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

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

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

This Fall, Write Home

Anthropologie, Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn, Urban Outfitters

Proof that the pen is mightier than the keyboard, the art of handwriting is on the comeback trail. Fonts, letters and cursive penmanship (now a required subject in 14 states) are once again cool for school and interior design, too. Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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