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Find Beauty and Function at the Art Fair

I try to remember the famous William Morris quote, “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Works for me! The trouble is, I find so many beautiful things and I want them all. We just don’t have a big enough house. That is why when I visit the art fair each year I limit myself to buying just one item.  “Beauty and function,” I tell myself.  “Don’t get distracted by colorful doodads that will clutter up the house.”  Unfortunately, I’m not good at (more…)

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Our Favorite Designer’s Favorite Tips for Transitional Design

9 Best Transitional Design Secrets from Rebecca West

OK—the first thing you need to know about Rebecca West is that she has a TARDIS in her office.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to hire the interior designer with a TARDIS as part of her personal office decor??

Rebecca West Interior Designer

 

I think that’s all you need to know if you are looking for an interior designer.  And for those of you who are confused at this point—do you not watch British TV or what?

So after we got over how amazing Rebecca’s office was (more…)

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A Collector’s Best Tips for Curating and Displaying Art

How to Collect and Display Art

One of the topics people have asked me to blog about is displaying art in the home.

I have no idea why they are asking ME. My wall decor consists of: things my kids have drawn, photographs I have taken, and posters from favorite art exhibits. All tastefully framed, of course. Well, most are tastefully framed. OK I admit that some are hung with that sticky stuff from the hardware store.

Maybe it’s time for some interior design electro-shock therapy at my house.

My (more…)

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Sleepers In Seattle Employees Reveal Their 7 Favorite Sleepers, Sofas and Chairs

Favorite Sleepers from The Team at Sleepers In Seattle

I was wandering through our local bookstore the other day, reading the little cards on some of the books identified as “Staff Picks.” And thinking, “why can’t we have Staff Picks at Sleepers In Seattle?” Well, why not, indeed? I will institute that!  Here are the favorite sleepers from some of our team members

But I worried that if I asked the employees at Sleepers in Seattle which was their most-loved piece of furniture, they might not have (more…)

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Learn Seven Secrets of Home Staging

A visit with Jon Rosichelli of Rosichelli Design

True Confession:  I’m intimidated by interior designers.  They actually know stuff about furniture and decor that I should know after 25 years in the furniture business, but that somehow I have failed to absorb.

So it was with a bit of trepidation that I cruised over to Jon Rosichelli’s huge warehouse/office space to interview him about the principles of home staging.  But……..Jon is so engaging, and so articulate about interiors and design that (more…)

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Floral Soil Design Nite at Starbucks

Make Your Own Floral Creation!

So last night my young buddy Andrea talked me into taking part in Floral Soil Design Nite at Starbucks.  Yeah, I had no idea what that would encompass, either.

It turns out that creative entrepreneur Mickey Blake, of Floral Soil, has created a non-toxic, plant-based foam for florists to arrange cut flowers and foliage.

 

Mickey of Floral Soil

 

I couldn’t actually see how this would interest me, as I have no living plants in my home (my motto:  gift me a plant (more…)

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Decorating With Salvage!

A chat with Mary Anne Carter of Second Use, Seattle

My favorite part of any project is the shopping part.  Even a new sport.  Once I’ve purchased the cute new outfit and the equipment I’m pretty much done.    Ooooh, those weights come in colors?  And then I lose interest.

So when I learned about upcycling (see one of my previous blog posts) I was excited about the shopping element.  I’m always trying to bring things into the house and my family is always trying to get rid of them.

I hurried (more…)

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Five Clever Home Decor Ideas to Try Right Now

And All of Them are Budget-Friendly!

We just became empty-nesters.  After complaining about how quiet the house was without a roomful of teenagers at all hours of the day and night, I realized that this was my opportunity to do some redecorating and exchange the kid clutter for some of those carefully curated chic home decor ideas I’ve been considering for a long time.  As no one would ever consider my home curated, chic or encompassing any “decor ideas” I have nothing to lose.

Home Decor Idea (more…)

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Solve The Home Office/Guest Room Dilemma

Solutions Revealed: My Favorite Organizer On The Home Office/Guest Room

I met Lauren, of Casual Uncluttering, at a business meeting a few years ago.  She introduced herself as an organizer and I immediately thought, “I’m never letting her into my house.”

I consider myself the poster child for clutter and I have no intention of giving up my title as I suspect Organizing involves two things I hate:  Cleaning and Putting Stuff Away.

Fast forward a week.  Favorite cousins, of the beautifully-decorated-and-chic-home (more…)

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Kids and Furniture: Can this Relationship Be Saved?

One Mom’s Kid-Generated Furniture Mishaps and How to Avoid Them

For decades, starting in 1953, The Ladies’ Home Journal ran a feature called “Can This Marriage Be Saved?” A troubled relationship was described by the wife, and then the husband was allowed to vent, and finally the therapist announced what was needed to save the marriage. My mother subscribed to the magazine and I remember reading this column as a child, wondering how men and women ever managed to live together. It was quite alarming.

Fast-forward (more…)

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