Style

A Bold Handbag Trend Prediction For 2018

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I’m very excited to be talking about one of my absolute favorite things: HANDBAGS!!!

I’m an accessory girl through and through and this season is no exception. When it comes to bang for your style buck, nothing comes in as strong as a quality handbag.

Think about it — you use this one item countless times, often over the course of YEARS. This little accessory can punctuate any look with polish and style. Quality should be of upmost importance and the thriving luxury market has built a solid performance record based on this fact!

So what are the big handbag trends of 2018?
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Home Decor

Plant Lady

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For years, I’ve always been known as the Black Thumb of our household.

Give me the heartiest of plants and I’ll show you how to kill it.

Overwatering, underwatering, too much sunlight, too little sunlight…I’ve pretty much done it all. However, with this New Year I’ve made a resolution to change all that. I’m determined and motivated to finally become that weird plant lady that names her house plants like members of the family and has occasional conversations with them without shame.

Goals, people. Goals.

For a few months now I’ve been researching different plant types and care instructions and have a game plan to add a bit of greenery (yes — it WILL stay green!!!) to our new house. I’ve narrowed it down to 4 different styles of plants that each have their own unique personalities and style — just like us.

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Home Decor

My Favorite Online Resources For Home Decor

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With each passing day we’re getting closer and closer to completing the renovation house. As we near the finish line, my attention has shifted from construction projects and finishes, to the details that make a house a home.

Home decor is always a fine balance between save and splurge. I’m not talking about the large scale furniture staples that anchor the room — those you should always invest in, in my opinion. I’m talking about those smaller tables, decor, accessories and design elements that make a house feel warm, inviting and a lived-in extension of you and your family.

As we move into this New Year, many of you have been looking for ways to give your home an easy (and inexpensive) refresh, so I wanted to share with you some of my best home decor online resources for those on a budget.

Read on, and find out exactly what to buy where and where to buy what… you just may be surprised with what you find!

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Link Love

Friday Link Love, Vol 2.18

Friday Link LoveCruel and unusual.

That’s what this Cleveland winter is shaping up to be. After 2 weeks of brutal cold, we got to experience a brief flirtation with reasonable (above freezing) winter temperatures only to have our hearts (and heating bills) crushed with another snow storm/deep freeze on the way.  

Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?

Maybe?!….

Gotta love life on the lake.

Whether you’re in the Midwest, East Coast or anywhere else in the world, I hope you have a fun weekend planned. TGIF, folks. Start it off with these Friday Link Love favorites!

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Home Decor

How I’ll Be Organizing My Closet

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When it comes to interior home design/renovation, I dare to say that the closet is probably high on the list of priorities for most women… maybe even some men, too!

I’ve never had a huge closet and that’s been fine. Even with this massive renovation and a 5th bedroom conversion into a master bathroom, laundry room and closet, our master walk-in closet is not super large. What it IS is functional, bright and the best possible use of space in our 1960’s-built colonial.

While this space is important, it’s also one of the last rooms addressed so budget is critical at this stage. It seems I have quite the conundrum on my hands, huh!?

To pimp the closet, or to not pimp the closet… THAT, my friends, is the question.

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Style

14 New Pieces For Your Closet That Will Get You Out Of Your Winter Funk

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Doesn’t it feel as though Winter has been here FOREVER?

Yet, we’ve only just begun.

This may explain my uncontrollable anger when I cruise into the stores and all I see is Spring ’18 + Resort fashion starting to roll in.

Way to rub salt in the cold, frozen wound, designers.

Thanks, a lot.

In the effort to keep you toasty and get you through the next few months in style, I’ve rounded up 14 of my favorite weather appropriate pieces. These are the chic closet additions that will give you the oomph you need to get you over that dreaded winter funk and cruising right into the spring!

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Link Love

Friday Link Love, Vol. 2.17

Friday Link LoveGood Morning, this frigid first Friday of January! 

To my Easy Coast friends, I hope you’re staying safe and warm — that “Bomb Cyclone” is straight up ridiculous and scary. To my Cleveland friends — hang in there. Relief in the form of a double digit temperature day is only 48 more hours away. To everyone else — isn’t Winter absolutely glorious!? 

Yeah, not really. I’m totally over it and it’s only mid-January.

So here are my Friday Link Love gems of the week — collected while huddled in multiple layers of sweaters and under assorted blankets. This morning, grab yourself a hot steaming cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa (pick your poison), and let’s get reading!

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Style

3 Fresh Ways To Wear Plaid After The Holidays

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The holiday season practically goes hand in hand with all things plaid, check or tartan.

It’s quite festive, no?!

However, once the egg nog is poured (does anyone really drink that stuff?!), all of the gifts are opened and the ball is dropped you’re left to clean up the mess of the holidays and that often includes retiring some of your favorite plaid pieces until the following year. Fortunately, there is plaid street style inspiration abound — and unlike your Singing Santa figurine collection, this is a holiday style that can stay with us quite a while longer!

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Home Decor

How To Pick The Best Window Treatments (Without Going Broke Or Crazy)!

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Did you know that in some countries and cultures, a New Year is welcomed with new window coverings?!

Honestly, I’m not sure quite why… but it’s a fact. I swear, I didn’t make it up.

In my case, I’m also starting off 2018 with a reluctant focus on window coverings — I’ve got 14 of my own to contend with at the house! No matter how many homes I style (my own and clients’), window treatments are probably my least favorite part of the design process. I partially blame this hatred of blinds, shades and curtains on the price.

Ok, I fully blame this hatred on the crazy cost!

Window treatments are one of the most underestimated and overlooked decorating expenses. If you like to feel an enormous pit in the bottom of your stomach and possibly throw up a little in your mouth, just go price out custom window treatments for an entire house. Unfortunately, not only are window treatments a practical necessity (privacy, light control, heat efficiency) but a home can look sad and unfinished until the last piece of decor is beautifully hung in place.

No one wants a sad and unfinished home. So here’s how to fix that — without going broke.

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