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

5 Stylish Safety Products for Your Home

Fire Design, Amazon, Pottery Barn

Home safety should be should be a priority year-round, but especially during the holidays. Whether guests are headed your way or you’re heading out, here’s how make your home safer without giving an inch on style. Continue reading

Alfresco Fun

Target, French Bull, Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, James Ransom, Amazon, Outward Hound

This is the time of year when it’s hard to do anything indoors. So give yourself permission to leave the office early or set those household tasks temporarily aside. Kick back, relax, play. Summer’s here. Alfresco fun awaits. 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

Home Joins the Fan Club

Better Homes & Gardens

Beat from the heat and beyond ready for relief? Steady on. Designers have flipped the switch on a classic air circulation device, making it the most stylish thing to pair with an air conditioner since the invention of iced tea. Here are five reasons why Home has joined the fan club and you should, too. Continue reading

Trend Alert—Gingham Chic

Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, PB Teen, Zazzle

If like me, you’ve not thought about gingham for more than a country minute, now’s the time to re-evaluate this classic small check pattern in alternating colors. This Spring, designers have gone gung-ho for gingham but from a contemporary point-of-view. Across the design spectrum, this trend checks out as a fresh way to pattern up and have a little fun as you do. Continue reading

Blue and White Springs to Life

Lamps Plus, Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, Katie Kime, 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

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

Trend Alert—Galvanized Metal Decor

Lamps Plus, Magnolia Market, Pottery Barn, Shades of Light, Williams Sonoma, World Market

Galvanized metal decor is hotter than a cat on a hot tin roof. This mix of rustic and industrial pairs well with wood and stone finishes, and can be dressed up or down depending on how or where it’s used. Decor made of galvanized metal is  turning up everywhere, including high-end boutiques. Here are six pieces that recently caught my eye.  Bet they will yours, too: Continue reading