I am no Martha Stewart: The LAZY DIY Video Series

Major excitement to share on this end – this week, I launched the first in a series of video shorts called “Lazy DIY: Split-second Perk Ups for Your Home”.

Why make this move?  Well, I thought it would be a fun and different way to deliver mini-decor ideas that anyone – anyone! –  can do in 20 minutes or less.

See, I really believe that no matter who you are or what your abilities, you can still bring beauty and wonder to your home using quick (and fun and cheap!) ideas.  These videos are just one more way to help you do that.

Please take a look and let me know what you think.  Seriously, comments, feedback are welcome!



And can I open the door (no pun intended!) and let you in a little bit?

I really do this work because I believe it’s a calling.  I know – decorating is a calling?!  But bear with me.

I believe that when we create living spaces that are beautiful and cared for, it reflects the best parts of ourselves.  What I do is not just help make your home pretty.  It’s also about reminding you of the beauty and hope in yourself.  It was there all along…just sometimes we need a little guidance to return to it (get it? Return To Home??).

Thank you for coming along with me on this journey so far!  Here’s to a new (video enhanced) chapter!

[Can't see the video?  You can also find it here:  http://youtu.be/1rozwcNWoqQ]


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Give Me a Moment: Large Scale Photography

Large scale photography is really having a moment.


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 Designer Visions showhouse designed by Thom Filicia


Top designers like Thom Filicia have been using large-scale photography for a while now, but suddenly I’m seeing it everywhere. 












House Beautiful July 2013, designed by Ashley Whittaker


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House Beautiful cover april 2013



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You can find the print above on 20×200 which sells this photographers’ limited edition prints for affordable prices.


Speaking of amazing large-scale beach scenes, have you heard of Gray Malin?

He’s best known for his arial shots of globally famous beaches.

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He also does ski slopes…

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If you’re thinking about starting to collect art but not sure where to begin, his photographs are a great first step.

I have started seeing Gray Malin periodically on One Kings Lane, at really good prices.  Every few months, there it pops up again!  Keep your eyes open.   And I will too.  :)


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Dining Room Benches for Less

Dining room benches are all the rage right now.  But have you seen the prices?!  They’re almost as much as a table.

I was given a fun challenge last week by my friend Carey to find an affordable dining bench for her new Emmerson Table from West Elm.

She only has four chairs, so wanted to put a bench on one side of the table to round out the seating.

Great table, love that reclaimed wood:


 Via West Elm, The Emmerson Dining Table


But hello!  Those West Elm benches are $500 each!

So, I set out to find a few benches that would look great, at half the cost.

This “Reclaimed Weathered” one is great from Overstock, at only $210:

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Via Overstock, Reclaimed Weathered Bench, $210


But some reviewers reported their clothes got caught on the wood.  And also it might be weird to try to perfectly match the West Elm table.  What if the wood looks way too different?  That’s the thing with going budget – there are almost always random issues you need to look out for.


I thought I’d try to go in a different direction.

Loved this metal Peacock one.  It would look terrific next to a reclaimed wood table.

Loving the price at $225!


Via Overstock, Tabouret Peacock Metal Bench, $225


I think this next one might be my favorite.  It looks stumpy but it’s actually quite large and lengthy at 60″.  Perfect for a 72″ long table.

The best part?  This bench is only $150!  And that includes shipping!

Powell-Furniture-Turino-BenchVia Wayfair, Powell Turino Bench, $150


There’s one more I love from CB2, but it’s a little short for a 72″ table.  Great look though, right?  It would look fabulous next to a shorter table.

And why stop at dining room?  This would look amazing in an entry way:

dylanb ench Via CB2, Dylan Bench, $129


All these benches make the $500 West Elm benches pale in comparison, right?

With all the savings, I’m hoping my friend Carey splurges and hosts a fabulous dinner party (hint hint).

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Fall Wreath Ideas

These pretty Fall wreaths are really inspiring me this week:


moss wreath


 How fabulous is that moss with the burlap bow?  I’m pretty sure those are fake pumpkins.


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 The paper wreath is – of course! – via Martha Stewart.  It’s actually probably not all that hard.  You know the drill – get an old book, rip out the pages, use a leaf stencil.  It’s a cute look.



berry wreath


LOVE the fake berry look and what a beautiful chocolate colored ribbon.  This is so easy – just CLICK! and buy on Etsy.

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 Totally DIY (and cheap!) wreath.  Use fake leaves you can buy at Michaels.  The whole thing probably takes 15 minutes.


Any favorites?  I hope I can get my act together enough to get a wreath on my door!  Happy Fall, everyone ~

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