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Category: Decor

Affordable Neutral Rugs: 10 Places to Snag Them

So, we had a bit of a CATastrophe last week… I’ll spare you the disgusting details, but let’s just say darling kitty had tummy trouble no amount of Resolve could solve! The ivory shag rug we’ve had nearly 15 years year wound up curbside. It has served us well. However, this space has been crying for an update. What better way to freshen things up than by adding an affordable neutral rug?…

DIY Christmas Ornaments: Stunning Styles to Try

Since we are spending a lot of time at home this year, decking the halls has never felt more appropriate. Christmas décor offers such comfort and nostalgia. In fact, research suggests that putting up holiday decorations early makes you happier. No joke! Scientists say decorations help us reconnect with the magic of childhood, when burdens and responsibilities were few (see this article). Sounds pretty good right about now, doesn’t it?…

Painted Pumpkin Ideas: From Plaid to Polka Dot

Anyone else feel a bit behind this season? It’s like I blinked… and we suddenly morphed from summer to Halloween! Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons to decorate for—and while I love carving pumpkins—I wanted a few porch options that would work past Halloween. I always get so sad when those carefully carved faces start to droop. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have that “styled” porch look beyond spooky season?…

How to Decorate Above The Bed

We’ve lived in our current home for more than three years now. Most of the “projects” are complete. The decor is nearly finalized. However, there is still one space glaring at me — the void above the bed in our master bedroom. It’s big. It’s blank… and it is crying for attention! Yet somehow, I’m stuck. For whatever reason, this is a tricky spot to design.…

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree Like a Pro

You know that “wow” moment, when you walk into a department store decked to the nines for Christmas and the holiday season? It’s almost like the trees — each perfectly themed — are calling to you for a closer look. They’re lush, unique and beautiful… true works of art! Wish you could recreate that magic and whimsy? This post details the tricks interior designers use during the holiday season.

Subtle coastal decor: How to Get Beach Chic

Whoa – it feels like an eternity since I’ve talked about decor. If you’re wondering why, I have one word for you… toddler. His ability to make messes far outpaces my ability to clean them up. Consequently, all decorating and interior projects have taken a backseat to the daily triage of keeping the house from looking like a stuffed animal bomb went off. I feel I’m always juggling things, waiting for the ball to drop.…

Bonus Room Ideas: “Crew’s Quarters” for the Lake

Ah, the bonus room… We get so excited when our homes have one. That is, until we have to decorate it. Unlike most other rooms in our homes (e.g. the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom), which have defined purposes, bonus rooms are blank canvases. And blank can be intimidating! The possibilities are endless: Home office, study space, game room, crafting area, bar, guest quarters, etc. It can really get your wheels spinning.…

5 clever ways to decorate with maps

Part art, part daydream, maps are powerful sources of inspiration. They help you plan, explore and learn. In fact, if it were up to my husband, they might just cover every wall in our home! We love to decorate with maps. People usually think of maps as functional tools, but we choose them for their design potential. So, let me share a few clever ways to use geography in YOUR home.…

Elevate your bedroom design: 3 DIY touches

Room inspiration can come when you least expect it. In this case, our bedroom design started with sea gulls. Yup, much to the chagrin of my husband (who calls them garbage birds)… I spotted a beautiful bird painting in the clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby. Just looking at it made me happy. It was like going to the beach without leaving the store. Plus, it was just $23!…

Nautical Powder Room: Nail a Chic, Not Kitschy Look

It feels a bit odd to say my favorite room is a powder room, but there is something undeniably special about this space. In fact, plenty of visitors who leave to “use the facilities” at my parents’ lake house, wind up spending an inordinate amount of time studying the walls. This nautical powder room is beautiful, soothing and most importantly personalized.…