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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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

“D” is for Deck the Halls

QVC, Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn

QVC, Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn

Festive times call for festive decor. But for design lovers, the challenge has always been where to find holiday accents that speak to the season in style. I’m happy to report that 2016 is shaping up to be the year of tasteful holiday decor. Need proof positive? Here are five beautiful ways to deck your halls -inside and out- without a single elf on the shelf. Continue reading

This Fall, Home Horses Around

Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Ballard Designs

Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Ballard Designs

For generations, horses have won the hearts of animal lovers with their beauty, spirit and zest for life. Now these noble creatures have captured the imagination of designers in an unexpected way. The look is elegant, upscale and tightly edited. Silhouettes are crisp, clean and a tad modern by way of their simplicity. This Fall, equestrian style is riding high. It’s easy to see why… Continue reading

IKEA Pops the Cork on a Great Idea for Fall

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Those clever Swedes are at it again. This month, IKEA is all about cork -one of the trendiest sustainable materials going- with their debut of the SINNERLIG collection by London-based designer Ilse Crawford. A soft, sound-dampening material once reserved for utilitarian uses like bulletin boards and floors, cork has gone cool and this is the proof.  Continue reading

It’s My Birthday, I’ll Decorate If I Want To…

Yes, today’s my birthday and you know what that means.  I’m queen for a day, if only in my mind.  While pondering my vast kingdom (a 9′ x 11′ office) and looking upon my semi-loyal subjects (Harry and Bertie, two corgis with attitude), I decided to devote a few minutes to what I love best–shopping for the decor of my dreams. Continue reading