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Chairs to You.

  Well, Hello. I have not posted for awhile. I went to Detroit for Easter.   Our house is still being shown to potential buyers… …which is having A LOT of activity.  We’ve been busy with many house guests. I’m torn between whether I am maintaining a museum (for the showings) or a bed and breakfast (for the friends and family).  Of course a whirlwind trip to Detroit and bajillion other things happening isn’t really helping.  It’s ok. We’re all healthy, “wealthy”, and wise so I won’t complain.  I only wish I had a tiara and a tutu–and rainbow striped rain boots.  That would make it all so much easier. My head has been in a fog trying to maintain momentum for the 6,000 directions I am running in.  But I haven’t been too busy to scavenge.  I just bought this cool chair for our next house in DC. And I just bought a fern for my favorite chair which lives on the front porch.  Hopefully, the new front porch will have an empty welcoming …

Spring Staging and Redesign Decorating Tips

  Today I hauled out a desk I’ve had since college and painted it white.  I’m getting ready for our new home in DC.  The to do list that I’ve been staring at suddenly doesn’t have me beat anymore.  I’m ready for some change.  Sunshine and warm weather do that after a long, long winter.  I’m ready to tackle some projects and ready for action–says the sedentary girl sitting on the couch with her laptop with a cup of coffee and the Today show…  I’m currently living in a house that is up for sale.  Last June I was living in a different house that was up for sale.  Golly, it would be awesome if I can spend every spring prepping for buyers.  Not to brag, but I sort of kind of a little bit always have a nice house.  I follow my own advice.  At least I do.  My kids, not so much. EVERY single house I stage the owners always say the same thing—I wish we had made these changes earlier so WE …

Top 5 Decorating Tips for Fabulous Rooms that Look Like YOU

  It’s time for the Top 5 Decorating Tips for Fabulous Rooms that Look Like YOU—or how to not be boring.  I so hate boring.  Who has time for boring?  Life is too short for boring.  Let’s put some zip in it.  Let’s put some fun with it.  So without further ado… 5.  Something Old.  Ever walk into someone’s perfect house and feel like you are in a furniture showroom?  Or a model for new construction?  I get the willies just thinking about it.  You know what would shake that off?  Something old. Something old and painted with chippy paint is awesome.  Something old and quirky is awesome.  Something from a junk store or flea market that is random and old is awesome. Something with some history…something with layers and time and grit and experience.  Something that says I have seen life man and I have survived.  Got it?   4.  Something New.  Now if everything in your room was old and gritty and chippy and quirky–it would just be weird.  It would be too much. …

Sick. Or…A Tour of Bathrooms.

  Did I get cocky?  Did I think to myself…we’ve made it through this whole winter without missing any school and without any puke buckets???   Oh what a world, what a world…(remember the Wicked Witch of the West?)  I’m MELTING!  I’m in the tornado.  I’m out of the tornado.  In the last 4 1/2 days we’ve survived two little boys with the stomach flu and mom’s (me) trip to the ER.  Good times.  I think we’ve stepped onto the other side now. I’m looking for Glinda, the Good Witch.  I could use a giant bubble to float around in and definitely a magic wand.           If you have no idea what I’m talking about it’s been too long my friend since you’ve seen the Wizard of Oz.  I’ve probably got Oz on my mind because I just watched Oz The Great and Powerful, the prequel to the classic.  I liked it! I’ve seen a lot of TV this week… Unfortunately, most of it has been Clone Wars and Scooby Doo …

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How To Not Screw Up Paint Colors

I get asked all the time really specific questions about paint colors. “I have an open floor plan, with this color floor, and this color furniture, and the pillows are this color—-so what color should I paint the bathroom?” I really don’t know.  I’m not in your house.  But I can tell you what NOT to do. IF you are super challenged with these type of things then here is a list of Do’s and Don’ts. If you are Candace Olsen or Nate Berkus (read Professionals or someone with a great eye for design) then you can disregard this post and do what you want…you’ll figure out a way to make it all work. Otherwise. If you want a yellow room, don’t pick a yellow. Do pick a white with a tint of yellow.  Same goes with all the other colors.  Blue? Pick a white with a hint of blue.   How do you do this?  Go to Lowes or Home Depot and pick up one of the “Whites” pamphlets. There’s like 70 “Whites” all …

I Heart Printstagram

I like squares.  If you take a picture on your phone and have access to apps—Instagram is a great one.  You can tweak your pictures in one click into little works of perfectly square shaped photo”art”. Printstagram is a social print studio, meaning…all those pictures on Instagram that are just floating out there in digital world?  Well Printstagram will link to Instagram and you can PRINT any pictures you want.  I’m not getting paid to love them.  I just do.  Click here to go directly to their site (or click http://www.Socialprintstudio.com or http://www.printstagr.am).  They can probably explain it better, after all, it’s their site.  (Want to do the same thing with Facebook photos?   Blueprints.  http://getblue.co  Same company, just different division.) They can print little squares, big squares, medium squares, even RECTANGLES with square pictures inside.  It’s very cool.  I’ve used them twice.  Once for a bajillion Christmas gifts.  I ordered little books with teeny square pictures inside and everyone loved them.  This time around I just received photo booth style prints.  They are simply…super cute.   …

Lamp Love

Did you read my post about Chandelier Love?  This is similar but different.  The difference will be…brace yourself…it will NOT be about chandeliers but about LAMPS. I am now going to go to TJ Maxx to show you some bright options.     I have returned. These lamps have passed my test.  You can put these next to your couch in pairs.  Next to your bed in pairs.  You can use them individually on side tables or on any horizontal surface that is about waist high, more or less. I used the same mug in each picture so you could better relate the size of the lamps. Table Lamps.   This skinny style (above) works best on bedside tables that tend to be crowded–the narrowness takes up less room but because it is tall it still makes a statement. This is important.  I went to Walmart.  90% of the lamps I saw there you cannot buy.  You know I love a bargain, but a bargain is not a bargain if you have to replace it …

How to Shop for Rugs. An Unbiased Document.

  Oh they think they are so funny. I don’t even know why I bother with rugs and carpet.  They are like magnets for animals and kids to pee, puke, and make messes on.  Oh the stories I have.   I should tell you about the time my husband spilled red Gatorade on our cream carpet…or the time he was shaking a protein shake made up of milk, chocolate and something that translated into slime when it hits carpeting–and the lid wasn’t on all the way and do I really need to go on?  Or the time my potty training son used the carpet on the stairs as his toilet paper and slowly slid down them on his backside.  And then there was Norovirus 2010.  No sir, we don’t believe in toilets or buckets in our house–we just use carpet.  Seriously folks, I’ve got a 100 of them, but that’s not what this post is about. It’s about those brave brave people who want to put carpet, or specifically, area rugs in their homes.  Why, …