Pretty, Easy DIY Christmas Decor

Pretty, Easy DIY Christmas Decor

Want to do a little Christmas decorating or add to your holiday decor without breaking the bank? Well, Annie get your glue gun! Seriously, if you can plug a cord into an outlet and pull a glue gun trigger, you’re crafty. Moving on. Here’s what I did to add just a touch of Christmas to my dining room, which I chose because it’s the most sparsely decorated room in my home. I love it that way – it has a Scandinavian feel (in my opinion) – which plays into my minimalist goals. It also seemed like the perfect blank palette for some

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Your Photograph on Canvas in a Floating Frame

As the kitchen is ever so slowly coming together, I’ve been contemplating what to do with the blank wall above the buffet. Now that the walls are painted, it seems the right time to finally make a decision and fill that space. I like to purchase original artwork (when I can), but haven’t yet come across anything I love for the kitchen, and I was giving up hope. But then it hit me. There was a photograph I took in Florence, Italy back in 2006. It was shot with black & white film, and I knew exactly the scene, composition,

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That Time I Wore Slippers to Work

I did it. I wore slippers to work — to my upscale, traditional, business professional office. Not intentionally, of course. It all began with a trip to SteinMart with a friend who had never been. I went specifically to look for a chair, and in perfect SteinMart fashion, left with an arm load of things that were definitely not a chair. Does anyone else identify with that? Anywho, on our way to the back of the store where the home goods live, a wallet caught my eye, and then the scarves, and then a pair of boots. Cute little UGG-like boots by Isaac Mizrahi named Short

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Personal stylist helps heal after loss

A little more than a year ago, my good friend Debra lost her husband suddenly and tragically. She lost her husband, Ron–her best friend of 25 years. It’s difficult to imagine what you would do, how you would cope, in the face of this unimaginable heartbreak. I watched my friend grieve, and there was little I could do. Cards, phone calls, and sitting at her kitchen table felt feeble. Inadequate. Yet, I watched Debra find strength she didn’t know existed. She put one foot in front of the other month after month, day after day, and sometimes just minute after

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Bookcase Gets a Pop of Color

So I have this bookcase. It was a display model from Pier I several years ago, and it has served me well, but the monochrome black has been falling a little flat. I felt some color in the background would showcase the books, photos, and tchotchke much better. I considered painting the inside of the bookcase, but although the frame and shelves are solid wood, the back is that cardboard-covered-with-contact-paper mess which would likely bubble if painted. I thought about wallpaper, but it was an idea that had to percolate for a while…until I took that little tour at Spoonflower a

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