my design process

Nothing is more exciting than designing a space from scratch! I'm a lucky girl: this project is a finished garage that had been used as a woodshop by the previous owner. My friend wants to turn it into a space where her very active 6-year old daughter could burn off some energy. The space is …

5 tips for getting out the door on time

It's that time again--back to school! Getting kids out the door in the morning is one of of the most stressful times of the day for parents. When the school year begins, the lazy days of summer come to an abrupt end, and if your kids don't know what to expect... well, you know what …

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 …

storage for small things

I am drawn to storage boxes with compartments, possibly a carryover from carrying around an Artbin in my art school days. Serenity for me is everything in its place. These days it's about Legos and craft supplies. I have yet to find the perfect, portable storage container. I made a pilgrimage to my local Container …

got toys? storage that’s easy on the eyes

As someone who knows what it feels like to step on an errant Lego barefoot, I'm passionate about attractive and functional storage solutions for toys. DailyCandy has handily served up 17 options that are fun, stylish, and don't require you to work primary-colored plastic into your decor. via 71 Places to Put Things Away - …