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

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Coolers That Chill and Thrill

Coolest, Amazon, Crate and Barrel

When recently shopping for a new cooler, I came across more than those boxy, utilitarian ones we all grew up with. Coolers that chill and thrill from a design point-of-view are definitely trending hot. Check these out and you’ll see why. 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

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

“E” is for Elegant Easter

Mark and Graham, Williams Sonoma, Tory Burch

Easter is a time for dressing up. This year, spiff up not only yourself but your table, too. Dine fine. Make this an elegant Easter everyone will remember with table decor that’s the peak of chic with a dash of contemporary style. Continue reading

Stylishly Sensible—Decorative Fireplace Screens

John Gruen, Country Living; Horchow, Bellacor, Crate and Barrel, Lamps Plus, Signals

John Gruen, Country Living; Horchow, Bellacor, Crate and Barrel, Lamps Plus, Signals

When temps dip, there’s nothing quite like a crackling fire in the fireplace. Yet, each beautiful blaze also creates flames, embers and sparks that homes (and the people in them) need protection from. What’s a stylish, yet sensible solution? Decorative fireplace screens that do their job while also transforming hearths into fabulous focal points. Continue reading

Chic-er by the Dozen–12 Exquisite Eggs for Easter and Beyond

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Easter and eggs go hand-in-hand. Each year, we dip, dye and hunt them with childlike glee. But this Spring, eggs are breaking with tradition and leaving their one-day glory story behind. Inspired by the organic shape of this simple orb, designers are whipping up an impressive range of furnishings that elevate the lowly egg to high style status. Here are 12 exquisite egg designs that’ll give your home egg-quisite style for Easter and beyond. Continue reading

A is for Apple

gibbs-smith.com, vivaterra.com, crateandbarrel.com, jonathanadler.com

gibbs-smith.com, vivaterra.com, crateandbarrel.com, jonathanadler.com

Autumn is just around the corner. Time to sink your teeth into one of Fall’s tastiest trends–apples. Whether you’re decorating or cooking, apples are ripe for the picking this year and it’s easy to see why. Apples add a refreshing touch of nature to interiors and spin the color wheel from green to ruby red; while delivering crunch and contrast (tart or sweet?!) to recipes. But if you think just any old apple that falls from the tree is spotlight-worthy, think again. The apples getting an “A” for awesome think outside the box in contemporary ways.  Continue reading

Mother’s Day Gifts For Gardeners

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bhg.com

Want to give a gift this Mother’s Day that’s both trendy and tasty? Then garden up. Chances are your mom is eager to make like Mother Nature because gardening is all the rage and at its highest level in the U.S. in more than a decade. Continue reading

Contain Yourself–It’s Back-to-School

smarttiw, FreeDigitalPhotos.net

smarttiw, FreeDigitalPhotos.net

When I was a kid, I almost always took my lunch to school. Between the mystery meat and puzzling menu match-ups (my sister is still wonders why pizza always came with a side of canned corn), it was the only way to survive. Continue reading