30 Mar
Mussels with White Wine Sauce
Mussels with White Wine Sauce
Liren Baker
I've never enjoyed eating alone in a restaurant. To me, food is meant to be enjoyed in the company of others, following a leisurely rhythm, orchestrated by the platters of dishes being passed from hand to hand. It is meant to be savored with good conversation and laughter. So the idea of eating by myself, especially in public, is as unsavory as spending the morning at the DMV. Thankfully, this does not happen often. Call...

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29 Mar
Birds Of A Feather
Birds Of A Feather
Justin Cave
Watching birds in your own yard can provide hours of fun and relaxation. All you have to do is look. You can even landscape your own backyard to invite these furry, feathered friends to your home!

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28 Mar
Mint Green Is Fresh Again
Mint Green Is Fresh Again
Kate Smith
A few years ago Stephen Drucker, former Editor-In-Chief at House Beautiful said to me, “The only time we comfortably use the word 'pastels' to describe colors is when weʼre talking about the 1950s”. At the time he was absolutely right, but not any more. Light, dreamy, feminine colors are back and on trend for spring 2012. So get comfortable describing colors as pastels. These tender tints are cropping up just about everywhere. But, of all of the pastels, mint green...

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27 Mar
Take it Outside
Take it Outside
Erika Johnson
In Boston, spring is in the air and with the new season comes a slew of warm-weather traditions that make me giddy with anticipation. My fiancé, friends, and I love to plan picnic dinners at the beach, patio dining in the city, and sun porch dinner parties at home. Dining alfresco is one of our most treasured spring pastimes. And this spring, I’m on the search for the perfectly bright pieces to juxtapose our elegantly rustic,...

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26 Mar
Nursery Organizing Tips
Nursery Organizing Tips
Cristin Priest
As a designer with a focus on function and organization, I am often asked how first-time expectant parents can organize their baby's nursery. This is a hard question to answer briefly. I kept most of my answers high-level, but of course each involves layers of planning, organization, and design: 1. Plan the nursery room’s design, take room measurements (twice) and then determine what larger furnishings will need to be purchased (i.e. crib, nursing chair, and dresser). 2. Prepare...

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23 Mar
Our Home Gym
Our Home Gym
Katie Bower
I have classic hoarder tendencies. I have a very, VERY hard time throwing anything out, including, but not limited to: tissue paper that comes in gift bags; disposable plastic packaging for food products; old school papers; and, of course, anything that could be transformed with paper, glue, duct tape, paint, or fabric. So when we got new carpet in our foreclosure last year, it pretty much broke my heart to think about throwing out...

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22 Mar
Get Your Garden On
Get Your Garden On
Justin Cave
Now is the time to start planning your summer vegetable garden. In warmer climates (zones 5-9) you can dig right in and get planting, but in colder regions (zones 1-4) it will be best to wait for the last frost (usually late May). Here are a few tips for getting started, including my favorite tip---plant what you love to eat!  A backyard vegetable garden connects you to nature, helps you to eat healthy, and allows you to be creative with...

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21 Mar
The Kitchen Backsplash
The Kitchen Backsplash
Susan Serra
After all the designing is done, and cabinetry, countertops, and appliances selected and  ordered, the next piece of the kitchen puzzle to put into place is the backsplash.  The backsplash is the wall area between the countertop and start of wall cabinets, and it’s one of the best places to show off your personality and creativity. Conventional wisdom is that the backsplash needs to be super-duper durable because all sorts of food stuff will constantly...

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20 Mar
Shine It On With Metallics
Shine It On With Metallics
Kate Smith
Any room can seem just a bit more glamorous with the addition of just a little gliz. Adding a touch of shimmer, shine, gleam, and glow to your home has never been easier nor more affordable. Above, a simple wall takes on a glamorous new look with a coat of metallic paint in a rich golden hue. Adding in other metallic touches like the candlesticks and the silver mint julip cup just serves to gild the lily. Even...

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19 Mar
Recreating Rooms on Pinterest
Recreating Rooms on Pinterest
Kristine Kennedy
You asked, and we heard you! Since we launched  My Way Home, several people have said to me, “Where are the products that go with the pictures? I’d buy everything in that room!” I’ll begin answering that question with my fun little experiment on Pinterest. You may know I spent many years as an editor at Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Photos from several of my stories are now living on BHG.com. I pulled some...

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16 Mar
Arugula Pesto & Prosciutto Pasta
Arugula Pesto & Prosciutto Pasta
Liren Baker
One look outside my window, and my eyes are greeted by a sea of rolling green. The hills are vibrant with fresh, lush grass, and in the coming weeks, the wildflowers will begin to carpet them in shades of lilac and yellow. Spring is particularly lovely in the Bay Area, and in my twelve years here, I have yet to tire of it. I wish the rich spring green could stay all year round, but come summer,...

