InstaCraft Book Review

How do I distress from life?  I get crafty, instead of crabby.  Starting with a small project is key.  I came across a great book, InstaCraft,  by Alison Caporimo.  It has 50 fun and simple projects for adorable gifts and décor.  The brick bookends is one of my favorite projects.


Photo: Meera Lee Patel

Don’t you just love these bookends to group your favorite reads together?  Customize the spine with the title of  a favorite book for a personalized gift.   Follow these simple instructions to make your own.

Two bricks
Acrylic paints
Fine-point paint pens

Wash bricks with water
Once dry, coat one edge with acrylic paint
Use paint pen to write out book title
Let dry

The more battered the brick, the better.  Nicks and bumps supply a great textured canvas for the paint and make for vintage-looking spines.

Another InstaCraft  project is creating designer-inspired French jewelry with an old locket and two coats of colorful nail polish.  I find crafting to be a great way to slow things down and spend time with my teen daughter making something together, instead of driving to the mall.

Whether you’re a crafting pro or newbie, InstaCraft shows you how to turn 5 minutes, a few simple household items, and your own creativity into stylish, personalized trinkets and accessories.  Happy crafting!


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Monday Quote


Have a happy and successful day!



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A Party Affair

Happy Friday!  It feels like every time I go on vacation, it takes a week for things to get back on track.  Sorry for the lack of post.   It’s after 5 ‘o clock, but I couldn’t end the week with just one post. This late in the day my mind is thinking weekend, spring, and pretty tabletops ideas for entertaining.

Colors Style Me Pretty | Gallery | Picture | #202036

Inspired by the color of the year (Radiant Orchid) and LuluDK fabric (Dreamers in Plum),  come along while I daydream of a party affair and the little details that add up to make a fun tabletop.


pink agate gold edged coasters : calypso st. - Originally Moroccan glasses were used for tea, but the use of Moroccan tea glasses has adapted not only for drinking tea, but use as votive candle holders and much more. These Moroccan tea glasses are hand-painted and feature a purple and gold trim. $39.99


Linen napkins set of 4 by LavishSeason on Etsy, $16.00Gilt Charger #potterybarn






I could picture the party in my mind.  Bright green moss in the birdcage with cascading flowers and ivy, gold and purple votive with tea light candles glimmer the faces around the table, and low jazz music playing in the background.  Now, I really feel like a cocktail.  Hope you have a lovely weekend.  Thanks for stopping by.

ivy, Style Me Pretty, Calypso St. Barth,, LuluDK Textiles, Etsy: Lavish Season, Pottery Barn


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Happy Spring

We arrived yesterday from spring break.  I’m feeling happy and energized after a few days in the sun in Tampa, Florida.    I love my visit to Tampa.  Here is a picture of Bayshore Blvd., South Tampa, on the sea-walled shore of the Hillsborough Bay.  It is bordered by the longest continuous sidewalk in the world, which provides residents with miles of trails for an energetic jog, walk, bike, or roller skate.


Today, I’m catching up to mail and getting ready for High Point Market.  Now that spring has officially arrived, I am excited to start spring cleaning and decorate with spring colors in blue, green, turquoise, yellow, and coral.

Hope you are having a great spring day!


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Small Space, Big Style

I  had the pleasure of touring the Holiday House NYC this past fall.  Deborah Martin’s design is a small space that has stuck with me.  It’s a great example of a small space with big style.  She proves that small does not have to be dull!

Summer Solstice - Deborah Martin Design –  Holiday House 


The Luxe Life – It’s all about the details.


A 52″ Christopher Guy mirror mimics the sun against the sparkle of like glass bead and gold wall coverings.



Art – Paul Thomas


The lighting is breath taking.


Hope you are inspired to give a  small space in your home or office big style.


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Staying Active

We had a nice weekend with lots of sunshine.  With warm and long days ahead, I’m looking forward to getting outside and staying active.  Truth be told, I do not like to workout during the winter.  Like many, I’ve gained a few more pounds than I like to admit during the past few months.


It’s time for me to stop delaying the process and stay committed to a healthier lifestyle.   I find the best way to stay motivated is to find a buddy.  If you’re like me, looking for healthy recipes and inspiration, check out my awesome friend’s blog, Tracy,  Bee Fit With Tracy.   She shares her daily workout to inspire you, recipes and programs for a healthy lifestyle.

Yes, I’m putting myself out there, getting out of my comfort zone, to remind myself and other people trying to juggle the work week, that everyday is a good day to be active and take care of yourself.  Monday, March 10 is a perfect day to start.






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Spring Forward

Happy Friday!  Daylight saving time starts this weekend.  Clocks will “spring forward” an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 9.  It’s  another sign we are getting closer to spring.

