How to ROCK a Great Wedding Gift!

How to ROCK a Great Wedding Gift! Wedding bells often ring diuring the spring and summer months. Chances are, you will be invited to one – if not more – of these fabulous occasions this year! Whether it’s a best friend’s big day, or a small backyard event of a new aquaintance from the office, I’m here to tell you, you can ROCK a great, truly appreciated gift! If you are weary of the “Card with Check” option, tune in! Here are some ideas! Tip #1 –  Who IS this couple? Find out! If he is a minimalist and she hates to cook, your effort to ‘go big’ with a 10 piece set of ‘Gourmet Chef Fabio Pots and Pans’ won’t be appreciated! To give the BEST gift to this couple, ask yourself these questions: How do they live? Are they focused on climbing the corporate ladder, while living in a big city apartment? Are they down home farm...

How to Create a Fantastic Patio

How to Create a Fantastic Patio It’s Patio Time! The love of a balmy, breezy spring day is universal. A fabulous, welcoming patio can be created with a little thought, a little elbow grease and any budget! You don’t have to be a millionaire to have a beautiful outdoor space. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? Planning What are your go-to activities? Are you the Martha Stewart of entertaining? Are you a homebody who would rather read alone on a windowseat? Are you the Monopoly Queen, always challenging your kids to a game? Maybe you are the barbecue guru and adore eating outdoors. Whatever your daily adventures entail, this is what you want to translate to your patio space. If you’re all about friends, you’ll need to consider seating for many, yet open space for guests to mix and mingle. If you are a ‘foodie’, then the Bar-B-Que area might be THEE most important part of the patio to you....

How to Plan Your Home Projects for the Year in 3 Easy Steps!

How to Plan Your Home Projects for the Year in 3 Easy Steps! January seems to be the month for planning! We take a look at our lives and review what worked last year, what didn’t work, and hopefully, we update plans for the new year. Did you know this is a great plan for assessing how your home is running too? One way to get more of those big, (and little!) life-improving projects actually accomplished is to schedule them out monthly throughout the coming year. Sound overwhelming? If you can schedule in a few hours on a Saturday, I think I can help! 1-First Things First Step One is to make a list of the challenges you experienced last year, and things you’d like to try this year: Visually or functionally unappealing rooms or areas of my home Rooms or areas that always seem to be a mess I can never find….. My partner doesn’t...

No-Nonsense Holiday Decorating

December is Celebration Time! Hanukkah, Christmas, whatever your celebration, we’ve got some great, easy, budget friendly ideas to make your home festive this season! DECORATING ON A BUDGET I like to change-it-up a little yearly, but who can afford all new décor every Christmas? One easy way to throw some new life into your decorations is by switching colors, or adding in another color! If all your décor is “Country Style”, try adding in silver! Add plain silver ornaments to the tree. Purchase tall, wide glass vases or assorted jars from the dollar store and fill with plain, silver balls. Place them around your house-on the coffee tables, mantle, or place three varying height jars on the dining table. Add in sprigs of artificial pine branches in keeping with the Country theme, and there you go! Any theme can be altered with color. Add in bright turquoise, yellow, and orange balls and stringed beads for a...

How to Host a Swap Party

I recently did some redecorating in my home. I changed colors, bought some new lamps and artwork, purchased a few new accessories and moved some things from one room to another. As I stockpiled all my “old” decor items I realized most of it was still usable and in great shape. In fact, a lot of what I owned I could picture in my friend’s house. The colors, the design; all of it would work. I realized a few of my friends had also changed things up a bit in their homes. If I had a great pile of home accessories, maybe everyone else did, too? With a few phone calls and text messages I found that to be exactly the case. In fact, we all were sort of in the same boat: we had some great home decor pieces that were too good to donate, no one wanted to host a garage sale (ugh!), but...