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Friday, February 15th, 2013

SALE! Get To Know MASH Studios Dark Collection

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Ah contrast. Dark walnut-stained teak wood combined with sleek white powder-coated aluminum accents makes for beautiful balance in the sophisticated Dark Collection from MASH Studios. Whether or not your weekend plans include shopping for a piece or two of furniture, be sure to check out the clean lines and beautiful finishes on these clever contemporary pieces. We have a number of beautiful pieces on sale at 20% off while supplies last. All of these pieces are limited editions, so there is only a limited supply. Here’s a peek at some of my personal favorites.

I love a hard-working piece of furniture, and the Limited Edition Dark Low Storage Unit certainly fits the bill. What’s great is that you can use it in your living room for books, display and media storage today, then use it as a nightstand or linen storage in your bedroom when you’re switching things up. It has two large drawers for storage and an open compartment complete with an adjustable shelf. I think it also makes a beautiful TV stand; you could simply drill a few holes for wires in the back for the cable and ROKU boxes, then stash all of your DVDs in the drawers.

The Limited Edition Dark Coffee Table has clean lines that you won’t need to clutter up. Why? Because it has a secret…

… the white aluminum panels slide out, revealing a spot for remotes, trashy magazines, pens, and other items that aren’t up to coffee table book status.

Next we have the Limited Edition Dark Entertainment Shelf. It has three divided compartments for organization, complete with a white sliding aluminum panel. You can slide the panel over to hide the unsightly electronics when they are not in use.

The Limited Edition Dark Nightstand has a minimalist look but plenty of room to stash all of your goodies and room for your bedtime reading underneath.

Finally, a beautiful Limited Edition Dark Occasional Table is an elegant perch for cocktails. The simple construction, clean lines and beautiful wood color make it the perfect piece to center your furniture around.

Shop the MASH Studios Limited Edition Dark Collection Sale

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Friday, February 1st, 2013

Movie Sets 2012: Moonrise Kingdom

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As we close in on Oscar night, I’m trying to remember all the movies I saw in 2012. It’s kind of funny how quickly some of them fly out of your head while others make a deep impression. The one with the best sets and locations that most captured my imagination was Moonrise Kingdom.

They nailed a moment in time that brings on nostalgia, a time when kids would lie on the floor around a record player or a board game together. The beach house and its nautical paintings, braided rugs, splashes of plaid and its nooks and crannies  reminds me of renting funky beach houses full of second-rate furniture for two weeks every summer. There’s also a timeless sense of New England that’s never gone away. This style includes Grey Gardens-esque hand-me-down wicker furniture and madras pants.

From the house we move over to the junior camp and discover that someone is missing from his plaid-lined tent with another the braided rug:

Next we get to climb up into the most ridiculous secret tree/clubhouse we’ve ever seen:

Speaking of perches, one of the most picturesque lighthouses provides the perfect lookout:

Running away takes the star crossed kiddos through amazing locations from vast fields to wonderful woods full of rock outcroppings and secret beaches:

The spaces tell us about the characters, whether it’s how a kid chooses to furnish a tent or the fact that the local sheriff spends most of his time in small spaces, from the tiny island police station to the small trailer he lives in.

Did any movies sets leave an indelible impression on you in 2012? Let us know in the comments section.

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Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

New Years Resolutions for Your Home

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How are you all doing with those New Year’s resolutions now that a week has passed? Personally, I’m still just trying to catch up on work after the holidays. Anyway, I’m sure the gyms and Weight Watchers meetings must be at full capacity but will wane soon. When it comes to resolving issues around the house, ride the resolution wave while you’re still motivated. Here are a few tasks you can easily accomplish.

1) Take that donation box to the Goodwill or thrift store to drop it off. Before you leave, add anything you’ve been saying “I can get $20 for this on eBay” about yet never gotten around to listing and those things you’ve been saving for when you magically lose 20 pounds.

2) Grab a pen and pad, or better yet, your camera phone, and make a list of all the little projects that need doing. Go room to room and make note of every single thing. Look from down to the electric outlets  all the way up to those spider webs on the ceiling.

