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.

Fill your empty fireplace with cut firewood, chunky...

April 12, 2020

Easter at Home has never been so literal.  Easter is usually a quiet day for us but this year, I'm feeling a bit lonely.   That got me to thinking.  Maybe a few trips to the basement would cheer me up.  Clear plastic storage bins labelled Blue and Easter were all I needed for a quick change in our rooms.  Let's take a look at how they turned out.

In the entry, garden bunnies (Targ...

April 5, 2020

With Easter just one week away, are you rethinking how to celebrate?  Even though we're confined to home, we can make it special for our families.  Decorating eggs is a perfect Happy Hour this week.  You can find all kinds of tips online including coloring eggs using Cool Whip or shaving lotion with food coloring.  Before you start, let's look at some inspiring eggs. 


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 yo...

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....

April 15, 2019

Have you noticed?  White vases are suddenly everywhere.  Springtime fresh, white vases bring a modern, crisp look to any room.  And, they're easy to find - you'll see in dollar stores and IKEA.  You can even make them yourself but more of that in a minute.  First, let's look at how great they can look in any room.


A collection of white vases.


March 17, 2019

If you're like me, you can hardly wait for Spring to arrive this week.  Coupled with St. Patrick's Day today and Easter not far away, there's a change in the air.  Nothing can be as welcoming or celebratory as a wreath on your front door.  How about creating a quick wreath to celebrate the coming season?  If you have a wreath base (wire, grapevine, foam), you can easily create a springtime wreath in just...

December 24, 2017

I'll admit it.  I've got a "thing" for Santa.  And I've had a lot of help collecting Santas over the years - Santas from P and my mom, trip souvenir Santas, Connie's painted wooden Santas and an office party game Santa where no one would "steal" from me as everyone knew how I felt about Santa.  No wonder it's the "Year of the Santa" in our rooms this year.

This year, I've corralled all...

September 25, 2016

Autumn snuck in last Thursday and there's a feeling of fall in the air here in Oakland, CA.  Since it's my favorite season, I was ready to start bringing fall and those autumnal colors inside despite being 90 degrees outside.  In our entry way, a few stems of artificial (am I admitting to this?) fall leaves.  

In our entry way, a few stems of artificial (am I admit...

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