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

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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

“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