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

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

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

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

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

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