Category: Decorating & Entertaining

The Serving Cart

Hosting an event at your home in the fall means that you will be entertaining outside. With beautiful weather, everyone is eager to spend as much time outside before the cold arrives. And then, there’s college football. Televisions included in outdoor rooms and fans eager to watch every minute of their team’s season, means at-home [Continue Reading]

Re-Purposing for Outdoor Living

I’ve been cleaning out closets, the basement, and my shed over the past few months. Things which haven’t been used in more years than I can remember, are leaving this home and going to find a new one with someone else. Or, are they? Every time I think I have made the decision to toss [Continue Reading]

So, you think you have a fabulous outdoor living room? Do you think that yours is magazine-worthy? Perhaps yours can compete with those of the well-known rich and famous. Check out some of these celebrity outdoor living areas and compare notes:   George Clooney enjoys his island getaway. Heidi Klum’s New York rental with a [Continue Reading]

Exotic Outdoor Style

Designing the perfect outdoor room is a decorating job that most people look at as a fun endeavor. Equating outdoor with leisure, most of us consider our outdoor living area to be vacation land in our own back yard– our own private retreat where we can relax and have fun whenever we want. And, while [Continue Reading]

The Kalamazoo Hybrid Grill

Gas? Charcoal? Wood? What’s your grilling preference? What if you could have them all? With today’s hybrid grills, you can. Most people I know like gas because it is easy, quick, and clean (it is estimated that roughly 70% of Americans cook on gas grills). However, serious cooks usually prefer the flavor that charcoal and [Continue Reading]

Feng Shui Outside Your Home

In Chinese culture, Feng Shui has been used for thousands of years as a process which helps humans find balance and harmony in their relationship with the natural world. Feng means wind and shui means water, both of which are associated with good health in the Chinese culture. The purpose of feng shui is to [Continue Reading]

A Memorable 4th of July Menu

This week, everyone’s mind is on Saturday’s 4th of July celebrations. Our national holiday, the 4th of July, or more properly referred to as Independence Day, features a color scheme of red, white, and blue for everything from attire to house decorations and table settings to food. Nearly everyone attends a party or picnic where [Continue Reading]

Chaise Longue…That’s the way the French say it. Literally, it means long chair. We took the chaise part and changed the longue into lounge and voilà! English speakers call this comfy piece of furniture upon which we recline with our feet propped up, a chaise lounge. I wonder if the French “longue” was simply misspelled as [Continue Reading]

Turquoise is a color closely associated with summer. It is the color of the ocean—the clear, clean ocean we think of when we dream of an exotic vacation. Cool, refreshing, and relaxing, all shades of turquoise make most people feel good. Historically, the stone known as turquoise has been thought to bring good fortune and was [Continue Reading]

Beach Style

Beach style is casual and must be non-fussy in order to fulfill the premiere caveat of life at the beach, which is to relax.  What’s the fun of having a beach side retreat and having to worry about dirty feet, wet clothes, and sand adversely affecting your furniture and floors? If the house is a [Continue Reading]