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August 2, 2020

Don't you love mementos?  If you're like me, you've got some from childhood and traveling and just living life.  Maybe they're scattered around your rooms or maybe they're in a box in the attic.  I'm not a fan of clutter but I do love the idea of corralling treasures to enjoy.  One great way to display is on a tray as my friend Ruthann has done.  She's put travel mementos from 5 countries in one harmonious tray.  Let's look at...

July 26, 2020

Quick summer decorating is as easy as looking at your "inventory" around the house and put things together in a new way.  Downstairs, we have a long pine table.  I've added a summery painting of three girls I did years ago, a junk store frame (with cardboard "picture") and gathered my straw hats from the closet.  Easy peasy.  Let's take a look at our summer house.

An outside cafe chair was added to the mix.

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July 19, 2020

Gotta admit.  I'm looking for things to do around here as we live through 2020.  My attention has turned to books.  If you're like me, you've got plenty of books.  Is there a way to use them as design elements?   Fortunately, layering books in rooms is a hot trend. Let's look at some creative ways to get our books off the shelf.

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Books provide interest on a mantel.

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While no one i...

June 21, 2020

With summer arriving yesterday, it's surely time to think about outdoor entertaining.  I've fallen in love with the idea with having a garden party.  Right now, it has to be a virtual party although we just got word that we can soon socialize in a bubble of 10.  If I was having a party today, I'd love to use this pretty, garden-fresh tablecloth.  If you're like me, you'll be surprised when you take a closer look....

May 31, 2020

After an iffy May, it's suddenly 80 degrees in the shade here in Oakland.  We've got our deck ready - pots of plants trimmed, the grill scrubbed and ready to sizzle.  If you're like me, I like a summery feel to our rooms inside too.  Here's some quick tips to make our rooms feel more like summer is on it's way.

architecturaldigest.com

Fill your empty fireplace with cut firewood, chunky candles or glorious sea...

May 24, 2020

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  Since it's sunny and in the 80's around here,  it's high time to be outside.  On our little deck, we edge our chairs to a small strip of shade and keep moving as the sun passes overhead.  Are you dreaming of more shade?  Let's look at some ideas to add a little shade on our sunny outdoor rooms. 

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Don't you love this dining room table with a built in tree?...

April 26, 2020

Did you see someone jokingly wrote,"I bet Marie Kondo wishes she had more stuff in her house right about now?"  I kind of wish I did too as now is the time to go through drawers and cabinets and closets. 

This year, prior to Shelter in Place, I went through all our papers. Our office files included 1980's tax returns, college notes, a few years' worth of water bills and oil change receipts. That yielded e-l-e-v-e-n paper g...

January 26, 2020

Nephew Owen has a thing for polar bears.   He'd get a kick out of knowing about a classic style of upholstered furniture some people call "Polar Bear" furniture.  Jean Royere created this cuddly furniture form in 1947 for his mother's Paris apartment and it took the design world by storm.  In recent years, it's been the go-to collectable. Original sofa and two chair sets have sold for more than a million dollars.  Cozy and in...

December 29, 2019

It's almost New Year's Eve!  Don't you love these mirror ball balloons in a shop window on College Avenue, Berkeley, CA?  What a great and easy way to bring "celebration" into our rooms. No matter what you're doing New Year's Eve, there's still time for quick and easy celebration decor. Let's look at couple of ideas to set the mood for New Year's Eve.

100layercake.com

Focus on just one space in a room - a dining r...

December 15, 2019

What's fresh for holiday decorating?  This year, it's lots of multicolor rooms -  cheerful and of course, colorful!  Let's take a look at some quick decorating multicolor tricks - and to get us started, don't you love this idea for your table?  A length of black butcher paper, some chalk and the sky is the limit.  Now that the table is set, let's look at more colorful ideas.

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