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Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Five Easy Ways to Get Toasty This Winter


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Up until recently, it’s been unseasonably temperate across a lot of the country thus far. But now that the cold has set in, are you ready? Here are five of our favorite ways to get toasty.


1) A warm throw. I love to pick a pretty one so that I can simply throw it over the back of my sofa and wrap up in it when needed. A reversible one like the Hugo from Area is a great choice, because it gives you two different looks.


2) A cozier lighting scheme. Adding lamps to side tables, desks, mantels, countertops and other ready surfaces is a great way to make your home feel warmer on cold dark nights. If you’re shopping your house to switch things up for winter, try swapping lamps from different rooms around, and make sure the room where you spend the most time has a homey lighting scheme. My favorite is to keep a small table lamp on my kitchen counter — I never want to flick on all those bright overheads when I pop in for a quick snack break on movie night.


3) Keep a hot beverage station at the ready. Whatever your poison — cappuccino, chai, cocoa, cognac — make it easy to prep a hot toddy. Corral all your supplies in one place near the kettle or coffee machine — cups, saucers, teabags, sugar, mini marshmallows and whatever else you’ll need to prepare your favorite hot drinks.


4) Add warm layers on the floor. Bare feet on a cold tile floor are never a great combination. Make sure you’ve got something soft next to your bed for those first few steps when you rise, add a flat-weave or Oriental rug to your bathroom floor, perhaps bring an area rug into a room that’s usually bare-floored.


5) Bring in a relaxing scent. Stuff like shoveling snow and black ice are stressful. Unwind with scents like eucalyptus, peppermint, spruce or lavender.

How do you cozy up for winter at home? Let us know your favorite ways.



Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

A Must-Have, Greatly Anticipated Interior Styling Book


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Does the picture above look familiar? I remember the first time I saw interior stylist Lili Diallo’s DUMBO apartment and it was like a breath of fresh air. She has this way of making what could be clutter, or a chucked sofa, or found objects that one might find on the curb into art through the way she celebrates and arranges them. In that vein, she’s a curator, and her style crosses from eclectic to collected (a phrase I heard from Annette Joseph at an event that I much prefer to “eclectic” lately). In fact, I seem to remember trying to post about her years ago after I saw this place and finding no information whatsoever. That’s why I was so thrilled when this…

…arrived on my front steps today. Thanks Amazon fairy! Anyway, Lili Diallo wrote this book, full of secrets from a stylist. Her writing style is friendly, approachable, and makes you feel like you can do it. This is the perfect gift for anyone you know who is still lamenting the demise of Domino, or yourself! To order (and to preview a lot of the book; I’ve never seen so many preview pages before) click here.

All images from Details: A Stylist’s Secrets to Creating Inspired Interiors by Lili Diallo via

  • Picture one by Annie Schlechter
  • Picture two by Annie Schlechter
  • Picture three by Annie Schlechter

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

3 tips to get the kids to STAY at the kiddie table


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Getting the kids to stay seated at the kids’ table is one of the most challenging tasks of any parent during holiday festivities.

Whether you’re a parent or simply a host to guests with children, these 3 kiddie table ideas will help you keep those tiny bums in their seats!

1. Available in playful and grown-up prints, these placemats from Modern-Twist are “the bee’s knees.” Nurturing the inner artist in every child, the mats are doodle-friendly with the use of washable or dry erase markers.

2. Make the kids feel like important guests. Use these adorable picture frames from DwellStudio as place cards.

3. Use craft paper instead of a table cloth and let the kids go wild with the new DwellStudio Stamp Sets. Available sets in Baby Farm, Baby Zoo and Baby City.


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