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

6 Small Space Garden Must-Haves

Gardener’s Supply, Williams Sonoma, Vivaterra

Americans are gardening with gusto, with six million of us trying it for the first time in recent months, according to the National Gardening Association. If growing your own food is appealing but seems impossible because of your home’s small outdoor footprint, grab your spade and get ready to dig into the trend with help from smartly designed products like these. Continue reading

5 Ways To Create A More Peaceful, Stress-Free Home

Soothing Home, Sharper Image, Hammacher Schlemmer

With the start of a new year, hope springs eternal even in turbulent times like these.  While solving problems like a government shut-down are beyond our individual grasp, we can transform our homes into shelters from the storm with furnishings that combine good design with clever technology to calm, nurture and relax. 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

“E” is for Elegant Easter

Mark and Graham, Williams Sonoma, Tory Burch

Easter is a time for dressing up. This year, spiff up not only yourself but your table, too. Dine fine. Make this an elegant Easter everyone will remember with table decor that’s the peak of chic with a dash of contemporary 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

B is for Bread

Erin Kunkel, The New Sugar & Spice cookbook; masoncash.co.uk, williams-sonoma.com, chefscatalog.com, surlatable.com

Erin Kunkel, The New Sugar & Spice cookbook; masoncash.co.uk, williams-sonoma.com, chefscatalog.com, surlatable.com

I come from a long line of home cooks who love to make bread. We like to mix and knead dough by hand, then wait impatiently for it to rise and bake before slicing off a big piece and slathering it with butter. In my mind, there’s nothing like a great loaf of homemade bread.  Continue reading

Top 5 Holiday Hostess Savers

Williams-Sonoma.com

Williams-Sonoma.com

In a few mere weeks, I’ll open my door to lots of family from four states (Arizona! Kansas! Missouri! Texas!) ready for a big Thanksgiving celebration. From years of hosting gatherings like this, I’ve learned that having the right items on-hand is a must to make the day unfold both seamlessly and stylishly. Here are five handy helpers you can quickly order online. Trust me, they’ll save the day…and your sanity.  Continue reading