Best of ICFF: TOTO USA makes us Proud

ICFF, New York, New York - This year my  visit to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair was full of new and interesting product highlights. Even more rewarding was my participation with the savvy design group called DesignHounds.  This dynamic group of International designers was given an informative tour of new product highlights at this year's ICFF in New York.    The one manufacturer I need to mention, presenting the most of Beauty and Brains is hands down, TOTO USA bathroom fixtures. The ultimate Bathroom is one that is good for you and good for the planet. I am always impressed with TOTO's technology and quality. From the Kardashians to saving water in Africa, they are very active in conservation discussions both locally and abroad. Sustainability : For those interested … [Read more...]

Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Critters And DIY Woodpecker Deterrent Project

I have a house in the "country" - it's really the suburbs but does back up to some woods. A great get away. A chance to enjoy nature and everything that comes with it - and I do mean EVERYTHING.   Deer. Aww they are so cute right? Not when they are eating all your landscaping. Chipmunks. Chip and Dale is not what comes to mind when they are digging holes under your patio. Mice. I actually don’t know anyone that likes mice. Woodpeckers. It’s not Woody the Woodpecker and no one is laughing when they drill holes on the side of your house. [sc:adsense ] I have had to deal with all of these creatures, not to mention groundhogs, and one summer I had a colony of wasps living in the wall of my house! It’s important to realize you are not alone when dealing with these … [Read more...]

Five Tips to Decorate for Spring

Spring is officially here!  That means it's one of my favorite times of year and time to switch out our heavy winter decor for lighter and brighter options!  As always, I aim to inspire and guide you without breaking the bank, so I've curated five of my favorite ways to welcome Spring into your home. Fresh Flowers. Nothing says Spring like fresh flowers.  Whether it's bouquets of freshly cut wild flowers or pretty potted plants, the addition of beautiful blooms is the perfect way to welcome Spring. Not only do they add freshness and fragrance, but fresh flowers are an inexpensive and low commitment way to inject colour into a space.  I love tulips and happily go over board on them this time of as they are abundant and inexpensive.  Sprinkle them through out your home - laundry room, … [Read more...]

10 Edible Plants with Fascinating Texture and Fragrance in the Garden

One of the elements to consider when planning your garden spaces is the texture of the plants. I especially love to include plants that are fun to touch in gardens near my front door, back patio, or other high-traffic areas. Here are some of my favorite edible plants perfect for a sensory or children’s garden. Many of these are explored in-depth in Gardening Like a Ninja: A Guide to Sneaking Delicious Edibles Into Your Landscape.   1. Sage – Broader, textured leaves make sage a lovely addition to the edible landscape. It grows as a woody perennial and the texture alone would be enough to make it worth adding to the landscape. But sage is available in a variety of colors – tri-color with burgundy streaks and splotches and a variegated green and white form are two of my … [Read more...]

Modernism Week – A Designer’s Delight

  Those who have enjoyed the grandeur that is Palm Springs, California, will attest to its sunny warmth, paradise-worthy weather and the brilliance of its authentic desert style.  Add to this a magical conglomeration of innovative work by superb artists, set against the backdrop of exquisite, color-filled natural landscapes, native palm trees swaying in the wind and the majesty of the San Jacinto Mountains in the distance, you have the award-winning recipe for the spectacular Modernism Week.  This annual event genially showcases where mid-century architecture, fashion, art, and design meet contemporary ideas and thinking; it is an understatement to merely suggest that it is a designer’s dream to attend.  The impressiveness of this extraordinary event, however, extends far beyond … [Read more...]

Spring Tablescape Ideas

I know its hard to think about with all the snow and ice around, but Spring will be here soon.  The ice will melt, the snow will fade away and slowly Spring flowers will start popping out.  One of the easiest ways to make it feel like Spring inside, even if it doesn't outside, is to decorate your table!  If you are dreaming of warmer weather and beautiful pops of color, then here are some great Spring tablescape ideas for you! The thing that I really love about all these ideas is that they are inexpensive to create.  Some, like the eggshell centerpieces, only require one or two supplies other then an empty eggshell!  It doesn't get much better (or cuter!) then that! 1. // Eggshell flower centerpiece // Save your eggshells and create this absolutely gorgeous centerpiece! 2. // … [Read more...]