Vintage Decor Defined

When it comes to home decor, everything can be charted on a historical timeline with labels like contemporary, antique, vintage or retro.  However since nothing is ever certified with a date, the actual period of a piece can often be open to interpretation.  Add to that confusion about what these terms mean and creating a vintage inspired space, can become a real challenge. According to Merriam-Webster, the term vintage relates primarily to wine and is the modified form of the French word vendage, meaning "the grapes picked during a season." Perhaps a more helpful explanation comes from Ruby Lane, noting that "an item described as 'vintage' should speak of the era in which it was produced. Vintage can mean an item is of a certain period of time, as in "vintage 1950's" but it can also … [Read more...]

Decor Elements to Easily Create FarmHouse Style

Farmhouse style has evolved over the years, from a lifestyle of necessity to a chic way of living that focuses on simplicity and heritage.  Recycling, upcycling and renovating are all a part of Farmhouse style.  But you don't have to live in a fabulous old farmhouse to create a country feel in your space.  I've pulled together some of my favorite ways to help you create a space with rustic elements and a nod to the past. I don't think there is anything more quintessentially farmhouse than a farmhouse sink.  Big and deep, the just the thing to wash produce, bath children and anything else!  One of my favorite farmhouse style sinks is the Blanco Fireclay Sinks featuring Blanco Cerana, the perfect blend of durability and versatility, perfect for your traditional or contemporary … [Read more...]

A Festive Backyard Field Day with Good Sportsmanship!

Jumping, hopping, racing, throwing—who doesn’t love a summer field day? A backyard filled with games, activities and kids is a fantastic excuse to get together with friends. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Use what you have and set up some good old-fashioned backyard fun. It will provide hours of entertainment. And parents, what a great way to reinforce good sportsmanship with your kids! The first step is to organize teams to help promote cooperative play. Then set up a variety of games. And finally, weave in a good sportsmanship lesson! Here are a few tried-and-true ideas to get you started: THE GAMES Bean Bag Toss – Kids love throwing anything! Use large bowls or buckets as the target and have the kids toss. Don’t worry if you don’t have bean bags—use other items as … [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...]

10 Must-Follow Instagram Accounts for Design Fans

Instagram has quickly become one the most popular social media platforms.  With over 200 million users, 60 million photos uploaded every day (that's 700 photos per second!), it's no wonder those of us with a passion for design, decor, DIY and food, love the app! With the volume of users and photos being uploaded, Instagram is an incredible source of inspiration, but let's face it, it can also be overwhelming.  So I've picked four of my favorite amongst the most popular interior designer on IG.  These designers are perhaps a little less well known compared to titans like Jonathon Adler or Kelly Wearstler, but definitely worth following. New York-based interior and jewelry designer Ashley Darryl shares a passion for everything mid-century modern and her adorable Brussels Griffon, … [Read more...]

Mom’s Dream Kitchen Makeover

(Sponsored) This post is sponsored by Sears. All opinions are my own. When I was growing up, I was an only child. Well, I have half siblings, but, unfortunately, we didn't become close until I was an adult. So, when I got married, I knew I wanted a large family. Three to four kids was what I dreamed of. The overachiever that I am had FIVE kids. I have a very modest sized kitchen. I don't know the exact square footage, but I will say that when I'm cooking dinner I would prefer for the kids to NOT be in the kitchen. If one of the kids is getting a drink from the refrigerator and I need to grab the butter, they're in my way. If one of the kids is coming inside from playing outside and needs to wash their hands and I need to rinse the veggies, they're in my way. You can only imagine … [Read more...]