23 Jan
Rooms That Make You Smile
Rooms That Make You Smile
Kate Smith
Did the illustrations of Dr. Seuss always draw your attention? Maybe you love to watch Lady Gaga’s imaginative style? You don’t need to limit your free-flowing creativity to decorating a kid’s space. Bring the whimsy of childhood to your own life with a decorating plan that embraces color. Bright colors used in multi-color combinations are the calling card of a joyful space. Start by selecting two to four hues that are of similar intensity. Choose...

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18 Jan
My Little Cupcake
My Little Cupcake
Katie Bower
Our little Will didn't stand a chance. I mean, with two parents that have serious sweet tooths, our offspring was sure to have a thing for all things sugar. Did you know that my darling boyfriend (I just like to call him that) Jeremy actually sneaks icing out of the pantry? Yeah. He eats spoonful-by-buttercream-spoonful every hour until the entire thing is gone. Then he carefully wraps the foil back over the edge and pops...

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17 Jan
Throw Pillows Pack a Punch
Throw Pillows Pack a Punch
Katie Rosenfeld
One of my blog readers asked me to do this post, and I am much obliged! It is actually a greatly underrated topic: Decorating with Pillows. One sure way to totally transform a boring or muted room is by employing creative use of textiles—pillows and throws on sofas and chairs. A lot of them! The more the merrier, the bolder the better, and mix big and small patterns and textures. As far as color, that’s your call. Mix...

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16 Jan
Old-Fashioned Winter Nights
Old-Fashioned Winter Nights
Cynthia Bogart
It’s winter here in coastal Rhode Island where the days are shorter, the cold weather biting, and the winter doldrums are creeping in. We find ourselves staying home at night, and when our three college kids are home on weekends we try and find something appealing enough for them to stay in with us. Sure, we love our take-out/veg-out nights in front the TV, but it is way more fun to plan a cozy...

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15 Jan
Mirror, Mirror
Mirror, Mirror
Erika Johnson
In an effort to make our home feel like ours, I turn to design for inspiration. In this house, the process of rearranging walls is a constant work in progress. When new art is acquired, older pieces spill onto hallway and guest room walls. As our home evolves, the one design element that remains consistent is our mirror collection. If walls are a blank canvas, then mirrors are my favorite medium. Over the years, my...

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14 Jan
What’s Trending in Kitchens?
What’s Trending in Kitchens?
Susan Serra
The words “kitchen trends” are a sort of oxymoron. Unlike decorative pillows or shoes, we do not change out our kitchen design elements once a season or even annually! Kitchen trends often translate more toward behavioral trends from one year to the next, as we subtly change the way we work and socialize in the kitchen. The one exception is technological advances in our kitchen products which never cease to amaze and delight. So,...

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13 Jan
A Superbowl of Guacamole
A Superbowl of Guacamole
Liren Baker
I have a confession. I don’t like football. Every January, when the country is electrified over prepping for game parties and the much anticipated Super Bowl, my television is the only one on the block not tuned to the big game. There was a time when I would watch the Super Bowl, but honestly, you really can’t call peeking in every 15 minutes to watch the commercials “watching.” Does anyone else feel this way? I...

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12 Jan
High-Spirit Hues
High-Spirit Hues
Kate Smith
Spirited. Spunky. Inspiring. Maybe someone has used these words to describe you. Perhaps you just secretly wish someone would. The fact is, when it comes to interior design, traditional color schemes might not create the vibe you want from your décor. You need color with energy and adventure. While you can inject energy into any room of the house, an adventurous scheme is ideal for rooms where you want a “wow” response. This spirited mood...

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11 Jan
Furniture For The Kitchen
Furniture For The Kitchen
Susan Serra
We don’t often think of needing furniture in the kitchen except for our dining table, but there truly is a whole world of possibilities in which a furniture piece can transform the kitchen. It’s been a secret mission of mine over the years, when I attend interior design shows, to seek out furniture that is actually not meant to be used in the kitchen—but which certainly can be, adding an exciting dose of creativity and...

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10 Jan
Declutter for a Fresh Start
Declutter for a Fresh Start
Cristin Priest
We all have sentimental items that we cherish and want to store away, but when is it too much? And when is it clutter? Clutter is basically anything that takes up space and isn’t improving or making your life better. If you have clothing in your closet that you haven’t worn in years, piles of mail on the counter, toys in every corner or trouble finding important documents, it is time for you to think...

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10 Jan
Composting: 101
Composting: 101
Justin Cave
Watch my video post for some tips on composting at home!

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09 Jan
Irresistible Apple Blossoms
Irresistible Apple Blossoms
Liren Baker
Easy as pie. That’s how the saying goes. Pie may be easy to eat - oh so very easy - but they can certainly be more than challenging to make. Chances are, you remember quite clearly the very first pie you baked. Perhaps it came easy to you, maybe you are one of the lucky ones who were born with deft crimping skills racing through your blood. Or maybe you are more like me, requiring more...

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09 Jan
Simple Winter Sundays
Simple Winter Sundays
Matthew Mead
I like to have parties... but not necessarily at typical times. The holiday and new year are filled with so many planned gatherings by others that I try to keep myself clear of the craziness. The weeks following the arrival of January 1 are often filled with such a let down. The practice of removing the traces of holiday and settling into some cold, stormy days can be less than exciting. Sunday afternoons offer the perfect...

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08 Jan
Soaring to New Heights
Soaring to New Heights
Erika Johnson
From ski trips out west to an upcoming European excursion, the new year brings a calendar filled with travel. I welcome it all with open arms and hope to cross more faraway destinations off this year’s bucket list. I have mastered the art of sleeping at mile-high altitudes and have perfected my list of go-to travel necessities. When away from home for an extended period, I travel with a few items in tow that make...

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04 Jan
Sitting Pretty
Sitting Pretty
Katie Rosenfeld
True story: the first time I ever heard of Wayfair (then CSN) I Googled Herman Miller desk chair and many sites came up. I researched, and the best price, best options, and best shipping was offered by a site I had never heard of at the time (4 yrs ago) called CSN. I clicked "purchase," and the rest is history. I thought it would be apt for me to start blogging for Wayfair at the...

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02 Jan
Achieving Your Resolutions
Achieving Your Resolutions
Cristin Priest
Well, its 2012, the new year has begun and you know what that means: It’s time to jump-start those resolutions. The most common resolutions are to lose weight, get in shape, eat healthier, save/make more money or my favorites, get organized and give back. Most statistics state that more than 90% of resolutions made will be broken. It is also found that people that set goals and had a structured plan were able to succeed....

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