a home for living in

Stylist, editor, and designer, Sarah Alba, had her home featured in Apartment Therapy. It is a lovely example of how a family can live comfortably and stylishly on a budget. She uses affordable furnishings from some of my favorite national retailers -- Crate&Barrel, Pottery Barn, IKEA, West Elm, and Serena & Lily -- but mixes different styles together so …

my first virtual mood board

I just discovered Olioboard, an online moodboard creator. I started playing around with it yesterday, and got sucked in for an hour. What do you think? For this board, I started with the chair and the trio of bookcases, and wanted to add some fun color and whimsical florals for a feminine touch. The metallic …

rocking chair refresh

I spotted this rocker in a local thrift shop. The curved back, carved frame, and overall proportions are lovely, not to mention incredibly comfortable. Reupholstered in this whimsical, bold floral fabric, this old lady could be made young again. I'd keep the dark wood frame, cleaned up and finished with a simple clear wax. Perfect for …