Magazine Quality: Style a Vignette

By The Wife |

Have you ever noticed that houses in magazines have a certain indeterminable sense of style about them that makes our own homes seem less than? Even though most featured rooms are from “real homes,” they look kind of… staged. Well, that’s because they are. When you see a stylist credit on a magazine spread, that [...]

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Tangerine Tango Round Up: For the Kitchen

By The Wife |

So often, kitchens are the one part of the house that suffer from trend neglect. Maybe it’s because the kitchen is such a utilitarian room that it is often one of the last places people worry about when decorating. That really shouldn’t be the case, since there are so many little purchases that can make [...]

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And the Color is…

By The Wife |

Tangerine Tango! If you love color, finding out what shade the folks at hue-authority Pantone have selected as the “color of the year” is a bit like that first pull from the Halloween candy bag. A great color that is surprising yet workable is like a full-sized Clark bar. You kind of forgot the stuff [...]

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Who Has Four Paws and a Pacemaker?

By The Wife |

THIS GUY: We’ve been keeping busy with carting our sickly dude back and forth to the veterinary college, followed by a couple of weeks of carrying him around like a baby and keeping him pumped up with doggy drugs. We’ll be back to post about home matters in two shakes of a dog’s tail!

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How to Frame Odd Size Art – Part One: Float Frames

By The Wife |

You know the standards… 4×6, 5×7, 8×10, 11×14, and so on. The typical frames you find just hanging out on store shelves tend to be in predictable sizes. So how do you frame a piece of paper that measures 15×19? Well, if it’s an irreplaceable item such as your college diploma or marriage certificate, there [...]

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The Perfectly Imperfect Home

By The Wife |

There is an almost instinctual urge to view Deborah Needleman’s new book, The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well, through the lens of her beloved interiors tome produced with the Domino team, Domino: The Book of Decorating. It is admittedly not easy to divorce Needleman’s current work from her Domino days. When [...]

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Inspiration, in Need of Translation

By The Wife |

I just discovered a really beautiful Swedish home decor mag called Skona Hem. Unfortunately, a subscription through Amazon is (gulp) nearly $200- a year. In terms The Husband will get, that’s like two years of The Economist! Luckily, there is no shortage of chic, bright interior shots on their website, skonahem.com. The site is of [...]

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Listen to Your House

By The Wife |

The Husband and I are big believers in not straying too far from the spirit of the house when decorating or renovating. You’re never going to turn a 900 square foot clapboard cottage into a Versailles manor, and it just looks a little silly if you try to put a full sized plaster statue of [...]

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Under the Influence: Deborah Needleman’s Color Palette

By The Wife |

White walls have never been anything more to me than a metaphor for boredom and lack of creativity. White walls are what people live with in bad apartment complexes and freshman dorms. So when we started to come up with ideas for our house, color dominated. While selecting paint for the living room, I dismissed [...]

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A Thought for the Weekend

By The Wife |

I’ve often cited the Joan Didion essay “Many Mansions” from The White Album when asked about my resistance to new construction. Despite having to wade through typical Didion self-aggrandizing text to get to them, the essay features some of the best lines I’ve ever read on the difference between the spirit of old and new [...]

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