Interior Design

Don’t Get Knick-Knack Paddywhacked! Learn to Display Decorative Accessories with Confidence

Carefully edited and curated decorative accessories add interest and style to any room but beware: if you go overboard you can end up getting knick-knack paddywhacked! This unfortunate and unpleasant condition can creep up on you over time. You blithely go about life acquiring mountains of fabulous must-have decor like a magpie, gathering shiny objects and… Continue reading Don’t Get Knick-Knack Paddywhacked! Learn to Display Decorative Accessories with Confidence




Interior Design

On Board with the Gourd Fall Decorating with Pumpkins Inside and Out

It’s September in America and apparently, that means it’s pumpkin time. I am not sure when this fruit with a gland condition (yes it’s a fruit, not a vegetable) became the symbol of all things autumnal. Maybe we should blame Charles Shultz. This time of year everyone seems to be channeling Linus, vibrating with anticipation for… Continue reading On Board with the Gourd Fall Decorating with Pumpkins Inside and Out




Floral Arrangements · Interior Design

Flower Power: How To Have Cost-Effective Arrangements Year-Round

When I say flower power, I’m not talking about “sex, drugs, and rock & roll” or “make love, not war.”  And I am certainly not advocating bra burning (at my age, that could cause a natural disaster). No, think less Woodstock and more “Downton Abbey.” I’ve always been a huge fan of British period dramas,… Continue reading Flower Power: How To Have Cost-Effective Arrangements Year-Round




Interior Design

Dish-eveled How to Use Dishware as Decor

I have to confess that I have a serious dish addiction. It started nearly 30 years ago, when in order to set up my bridal registry, I stepped into the wonderland that was the fine china floor of Kaufman’s Department Store in Pittsburgh. I walked around staring at the gleaming bounty displayed on the shelves with the… Continue reading Dish-eveled How to Use Dishware as Decor