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New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

Is it just us, or do you also think it’s surprising that the United States government posts a list of “Popular New Year’s Resolutions” on its website at www.usa.gov. Don’t they have more important things to do (fix the economy, save the world, etc.) than to worry about how we all plan to improve ourselves...
Style A-B-C: English Country

Style A-B-C: English Country

Ahhh, the English countryside. Where homes exude a feeling of privilege and history, with a dash of eccentricity. Comfort and practicality rule the day, in true British style. English country décor is distinguished by a mix of patterns and collections, displayed alongside classic upholstered furniture. Tufted sofas and chairs are soft yet sophisticated, often serving...
Luscious leftovers.

Luscious leftovers.

Big holiday feasts often mean big quantities of leftovers…and that’s a good thing when you have some delicious recipes ready to go. Leftovers have lost their stigma…not to mention, with today’s economy, we all want to get our money’s worth from our grocery budget. Before you start cooking (or reheating), keep these food safety facts...
Gift Wrap-o-Rama.

Gift Wrap-o-Rama.

Those of you who have already purchased and wrapped all your holiday gifts…move along. There’s nothing for you here. You are clearly superior beings and we’re sure your gift wrap supplies are well-organized already (not to mention probably already packed-up and stored away for next year). Or maybe not…read on for some gift wrap tips,...
Style A-B-C: Empire

Style A-B-C: Empire

Empire style, also called French Empire style, embodies the opulence and luxury of Napoleonic times. With an overall attitude that evokes classic Greek and Roman designs, empire style includes many symbolic motifs, including torches, Roman eagles, bees, sphinxes, empire wreaths, mythological figures, lions and the letter “N” (for Napoleon). The style was most popular during...
Different Holiday Traditions

Different Holiday Traditions

Does your family celebrate Christmas? Hanukkah? Kwanzaa? Here in America, we’re deep into the winter holiday season, and right about now we’re surrounded by familiar themes of Christmas trees, angels, menorahs, dreidels, candles and such. If we lived in some foreign lands, the themes, celebrations and family traditions could be quite different…and even a little...
Style A-B-C: Early American

Style A-B-C: Early American

Early American décor is all about history. The style is dominated by antiques or antique-style furniture, sometimes with weathered or distressed finishes. Period pieces and faithful reproductions combine for a warm and inviting feeling – with just a touch of formality. The Early American palette is warm and subdued. Dark woods prevail, while wall colors...
Getting Crafty.

Getting Crafty.

The other day a friend mentioned running home to get something out of her “craft room.” Not sure what she was talking about, so we tagged along. Hold the phone! She had a real, honest-to-goodness craft room and was clearly a genius. Everything was organized and close at hand. Fabrics and notions for sewing. Yarn...
Style A-B-C: Country

Style A-B-C: Country

Country-style décor is warm, comfortable and lived-in. Secondhand furniture and other vintage pieces set the overall tone. Rough or distressed wood, burnished paint, and weathered antiques can add personality in every room. Color palettes range from blues and whites to warm reds and sunny yellows. Red-white-and-blue appears often. Fabrics can include smaller florals and washed...
Pamper your pets

Pamper your pets

If you’ve ever spent more than a minute or two on YouTube we’re guessing you’ve seen a video featuring pet – clever cat, dancing dog, rascally rabbit. One thing’s clear from these videos (and even from walking around the mall): we love to pamper our pets! Here are some ideas for showing your furry or...
Style A-B-C: Cottage

Style A-B-C: Cottage

Calm. Comfortable. Relaxed. Casual. Cozy. Those are the words we frequently use to describe cottage style decorating, with the emphasis on comfortable. Our inspiration? Think beach house on a late summer afternoon, windows open and a soft breeze. Cottage style incorporates calming pastel colors and white, along with pretty florals and vintage hues. A light...
If it’s Tuesday, it must be… time for a better family calendar!

If it’s Tuesday, it must be… time for a better family calendar!

If you’re like the typical American family with school-age children, then you know how complicated the family calendar can be. It’s a challenge that can rival worldwide, multinational corporations in terms of complicated logistics. From soccer practice to school projects, dance lessons to music classes, play dates to dentist appointments…life is hectic! How do you...