28 Feb
Organizing Tips: The Garage
Organizing Tips: The Garage
Cristin Priest
For many getting the garage organized is a goal for the New Year. But let's face it, organizing the garage can be an overwhelming task. Some common roadblocks include finding the time, knowing where to begin, or having a limited budget.  Here are some garage organization tips to help you achieve your goal. Photo Credit: Monkey Bars To avoid getting overwhelmed and for those that have limited time blocks, each task should take approximately 30 minutes to complete and should be spread over several...

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27 Feb
Small Space, Big Style
Small Space, Big Style
Erika Johnson
Before moving to the suburbs with my husband, I spent three years living in a 450 square foot apartment in Boston. My beloved couch from was traded for an efficient little loveseat. I strategically painted walls to feign light and placed floor-length curtains high above panes to suggest gigantic windows, rather than the portholes that existed. When I lived in my tiny apartment, I dreamed of bigger pastures. While I love our larger dwelling, I...

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26 Feb
Real Pantry Tips
Real Pantry Tips
Katie Bower
Ever seen one of those magical pantries? The ginormous ones that are so large that it's able to hold a miniature supermarket of canned and boxed goods? The ones that are organized to the hilt...where things are begging you to cook them just by looking so beautiful? The pantry that is a couponer's dream space because it can hold a stash the size of a rhino on steriods. Seen one? Yeah...me neither. I have a real...

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25 Feb
Creamy Cauliflower & Potato Soup
Creamy Cauliflower & Potato Soup
Liren Baker
I was focused on the calendar on my phone, and was rearranging my schedule when a loud honk sounded overhead. I snapped my head up and peered into the sky, to see a flock of geese flying low in sloppy formation, their honks growing louder as they passed over me. And then I found myself smiling and thinking, “Isn’t it kind of late for you guys? Shouldn’t you have had a head start in...

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22 Feb
Throw an Oscar’s Viewing Party
Throw an Oscar’s Viewing Party
House Guest
One  magical night a year, the stars walk the Red Carpet for the Oscars and I just have to celebrate—watching the coverage of all of the ball gowns strutting into the theater is like my version of the Super Bowl. I make sure I have all the right snacks, my phone charged so I can tweet along, and a delicious cocktail poured so that I can settle in for the evening and wait in...

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20 Feb
Black Magic
Black Magic
Kate Smith
If you're looking to create drama, warmth, and coziness in your room think outside the color box and take a look at deep, dark, inky blue-black, forest green, bittersweet chocolate brown, and especially daring black. Wondering how to incorporate these dark hues into your home? Let’s look back to the first black room buzz that the blogosphere experienced way back in 2008. Color brought a New York apartment from simple style to the height of...

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18 Feb
Organizing A Pretty Office
Organizing A Pretty Office
Rhoda Vickers
One of the things I wanted to do in my new office space was get organized. It’s so easy to let paper clutter build up and the next thing you know, you have stacks and stacks of unorganized paper and that can quickly get out of control. In addition to getting organized, I really wanted a happy and pretty office space to surround myself with, so I painted the walls an energetic green, which is...

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17 Feb
Mantel Decorating—Six Ways: Earthbound
Mantel Decorating—Six Ways: Earthbound
Shelby Hill
Welcome to the final of six in our series talking about different ways you can decorate your mantel. See the Wayfair story here: Mantels Six Ways. Today’s look? Earthbound. There’s nothing more beautiful than Mother Nature in all her glory. In most places, wintertime means bidding farewell to budding plants and chirping birds; but we just can’t let go. So, we brought the outside in with an emphasis on weathered woods, greenery, and aviary statuary. This...

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14 Feb
If Cupid Was A Decorator
If Cupid Was A Decorator
Katie Bower
Valentine's Day is here and I love infusing our home with little 'love touches'. I feel like our favorite February holiday is neglected, though. We make cards and buy tons of candy and roses, but our homes don't feel the love. Christmas gets its heyday, Thanksgiving has a big throw down, but Valentine’s Day gets ignored. I say we change that (in the name of love) and declare Cupid our new favorite decorator. Sorry...

