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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.  

luvocracy.com

For sheets, crisp white percale in 100% cotton is a great standard.  It seems like...

January 12, 2020

This Happy Hour isn't exactly fun but I promise you'll smile the rest of the year.  That is, every time you open your linen closet.  Since it's the Out with the Old, In with the New time of year, let's make the most of wherever you store your linens.

I propose just taking 60 minutes to clear the shelves and then, toss everything you haven't used in a couple of years.  Donate sheet sets or towels...

January 5, 2020

Classic Blue, Pantone's color for 2020,  is a great choice for the beginning of a decade.  A clear, dark blue.  Not indigo.  Not cobalt.  A Classic Blue used in interiors for decades.  As Pantone's site states, "Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era."  That...

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...

December 22, 2019

Merry Christmas!  Here's hoping you're all  settled down with shopping done and presents wrapped.  Last Christmas, I was a bit lost in any decorating scheme.  As you may remember, I pared down my Christmas stash by about 75%.  The negative is that it's still shocking to look in the basement expecting to see more bins full of decorations.  The positive is that decorating this year was fast and fun.  I've...

December 21, 2019

Just guessing your holiday front door doesn't look anything like this.  Turns out, those British really know how to shout, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  Let's take an armchair look at some creative decorations from London to Hayward (CA) to homes in Oregon.

 hellomagazine.com (mcqueen's florist)

Another amazing door decoration in London.

hello magazine. com. (home of english singer stacey solomo...

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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December 14, 2019

       

First published 11/26/16, let's revisit these beautiful Christmas wreaths.

Every home should have a wreath - whether it makes an appearance for holidays or is displayed year round.  One of the most ancient decorating traditions, the wreath seems to date back to Persia, eventually finding its way to the first heads of Olympic Athletes in 776 BC.  Maybe some athletes saved their wreath...

December 8, 2019

This Happy Hour is all about getting some kind of skirt for our Christmas tree table.  In 2018, we gave away our 8' Christmas tree.  It took a village to get it out of the basement, up two flights of stairs and set up.  I love my new two-piece 4.5" tree, pre-lit with 450 lights and weighing just 18 lbs (Amazon).  I easily assembled it on a 24" high small table, making it a total of 6.5' in heig...

December 1, 2019

Don't you love Christmas tree skirts?  I especially like the handmade ones with lots of personality.  Growing up, my mom wrapped a white sheet at the base of the tree and called it a day.  For years, I used a length of moss green silk duponti.  Last year, we traded in our 8' tree for a 4-1/2' which we sat on a 24" high table but the whole thing didn't look quite right.  What do this year?  Turns out, the...

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