stocking the home bar…
a classic comes back

home bar

Once a staple of the American household, the home bar has made a comeback, thanks in no small part to the influence of shows like Mad Men. Whether you create a dedicated bar space in your basement or family room, light the tiki torches on an outdoor bar, or just have a small bar cart in the corner, there are a few basics that you need, after that, it’s all about personal preference and style. Continue reading

the many shades of white…
all white décor that works

all white decor

Color trends come and go, but white is classic, timeless. White works in any room, with any décor style and it goes with just about anything. White is a very accommodating color. If all white decor seems boring, think again. White works best when different tones and shades of white are mixed, so what looks monochromatic isn’t really. Which shades of white you use will depend on your personal preference, as well as the kind of light that comes into the room. A few ways to make white work: Continue reading

quick fix home makeover…
try one today!

home makeover

So, you want to freshen up your home but you’re not quite ready for a full re-do. You want a quick new look, right now. Something different. Something fast. OK, we can do that! A fresh face in the home doesn’t have to include an entire home makeover. Sometimes a quick fix is all it takes to have a bright new outlook. Ready for a whirlwind of some fast, easy ideas to give your home a quick facelift? Continue reading

how does your garden grow?
pre-fall planning

garden

Summer isn’t over yet, but it’s time to start thinking about Autumn in the garden. A little prep now will keep things looking their best well into the next season, and lay a solid foundation for an even more beautiful, sustainable garden next spring. It’s harvest time, so there will be a lot of work to do in your vegetable garden, but there’s also a lot of planning that can be done sitting in your favorite chair and enjoying a cool drink in your summer garden. Continue reading

color identity crisis…
new color for new spaces

Color Identity

Welcome to your new home! You’ve just moved in and now it’s time to decorate, so you’ll just redo the same colors you had in your last place, right? Well… maybe. The same furniture, rugs, accessories and other décor that you love still look great, but unless you have the same natural light qualities, the colors are going to look very different. You may be on the verge of a color identity crisis. Color should reflect your personality as well as enhance your space. While that may sound like you have to start from scratch if you move, it’s easy if you take your time and use a few simple tricks. Oh, and you might think of these things if you’re not moving, but just redecorating! Continue reading