5 Ways to Bring Cottage Garden Style Home

C. Jordan

No matter how often I travel across the pond, my heart still skips a beat when I come across a garden like this one in Stratford-upon-Avon.  Its relaxed embrace of nature, with a subtle yet sophisticated mix of color, shape and texture, disarms with charm as only English gardeners seem to know how to do. Until now. This Spring, designers here in America have found their green thumb, too, with decor that’s as pretty as an English cottage garden. Here’s how to bring the look home—no green thumb required. Continue reading

Llama Drama Comes Home

Amazon, Uncommon Goods, Crate & Barrel, World Market, Fab Funky

Want to give your home a touch of global mystique that doesn’t take itself too seriously?  No prob-llama.  Design’s newest muse is the quirky cousin to the camel that has no hump, but couldn’t care less.  Exotic yet down to earth, this is a trend to embrace without thinking twice.  Llama drama up and smile each time you come home. Continue reading

5 Fun Christmas Gifts

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Jam-packed social schedules. Family drama. Frantic, last minute decorating. Is it any wonder the holidays can be hard? If your ho-ho-ho is about to hit the road and leave nothing but the Grinch behind, it’s time to lighten up. Happy up with fun gifts like these.  And then pass it on.  The smiles you’ll see on Christmas Day will be all the proof you need that these are perfect presents for beneath the tree.  Continue reading

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

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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



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