Monday, November 4, 2013

Late Fall Decorating

I always feel like this is an in-between time for decorating.  Halloween is over and it's definitely time to trash the jack-o-lanterns that are slowly rotting on the stoop, but it's waaaayyy too early to start putting up those Christmas lights and decking the halls with holly (or whatever your green of choice may be). 

What to do? I don't want my front door to go naked, and the mantle is screaming to be dressed up pretty.  Well, how about white pumpkins?  They say "Fall" but feel like "Winter"  (you know- kinda like that shoe that looked like a pump but felt like a sneaker?).  Yes! Like that.  Sooo pretty alone, or paired with other rustic elements like berries, wheat, burlap.   And the arrangement can take you right through Thanksgiving and beyond (if you're feeling lazy about decorating). 

if you're saying I Do this Fall...



Just add thumbtacks and voila!


by Susie Harris

by Sophias Decor

Monday, July 15, 2013

Summer Whites

I love designer Jen Cranston's Ontario vacation house (originally featured in Canadian Home magazine). Even though I know white is pretty much off limits for me until my kids are old enough that they stop leaving a messy trail of toys, crumbs, smudges and prints all over the house (which I imagine will probably be never) I am still drawn to rooms that feature a lot of white. It's so crisp and clean and refreshing. On a day like today (95 degrees with 90% humidity), white is what I need. White would be cool. I could imagine myself sitting on that lovely front porch with a tall glass of iced tea propped on my knees. Or maybe I'd be lounging under the canopy in the backyard, finally finishing that book I keep lugging to the beach but don't ever have an opportunity to read. Or perhaps I'd just stretch out on that white couch and daydream the afternoon away while my kids played calmly, quietly and neatly at my feet.