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The Watercolor Interior Renderings of Mita Corsini Bland

My 13-year-old daughter enjoys making watercolor paintings of interiors, first sketching the scene in pencil and then adding color and lighting effects with paint. She was looking for inspiration on the Internet one day and came across the watercolor renderings of rooms by New York artist Mita Corsini Bland. She saved many of the images that…… Continue reading The Watercolor Interior Renderings of Mita Corsini Bland

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Great Finds for the Home at T.J. Maxx Online

Did you know that you can shop online at T.J. Maxx?  T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods are some of my favorite off-price retailers for home decor items and although I love to visit their brick and mortar stores frequently (too frequently according to my husband!),  I was thrilled to learn that I could also shop T.J.…… Continue reading Great Finds for the Home at T.J. Maxx Online

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Indoor Vertical Gardens

A design trend that I have been noticing more frequently is the inclusion of vertical gardens in interiors. Vertical gardens, often referred to as green walls, seem to be especially prevalent in urban areas where there is a shortage of open, green space. These gardens help to purify the air, absorb noise, and  cool down…… Continue reading Indoor Vertical Gardens

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Designer Spotlight: William McLure

Some time within the last year or so I started seeing photos of rooms in a Birmingham, Alabama house, and I became immediately besotted with them. The rooms belong to artist and interior designer William McLure. The rooms are obviously the creation of a talented artist. Each time I see one of the rooms, I…… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: William McLure

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Decorating with Chalkboards

In our Chicago neighborhood, the shops and restaurants often have chalkboards either outside their doors, in good weather, or inside, during the rest of the year, detailing their daily specials and other attractions. I always enjoy seeing the interesting lettering and wonderful pictures that are rendered in chalk. I love that the signs are changed frequently,…… Continue reading Decorating with Chalkboards

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The Look for Less: DIY Abstract Circle Art

Not long ago, I decided to create a gallery wall in our living room. I wanted all the art work to be black and white to create a cohesive look among a variety of pieces that I already owned. Once I started putting artwork on the wall, I realized that I needed a few more…… Continue reading The Look for Less: DIY Abstract Circle Art

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Displaying the Kids’ Art in the Mudroom

It can be a challenge for parents to figure out what to do with their children’s art work. When our kids are little, it seems like they are bringing new creations home from school every day, and we feel compelled to display them all. Of course, unless you live in a palace, you have to pick and…… Continue reading Displaying the Kids’ Art in the Mudroom