Design-Worthy Pet Presents

P. Shaw, A. Angle, C. Jordan

P. Shaw, A. Angle, C. Jordan

People aren’t the only ones hoping for something special beneath the Christmas tree. So are our pets. If like me, you’re looking for something more unique than the typical treat or toy, you’re in luck. Trending high this year are presents that not only pets will adore but design lovers, too.  Continue reading

Stylish Summer Fun for Kids Only!

Land of Nod, Uncommon Goods, Gardeners Supply, Pottery Barn Kids

Land of Nod, Uncommon Goods, Gardeners Supply, Pottery Barn Kids

As summer break nears, kids are excited and parents are anxious about how keep their offspring occupied with something more than a tv remote. If that’s you, here are five ways to help your kids get -and stay- busy all summer long while also teaching them a thing or two about style. Continue reading

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

#1 JPEG Egg collage

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

Gadget Gifts

fredandfriend.com, uncommongoods.com, hammacher.com

fredandfriend.com, uncommongoods.com, hammacher.com

Christmas is coming and it’s crunch time if you want to give really cool presents. Gadget gifts -practical presents with a clever twist- are trending high this season. They’re also among the most affordable options around. Here are nine really good gadget gifts you can snap up faster than Santa can shimmy down the chimney because they’re all available online. Continue reading

Chill Out

#1 Chill out collage

Summer’s in full swing and the heat is on. Every night before bedtime, I give thanks for my trusty Trane air conditioner and for inventive products like these, designed to help us keep our cool whenever we dare step outside. A mix of quirky, practical and posh, each thrill with their ability to chill. Continue reading

Soap Stars

uncommongoods.com

uncommongoods.com

Looking for a summer hostess gift that doesn’t take much space to pack, yet packs a stylish punch? Decorative bar soaps are trending high as a witty way to make a splash in the bath of every home you visit, whether it’s for a weekend stay or a long getaway.  Continue reading

Pool Perfect

If it’s as hot outside where you live as here in Texas, then join me in saying “thanks” to the cave people who some believe invented the first swimming pool. Continue reading

This Mother’s Day, Get Clever

Mother’s Day is nearly here, so get cracking.  Candles and books–she’s got enough of them to open a fragrance-filled book store.  This year,  think outside the box. Give Mom something to chirp about. Continue reading

Pet Perfect Decor

I learned long ago that I’m anything but queen of my castle.  I’ve been totally upstaged and outvoted (8 paws to 2 hands) by Amber’s King George VI and Highview Windsor Prince Harry, aka Bertie and Harry–two cute corgies whose good looks save them from the Tower every day. Continue reading

Tick, Tock–Time for a Clock

Daylight savings time is nearly here (March 10th, let the yawning begin!) so now’s the time to get ready for the big spring forward.  Sure, your iPhone tells the time just fine but wouldn’t you really rather go tick, tock with a very cool clock? Continue reading