Welcome to my brand new blog! I’m so excited about this chance to connect with you each week and chat about how we can make our homes more lovely and livable as we celebrate our own decorating styles. I’m going to pack the blog full of decorating tips and techniques, complete with step-by-step photo how-to’s. [...]

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Mar

I’m thrilled we have an official day on which we pause and think about how to protect our planet. But why not celebrate Earth Day every single day by going green in your decorating? Here are some simple ways to get started:

23
Mar
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My 140-year-old home is a bit off kilter. None of the windows, walls or floors is square, which means when you try to dress them in drapes, it’s impossible to get a neat, uniform look. So I opted to cover my windows in simple wooden shutters. While I adore the streamlined look, I miss the [...]

23
Mar
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After months of bleak, blah winter, I’ve been looking at my garden almost daily, hoping to see some signs of spring. I know it will be a few more weeks until spring returns to the Midwest, so while I wait impatiently for Mother Nature to wake up, I’m going to jump start the season by [...]

23
Mar
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When my sister, Judy, first poked through our recently purchased historic fixer-upper, she declared that the small, dark study was her favorite room in the house. She called it. Because today, our study is my family’s chief gathering place. It’s a snug, warm space where we melt into the comfy chairs, prop our feet on [...]

23
Mar
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As I stood in the middle of the quirky room, with all its windows and doorways and nooks and angles, I couldn’t wait to turn this problematic space into a master bedroom suite worth dreaming about. The Nell Hill’s team and I had been asked to decorate a carriage house as part of a designer [...]

While I love my formal dining table and entertain there as often as possible, I confess that one of the tables that gets the most daily use in my house is my coffee table. After a long day’s work, I can’t wait to crash on the sofa with some carry-out, enjoying my gourmet-to-go on the [...]

23
Mar

Diamonds may be some girls’ best friends, but for me, nothing beats the beauty and luxury of sparkling silver when it comes to adding style and sophistication to your home décor. Polished to a high luster, silver accents make me weak in the knees. So I use them throughout my home when I entertain, in [...]

23
Mar

When I redecorated my living room this year, I struggled with a few of the decorating decisions, like what color palette to choose and what pieces of furniture I’d need. But picking my flooring was a no-brainer. I knew I wanted a natural fiber area rug.

23
Mar
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If you’re like me, your sofa is such an important part of your daily life that when it’s time to get a new one, it’s like adding a new member to your family. And just like family members, sofas have definite personalities. Here are some tips for picking the perfect one for your home: