Interiors
7 Ways to Speed Up Spring Cleaning

7 Ways to Speed Up Spring Cleaning

The thought of devoting an entire day (or even multiple days) to the annual ritual of cleaning and refreshing our home can seem a bit daunting. With all our other daily activities and responsibilities, who has that sort of time? However, a thorough cleaning of the house is not as intimidating or as time-consuming you...
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...
Style A-B-C: Contemporary

Style A-B-C: Contemporary

The challenge with contemporary design is that it covers such a wide range of styles popular during the second half of the 20th century. (Sounds so long ago, doesn’t it?) Where modern design tends to feature angles, lines and stripped-down elements, contemporary interiors feature softer, more rounded shapes, while keeping with simple, clean presentations. Contemporary...
Polishing silver

Polishing silver

As the Thanksgiving holiday is approaching, you’re undoubtedly starting to think about setting a pretty table for your family meal. In many homes, this means using the heirloom china and silver. In fact, this is one of our favorite things about holiday meals – carrying on those traditions from generation to generation. The people around...
Style A-B-C: Boho

Style A-B-C: Boho

“Boho” refers to Bohemian, a style that’s noted for its eclectic sensibility. Modern pieces are combined with vintage for a look that’s funky, functional and fun. Flea markets are a great source for furniture and accessories for your boho room. Antique chairs and accent tables can be spray painted with a bright pop of color....
Style A-B-C: Arts & Crafts

Style A-B-C: Arts & Crafts

The Arts & Crafts movement was about more than style.  It was a statement in response to the growing use of mass production following the Industrial Revolution, a reaction to the popular movement away from nature and an answer to the Victorian era’s love of excessive ornaments. Arts & Crafts style, beginning in the early...

You-tility: Organizing Your Utility Closet

Pardon the pun, but we have a friend who always pronounces the word utility with the emphasis on the “you,” and it always makes us smile. And it seems like an appropriate title for a quick post on setting up a utility closet that meets your needs and stays useful. Every home needs a utility...

Cleaning up after a flood

If you’re located along the eastern seaboard, we hope you and your loved ones weather the effects of Hurricane Irene safely. (If you’re in some other part of the country, read this info for future reference.) If your home or basement suffer any flooding, here are a few tips for after this storm – or...
When it’s hot… decorate cool!

When it’s hot… decorate cool!

When the temperature climbs, we’ll do almost anything to stay cool – air conditioning, ice cream, cold drinks, window fans, lightweight clothes, more ice cream… but what about your décor? It’s true: how you decorate your home can actually influence how warm or cool you feel. If you’d like to create a room that helps...
Organize Your Bathroom!

Organize Your Bathroom!

Getting organized in the bathroom doesn’t have to mean white plastic shelves or cramming more stuff into your medicine cabinet. Here are a few tips that boost your storage sense and add to your bathroom’s style sense, too: Tight on space? Floating shelves make great use of wall space and keep things off tiny countertops....
Be our guest! How to set up a guest room

Be our guest! How to set up a guest room

There’s nothing quite as warm and meaningful as opening up your home and welcoming a guest to stay a while. Whether it’s an overnight or an extended vacation, take the time to create a truly comfortable space for your houseguests, and you’ll both have a happier experience. Clean up! It should go without saying, but...
How many pillows is too many?

How many pillows is too many?

If you shop for bedding, you’ve probably noticed a trend over the years. It’s something a friend calls “Attack of the Pillows!” It seems that all the catalogs, websites and blogs feature image after image of beds that are loaded – and we mean really loaded – with pillows of all shapes and sizes. Forget about the days...