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New Year, New View

Instead of thinking new year, new you—why not try a new view? Elevating the look and feel of your home for 2016 can be as easy as updating your window fashions. Installing new shades or blinds can drastically change your view and even offer perks like UV and glare protection, temperature control, and sound absorption, […]

European style: Houses and windows edition

I’m the kind of person who notices houses everywhere I go. I love checking out cute houses in my neighborhood whenever I go for a walk, and I snap lots of pictures of houses and buildings when I’m on vacation. (Not just the famous ones either—random ones on the street that I find charming for […]

New decorating ideas for vintage silver

If you love elegant, old world style, vintage silver just might be for you. I know I personally love it. Most of what you find for sale is silver plate and not solid silver. Solid, or sterling silver, which is 92.5% silver, has become quite expensive over the years. If items were 100% silver, they […]

Choosing and using vintage linens in your home

Vintage linens are some of my very favorite things. They are usually soft and maybe a bit worn. They have a history, and usually they have a lot of detail that you just don’t see these days in new products. Here are some of my favorite vintage fabric items to buy: 1. Grainsacks My favorite material, […]

New obsession: Bali Natural Shades

Other than room service, what do you think is one of the nicest things about sleeping in a hotel room? My hubby and I love the darkness.. You see, the master bedroom in our house has three awesome windows that let in so much beautiful light. While I love nothing more than a bright and […]

Before & After: Bachelor Pad Basement Redesign

Today is the last stop on our bachelor pad redesign tour! We’re finishing up with the basement—an area that is very manly and I wanted to keep it that way. The basement is a place for gaming and hanging out—more of a bonus room than the upstairs living area. The need for almost black-out conditions […]

How to Make a Room Cohesive

I recently surveyed my readers to find out their biggest decorating problems. Want to guess what they said? Making a room look cohesive was one of the top problems, which makes sense. Selecting one thing you like is fairly easy, but finding a room full of things you like that work together is much more […]

Changing the view for a special cause

Scott and I spent the majority of our summer volunteering for a cause that always has been near and dear to our hearts—pet rescue. When Chicago-based dog rescue One Tail at a Time asked us if we could help with the design of their new Adoption Center, we couldn’t say “yes!” fast enough! With four […]

Before & After: Bachelor pad bedroom

We’re back for another installment in the bachelor pad redesign that I completed this summer. I continued into the bedroom with the same goals and theme I had for the downstairs: add more colors to an all-gray palette, and softness, dimension, and style to this bachelor’s pad. It’s really easy for bedrooms to be too […]