Month: April 2014

The Dogs of Design

Have you noticed how often dogs are popping up in interior design photos lately?  I’m seeing so many pictures of adorable pooches in their beautiful homes and I love how much life they add to the images.   Check out this cutie-pie on his owner’s very eye catching staircase.     And this guy – I’m thinking he owns this spot. It’s highly possible that this is one pampered Poodle, as it should be of course.     So many beautiful shoes to chew when Mommy’s not looking.     A friend said to me recently that life is easier when your dog matches your upholstery. Case in point here…     And here.     Don’t these two have a beautiful place to wait for Mommy and Daddy to come home?     Look at this little French Bulldog and his hip and colorful pad!     And who wouldn’t want to come home to this face?  And that fabulous color on the walls?   I saved my favorite for last.  I have a huge …

One of your home’s best accessories might be right under your nose

Is your home running low on personality?  Feeling nice, but not quite finished?  A little blah? One of the best and easiest ways to add character, personality and a little color to almost any space is with books. Yes books! You probably already have some hanging around or collecting dust in your attic. Of course, books are the foundation of a well styled bookcase.   But they can be so much more.   Use them to elevate a small piece of art.   Or a lamp.   Or a knick-knack.   Or something green.   Try them in your kitchen.   In your entry way.   On your coffee table.   On your mantle.   Or as a sweet centerpiece.     They can even stand in for a side table. Don’t have many books?  Not to worry.   They can be picked up for next to nothing at thrift stores, library sales and yard sales.   And did you know that there’s a website, Books by the Foot, that sells them by age, color, or subject?   …