Smart Style Comes Home

Tramontina, Magnolia, Emma Bridgewater, Principle Faucets

This fall, “smart homes” are about more than doorbells and security cameras. Designers have gone all in in transforming ordinary items we’ve used around the house for years into clever, cool must-haves.  Smart style is here to stay. Here are four reasons why. Continue reading

Fresh for Fall

Hay, Magnolia, Wallpops, Crate and Barrel

Autumn’s nearly here and the holidays aren’t that far away, so now’s the time to update your home with some new decor. The freshest looks for Fall put new spins on the basics. Here are four ways to do that with style. Continue reading

Tie Dye Chic

World Market, Bed Bath & Boyond, Vivid Shades Studio, Macy’s

Tie dye has returned home with an upscale take on a Sixties icon.  Moody blues, greys and blacks deliver graphic punch with a modern twist, creating a haute yet happy vibe that’s perfect for the times in which we live. That’s why every home -including yours- needs a touch of tie dye chic. Continue reading

Summertime Solutions for Couch Potato Pooches

Chewy, Amazon, Doog USA, Barkshop

During hot weather, it’s easy for our dogs to become couch potatoes because it’s not safe for them to exercise outside much.  If your pooch’s workout routine currently consists of walking to his treat jar or jumping up on the sofa for a snooze, it’s time to take action. Here’s how to get your dog back in the game, physically and mentally. Continue reading

Patio Space Savers

Ballard Designs, Giantex, World Market

Anyone who says, “size doesn’t matter,” has never had a patio or balcony with the square footage of a postage stamp. For those of us who have (or still do), space savers like these can keep your guests from feeling like sardines stuffed in a can. Each of these items fold flat for storage, or can be wheeled inside and used in another way when cold weather hits. Here’s how to give your guests enough room to raise a toast to your sense of proportion and style. Continue reading

Top 5 Picnic Picks for Your Dog

@bertiethebutterbiscuitlovingcorgi, Facebook; DogCuterie, In the Company of Dogs

Memorial Day weekend and picnics go hand-in-hand. Time to pack up and head out for an afternoon of fun with your dog. After all, pets like to picnic, too. Give yours a day to remember with this summer’s top 5 picnic picks, for dogs only. Continue reading

Little Luxuries We All Deserve

David Austin Roses, Cuisinart, Sur la Table, Tiffany & Co., Emma Bridgewater

 

Recently, my home got a double punch from Mother Nature. First, the yard was destroyed by a week-long ice storm. Next came egg-sized hail that got the roof, windows, fence and more. Such devastation not once, but twice, reminded me of this. A house is more than where you hang your hat. It’s your home— the place we count on for solace and smiles no matter what is happening around us. That’s why what we put in and around it matters. And why little luxuries like these are something we all deserve, now and then. Continue reading

Time Will Tell

Pottery Barn, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Heath Ceramics, Gump’s, Museum of Modern Art, Inmod

In a couple of weeks, we say goodbye to an extra hour of sleep and hello to daylight savings time. If you yawn at even the thought, no worries. Help is here with designer clocks that make the rise from slumber easier and definitely more stylish. Continue reading

Home Pops the Cork

Anthropologie, Oxo, Plus Us, Williams Sonoma

Cork is trending bigger than ever and it’s easy to see why. This eco-friendly, versatile material delivers a touch of nature, plus lots of texture and visual warmth. That’s why, this year, home is popping the cork with undeniable style. Continue reading