Top 5 Summer Style Steals for Outdoor Living

World Market, Birch Lane, West Elm

If you’re looking for affordable ways to freshen up the look of your backyard, patio or veranda this summer, grab an iced tea and sit down for a quick read because…this round-up is for you. Continue reading

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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

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

IKEA Pops the Cork on a Great Idea for Fall

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Those clever Swedes are at it again. This month, IKEA is all about cork -one of the trendiest sustainable materials going- with their debut of the SINNERLIG collection by London-based designer Ilse Crawford. A soft, sound-dampening material once reserved for utilitarian uses like bulletin boards and floors, cork has gone cool and this is the proof.  Continue reading

Mother’s Day Gifts For Gardeners

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bhg.com

Want to give a gift this Mother’s Day that’s both trendy and tasty? Then garden up. Chances are your mom is eager to make like Mother Nature because gardening is all the rage and at its highest level in the U.S. in more than a decade. Continue reading

Contain Yourself–It’s Back-to-School

smarttiw, FreeDigitalPhotos.net

smarttiw, FreeDigitalPhotos.net

When I was a kid, I almost always took my lunch to school. Between the mystery meat and puzzling menu match-ups (my sister is still wonders why pizza always came with a side of canned corn), it was the only way to survive. Continue reading

Practically Perfect Porch Living

Max Kim-Bee, Veranda.com

Max Kim-Bee, Veranda.com

Here in Texas, we spend a lot of time outdoors so a great patio, porch or deck is a must. And, guess what?  Hanging around outdoors is more than a Texas thing. According to a survey by the Hearth, Patio & Barbeque Association, homebuilders from coast-to-coast list a deck among the top three features most requested by new home buyers. Continue reading

It’s My Birthday, I’ll Decorate If I Want To…

Yes, today’s my birthday and you know what that means.  I’m queen for a day, if only in my mind.  While pondering my vast kingdom (a 9′ x 11′ office) and looking upon my semi-loyal subjects (Harry and Bertie, two corgis with attitude), I decided to devote a few minutes to what I love best–shopping for the decor of my dreams. Continue reading