romantic indulgences…
sustainable pleasures

Ah, l’amour… Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and whether you’re newly in love, been married for decades, or even happily single, it’s a perfect time for a little indulgence. It’s time to start shaking off winter and thinking about springtime to come. It’s time to pamper yourself and celebrate love—love for yourself, for your friends and family, and love for your planet. Here’s a collection of little indulgences we like…

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TV time…
decorating for the big black box

Most of us have at least one TV in our homes. In fact, they’re often the focal point of the room—the furniture is all oriented toward the TV, and traffic patterns are arranged to make TV watching more pleasant. Unless you’ve completely given up television or ditched the giant flat screen for a smaller, portable model, the fact is, there’s a big black box you need to contend with and decorate around. The design dilemma is as old as the television itself—how do I decorate around this thing? Continue reading

hiding imperfections…
create stunning style

Sure, we’d all love to live in a home that’s picture perfect, where everything looked good and there were no lists of things waiting to be fixed, smudges on the walls, or compromises made for time or cost. The truth is, even those picture-perfect magazine homes are rarely that perfect. They’ve been helped along by great styling and sometimes a little digital fix. Whether your less-than-perfect points are waiting for the big remodel, or are there because you’re a renter who can’t make permanent changes, these are times when a little bit of cosmetic distraction are the answer to hiding your home’s flaws. Continue reading

serving up style…
decorating with trays

Trays are handy, practical tools—they’re the perfect vehicle for after dinner coffee, a round of spiced cider, or serving up summer sangria. But that’s not the end of their usefulness! Trays can also help keep things organized, serve as a decorative layer or accent, and create a story within our home. Take a look at this list, then grab a tray you love and see what you can come up with. Continue reading

embrace the dark side…
taking walls dark

Dark walls… they can be instant drama, create a cozy feel, or they can seem dark and depressing. If you love the look of dark walls, but have always feared taking the plunge, we’re about to make things a little easier. We’re going to shine a light into the darkness—it’s time to embrace the dark side and celebrate doing dark walls right! Ready? Let’s go. Continue reading