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June 28, 2020

Remember the pin-up light?  Growing up, they were here and there in all our houses - most anywhere there was a need for gentle ambient or bright reading light.  I always loved Aunt Helen's little clip-on shaded lamp on her headboard.  Still practical, as they use no floor or table space, a pin-up light is now most commonly called a "corded sconce."  If you can't hardwire, these are the perfect solution as they can be attached...

June 7, 2020

Do you see stripes in your rooms?  A great antidote to florals, stripes can be soft and romantic or bold and brash.  Maybe it's time to consider stripes in our rooms.  Let's look at how to get inspired. 


Beach house perfect - bold stripes are the focal point of the room.


Stripes on walls can be painted or wallpapered.


Gorgeously faded stripes on sofa slip...

May 10, 2020

In our Shelter-in-Place world, why not mix it up in our rooms?  Some call it "layered design" but I think design historian Emily Evans Eerdmans says it best, "We're hungering for complex carbohydrates again." The idea is to use textures, repurposed materials and layers about our rooms. There's also a call for bold color but even if you're a "neutral nut" like me, there are some easy ideas we can use to create warm and comforti...

May 3, 2020

What kind of person has 17 mirrors hanging in their house?  I just took a count and that doesn't include the ones over the bathroom sinks.  How many mirrors are too many?  Maybe a good rule of thumb is one mirror in most rooms but I seem to sneak more in wherever I can.  Mirrors bring in light and brightness, make a room look larger and can be a pleasant, cheap thrill.

I'm a big fan of duplicating looks in d...

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 (Target), magnolia branches...

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...

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. 


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.

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

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 embraced the...

December 16, 2019

Happy 2020!  Don't you love a new decade?  Filled with optimism and that lovely thought of starting fresh.  

This article was originally published on 12/10/2016 but I thought you might enjoy seeing it again.  It's never too early to start making your own artwork for next holiday!

Take one look at this wreath and I bet you're thinking just what I did. "Hey, I could do that."  Seems we all have ready "stock" j...

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