lovin’ those outside spaces

May 29th, 2015

Once upon a time, outdoor furniture looked like this…

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this…

old outdoor 3and this…

old outdoor

Jump ahead to summer circa 2015, the options for outdoor awesomeness are virtually endless.

Here a few of my favorite finds this year.

outdoor rug 2

outdoor bench outdoor pillow 2

bottle-bird-feeder

outdoor pillow 1 outdoor table 1 outdoor lantern

Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

spring is in the air

April 11th, 2015

After a particularly tough winter here in New England, I don’t think I’m the only one who is READY FOR SPRING!   Give me sunshine!  Give me flowers!  Give me color!  Give me pleasant weather and cute sandals and iced coffee and spring cleaning!  Really?!  Spring cleaning?  You betcha.  I am ready to sweep away this filthy winter and make room for the inevitable mud and bugs of spring.

So what is on your To Do list ?  Here are a few springtime suggestions to consider:

Check for damage – how did your deck, siding, and roof fair the winter?  The endless onslaught of snow required many homes to have their roofs shoveled, possibly damaging shingles in the process.  Be sure to repair these areas sooner rather than later.

Wash your windows and treatments – let’s face it, washing windows is not what most consider to be a good time.  But it’s worth it!  Partner up and check it off the list – you will be glad you did :)  Take a moment to wash/vacuum your treatments too.

Declutter - I’m not sure any household is completely immune to stuff building up, falling where it may, quietly creating chaos in our lives.  Spring is an awesome time to tackle all that STUFF.  Trash, recycle, donate – you know the deal.  If it’s a keeper, put it where it belongs.   Overwhelmed?  Break it into baby steps by starting with just one closet, or set a timer to see what you can accomplish in an hour.

Add a splash of color – sometime around January I noticed that I was absolutely CRAVING color, but the answer doesn’t have to be paint.  A splash of color can come with an accent pillow on your living room sofa, a new hand towel in the bathroom, a flowering plant for your kitchen window, or a happy wreath to hang on your door.

Thanks so much for tuning in.  Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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nice to meet you Marsala

February 15th, 2015

Wondering what’s on trend for this year?   Let me introduce you to Marsala, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015.  Marsala is a deep, earthy red that is sure to please.  Not only is this color gorgeous with a variety of skin tones, making it an instant sensation in beauty and fashion, but a rich, sophisticated color that will add warmth and elegance to any home or interior.   Unlike other trending colors of the past (sorry Orchid 18-3224, you just didn’t cut it for me…), Marsala is an easy-to-live-with trend that is sure to become a classic.

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  Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

welcome 2015

January 20th, 2015

Yes, it is the THIRD week of January and I’m just getting around to my first entry of the new year.  So far it has been somewhat of an uncomfortable start to 2015.  Like many, I am looking ahead, setting goals, and developing strategies for success.  But in order to grow, I’m also taking an honest look back to see how I can learn from 2014.  It’s a bit of a weird space I’m in, and one I’m not sure how to describe.  In any case, here are some thoughts to celebrate and inspire the potential of a new beginning.

socrates

purpose

special

I canfaith

Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

so this is Christmas…

December 25th, 2014

Wishing you and yours a very merry holiday! <3

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blissful bedrooms

December 2nd, 2014

As we jump back on our tour of incredible spaces, let’s adjourn to the bedroom.

Essential characteristics for a successful space:    Think COMFORT – soft textures, pleasant lighting, cozy furniture.  Think RELAXING – chose colors and patterns that make you happy and peaceful.  Think PERSONAL – this is one of the most private and sacred rooms in your home.  Create a space to nurture and honor yourself.

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bed 2

bed 3

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bed 5

    Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

many thanks

November 27th, 2014

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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sensational stairs

November 25th, 2014

Stair systems can be pretty standard.  Rise, run, railing – end of story.  But that doesn’t have to be the case.  The following images illustrate how a staircase can contribute to the interest and character of a home.

stair 1

stair 2

stair 3

stair 4

stair 5

Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

cozy corners

November 11th, 2014

If you ask me, every home should have a cozy corner of some sort.  Check these out:

nook 1

nook 2

nook 3

nook 4

nook 5

Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

lovely living rooms

October 29th, 2014

Depending on the size of the home, some families may have both a living room and a family room.  For others, these terms may be interchangeable.  I consider living rooms to be more mature, slightly more formal in nature, whereas family rooms are kid-friendly and casual.

Essential characteristics for a successful space:  comfortable seating, appropriate materials, and extra pillows or blankets for snuggly moments.  Carefully consider what activities this room must accommodate as well.  For example, include a side table and lamp for reading, flexible furniture arrangement for morning yoga or family dance party, and storage for board games/movies/books/etc.

living 1

living 2

living 3

living 4

living 5

living 6

Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 56

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