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Hardware Resources over at Real Simple

Looking for knobs and pulls? Today over at Real Simple online I share some of my favorite places to pick up hardware in case you’re looking: Hardware: Locating Hot Knobs and Pretty Pulls.

(images from anthropologie)

Posted in uncategorized on March 10, 2008

Happy Friday!

I hope all of you dear friends have a very nice weekend, I’m signing off for the day to go on a date with my husband — dinner and a movie! Yay! Let’s hear it for having a husband that takes you on a date each and every Friday night for 7 years. It’s the best night of my week.

Here’s my new painting purchased from artist Michele Maule.
Perfect for a girl who writes stuff as much as I do. :)

Pretty things from Ez from a recent swap we did, this is a view of it on my credenza. The notebook says, “She decided to start living the life she’d imagined”. Despite the ups and downs involved in making major life changes, we have no regrets when we try and way to many when we don’t. If you are about to embark on making some changes in your life, maybe you should pick up a little notebook from Compendium like this one for yourself too.

(image from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on March 07, 2008

decor8 Wish List {March}

We all have those special lists we make and if finances allowed, we’d easily drop cash on them all. Despite what my practical and frugal side tells me, I like to create a monthly wish list with 6 items that I want/need in the following categories: Fashion, Beauty, and Home and I almost always reward myself with at least one. Never all 6 because well, I’m not loaded. Budget aside, Ie still have to live and have a little fun so here’s my wish list for March.

Anthropologie signac petal lamp (perfect for a desk), Virginia Johnson blouse, Lepidoptera embroidered shade, cashmere rosette cardigan in yellow from J Crew, sunny woods rug, and a perky green Kate Spade belle haven bridget bag for those afternoon strolls.

I know they’re material things and shouldn’t be our primary focus in life, and I realize that everyone lives within a set budget and that varies by person. Ten years ago, I lived in my own apartment in Boston, worked full-time, and had some debt to deal with. My life was very different back then. Even so, I still had my wish list and planned out what I wanted/needed so that I could have something to look forward to that made working long hours worth it. Sometimes it was just a haircut, but it was something and that made me feel good.

One of the best parts about being a grown up is that you take care of yourself now, parents no longer have a say. You can sleep in, stay up late, decide who to marry, and watch whatever you want on television. Of course, it’s good to exercise self control by setting personal limits, but it’s also a good feeling to treat yourself with something special now and then. A facial, a class, or a lampshade — it’s up to you and your budget to determine.

It’s not about being materialistic, it’s actually a smarter way to shop because you can avoid impulse buying if you have monthly wish list that you stick to. I no longer allow myself to veer off and spend $10 or $20 on little things, because they all add up. I’m no financial wizard, but I went into my 30’s debt-free and although I author a design blog, I’m still free of debt because making, and sticking to, my monthly wish list.

If you’re a blogger and would like to share your wish list on your own blogs, please do — I’d love to see what others are wishin’, hopin’, and dreamin’ of…

(images linked above)

Posted in uncategorized on March 05, 2008

decor8 on RealSimple.com

Now that I can announce it, here’s the good news I’ve been dying to share! I will now co-author the Home & Organizing section for Real Simple magazine online, which is part of their new blog network called Simply Stated.

I’ll take on Home and my partner-in-crime Erin Doland, editor of Unclutterer, will tackle Organizing. I’m honored to be part of the Real Simple team and to work alongside Erin, the organization queen. Going forward, you can find my articles on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings right here. I’ll still be blogging daily on decor8 but welcome your company over at Real Simple, too!

To subscribe to future posts over at Simply Stated through the RSS feed, click here.

Psst: Unclutterer posted an interview with me today on their site on the topic of organizing in case you’re interested…

(image: screen shot from realsimple.com)

Posted in uncategorized on March 05, 2008

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Some of my books...

Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

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