Halloween past for fun at home with your small social bubble (or all on your own). Heres how to set the scene with throwback style. Continue reading

Fall Fling

Plow & Hearth, Night Cat, Hammacher Schlemmer, Mooni, All Modern, Ooni Frya

As this long hot summer of COVID-19 captivity draws to a close, we find ourselves faced with at least a few more months of staying home.  Going all “doom and gloom” does no good. Instead, let’s find joy in autumn’s cooler temps and lovely view by transforming our outdoor spaces into places to while away the time even if we’re a party of just one or two.  Yes, it’s time for a Fall fling and here’s how to get started. Continue reading

Mister Rogers Comes Home

Amazon, Fine Art America, Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn, West Elm

This month, we’re about to have “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” as Tom Hanks steps into the world of beloved children’s tv host, Fred Rogers.  Although the show debuted over 50 years ago, its lessons about kindness, honesty and friendship are still relevant for the times in which we live today.  So, too, are key elements of the original show’s set design which created a warm, comfy vibe that viewers loved then and designers love now (with an updated twist). Want to experience a beautiful day every day? Invite Mister Rogers into your home with decor like this. Continue reading

5 Stylish Safety Products for Your Home

Fire Design, Amazon, Pottery Barn

Home safety should be should be a priority year-round, but especially during the holidays. Whether guests are headed your way or you’re heading out, here’s how make your home safer without giving an inch on style. 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

Love, American Style

Anthropologie, Wolfum, Amazon, Bauer Pottery

This Valentine’s Day, it’s time to up your game with something more than candy, flowers and a card.  Show your Valentine some love -American style- with decor made right here in the USA.  That’s how to get to the heart of the matter with style and the spirit of a passionate patriot. Continue reading

Design’s Best Small, Affordable Gift of 2018

Rosanna, Inc., Mod Cloth, Z Gallerie, West Elm, Anthropologie, Jonathan Adler

For gifts or stocking stuffers that wow without breaking the break, try trinket trays.  These petite catchalls for rings, keys, coins and the like add a touch of vintage charm to vanities or night stands while keeping clutter at bay. Continue reading

Llama Drama Comes Home

Amazon, Uncommon Goods, Crate & Barrel, World Market, Fab Funky

Want to give your home a touch of global mystique that doesn’t take itself too seriously?  No prob-llama.  Design’s newest muse is the quirky cousin to the camel that has no hump, but couldn’t care less.  Exotic yet down to earth, this is a trend to embrace without thinking twice.  Llama drama up and smile each time you come home. Continue reading

Tailgate Grills That Sizzle With Style

Better Homes & Gardens, Amazon, Crate & Barrel

Fall is nearly here and you know what that means. Time for football and tailgate parties. If your portable grill has seen better days, it’s time to team up with one that’ll score big with foodies and design lovers alike. Continue reading