Archive for May, 2010

Candice Olson in Person — Her Take on Kids Room Design…

Candice Olson in Person — Her Take on Kids Room Design… …Her Wallpapers, Divine Design & The Future


by Sherri Blum

This week, our Nursery and Kids Room Design Expert and Contributor—Sherri Blum—got to meet someone she really looks up to (literally and figuratively). She shares her visit

with us.


I had the distinctive honor of meeting the one and only Candice Olson of Divine Design this week! I can’t even begin to express how great it was to meet […] Read more »

8 Top Sites to Buy Artwork Online

8 Top Sites to Buy Artwork Online I’m an art enthusiast. My best friend is an incredible watercolorist and art instructor, and I marvel at what she creates with a vision and a brush.

I know countless palette- and pencil-wielding types, some of whom I’ve met doing interviews for our Artist Profiles here on I’ve even dabbled myself.

So although there are still many incredible art galleries worth a visit, I’ve been […] Read more »

Ta-Da! MyKidsArtOnCanvas Challenge Results

Ta-Da! MyKidsArtOnCanvas Challenge Results MyKidsArtOnCanvas Father’s Day Challenge

Precious family moments. Touching artwork.

We challenged children to create a drawing or a painting themed “My Dad and me,” depicting a fun time spent with Dad. Kids from around the globe submitted beautiful, colorful and moving portrayals. Such talent!

The Challenge closed to entries last night at 11:59 pm, and shortly thereafter I ran the drawing over at* to choose the winners.

Many […] Read more »

Designer Lighting Ideas from the Mecca of Design

Designer Lighting Ideas from the Mecca of Design by Leona Gaita

Today we are joined by Leona Gaita, Interior Design Expert and Contributor. Leona shares with us her inspiring ideas and advice to help us enrich our homes and lives with beauty and elegance.

I Went to the High Point Market and I Saw the Light!

For the first time ever, I made the pilgrimage to the furniture mecca of the world, High Point, North […] Read more »

Designer Nursery for Baby 1, 2, 3

Designer Nursery for Baby 1, 2, 3 Parents of triplets can use any shred of tranquility they can get their diaper-strapping, baby-bouncing hands on. What if the nursery could be designed to relax?

That’s what Stephanie Marsh Fillbrandt and her team at Marsh & Clark Design accomplished with their Nursery Design for Triplets, at this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase.

Photographs by Elisabeth Fall

The subdued color palette isn’t what you typically see in […] Read more »

Trend Alert — Sea Life in Home Decor

Trend Alert — Sea Life in Home Decor A trend has swum its way into home decor—Sea Life. Schools of fish? Yes. But also lobster, squid, jellyfish, seahorses and even sea urchins are inhabiting home textiles, ceramics and an ocean of other accessories.

It’s an Etsy shopping day today and I’ve found some fabulous (and fun and funky) sea-life pieces for you.

The watery-coral design of Karen’s Cool Pots’ Sea-Inspired Pottery Bowl […] Read more »

Home Staging Tips and Timing

Home Staging Tips and Timing by GraceAnn Simoni

It’s the time of year when so many people put their homes on the market. So I asked Contributor GraceAnn Simoni to share some home staging tips and advice, and some telling Before and After photographs of her work. GraceAnn is a an Interior Redesign and Staging Specialist and Instructor from the Chicagoland area.

Home Staging – When should it start?

When the listing is […] Read more »

Contact Paper Stencil Lazy Susan

Contact Paper Stencil Lazy Susan Here’s a fun, DIY makeover to help freshen up your tabletop. I’d read here that Contact Paper makes a good stencil material, so I thought I’d give it a try and make over our well-used IKEA lazy Susan.

It went from this sad, water-stained (but functional) round…

To this happy, decorative centerpiece!

First I slapped on two coats of a stain-blocking primer, sanding in-between coats. I covered that […] Read more »

Pixelated Pop in a Classic Bath

Pixelated Pop in a Classic Bath This bathroom could turn me into a morning person – the graphic and sunny space that

De Meza + Architecture + Interiors designers Gregg De Meza, Jennifer Gustafson and Michelle Nelson created for this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase.

The fresh colors and crisp cabinetry enticed. But it was the dance of a black-and-white pixelated mosaic that drew us in like fish to a sparkly lure. […] Read more »

Last-Minute DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

Last-Minute DIY Mother’s Day Gifts There’s still time to make Mom smile, when she sees the handmade Mother’s Day gift from you or the kids. We are lucky enough to be enjoying Mom’s company this Mother’s Day, as she has flown in for a visit with the California family.

A quick, fun reuse project is our Sweet Stands. Put some together by Saturday and you can host Mom for a beautiful […] Read more »

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2010

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2010 Its spring in the City and time again for The San Francisco Decorator Showcase, a benefit for the financial aid program at San Francisco University High School.

You’ll come away with a mansion full of inspiration when you visit this year’s 8,368 square foot Pacific Heights home, open through the end of May.

Photographs by Cathy Lambert.

40 of the Bay Area’s top designers have transformed […] Read more »

Go to Your Happy Place

Go to Your Happy Place Artist Profile — Amy Flynn

The Illustration business isn’t what it used to be. But accomplished illustrator Amy Flynn is thriving.

The former Hallmark and Current staff artist made a living for many years painting whimsical, splashy artwork for cards and children’s books.

“The way that illustrators work has changed three times over,” said Amy. At first, companies kept illustrators on staff. Then artists were forced to […] Read more »

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