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15 Mar
Louis, Louis
Louis, Louis
Katie Rosenfeld
Many of you may be familiar with Louis XV style furnishings; they have always been and continue to be popular, and they look great with many other styles to create an eclectic feel. Sometimes referred to as Rococo style these pieces are distinguished by light materials and gentle but graceful curves with a distinctly grand and French-court feel. Here are some examples that you may recognize: The wonderful thing about injecting a bit of Rococo style into your...

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14 Mar
Pops of Neon
Pops of Neon
Erika Johnson
I’ve always loved neon. When I was four, my very favorite romper had a bright neon yellow pattern, which I wore every day. Twenty-five years later, neon is still one of my favorite ways to dress up an outfit. But neon for interiors? I’ve always loved color, but have never experimented with electric hues in our home. Now, my craving for bright shades has spilled into our home décor. Our home is spread with neutral palettes...

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13 Mar
Deliver Me
Deliver Me
Matthew Mead
I don't know about you, but I would be more inclined to throw a party if I didn't have to worry about producing everything from soup to nuts. My solution? Let your favorite Chinese restaurant deliver the food while you focus on the fun part--delivering the mood. That's right! Try a fun gathering where you use delicious take out Chinese food from your favorite restaurant and focus on the presentation details that make a party fun, creative, and memorable. First, I...

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12 Mar
A Mad Men Dinner Party
A Mad Men Dinner Party
Cynthia Bogart
Whenever I think about throwing a dinner party I always feel as though it might be too much work, I should save it for the holidays, or I am being too old fashioned. Well, actually, none of those are correct. My mom was a 1960's Mad Men housewife. She belonged to a gourmet club where five couples would rotate as hosts, the wives would pull out their best recipes, and each would contribute something to their elegant at-home...

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09 Mar
The Kitchen Pantry
The Kitchen Pantry
Cristin Priest
Kitchen pantries come in all shapes and sizes. I dream of one day having a large walk-in pantry, but for now I am making due with a simple cabinet. No matter the size (or lack of it), every kitchen needs a designated pantry space and, because of its high frequency of use, why not make it organized, functional, and pretty? Here are some simple solutions to help you organize your pantry in an orderly,...

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08 Mar
A Green For Every Scheme
A Green For Every Scheme
Kate Smith
If March was a color, it would be green. As winter comes to a close, verdant shades of green--fresh, alive, and natural-- are everywhere this month, signaling rebirth, growth, and a sense of renewal. The tender green shoots peeking out of the ground reminds us that sun-soaked days are not far away. Green is the pervasive color in the natural world. It is an ideal foil in interior design because we are so used to seeing...

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07 Mar
Blankets, Baskets, & Babies
Blankets, Baskets, & Babies
Katie Bower
When I was huge and pregnant with Will, it never occured to me to hire a photographer before he was born so that I could have beautiful photos of him as a curled up newborn. I guess I was thinking about the fact that I had turned into one giant cankle. I was also thinking about my shoes...and how three quarters of my foot was actually pouring out the sides of them. Then, as I...

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06 Mar
Is it Kitchen Season?
Is it Kitchen Season?
Susan Serra
It seems like many of us wake up in mid-winter and say, “Let's start this kitchen renovation that we’ve been dreaming about!” It's one of the busiest times for kitchen design firms, cabinet manufacturers, contractors, and other purveyors of products and services. But, is it the right time for you? Kitchen renovations fall into two basic categories: new construction and remodeling.  New construction, a multi-phased, complex project often takes on a life of its own...

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05 Mar
Design Bloggers Conference
Design Bloggers Conference
Kristine Kennedy
As promised, I have some follow up info about the 2nd annual Design Bloggers Conference that took place in LA last week. This conference is a melding of the minds among bloggers who write about home design and interior designers who blog. My Way Home was well-represented by myself, Katie Rosenfeld, Cindy Bogart, Kate Smith, and Susan Serra. I had been on photo shoots with Katie and Cindy in the past but had never met...

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02 Mar
Black Bean Soup
Black Bean Soup
Liren Baker
I’ve always been mesmerized by beans. No, not the can-opener-required-goopy-cylinder-shaped mass that plops out of a can. I’m talking about raw, smooth in the hand, jewel-like beans. They are, simply put, lovely. Sadly, I find myself opting for the canned variety more often than not. Convenience, you know. I will concede, however, that there are excellent quality canned beans out there, and it is definitely a time-saver. It’s just not as romantic as dried beans. And now...

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01 Mar
Benches in the Bedroom
Benches in the Bedroom
Katie Rosenfeld
One thing I almost always add to my bedroom design schemes is a bench at the end of a bed. Why? Because it softens the lines of the largest piece in the room. A bench somehow breaks up the transition between the rest of the empty space and the bed, and provides a pleasing silhouette when looking at the bed from any angle. Plus, a bench is really practical. You can sit on it while putting...

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