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Sunday, January 4th, 2015

2015 — The Year of Marsala


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Now that it’s officially the year of Marsala, according to Pantone, tell us, will you use the color around the home? The choice for Color of the Year seemed pulled out of thin air to me. However, I like earthy tones, and Marsala brings to mind a Moroccan souk, Turkish kilims and terracotta in Spanish Colonial and other Mediterranean architecture. I can imagine it as a nighttime lip color or suede boots. Here are a few ways we like it in interior design.

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Room by Scott Sanders LLC

Marsala looks great on the walls in a dining room or library; here, interior designer Scott Sanders has toned it down with light trimwork up to chair rail height.


photo via Remodelista/Domestic Architecture

It’s also yummy in a kitchen as a splash with gray and natural wood tones.


I also like Marsala in a mix of other hues from its red color family, like in this cozy wool rug, or seen in the colors of a brick wall.


So, do you have any marsala in your home? If not, do you plan to add any? What do you think of these color of the year projections? Please chime in!


Friday, January 2nd, 2015

SALE! 15% Off Gus Modern

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If you’re in the middle of rethinking your furniture and interior design for 2015, now’s a good time to shop. We are offering 15% off all Gus Modern for the entire month of January. Here are just a few highlights to tempt you.

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Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Ring in the New Year With a Trio Classic Artek Stools

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Any house can use some fresh pieces to help bring in the new year. We love Alvar Aalto’s Artek Stools, and Artek has given us not one, not two, but THREE to give away to a lucky reader. It’s super-easy to enter, so read on to figure out how.

The trio contains each of the following:

1) Cream lacquered seat with standard black legs

2) Dark blue lacquered seat with standard birch legs

3) Purple lacquered seat with standard birch legs

To enter, just use the hashtag #DESIGNPUBLICAALTO on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. Or retweet the tweet about it. You can order once per media outlet per prize per day (in other words, you can enter to win a lot of stuff a lot of ways each day, if you wish).

You may enter the contest through January 31, 2015 — No purchase necessary. Good luck!


Monday, December 29th, 2014

Five Good End-of-the-Year Cleanup Projects

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Well, it’s a cliche, but the end of the year brings a rush of organizing and swearing you’re going to abide by a few new systems. You probably won’t, but you should ride the wave of new year’s motivation and use it to get stuff done. Here are five ideas for putting that resolute energy to good use.


1) Finally get those ornaments and other holiday decorations properly organized. This can mean designated ornament boxes (try the Container Store or use egg cartons), new labels, a better spot to store them and purging those popsicle stick God’s eyes your kid made thirty years ago that have completely unraveled. Along with this resolution is tossing the potentially hazardous Christmas lights. This is a great source for recycling them and benefiting a charity at the same time.


2) While you’re in deep evergreen needle vacuuming mode, go to town with the attachments. Really get into those corners, clear the cobwebs from the moldings on the walls, flip up the sofa cushions and suck up that old piece of popcorn and pet hair.

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3) Clean up your finances. Hurry up and make those last minute write-off-able donations for 2014, and contribute to your Roth IRA and other savings if possible. If you have debt, make a plan for how you are going to take care of it in 2015. Research consolidation loans, take a long hard look at your budget and figure out what you need to cut to get the debt monkey off your back. Watch a few episodes of Extreme Couponing and get inspired. Every little bit will help.

While you’re at it, gather up your tax documents. While you’re doing that, figure out how to get rid of all this paper clutter and switch to digital bills and e-statements wherever you can.

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4) Speaking of a digital cleanup, here is one that is much more fun — sorting through your digital photos. Figure out what is a waste of space and ditch it. Upload photos you’d like your family to see to photo sharing services. Label your events so you can find things in the future, and be sure to use keywords. For example “soccer” or “Maine” or “costume” will help you find things in the future with ease. Send images to the cloud so you can save storage space on your devices.

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5) Clean a closet. This is a big one but I promise, it is SO satisfying. Take everything out and thoroughly clean from the cobwebs on the ceiling and light fixture to the corners of the floor. Do not let anything back in that 1) doesn’t fit 2) doesn’t look good 3) you cannot remember the last time your wore. There are people who need these items more than you do. Donate these things to them and give your newly cleaned closet some breathing room.




Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Winter Curb Appeal at the Front Door

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Yuletide season has just about reached its peak. It’s already got us thinking about taking everything down in a few days, which is always a bummer. No matter which holidays you celebrate, you can leave up welcoming winter decorations at your door until they wither and die. Or until the daffodils and tulips start to bloom, whichever comes first (then it’s time for pastels and brighter colors). Here are a few doors giving us the biggest winter curb appeal.1e557922bbf4202bb4857d6d8ec83bdb-1via


The great thing about these window boxes is you can switch out the bows to change up the mood. The rest is just simple greens nestled in the box. 3ae018065da4e2c590caebf32c595d1c

A red berry wreath can be displayed from September to March and look perfectly suited to the season. Image via

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How do ya like them apples? We like them a lot. An apple and greens wreath is a great way to transition from holiday to the long months of winter ahead. Learn how to make this lovely wreath over at Brooklyn Limestone.

How’s your winter curb appeal working out? Please let us know how you’re making your home more inviting in the comments section; we’d love your tips and advice.

Are you on Pinterest? Be sure to check out all of our favorite holiday pins. And all of our favorite door pins.


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