10+ Decorating Trends That May – Or May Not – Be On Their Way Out.

OMG.  Chevrons and ombre.  It was all sooooooo last year.  I mean, can we please come up with something new to turn into a DIY and … [Continue Reading]

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Why It Is Important To Put The EXTRA In Ordinary When Creating Storage

In the process of creating a home, we all have the same non-discriminatory demand for something important. We can never get enough of … [Continue Reading]

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How I Repurposed A Spring Item For My Fall Decor

Are your closets cluttered with decor items for each season?  I know how you feel.  I am somebody that hates clutter, yet I find myself … [Continue Reading]

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DIY: Fast, Fun & Spirited Halloween Decor…And Then Some

Hey friends!  How was your weekend?  Any fall activities? John and I traveled to Pasadena to go to the Oregon v. UCLA football game – … [Continue Reading]

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How To Decorate For The Seasons Using Associations, Not Cliches

Okay.  It is confession time. How many of you have gone overboard when decorating for fall, or any season?    So overboard that … [Continue Reading]

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10 Unique DIY’s Created From…Leaves!

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The weekend is almost here and can I just speak for all of us when I say… … whoop whoop! If you are lucky enough to live in an area where the leaves are changing then consider your weekend already planned for you. It is time to test your skills so go grab your leaf-picking baskets! Take a look at some of your … [Read more...]

Where Were You?

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We have all been asked, many times. “Do you remember where you were?” 13 years ago today. The haunting images. The despair. The gut-wrenching mourning. The anger… …and the allegiance.  Ronald Martinez, Getty Images I can remember every detail… Very pregnant with Joey.  Getting ready for work.  … [Read more...]

Seeing This Makes Me Want To Build Another House – Again…

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Have I said that before?  Oh boy, I need some deja vu antihistamines.  STAT. I’m itching like crazy.  No, not the 7-year-marriage itch (I’ve been married 27 years after all) but the 5-year-housing itch. If I look back on our home history, it seems as though I’m ready to make a change about every 5 years.  And after … [Read more...]

Canvas And Leather Accessories That Are Popular This Fall

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There are some major players in the fall.  Big time players such as canvas and leather. Texture is a big part of decorating for any season, any reason and one way to incorporate a variety of textures is through textiles. Fabrics on pillows, poufs, ottomans and things like that. Things like these…   As you can … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why You Need A Can Of Shellac On Your DIY Paint Shelf!

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Happy Labor Day!  It is crazy, isn’t it? Crazy how it has flown by.  Regardless of the calendar, reality is that summer is over.  I love fall and always welcome it, but it is sad because I’ll miss summer. I wasn’t done with it yet.  Sigh.  Everything seems to be in constant motion no matter how much you try to … [Read more...]

Chill Out!

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Just calm down people. Seriously.  Chill. Out. I know you are chomping at the bit to see my new textiles that I’ll be carrying for fall. All that canvas. All that leather. All that coolness. So very chill. These incredible pillows will be in the store next week.   They are 42” x 30” … [Read more...]

In The Store: Fall Preview 2014

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I’ve been at the store all week getting it ready for the new retail season.  Can you believe August is almost over?  Craaaazzzzy.  Gone are the summer accents of citrus hues, beach inspired treasures and outdoor activities. While I can feel the change in the air, it seems odd to walk into my store and smell the fall … [Read more...]

Getting Ready…

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It is time. Time for the fall inventory to be unpacked and on the shelves.  I’ve spent the last two days getting the store ready and tomorrow it will start to be fall-i-fied.  Harvest. Natural woods. Seasonal scents. Signage. Textiles. And a lot more. It is a tough job, but somebody has to … [Read more...]

Furniture Debut: The Pioneer

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  …Now all the prairie and the plain Are waving field of golden grain: Look till eve, from early morn See all the valleys clad with corn. Grey haired sires and young men brave, Maidens fair and matrons grave, Children bright and babies sweet, At Harvest Home each year we meet…   That is an excerpt from R.H. … [Read more...]

How We Repurposed An Unknown Object Into Our New Kitchen Chandelier

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Switching gears mid-makeover-stream is a must.  I mean, sticking with an original plan is way too easy. Chaos breeds creativity. Or is it the other way around? A few weeks ago, I showed you the finalists in my hunt for a new chandelierover my breakfast nook table.  I had narrowed it down to the first option, and was … [Read more...]