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 …

thanksgiving décor

I cannot believe it's almost November! We don't host Thanksgiving, but I try to pull together a seasonal centerpiece nonetheless. I love adding a handmade, crafted touch to everything I do. One of my services is holiday and event styling, and I am finding some fabulous inspiration for this season around the interwebs. This leaf …

5 tips for getting out the door on time

It's that time again--back to school! Getting kids out the door in the morning is one of of the most stressful times of the day for parents. When the school year begins, the lazy days of summer come to an abrupt end, and if your kids don't know what to expect... well, you know what …

do you miss domino, too?

When Domino Magazine folded years ago, it left a void in my life. But it seems they're slowly coming back... First came Quick Fixes, now it looks like Domino is releasing Best Rooms in September!! Wohoooo! via Domino Magazine.

it’s the most wonderful time of the year

  It makes me a total dork, but I get so excited for this sale every year! Even if I'm not really shopping for myself or anyone else, I start designing Elfa closets. Dork. via The Container Store.

mudroom inspiration

I know I'm in the right business because a clean, organized, pretty mudroom makes my heart beat a little faster. Seriously. Sadie Smith at Sadie & Dasie found some beauties that I'm reposting. My favorite is the second one down, that incorporates a few chalkboard surfaces. Mudrooms and entryways are key communication spaces for busy …