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In The Home
Have you ever been inspired by a designer item and dreamt about the lifestyle and touches of opulence and wealth? Even if you have not seen a single moment of Downton Abbey you are likely aware that it shows the differences between the upstairs family and the downstairs help.Read more
sMARt Tips
Beautiful scarves are incredibly versatile. They aren’t just for accessorizing an outfit anymore! While scarves can spruce up any outfit, jauntily tied, they can also update an old purse with a splash of color. Ditch the wrapping paper and personalize any gift with a unique silk scarf, which then becomes part of the gift. (No need to buy...Read more
sMARt Tips
Many people really enjoy doting on their houseguests and get special satisfaction catering to their every whim. Good for you! I, too, am always delighted to entertain and love to play “the host with the most.” However, during the holidays—when there are multiple people, possibly for multiple days—I’m happier playing...Read more
In The Home
I’ve been in tune with my surroundings my entire life. Whether at home or on vacation I observe the details as if I am going to be tested on it. I drill down on even the most obsolete thing from the carpet to the crown moldings and everything in between. Yet, there is always one thing that trumps everything else, and it’s more about...Read more
In The Home
This time of year many garden centers, holiday markets, and even your local grocery chains have the blissful, fragrant delight of the Paperwhite bulbs. When I see them, I’m intoxicated with delight. Narcissus Paperwhites are highly fragrant, and because they are so easy to force bloom when indoors, they are very common during the holidays...Read more
In The Home
Some of the best resources are free, and when Mother Nature provides you with an abundant supply of pine cones, you can’t help but think up multiple applications for them that are both practical and resourceful. Here are four simple and creative s MAR t tips for inspiring you to rethink the traditional pine cone: As kindling for your...Read more
Garden Studio
With Pee Gee Hydrangeas now past their full blooms, these amazing flowers are the perfect resource to get inspired to create something both festive and timely. This year I decided to make something new and interesting with my abundance of spent hydrangea flowers. For anyone who adores the hydrangea flowers when in full season, autumn brings new...Read more