Bringing The Year of the Dog Home

West Elm, Etsy, Draper James, Chinese Fortune Calendar, Ballard Designs, World Market, Anthropologie

Chinese New Year is about to begin and 2018 is all about the Year of the Dog. Here on the home front, designers are putting on the dog, too, in ways that honor Fido in fabulous fashion. Continue reading

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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

This Summer’s Scoop on Outdoor Dining with Style

IKEA, World Market, Crate & Barrel, Sur La Table, Shop Fog Linen, Pottery Barm

IKEA, World Market, Crate & Barrel, Sur La Table, Shop Fog Linen, Pottery Barm

Summer weather is here. Time to start dining alfresco again. This year, how about stepping up your game? No more flimsy paper plates, sitting on rickety folding chairs or eating the same ol’, same ol’.

Let’s resolve to picnic with panache. Grill like a gourmet. Make every cook-out a tad chic. For as we know, summer lasts but a season but good style endures forever.  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

Hey, Cookie!

Anthropologie.com

Anthropologie.com

Santa’s not the only one who’s into cookies. That’s why cookie jars are the perfect gift, especially this year. Why? Because designers have put a stylish spin on these snack keepers that’s witty, whimsical and downright fun. Continue reading

Achin’ for Bacon

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bhg.com

Last night, I realized that my love of cooking -and eating- is pretty much wrapped up in bacon.

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2 Fast-Fix Ways to Cook Eggs for Easter



Eggs and Easter go hand-in-hand.  We dye them, roll them across the lawn and perch the little pretties atop fluffy grass in baskets.  Best of all (at least to me), we eat them.  Eggs make tasty entrees, great side dishes and fluffy dessert souffles.  Got eggs on your Easter menu? Here are two egg-ceptionally fast and fashionable ways to fix and serve them. Continue reading

Won’t You Be My Valentine?

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and as we all know, it can be the sweetest day of the year if you plan things right.  So now’s the time to channel your inner-Cupid and focus on how to woo your honey in style. Continue reading