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3 ways to decorate your windows for the holidays

Decorating for Christmas is my favorite thing to do all year. In addition to the tree, I like to sprinkle holiday elements throughout my house to really envelop myself in the spirit. Windows are a key place to focus, since the decorations can be seen from inside and outside. Double duty décor! Sources: Window Wreaths […]

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The centerpiece of the celebration – giving thanks

According to the dramatic programs performed by elementary school students everywhere, the original Thanksgiving was probably held in 1621 in the Plymouth Colony to mark the Pilgrims’ first harvest in the new world. There were guys in big black hats, Native Americans, turkeys, and piles of food on a large communal table. But I’m pretty […]

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10 inspiring tips for styling a bed

The bedroom is a place of comfort, where you can recharge and get away from the stresses of life. It’s important that the room feel cozy and inviting; I like to think of it as a cocoon. A beautiful bed can relax your shoulders and make everything feel better. Styling a bed is all about […]

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Guest room renewal with clean, crisp Roman shades

We’re well into fall, a season that brings us hot apple cider, woolly blankets, and thick socks. But perhaps most importantly, it’s that time of year that brings us together with our family and friends. Scott and I get the most loved ones visiting Chicago during these last months of the year. Because our house […]

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Want to redecorate? Why photographing your room helps

If you want to take your room to the next level in a decorating sense, one of the best things you can do is to photograph it. If it sounds odd, just allow me to explain. Long ago and far away, I used to be a quality consultant. I helped companies improve their performance, and […]

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Get the layered look in 3 easy steps

Fall is a great time to start thinking about layers. As the temperature drops outside, I naturally begin to add pieces to my wardrobe. I start the day prepped with my base layer of course (usually jeans and a comfy tee), then I have fun adding cardigans, scarves, and boots. Maybe even a hat. With […]

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Natural shades: Taking in the view

You may know what Bali Natural Shades look like from  the inside of your home, but what do they look like from  the outside? And how is the view to the outdoors when the shades are drawn? People ask that all of the time, so I thought I would show you today. I have examples […]

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Falling for fall: A fall color mood board

It’s officially fall, and it’s starting to really feel like it in Seattle (where I live). Crisp, cool air, crunchy leaves underfoot, and dark, misty mornings…it’s time to bundle up in cozy sweaters and pull on some boots! There are so many things about fall to get excited about–rich soups, warm bread, crackling fires, cinnamon […]

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House tour with Aileen from At Home in Love

My husband Ben and I rent a 1,200-square-foot house in Edmonds, Washington, a waterfront town about half an hour north of Seattle. Ben grew up nearby, and we hung out in Edmonds a lot while we were dating (in fact, Ben proposed to me at the beach there), so it was a natural choice for […]

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The perfect window covering cocktail

When it comes to making a statement in a room, pattern mixing is a wonderful way to drive your style point across. A favorite pattern can really shine when it’s put together with other complementary designs. A modern pattern might look too stark on its own, but paired with the texture of a natural blind […]