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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


Simple DIY laundry suds (that work!)

As an adult, you find yourself uttering the things that you swore as a child you would never say. Things such as, “Can you turn down the radio?” or “Let’s skip dessert; I’m too full.” Falling under that same category is the mini fit I threw when I purchased my very last bottle of store-bought […]

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Falling in love with natural woven wood shades

Why does buying window treatments feel like you are getting married? It feels like a big commitment because they can be quite an investment. And so it was with great trepidation that I pondered what I would put in the windows of our newly built home. I knew that once I selected my window coverings, […]

Banana Leaf Round Up

Banana leaf pattern: this classic interior design statement is ripe for a comeback

I don’t use the word “iconic” often, but when it comes to the classic Martinique Banana Leaf wallpaper  known mostly by its use at the Beverly Hills Hotel, that is the word that comes to mind. Although the wallpaper was made famous back in the ’40s, it’s as alive and relevant today as it was […]


Love the way you lift! Explore control type options for window treatments

We believe that you should fall in love with every part of your window treatment, from noticeable features like fabric and pattern, to more inconspicuous details, like lift and control type. If you’re a first-time blinds buyer, you might think you’re stuck with old-school standard cord control blinds, the kind you raise by pulling the […]

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How to paint wood furniture with your own DIY chalky paint!

Nothing transforms a piece of furniture like a coat of paint. I can’t tell you how many times I have found a truly ugly piece of furniture that has gone from ugly duckling to swan with the stroke of a paint brush. And with homemade chalky paint, there’s very little prepping required. Caution: Keep in […]