8 bright design secrets that'll style away winter blues

Snow, rain, sleet, avalanches, snow plows, overflowing rivers, early dusk and late dawn, political imbroglios, holiday withdrawal~ it is all enough to make anyone a little sad/nervous/nauseous. Your home is your castle. Here are some quick, easy ideas that will help brighten your outlook and your keep. 

8. Get a desk chair in a popping' color.

7. Put up a beautiful new light.

6. Refresh your bed with new sheets or new pillows or a new duvet cover or a new throw blanket or all of the above. 

5. Give some love to an old upholstered piece with a yummy new fabric and go for a sexy contrast welt.

4. Replace a boring lampshade with one that has some sass and color.

3. Find and hang a great piece of art. Leave no stone unturned--flea markets, secondhand stores, garage sales, estate auctions, or museum gift shops can get you fab finds.

  Tinsel  by ArtHide

Tinsel by ArtHide

2. Throw down an embellished cowhide to liven up your floors.

1. And this is the easiest of them all--take the plunge and paint a stripe or an accent wall or an entire room in a brave, bold color. 

There now, doesn't that feel better? 

xo, Carolyn

p.s. most of the images above were pulled from Instagram and links are attached to the pictures.

happy 2017 --put a little #greenery into it

We love Instagram and the daily inspiration it provides. Here are some #greenery hits that inspire us to bring more of that calm into our lives. @Pantone was on the money with this pick for our new year. Have a good one, y'all!

 drag that color anywhere--office, bathroom, kitchen--let it work its magic.

drag that color anywhere--office, bathroom, kitchen--let it work its magic.

how to make your home feel like a Winter Wonderland (even in sunny California)

10. Make some hot chocolate and start a fire. If you don't have a fireplace or firepit, start this fire on your computer.

9. Simmer this (or this) in a pot on the stove: 3 sprigs evergreen or handful pine needles, 2 cinnamon sticks2 Tbsp whole cloves, 2 bay leaves, 2 pieces orange rind, and 2 pieces lemon rind.

8. Light some candles and hang some mistletoe. Find a cute someone to help you.

7. Put on some fuzzy socks, snuggle into a fuzzy blanket and turn on some golden oldies holiday music. Add a fuzzy cat as needed.

6. Make some paper snowflakes and hang them in the windows.

5. Finish your holiday shopping--here are some ideas.

4. Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas.

3. Bake some Italian Christmas cookies.

2. Flock your tree.

1. Invite some friends over to share your Winter Wonderland and give a toast to Peace, Love and Joy. 



is your guest room ready for the holidaze?

The holidays are a season of entertaining; you'll have to make sure that your guest room is ready for visitors. So, we are serving up some simple tips for making sure you have everything ready for family/friends to come to stay. The perfect guest retreat can be easily set up with these lovely items.

Stylish Curtains: Guests need privacy and an option to sleep in. Curtains offer both.

Fresh flowers, Candles or Scent: Nothing is more welcoming then a delicious smelling room, especially if it is holiday-inspired.  

Extra Bedding, Reading Light + Books: It isn't always easy to fall asleep in a new place, so give them extra blankets, the option of books and make sure there's a reading light!

Enjoy the season and the visitors; comfy guests are easy guests. xo



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