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13 Feb
Spaghetti Carbonara
Spaghetti Carbonara
Catie Parrish
Spaghetti Carbonara Photo Credit: Mara's Wunderland Source: Adapted from Rachael Ray  Ingredients: 1 pound spaghetti 1 pound pancetta or bacon, chopped Drizzle extra-virgin olive oil 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes ½ cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio 2 large egg yolks ½ cup grated Romano cheese Handful of fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped Generous grinding of black pepper Method: Place a large pot of water on the stove to boil. When water is rolling, add salt and pasta and cook...

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13 Feb
A Homemade Valentine’s Day
A Homemade Valentine’s Day
Matthew Mead
My wife, Jenny has been the test lab for Valentine’s Day gifts over the last 20 years. I've had flowers delivered, personally hand-picked and wrapped blossoms, found just the right restaurant, purchased vintage jewelry from local shops, hand crafted cards, hidden gifts around the house... you name it, I’ve tried it. While it may sound cliche, it truly is the thought that counts. I subscribe to the idea that doing something loving and kind...

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11 Feb
A Red & Pink Affair
A Red & Pink Affair
Erika Johnson
Valentine’s Day is somewhat of a polarized holiday.  While it either tugs at some heartstrings and triggers queasiness in others, I’ve been a Conversation Heart wielding fan for life. Why, you ask? On February 14, everyone flies my all-time favorite color combination: pink and red. (Ahem. Have you seen my logo?)  My affinity for Valentine’s Day may also have something to do with chocolate and hearts, but I’ve always been smitten with rosy hues.  Almost as...

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08 Feb
Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes
Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes
Liren Baker
The question was posed: chocolate or flowers? Neither, I quickly thought. "A card above all else!," was my answer. I had dropped in on a Twitter chat the other day, hosted by a friend of mine, and the topic had moved swiftly to Valentine's Day. While it is true that I do love chocolate (perhaps a wee too much), and I do adore flowers (on holidays, perhaps more than the chocolate), the first thing I wish...

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07 Feb
The Color of Roses
The Color of Roses
Kate Smith
Flowers have helped us convey our feelings for centuries and their colors play a big part in that. Roses are one of the most popular types of flower and being that they come in various colors and varieties, there is so much one can say when handing over a rose. Photo Credit: Wikimedia White roses are one of the oldest varieties and are considered a classic flower, as well as modern. They symbolize purity, innocence,...

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05 Feb
Trend Spotting at the NYIGF
Trend Spotting at the NYIGF
Shelby Hill
Phew! Talk about a whirlwind. At last week’s New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) hundreds of home goods companies showed off their wares in the Big Apple, and eager editors like Market Editor Tess Meyer and me scouted the next hot trends in interior design. If you look up sensory overload in the dictionary, there may be a picture of the NYIGF next to it. Two days of walking past one stunning booth after another had...

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03 Feb
Favorite Golden Globe Looks
Favorite Golden Globe Looks
Katie Bower
My grandmother has always been a girly girl.  She likes lace, poof-sleeved things, wears fancy brooches, and never misses a red carpet event on TV.  So it goes without saying that she always watches celebrity awards shows and comments on all the dresses.  Usually her comments start with "back in my day..." or a reference to corsets, rouge, or Old Blue Eyes. I think she is just starting to accept that some stars love to make a...

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01 Feb
Mantel Decorating—Six Ways: Earthbound
Mantel Decorating—Six Ways: Earthbound
Shelby Hill
Welcome to the fifth of six in our series talking about different ways you can decorate your mantel. See the Wayfair story here: Mantels Six Ways. Today’s inspiration? Dishware. The typical thing to do would be to use dishware from one collection and hang it in a symmetrical pattern. We wanted to put a fresh spin on a traditional idea. We gathered dishware in a mix of patterns, sizes, and shapes, and then hung them in...

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