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9 Ways to Display Your Books

9 Ways to Display Your Books

Nothing gets my heart racing more than books on a bookshelf. There’s something so comforting, curious, and beautiful seeing hundreds of books waiting to be read. I like to display books front and center but there are a number of ways to store them to make them easy and accessible. Here are some of my favorite ways to do it.

Above, I love a gold old-fashioned book shelf. These were used in bookstores and libraries to display and hold books temporarily but I love the way they look. The angle of the shelf itself is gorgeous and architectural. This is great if you have plenty of table space.

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Industrial Lighting in the Kitchen

Industrial Lighting in the Kitchen

No matter how fancy a kitchen is, I always like to see industrial lighting as a part of it. It gives such a solid foundation: hearty, serious, and functional. Though industrial lighting may seem heavy and bulky, it can be lightened up by paying attention to scale or changing the color. Here are some of my favorite ways to use industrial lighting in the kitchen.

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Linens For The Kitchen

Linens For The Kitchen

Each year as we roll into a new year and another January I pause to think and hope that the New Year will be simpler, both in life and in my home. That might mean different things to different people – a more organized schedule, fewer things, less obligations – in fact it means something different to me nearly every year. For 2015, it means going back to basics. Streamlining my wardrobe, choosing quality over quantity, and adding more natural things to my world.

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Bathroom Fireplaces

Bathroom Fireplaces

I used to dismiss things like having a fireplace in the bathroom as needless and frivolous—and then I lived for a year in a 100-year-old house with no central heating. Even here in the south, that was a tough winter. In addition, the only bathroom in the house had only a wonderful old cast iron footed tub—no shower—and on those cold mornings it was not fun bathing. I could have really used a fireplace in that bathroom. Ever since then, I’ve enjoyed seeing how people incorporate fireplaces into bathrooms.

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Chalet Time

Chalet Time

Winter has its pros and cons, don’t you agree? The weather is sometimes awful, the holiday season can be stressful, and then there’s all that food and the extra pounds it brings. On the other hand, it’s the time of year we get to reflect on the previous year and resolve to be or do or have something different in the New Year, the holiday season can be joyful, and then there’s the family chalet to escape to where you can ski off all those extra pounds.

Wait a minute. You mean you don’t have a family chalet to escape to? There’s not a snow-covered mountain cottage where you can enjoy a hot toddy by the fire after a day of skiing and perhaps escaping from other international spies… oh, sorry, I got my interior décor blogging mixed up with my action novel manuscript for a moment there.

Well it should come as no surprise that I don’t have a chalet either, but that won’t stop me from stealing great design ideas from this one I found in the French Alps.

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Temporary Storage Ideas for the Kitchen

Temporary Storage Ideas for the Kitchen

As a renter or as an owner of a minuscule kitchen, you quickly realize that space is at a premium. Sometimes temporary storage is the answer while you keep your eyes open for a more permanent solution, other times it ends up being the solution in itself. Here are five kitchen storage solutions to get those wheels turning!

My all-time favorite is probably the simplest, and maybe most obvious. A kitchen cart (aka bar cart) can be anything you need it to be. Microwave stand? Check. Coffee station? Check. Mobile so you can hide it in a minute? Check. It’s also extremely versatile so you can use it in the kitchen for now, then in the living room or dining room later.

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9 Unique Office Supplies

9 Unique Office Supplies

There are so many beautiful objects out there to transform a ho hum work space to one brimming with gorgeous accessories. Why use a plain industrial stapler when you can use a colorful green one? Or why use plain pens when you can use all the colors of the rainbow? Here’s a collection of some of my favorite unique office supplies.

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Only In Miami: Tommy Hilfiger’s Vibrant Beach Home

Only In Miami: Tommy Hilfiger’s Vibrant Beach Home

The story goes like this: fashion magnate Tommy Hilfiger and his wife Dee decided to buy a place near Tommy’s latest project: refurbishing the Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach. So, naturally, they found a 14,000 square foot place on the beach and decided to bring in “million dollar designer” Martyn Lawrence Bullard to oversee design, then told Bullard “if it’s not shagadelic or groovy, it’s not coming into the house.” Add the couple’s tremendous collection of Pop and post-Pop art masterpieces, a love for all things ‘60s and ‘70s inspired, and a Hilfiger sized budget, and the result is the kind of place that has a Scarface meets Studio 54 vibe—in a good way.

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6 Great Space-Saving Ideas for the Bedroom

6 Great Space-Saving Ideas For the Bedroom

The bedroom is one room in the house that requires maximum efficiency. There are so many storage needs like shoes, clothing, books, and trinkets that it could become one massive mess if left unorganized. But with just a few easy additions or creative thinking, the bedroom can go from chaos to organized. Here are some simple organizational tricks that will help you maximize the space in your bedroom.

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Stylish Small Storage

Stylish Small Storage

We all have odds and ends around the house that need storing, so why not do it stylishly? There are so many beautiful baskets, bins, and boxes out there to choose from, and below are some of the best options.

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