Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Stylish Winter Accessories: Glittens

Another one of my favorite winter accessories is a great pair of glittens. Haven't heard of glittens? You may have seen them around recently without even knowing it. Although it may sound like the name of a character right out of a Dr. Seuss book, they're actually a useful combination of two classic winter accessories. Glittens are a glove-mitten combo that provide the warmth of mittens and the convenience of gloves. With glittens you can fold back the mitten part and you're left with a fingerless glove. Brilliant, right? Here are a few stylish glitten options that are available right now:

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Stylish Winter Accessories: Earmuffs

The bitter cold of winter has officially fallen upon the Northeast (among other places). If you're not prepared with all of the appropriate winter wear then this post is for you. Being someone who walks to work everyday in NYC, I spend my fair share of time outside. I can tell you first-hand that bundling up is essential! One of my favorite winter accessories are my earmuffs. They keep me warm and, best of all, don't cause static-y hat hair. Here are a few earmuff picks for those of you that are still without this necessary item. (Perk: some of these are on sale!).

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wrap Around Porches

These long, cold winter days have me daydreaming of summer. On a nice warm day there are few things better then relaxing on a beautiful wrap around porch. (My future dream home definitely includes one). Now is the perfect time to start thinking about how to get your porch ready for use in the upcoming seasons. Consider adding a pop of color by painting the ceiling of your porch a vibrant hue. You can never have too much comfortable seating either, so invest in a new outdoor sofa or pair of rocking chairs. Turn your porch into a space for living so that you're ready to take advantage of it when the weather warms up.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Pantone Color of the Year 2013: Emerald

Pantone has named emerald as its color of the year for 2013. If you're not familiar with Pantone, it is a company that is, in many opinions, the expert in color. So if you're ready to give your home an update try incorporating this trendy color. For maximum impact paint an entire room in the hue. Otherwise, consider reupholstering a chair, adding throw pillows, or outfitting your windows in emerald. One tip to keep in mind when shopping for this style: a lighter shade of emerald gives a more contemporary look, while a darker shade tends to be more traditional.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

5 Home New Year's Resolutions

Don't get me wrong, it's great to promise yourself that you'll exercise more, travel often, or eat less chocolate, but why not focus instead on giving your home a little love this year? Being that it's a place where you spend quite a bit of time, it should probably be as important as loosing those lingering five pounds (well, maybe almost as important).

Here are a few easy, yet impactful things that you can promise your home this year and actually follow-through with...

1. Switch out plain sofa pillows for a pop of color or pattern.
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2. Update bed linens. Incorporate a new duvet, accent pillows, blanket, or sheet set for a new look in your bedroom.
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3. Spice up your dish ware. Go for a collection of one, two, or three colors to make an impact on your table settings.
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4. Throw on a throw. Not only will throws keep you and your guests comfortable, but they will also add another layer of color and texture to your space.
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5. Add easy artwork. Start a collection of photos or frame an inexpensive poster to give your room a new focus.
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