“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.

Horchow

Horchow

The open metal framework and glass center of the Shay fireplace screen creates a picturesque view that’s contemporary cool. $625.

Bellacor

Bellacor

The Pleasant Hearth Arched fireplace screen puts a clean-lined, contemporary spin on an iconic Gothic architecture element that echoes the calm feel of the fire within. $61.

Crate and Barrel

Crate and Barrel

The Chevron brass fireplace screen adds a touch of mid-century style with its bold chevron pattern. $249.

Lamps Plus

Lamps Plus

With its soft scalloped frame accented with delicate florals and leaves, the Artemis folding fireplace screen romances the room. $129.99.

Signals

Signals

Handcrafted and soldered with 541 pieces of art glass, the Stained Glass fire screen adds gem-like sparkle and is simply stunning. Its price is also more than fair for the look and workmanship that goes into it. $279.95

What I like about each of these screens is that they create beautiful focal points year-round. That’s an idea we design lovers can warm up to very easily.

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

bhg.com

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

Practically Perfect Porch Living

Max Kim-Bee, Veranda.com

Max Kim-Bee, Veranda.com

Here in Texas, we spend a lot of time outdoors so a great patio, porch or deck is a must. And, guess what?  Hanging around outdoors is more than a Texas thing. According to a survey by the Hearth, Patio & Barbeque Association, homebuilders from coast-to-coast list a deck among the top three features most requested by new home buyers. Continue reading

Won’t You Be My Valentine?

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and as we all know, it can be the sweetest day of the year if you plan things right.  So now’s the time to channel your inner-Cupid and focus on how to woo your honey in style. Continue reading