emerald

How do you feel about Pantone's pick for Color Of The Year? Personally, I've never been huge fan of green -- I don't think I look good wearing it. I did paint a bathroom a spring green once. I also spec'd an army green for a boys room. And I do adore lime and aqua …

out with the old…

When we arrived home from spending Christmas with our family, an Everest of new toys came with us. Where were we going to put it all? I had already prepped my boys for the impending purge by saying, "For every new toy you get, we need to get rid of an old toy that's the …

small, local, independent, brick-and-mortar

That's where I'll be doing my holiday shopping this year. I'm lucky to live in a part of the country that still has many one-location, independent, locally-owned shops -- enough that I rarely set foot in a mall. It's important to me that I support fellow small business owners, interact with people who live and …

my design process

Nothing is more exciting than designing a space from scratch! I'm a lucky girl: this project is a finished garage that had been used as a woodshop by the previous owner. My friend wants to turn it into a space where her very active 6-year old daughter could burn off some energy. The space is …

say ‘no’ to solid sofas

Most people automatically assume that a sofa should be a solid neutral color. It's often the largest element in the room -- a neutral fabric prevents it from overwhelming the space. When upholstered in a boldly patterned fabric, a sofa becomes a dramatic focal point. Start with a piece with simple, clean lines and a …

a home for living in

Stylist, editor, and designer, Sarah Alba, had her home featured in Apartment Therapy. It is a lovely example of how a family can live comfortably and stylishly on a budget. She uses affordable furnishings from some of my favorite national retailers -- Crate&Barrel, Pottery Barn, IKEA, West Elm, and Serena & Lily -- but mixes different styles together so …