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March 29, 2020

Hello!  I'm rerunning this article from a few years ago as maybe we need a bit of sun while in our shelter&place mode.  Everything around here looks the same except that ]the slipcovered furniture was replaced last year.

Maybe it's jumping the gun, but aren't you ready for a sunny spring? Getting your rooms ready is as simple as 1 - 2 - 3.  First, choose one accent color to spread around your rooms.  Inspiration...

March 22, 2020

Are you under a "shelter in place" order like we are in California?   Hard to imagine even a week ago, that it would come to this.  I'm all for doing everything we can to prevent this virus from spreading, but in the meantime, the beginning of spring came last week.  Maybe an easy Happy Hour will cheer us all up.  

Nothing says spring like an oversized bouquet. A trip to your backyar...

March 15, 2020

Take into consideration we can only binge-watch TV so long.  As we consider nesting in the next weeks, why not take a Happy  Hour and "binge-read" some shelter magazines?  It's the perfect time to catch up on old issues and check out what's new. 

With almost everything online,  we really don't need real magazines any more as screen images will do.  Gotta say, even with all the virtual stuff (a...

March 8, 2020

Right about now,  travel for fun is highly discouraged.  So why does that make me yearn for an adventure?  Here, in Oakland, we have rain - first time in 38 days - another reason why it's the perfect day to mind-trip!  If you're game, how about a quick trip to Normandy? 

Just so you know, we should rent GÎTE LE CERISIER in Normandy, about 90 minutes NE of Paris.   A Dutch couple had their way with this...

March 1, 2020

Last Sunday, we looked a glamorous rooms.  This week, I'm proposing using  a Happy Hour to add a bit of "glam" into one of your rooms.  And what better way than to start with something from IKEA.  Huh?  It never occurred to me, but IKEA devotees are nothing if not super creative. Take these plain IKEA glass vases as an example.  A dip of gold paint turns them into something really luxe.  Let's take a look at some other inspiri...

February 23, 2020

Let's face it.  If you are like me, you don't consider your rooms to be glamorous.   Modern glam is surely different than the Hollywood glam of the 1960's.  Now, glamorous rooms seem to be a bit monochromatic with a touch of animal print, mirror and metallic all rolled into one sublime room.  A touch of glam can perk up any room and make it sizzle.  Let's look at some glam ideas we might want to try. 

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February 16, 2020

Don't you love crisp white with a little barn red?  That got me thinking about a little mind game I play with any shelter magazine or on Pinterest.  It's fun to put together a whole house with an unlimited budget just using pictures.  This game can lead to all kinds of ideas you can use in your own rooms.  Are you ready to play?  To start, let's say someone gave you this little cabin.  What would you do inside?   I'd be in fav...

February 9, 2020

Every been in a restaurant when it turns "Happy Hour?"  You notice the mood instantly changes as everyone is ready for fun.  Whenever I'm having a Bad Hair Day, my cure is always a personal Happy Hour.  ​

To  me, Happy Hour means 60 carefree minutes of ME time.  

A couple of times a month, a Happy Hour will pop up here to  inspire you to do something magical, inexpensive and as gWitster sa...

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...

January 19, 2020

Have you ever sighed with pleasure as you climbed into an all white luxurious bed at a resort hotel?  If you want to turn your private rooms into 5-star hotel luxury, how about starting by using only white linens?  While there are a million yummy colors, for true spa living, white is the way to go.  

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For sheets, crisp white percale in 100% cotton is a great standard.  It seems like the thread count doesn'...

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