When you’re done, sit down and organize the tasks into separate lists – a list for the plumber, a list for the electrician, organizing tasks, a list you can DIY , a list of things to buy at the hardware store. Put them in order of importance. Begin with safety issues like buying carbon monoxide detectors, and group things together logistically (what can you tackle with your feather duster with the extension on it such as ceiling corners and ceiling fans? what are all the tasks that require a stepstool?) .  Keep the list on your refrigerator or a bulletin board and check things off throughout 2013 as you accomplish them.

3) Complete one full organizing task at a time, even if you can donate just an hour to it – cleaning out your dresser and ditching the socks that have no partners, cleaning out your bathroom drawers or even just one junk drawer (by the way, you are allowed ONE junk drawer. Just one).  When you have an entire afternoon, tackle a bigger project like the attic, basement or garage.

4) While you’re at it, make a list of fun things you’ve been meaning to do like catch that museum exhibition before it leaves town, calling that friend you haven’t seen in months for lunch, catching up on Pinterest boards or finally getting started watching  Breaking Bad or Homeland. “Accomplishing” these things is a fun reward.

5) Speaking of rewards, make a list of all the things you dream of having in your home that you can’t afford right now, like a new sofa or front-loading washing machine. Open a savings account and save money toward these purchases, even if all you have to deposit right now is your loose change. Having the account and watching it grow will help you reach your goals.

What home resolutions do you have this year? Please let us know in the Comments section!

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Friday, December 21st, 2012

Holiday Cheer

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Hey All! We’ve been having fun playing around with all the fun Holiday stuff on Pinterest and finding a range of images for our Holiday Board. My personal favorite is this holiday bouffant, topped with a star that looks like it’s made out of meringue. I wish I knew more about it and the lovely lady who is rocking it but unfortunately as is so often the case on Pinterest,  the links lead to nowhere:

I’m also loving this vintage magazine cover art from the 1950s; it makes me nostalgic for a time … when I wasn’t even alive … whatever, it’s super and I love that font!

I also admired  this sweet gold-dusted pinecone garland from The Sweetest Occasion blog, to make your own, see the full instructions here.

Photo by Alice G. Patterson

This snowy green trailer-scape is one of the cutest holiday pics around the Pin Boards this season. It makes me want to put on my snow pants and plop myself down into that foot of snow on the Adirondack chairs!

For a list of stunning trees, check out Peachy Green’s 15 Most Beautiful Christmas Trees in the World. This one is my favorite:

Finally, if you are feeling more bah humbug, just watch this video of the most powerful bridge in the world, crank up the Rocky tunes in the background, laugh and maybe even start running in place. It will do you good, I promise! I extra love it when the trucks just keep on going, oblivious to the fact that they have just lost their top layer!

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Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner? Give a Little Back This Year

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I assume many of you are wrapping up your work as quickly as you can, facing traffic jams and long airport security lines today. No matter what a pain it is to get home, we all seem to deem the Thanksgiving holiday totally worth it. We’re thankful for our family and friends, for what we do have even during these tough economic times, no matter the outcome, we’re happy the election is over, we’re thankful for the big meals we’re going to overindulge in.

image from bricabrac blog

While you look around and think of all you’re thankful for, please remember those in need. In my family, we all bring books to donate to the Bristol Connecticut Boys and Girls Club, an organization that was very close to my late grandparents’ hearts. Why not make helping others a traditional part of your joyous gathering? If you are hosting a group, shoot out a quick text or email letting everyone know you’ll have a big box or two out and ready on Thanksgiving. Have your guests bring things that are most needed this time of year. If you’ll be too exhausted to do a drop off, enlist someone else, or simply pick a charity and collect cash donations.Here are some easy ideas:

Gather non-perishable goods to a local food bank. Simply search “food bank” and your city’s name to find out what they need.

Extra warm coats and/or blankets are needed so much this time of year. Make sure these are in good shape and clean before donating.

For those old towels and blankets  that aren’t in such good shape, donate them to an animal shelter.

If you are visiting a loved one in the hospital, give blood while you are there.

Supplies for teachers at a local school. Many school budgets are so stretched that teachers need to bring their own supplies.

Many victims of Hurricane Sandy still need help. If you live close by, Gothamist has a good list of ways you can help with Thanksgiving donations. If you don’t live close by, support The Red Cross. If you know a victim personally, they may not say it, but what they probably need most is cash. Think about taking up a collection for them at Thanksgiving dinner.

Please add any of your own charitable suggestions and giving traditions in the comments section.

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