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Corral all the toys!

Corral all the toys!

The other night we walked into the house and the first thing that popped into our mind: toy story.  And not the classic animated movie.  Toys, toys everywhere!  Again!  With three little kids running around all day, and the colossal failure of our “let’s put one toy away before we take out another” campaign (we...
Garden fun: No green thumb required.

Garden fun: No green thumb required.

This is it – this can be your year to start a real garden! Forget the complaints that you don’t have a green thumb, or you can’t tell a flower from a weed, or that everything you touch dies (well, that’s what we’ve always told ourselves)…creating a beautiful garden and yard really can be easier...
Style A-B-C: Southwestern

Style A-B-C: Southwestern

Southwestern style is inspired by the colors, textures and lifestyle of the American Southwest. Think Santa Fe, Albuquerque and West Texas, where the plains are wide open and the sky is pale blue. Southwestern décor features earth tones and rough, rustic furniture and decorative objects that combine with bright colors inspired by the sky, sun...
Toy Swap!

Toy Swap!

Is your house becoming overrun with toys? Stepped on one too many Legos? Got riding toys that never get ridden? Is the toy box full of blocks upon blocks and then a few more blocks? And then…and this is the kicker…your kids are bored? Chances are, some of your friends and neighbors are having the...
Style A-B-C: Shaker

Style A-B-C: Shaker

The shakers were members of a church group founded on the principals of simple, spiritual living, immigrating from England and settling from Maine to Florida beginning in 1774. They believed in simple, hard work and the importance of harmony and order in everyday life. Shaker furniture is admired for its clean lines and functionality, celebrating...
Let’s get small.

Let’s get small.

What are the secrets to making a small space feel like more like home (and less like a sardine can)? It can be done – and it’s easier today than ever before, thanks to stores like Ikea with their smartly-designed furniture pieces. But even if all you have is non-Swedish furniture, there are plenty of...
Style A-B-C: Shabby Chic

Style A-B-C: Shabby Chic

Born in England and extremely popular in both the UK and the USA, this casual and romantic style features well-worn vintage pieces, faded colors and the look of a well-loved room. Begin with cottage style, then add a timeworn touch and funky details, and you’ve got shabby chic. The feeling overall is cozy, comfortable and...
Spice it up.

Spice it up.

Here’s some news you can use – those spices in your cabinet? If they came with the house, it’s time to replace them. Actually, if you bought them more than 12 months ago, it’s probably time to replace them. But you’re not alone! Most people can use some tips to keep their spices fresh and...
Style A-B-C: Safari

Style A-B-C: Safari

African influence and Old World aesthetic combine in Safari style, recalling hazy days on the savannah and native arts and crafts. Safari style is the embodiment of relaxed living, with a touch of elegance. Furniture is often highlighted by animal hides, including leather, zebra stripes, leopard spots or tiger stripes. Traditional handpainted fabrics showcase traditional...
Quick study.

Quick study.

We’ve noticed a trend…many of our friends now have studies! As in, “let’s go hang out in the study.” (Not to be confused with, “Let’s find Colonel Mustard in the drawing room.”) There’s something so sophisticated about having a study. It’s the perfect middle ground between a home office (sounds like work) and a library...
Style A-B-C: Modern

Style A-B-C: Modern

Modern style décor is sleek, streamlined and uncluttered, with minimal ornamentation and neutral tones. Modern furniture is low and simple. Modular pieces are arranged at right angles. The low furniture gives the room an open feeling, with unobstructed windows giving view to the outdoors. Modern finishes are sleek and smooth. Glass, chrome, lacquer and polished...
Read all about it.

Read all about it.

There’s nothing that makes your home feel more lived in, warm, and, well, homey, than books. If you’re like us, you love buying books, reading books, and seeing them lined up neatly on shelves, a literary record of your reading life. After a while, though, as we stack more and more books on the shelves,...