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    March 14, 2014
    Paint Me a Picture

    Inevitably everything I fall in love with at ModCloth is out of stock. Proving the rule: these Paint Me a Picture curtains featuring Frida Khalo ($35 per panel). If you are interested in them you can sign up to be notified if they come back into stock.


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    January 2, 2014
    Starting the Year Off Right

    I have to admit I’m not a New Year’s resolution gal. The prospect of doing something for 365 days is just way too daunting. But I do think the new year is a great time to try to form positive new habits. Like actually tracking the calories I burn instead of guessing that a 30 minute walk roughly equals a cheeseburger’s worth. To that end, I just ordered the Fit Bit One - $95 from Amazon.com. It not only tracks steps, distance, calories burned, and length and quality of sleep – it’s also small enough to hide under your clothes. (Above: New Year card from Hennel Paper Co, $4)

    I also decided to do a better job of keeping the house tidy. I’m a stacker. I come into my clean house and immediately start stacking mail, books, magazines, coats, and clothes on every available surface rather than putting them back where they belong. It turns out changing this behavior is pretty simple using one trick a friend told me about: if it will take less than a minute, do it right now. So far so good. I found a few more simple cleaning tips over at Real Simple – including how to pick up pet hair with a wet rubber glove.

    Happy New Year everyone!


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    June 28, 2013
    Etsy Find: Astronomical Prints by the Curator

    Fabulous oversized astronomical prints from The Curator’s Prints. $40-$65.

     


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    March 28, 2013
    Minimizing the Ugly, Without Breaking the Bank!

    Recently, I had a realtor contact me who deals with investment properties but had been unsuccessful moving this particular home for over a year. One step through the door and I knew why…it had a case of the “uglies”. With the main culprit being a blue and white checkered ceramic tile floor that, because of budget, was going nowhere!

    Now, I don’t know if you’ve ever been hired by someone in your own field…holy cow that can be challenging….It’s like a doctor being a patient! He recognized he needed help, but I was met with push back at my suggestions on how to minimize the “ugly”. Enter “decorator Kathy” along with my associate Sam and her flair for design. We collaberated on how to transform this home by minimizing THAT floor and updating the kitchen and master bathroom on a $2000 budget.

    Choosing the right paint tones, inexpensive backsplash, discount counter tops along with a few light fixture updates and replacing a plate glass mirror with framed mirrors, resulted in this home being our Cinderella story of the month. Multiple contracts within 2 days in the midst of a snowstorm is proof positive that simple changes can make all the difference. Tell us how you fix the “uglies”!


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    March 19, 2013
    Steal of the Week: Modern Chair

    Urban Outfitters online-only Modern Chair is now on sale for $299. Also available in grey, orange and yellow.

     


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    October 23, 2012
    More Halloween Awesomeness

    Apparently, when it comes to Halloween ideas, I should stop posting to this blog and just direct you to MarthaStewart.com. I get her Halloween issue every year, and yet I keep finding new ideas on her site. Example: this creepy centerpiece. Totally easy, and – bonus – you get an excuse to buy fresh flowers.


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    October 15, 2012
    Esquire Markings Dishtowel

    I am the owner of zero nice dishtowels as I always manage to wipe tomato sauce on them. But I may not be able to resist this equestrian themed towel from Anthropologie. $16.


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    June 29, 2012
    Bird’s Eye View

    Lovely vintage Bird’s Eye View of Paris pillow cover, $65 at Poppytalk Handmade.

     


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    November 9, 2011
    Under the Big Top

    I can’t help but be enchanted by this circus-tent-inspired ceiling treatment. In this room, it brings on the whimsy without sacrificing sophistication.

    Via Pinterest.


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    November 8, 2011
    Crafting Inspiration

    Embroidery kits and patterns from Studio M.M.E. Illustrations.

    Via Feeling Stitchy.


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