“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

Trending Now–Nature Shows Its Glamorous Side

Z Gallerie, Wisteria, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Anthropologie

Z Gallerie, Wisteria, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Anthropologie

Just in time for pre-holiday home spruce-ups, designers are going back to nature for inspiration. But this time there’s a twist. 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

This Summer’s Scoop on Outdoor Dining with Style

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IKEA, World Market, Crate & Barrel, Sur La Table, Shop Fog Linen, Pottery Barm

Summer weather is here. Time to start dining alfresco again. This year, how about stepping up your game? No more flimsy paper plates, sitting on rickety folding chairs or eating the same ol’, same ol’.

Let’s resolve to picnic with panache. Grill like a gourmet. Make every cook-out a tad chic. For as we know, summer lasts but a season but good style endures forever.  Continue reading

This Spring, Take a Walk on the Dark Side with Fashion Florals

Pottery Barn, Barney's, Canopy Designs, Gucci

Pottery Barn, Barney’s, Canopy Designs, Gucci

Flower power is back in a deliciously dark way. Paired with black, these blooms strut their stuff with runway style inspired by the spring collections of Gucci (shown above), Oscar de la Renta, Burberry, Versace and more. The look is fresh and froufrou-free with a dash of gothic romance mixed in for good measure and dramatic effect. 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

C is for Creative–4 Ways to Stylishly Warm Up this Winter

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ecosmartfire.com, anthropologie.com, potterybarn.com, timorousbeastiest.com

Winter’s here and there’s no thrill to its chill. But take heart. Beating Jack Frost at his game is easy to do if you think outside the box. That’s why, alphabetically speaking, C is for “Creative” if you want to stylishly warm up this winter. Continue reading

Santa’s Modern Makeover

 

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etsy.com, bedbathandbeyond.com, pier1.com, potterybarn.com, kohls.com

With a twinkle in his eye and a design trick or two in his bag, here comes Santa. This year’s nod to the big guy in the red suit is marvelously modern and smartly stylish; and proof that St. Nick may be old but he’s forever fashionably young.  Continue reading

Wild for Spring

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potterybarn.com

Winter may still rule with calendar types but designers have already gone wild for Spring. Anything but a “been there, done that” trend, this latest take on nature is delightfully diverse with looks that range from painterly and graphically mod to whimsical. Continue reading

Double-Duty Pumpkin Pleasers

 

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NeimanMarcus.com

While friends around me are channeling their inner Munsters and focused on All Hallow’s Eve, I’m hunting for pumpkin decor that works for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. Why? Because double-duty decor saves time and makes smart money sense. Continue reading