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In the late 19th century, lamps were designed to show off the then-new carbon filament bulbs they used. ("Look, everyone, I don't use candles!") In the 20th Century the novelty had passed, so most lighting fixtures evolved to keep the bulb hidden. But now the latest trend in lighting is to use and expose modern, decorative filament...Read more
In The Home
Have you ever picked up something and imagined its’ creative and functional possibilities beyond the obvious? Lately I had that moment when I was looking at some trays in a store. Trays have so many possible functions in so many rooms that they really are indispensible.Read more
In The Home
Mar Jennings is the author of the best selling Life On Mar’s: A Four Season Garden, a nationally acclaimed gardening book, sold world-wide. Mar’s continues the series with Life On Mar’s: Creating Casual Luxury at the remarkable price of $19.95Read more
sMARt Tips
Holiday decorating, gifting and wrapping it up with style is easier when you have the right tools at hand. So it’s time to stock up for your decorating and gift wrapping needs. Whether wrapping the perfect present for friends and family or decorating my home for the arrival of guest this holiday season, I find it’s easier to be...Read more
sMARt Tips
As I begin to redesign my garden studio—for both better function and to maximize the space—I find my eye attracted to the galvanized look and feel of an industrial warehouse space more so than a typical garden studio. The challenge is how to best combine the two in a cohesive style to create one MAR velous space, especially since the...Read more
sMARt Tips
This week’s s MAR t tip is all about the centerpiece! Now that I have teamed up with 1-800Flowers.com in their movement to bring back the centerpiece, I was motivated and inspired to create fun projects that use the traditional pumpkin as something decorative, fresh and new. This time of year it’s pretty traditional to carve a pumpkin...Read more
Garden Studio
Halloween is arguably the most paradoxical of American Holidays despite its ever-increasing popularity. Since the mid-1980s, we have begun to accept that Halloween's unique place in modern society (especially American society) merits attention beyond horror fiction and children's books. Early celebrations of Halloween were filled with fear...Read more