Are Butterflies the New Birds?

There was a time not so long ago when you couldn’t turn around without seeing some cute little songbird. There they were as decals perched along the wall. There again on pillows. You will find bluebird coffee mugs and dishtowels and candles. Birds became the totem animal of hip design. Now I am no predictor …


13 Homemade Headboards That Thrill With Creativity

I never needed a headboard before I made my own. A couple of years ago I followed Real Simple‘s step-by-step instructions (reproduced here) and in one afternoon created my very own custom-made, special-to-me piece of furniture (or is it an attachment?) With a staple gun, some cut-to-order plywood, foam, batting, and a fabric scrap I …


Unpretentious Update for Sydney Beach House

Donna and Chris Allen’s house in a beachside pocket of Sydney is a lesson in compromise. “We had architect-designed plans approved to knock down the existing house and rebuild a new, ecofriendly house from scratch, but the market put our plans on the back burner,” Donna says. With Donna’s interior decorating background, they decided to …


Plan Your Patio at the End of Summer? Yes!

As summer winds down, back-to-school sales hit the stores, and there’s never a better time to reevaluate your patio or deck for a small upgrade. Two fabulous reasons to begin planning today:Your outdoor spaces are fresh on your mind. You have been using that deck for three or four weeks now, and you also understand …