Wall Stickers

Over the last couple of years, I have noticed some promising developments in wall design that doesn’t involve the expense and permanence of wallpaper, painted murals, and the easily-cheesiness of do-it-yourself stenciling. Yay for vinyl wall stickers! Michaels carries some called Hip in a Hurry.  Most are geared for children’s rooms, but there’s one that has […]

Scrabble Tiles

I love to come up with interesting ways to use everyday items in decorating.  Yes, I have even been known to go through my children’s toy box for styling ideas.  Who doesn’t have a game of Scrabble  somewhere in their home?   Scrabble tiles are a great way to graphically express a decorative thought, especially for holiday […]

Vintage Portraits

I have a fabulous oil portrait in my dining room.  If you’ve ever been in my home, you’ve seen her.  If you’ve looked through my blog much, you’ve probably spied her in the corner of many of my pictures.   No, she’s not my grandmother or favorite aunt.  I found her on the side of the […]

Glass Vases, Vessels, and Cloches

You’ve seen how trendy it is to have glass vases, hurricanes, and domes, and cloches on tabletops and in tablescapes, but some of us have difficulty coming up with ideas of what to put into them.  So, here are some ideas for you to try.  I often load them up with fruit like apples or pears […]

Rainbow Birthday Party (Joan Walsh Anglund)

My inspiration for this birthday party was the amazing artwork of Joan Walsh Anglund.   Her artwork is immediately identifiable – she always draws children without noses and mouths.  You can find biographical information about this wonderful artist at http://members.shaw.ca/jwamail/. I found these never-opened paper plates and napkins in an attic of a friend of my mother’s.  I […]

Use Your Illusion in Small Spaces

Visual space can expand or contract – depending on how you style it.  Here are some great ideas to increase the potential of your small space: Try to direct seated furniture to face windows and views to open up visual horizons. Horizontal stripes expand a room.  If you don’t have crown moldings, paint a band […]

Vintage Chairs

If you know me at all, you know I am a sucker for estate sales and yard sales.  If you know me really well, you know I am a sucker for vintage chairs of all kinds.  My husband thinks my chair obsession is excessive, but I use them all!  Now, I’m not talking Aunt Agatha’s […]

India Rose Shower Curtain

OK, I am seriously lusting after a few shower curtains I have stumbled upon.  I never thought I’d say that about a shower curtain, but just wait till you see these.  I saw this website in Domino magazine, one of my favorite decorating mags that recently went defunct L.  The website is called India Rose, […]

Glass Bud Vases

Do you guys shop at Dollar Tree?  What a great place for finding mini-gifts, party favors, paper party products, stocking stuffers, holiday trinkets, and sometimes even good decor!   So I’m at my local Dollar Tree to stock up on Old London’s Melba Toast – but they don’t have it anymore!  Sad, but I did find these […]

Kiddie Ghost Chair

The current object of my desire:  the Lou Lou Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck for Kartell.   Maybe it’s just because I’m a design junky, but I’ve always wanted a Philippe Starck Ghost Chair.  So when I saw this pink, child-sized version