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6 things you must do before summer ends

6 things you must do before summer ends

We’re so sorry! Sorry to bring attention to the very sad fact that summer is… (whisper it)… almost over. True, some of us are secretly excited that the kids will be going back to school and we can get our house back (yay!). But for the most part, it’s hard to ignore the change of...
Happy Friendship Day!

Happy Friendship Day!

You know how some cynical people disparage certain holidays by saying they were dreamed up by greeting card companies? (We find this sentiment prevalent among newly-single people regarding Valentine’s Day. Not us. Other people.) Well, this month we’ve got Friendship Day – which really was dreamed up by Hallmark Cards, in 1919. But even with...
Let's Step Outside: Outdoor Rugs

Let’s Step Outside: Outdoor Rugs

Thinking your house is a little small? Wishing you had another room, perhaps, someplace to hang out, entertain or just relax and read a book? Look around… a little farther… out the window… it’s your deck! Or your porch, patio or backyard slab. With just a few key changes, you can change your outdoor space...
Arts and Crafts Festivals

Arts and Crafts Festivals

One of our favorite summer activities is visiting craft shows and fairs — they’re a great way to find unique home décor accents and gifts.  No matter where you’re located, there’s sure to be a craft or art fair somewhere nearby this summer. We love craft shows because they’re packed with one-of-a-kind items, including furniture,...
4th of July: Patriotic decorating

4th of July: Patriotic decorating

It’s another 4th of July and if you’re running out of ideas beyond hanging a flag on the porch and calling it a day, we can help with a few easy ways to bring the spirit of the holiday into your home. Decorating for July 4th (or Memorial Day) doesn’t have to mean bunting and...
Lovin’ summer!

Lovin’ summer!

We don’t have a lot of “business” to discuss today about summer – we’re just glad it’s here! Remember back in December, January, February, March, when all the snow piled up on the East Coast? If you’re like us, you found it pretty hard to imagine summer back then: digging through drifts, slipping on ice,...
Grow your own.

Grow your own.

One of easiest ways to boost your gourmet skills and create more flavorful dishes is to use fresh herbs. Luckily, they’re super easy to grow.  If you want a simple home herb garden in time for summer, get started now! Here’s how: Purchase a few small terracotta pots, salvage old empty pots from your garage...
Lovely linen

Lovely linen

One of the reasons we love the prospect of summer on its way is because we love, love, love that quintessential summer fabric – linen! We love the way it feels, we love the way it looks, we love the way it drapes. What makes it so great? Linen is made from the fiber of...
Earth Day is April 22!

Earth Day is April 22!

Remember Earth Day?  Schools tend to incorporate environmentalism and green initiatives into their curricula in April… but what are we grown-ups doing? The Earth Day Network is sponsoring a great program this year: A Billion Acts of Green.  The idea is to reach that number in pledges from individuals — small steps people are taking to...
Spring Has Sprung: Is Your Patio or Deck Ready?

Spring Has Sprung: Is Your Patio or Deck Ready?

Believe it or not (put down that ice scraper!), spring is already here. And when that first warm air starts flowing, when the sun starts shining and when the flowers start blooming (we can dream, right?), you’re going to want to get outside as soon as possible. Get organized now so you’re ready to roll...