Do you remember a few months ago when I posted about my friend Bonnie’s windowless classroom? Previously the 7th & 8th grade history teacher, she is now the middle school counselor. For the past month and a half, we have been chipping away at her inherited guidance classroom, with still a few more projects left to go. We are taking a little pause for the next month, so I thought it would be fun to give you a progress report today. If you recall from the original… Read more »

Design Lesson: Adding Vignettes in Your Home: The Outside & In

Today I wanted to share with you a tactic that stylists and designers use to elevate a room’s presence. During the decorating phase of a project, pros often create little “vignettes”. When you see the word vignette, what comes to mind? Wikipedia describes a vignette as: ” … a short impressionistic scene that focuses on one moment or character and gives a trenchant impression about that character, an idea, setting, and/or object.[1] It’s a short, descriptive passage that’s more about evoking meaning through imagery… Read more »

Design Lesson: How to Start Styling Your Home - The Outside and In

One thing I have learned through years of poring over design magazines and blogs is how big a role styling plays in the feel of a home. You can style pretty much any little nook and cranny and instantly make it look more appealing: a coffee table, dresser, kitchen counter, bedside table, desk. Today I am going to share some of the styling tips and takeaways I have learned along my quest to improve my own styling abilities. Let’s start… Read more »

My friend Bonnie reached out to me last week to see if I could help her figure out how to decorate her new classroom. She is switching roles from teaching middle school social studies to the middle school guidance counselor. Bonnie was nervous about the room having no windows and feeling claustrophobic. We met at school last week to take a look. Here’s what the space looks like right now: Yikes. Quite the challenge. Let’s start with the positive. The walls have just… Read more »

Today I want to introduce you to 3 blogger homes (and their owners) that I love. Blogs are a constant source of education and inspiration for me. They also serve as a source of community for like-minded souls. Maybe you know these three already, but if you don’t, you will be in for a treat. Let’s get started! House Seven Isn’t this home so serene? Filled with whites, natural woods and linens, Anissa has created a light-filled, airy space for her family…. Read more »