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Fall out of summer

 (source: Ruffled) There is a crisp coolness in the mornings this time of year that lets you know fall is coming, but the sunny warm afternoons remind you that summer hasn’t gone yet. So what’s someone to do when it comes to home decorating during the transition? I have a few quick tips that will […]

bamboo design

10 creative ways to decorate with bamboo

Bamboo is a great material for decorating. It’s renewable so it’s very environmentally friendly. In fact it grows more than three feet in one day (the fastest growing plant in the world!). It’s also strong, durable, and resistant to shrinking and swelling, which makes it a perfect choice for bathrooms or kitchens. Besides being practical, […]

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How to hang drapes to make windows feel bigger

Living in an old home my whole life has totally impacted the way I hang my drapes. Old homes typically have pretty low ceilings, which can make rooms feel dark. A super small tweak to the drapes has made all of the difference in the world with how light and bright our rooms look. Although […]

settee

The value in editing a room

Designing a room? Edit, edit, edit. Designing a beautiful room is just as much about what you leave out as it is what you add to a room.  Often we find things we like and then put them in a room, then find something else later and add it too. This goes on and on, […]

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7 essential back to school organization tips

One of my favorite times of the year is back to school. Even walking into an office supply store gives me the back to school jitters all over again! This year, there are several things you can do to start the year off successfully and reduce the amount of anxiety that comes with the big […]

diy log tea light holder

DIY birch log tea light holders

The best DIY projects, in my opinion, are the ones that are so easy they almost need no explanation. Today’s project falls into that category, which is probably why I love it so much! These birch log tea light holders take less than 15 minutes to make, and if you already own a drill, the […]

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5 ways to create an airy space

Bright, clean, light-filled rooms are everywhere, it seems. Gracing the pages of the glossy magazines we read and all over our online inspiration sites. Creating a light and airy space seems difficult when your room isn’t starting out as light-filled as you would like, but with a few quick and easy steps, it can be […]

demijohn

Getting crafty! Giving new life to an unused bookcase

When we planned our new home, we included a little apartment above the garage. I knew that my daughter might end up living there during college, or my mother might need to move in with us at some point. I figured that until one of them needed it, the room would become my crafting space. […]

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Drapery headers: which style is right for your home?

In my former life as a professional interior designer, one of my favorite projects was helping clients add a splash of drama to their windows with drapery. We mixed and matched various hues, fabric textures, and playful patterns. But when it came to drapery header types (that is, how the top of the drapes are […]

drapery with roman shade

Drumroll, please! Presenting my new bedroom window treatments

I am so excited today to share with you the drapery and Roman shade update in my master bedroom! I had a blast picking out the fabrics and colors (as I described in an earlier blog post) and had even more fun hanging them and seeing the finished look. Before, my drapes and shades were […]