Spring daffodil after snow

My backyard is still covered with snow.  We could all use a pick me up until those first buds start peeking through the soil.  I headed to my neighborhood flower shop, The Flower Station,  to pick up  daffodils and hyacinths.


Next to my cookbooks, yellow and purple brighten my small vignette in the kitchen.  The daffodils and hyacinths add that familiar fragrance of spring.  It’s the perfect small bouquet for a pick me up to spring forward this weekend.


Happy Weekend!


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Three New Sites for Buying and Selling Antiques and Designer Furnishings

Buying  and selling antiques and furnishings just got easier with three new online sites.  Buying online takes out some of the  footwork.  No need to get dirty,  pack and unload your goods.  These three online shops bring hundreds of great items to you.  Now you can shop from anywhere, anytime.

                                        Descriptions via The Editor at Large.  All opinions are my own. 


Hunters Alley (

Age: 10 months 
Number of items: Hundreds added daily
Type of items: Pre-owned furniture, lighting, décor, artwork, rugsbrass
Who can sell: Anyone

“Hunters Alley provides a curated experience with many ways to shop and discover, including themed sales,” said co-founder Alison Pincus,  who is also the co-founder of One Kings Lane. “Our team lightly vets  all submitted product, so shoppers see the most interesting pieces.  Hunters Alley is also a community-centric space for design lovers to  interact. Because of our social offering, buyers and sellers get to know  each other, interested shoppers can comment on merchandise and  individuals can follow each other.”

Features I like:  The comment section:   You can comment on pieces,  keep track of what other people are loving and learn about the sellers.

Viyet ( dotchair

Age: 11 months
Number of items: 100 items per week
Type of items: Consignment furniture and accessories
Who can sell: Designers

“Viyet serves the top echelon of the furniture consignment market by  only selecting and featuring a highly-curated selection of merchandise  as well as providing unparalleled white glove service every step of the  way—from listing to photography, selling and delivery,” said Jennifer Koen,  VP of marketing and PR for Viyet. “Our focus on building relationships  in the design community makes us different—offering discounts and  services that meet the specific needs of the interior design community.”

“If a designer consigns, we offer a traditional consignment model of 50%  for them and 50% to Viyet,” added Koen. “We offer a white glove service  where once we get the call from a designer that wants to consign, Viyet  sends a curator to the site and then photographs, details dimensions,  conditions and gathers information on selling features so that Viyet can  market and sell the items. Once sold, Viyet arranges white glove pick  up and delivery and then sends the designer a check.”

With sales tripling every three months, Viyet focuses on designer and  brand name furniture that is in good condition or that can be easily  brought to life again with design direction and a little love.

Features I like: Easy to navigate site, the “final sale” category for great deals.  The site enables sellers to negotiate price through an automated ‘make an offer’ feature that is easy to use.  The ability to consign with Viyet as a designer.

Chairish  (chairish.comcups

Age: One year
Number of items: 5,000
Type of items: Pre-owned furniture, lighting, décor
Who can sell: Anyone

“There is space in this market for many players such as eBay, Craigslist, 1stDibs, One Kings Lane,” said Chairish co-founder and chief curator Anna Brockway.  “We strive to offer the most product in a curated space with key  differentiators like: mobile selling and buying, verified price  negotiation, shipping services and local pick-up options. We also offer  best-in-class search capabilities to allow for efficient shopping by  style, furniture type and location.”

Features I like:  Buyer can bargain on the items.  The site enables sellers to negotiate price through an automated ‘make an offer’ feature.  Return policy: 48 hours.   Ability to shop by city.

 Images: 1/Hunters Alley   2/Viyet   3/Chairish

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Hunting!


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Welcome Spring with Designers Guild

The new Kaori Collection for Osborne & Little is fresh and sophisticated.  The designs on cotton and  linen are a burst of fresh air for the home this spring.   I just love Osborne & Little  fabrics.

“Inspired by the traditions and artisans of Eastern costume, these sophisticated designs on cotton and linen have  a beautifully restrained touch, creating a delicate collection of practically-scaled fabrics.”  — Designers Guild



The Astor Crocus bedding collection has a cotton 400 thread count offering great comfort in a modern and stylish design. Investing in bedding is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.  There have been times when I’ve purchased less quality linens.  After arriving home and opening the package and feeling the texture, I quickly packaged them back up and returned them.   I thought I was saving money.  In the end, it cost me more in time and travel expenses.

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If you are looking to update your living room or bedroom this spring, take a look through the Designers Guild online catalog to find more beautiful offerings for the home.  We love to hear from you.  Don’t forget to share what you find.




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Happy March

Happy weekend!




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