Wow it’s white!

White is one of those amazing non-color colors.  The undertones that can be found in white are many. I woke up this morning to find the ground covered in a blanket of white snow.  With this inspirational palette the skys the limit!

Yellow pops when paired with white, and it makes for good safety in a blizzard.  Room inspirations abound in white.  Choosing the perfect white for your purposes is a challenge.  Finding inspiration can help you make the decision on which white is right for you.

An all white kitchen is georgeous but a lot of work to keep clean.  Consider mixing materials in the neutral family to make life easier.  Adding a touch of real wood or even feaux can help break up the theme.

White never goes out of style.

Online shoppers name the best of…

Online shopping has taken the world by storm…

Below is a list from Home Textiles Today, a publication to the trade for fashion and textiles.  The media snoop that I am, I thought this was worth sharing. 

2010 Favorite 50

 Click here to read the full article from the September 2010 issue of STORES magazine.

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1 Seattle
2 Bentonville, Ark.
3 San Jose, Calif.
4 Richfield, Minn.
5 Plano, Texas
6 Minneapolis
7 Menomonee Falls, Wis.
8 Mountain View, Calif.
9 Salt Lake City
10 Hoffman Estates, Ill.
11 Cincinnati
12 San Francisco
13 Freeport, Maine
14 Dodgeville, Wis.
15 West Chester, Pa.
16 Sunnyvale, Calif.
17 Indianapolis
18 Warren, Pa.
19 Hoffman Estates, Ill.
20 Columbus, Ohio
21 Atlanta
22 Mooresville, N.C.
23 Oakland, N.J.
24 Sandpoint, Idaho
25 Pittsburgh
26 Las Vegas
27 San Francisco
28 Bensalem, Pa.
29 City of Industry, Calif.
30 St. Petersburg, Fla.
31 Miami
32 Redmond, Wash.
33 Sidney, Neb.
34 Bentonville, Ark.
35 San Francisco
36 Indianapolis
37 Los Angeles
38 Columbus, Ohio
39 Issaquah, Wash.
40 Boston
41 Indianapolis
42 Wausau, Wis.
43 New York
44 Bensalem, Pa.
45 Aliso Viejo, Calif.
46 New York
47 Aé New York
48 San Francisco
49 Bellevue, Wash.
50 Beaverton, Ore.

Shedding some light on sheds

A shed is a small building that stands alone on a property.  It is the “jack of all trades” when it comes to storage solutions.  Some folks use their sheds for work, others may stock pile them with odds and ends that don’t have a home.  We recently renovated the shed that came with our property and boy does it look fabulous!

Our shed was just about gone.  The roof had caved in three years prior to our living here and the rain water and elements had wreaked havoc on the inside and the outside walls.  We nearly lost her, but with patience and time we were able to revive a living treasure.

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Home furnishing trends, can we talk?

After visiting the International Furniture Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Center a few weeks ago, I have come to some conclusions regarding the latest, greatest themes in Home Furnishings.

Faux Wood Lamp Shade

Wood, wood and more wood.  Unfinished wood of every dimension was a hit at the show.  Utilized in innovative ways to make this old standard look updated and interesting.

Wood Cutting Board by Canoe

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Color Tip of the Week: What’s hot now



Color has come full circle with the use of brights in home furnishings.  Combined with the environmental theme, this trend is one to take part in.  There are so many wonderful products on the market to choose from. 

Tips for how to use bright colors in the home: 

1)  Add brights with accessories.  There is no need to paint a wall to embrace this trend. 

2)  Look outside and get inspired.  Every garden houses these brights in “living color”.

3)  Take advantage of nature.  Themes from this category are a sure bet when it comes to combining brights.  Use the gallery of photos above for inspiration “outside and in”.

Nature inspired lighting by Jeremy Cole

Nature, nature, nature… the most popular theme in design today.  Many of the products seen on the market now are a reflection of years of concentrated work by young artists of our time.  These delicate lights made of  bone china are inspired by the aloe plant. Created by New Zealand born Jeremy Cole , each lamp illuminates and decorates in a fantastical way.

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