It’s the cat’s ass: DIY top loading cat litter boxes!


I don’t know how long we’ve been dealing with cat box drama — essentially, the entire 9 years Mark and I and our respective cats have been co-habitating. Orville, our flame-point siamese, is VERY particular about how clean his box and surrounding area are. So much so that he will “exact revenge” upon us if we don’t keep his terlet ...

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Scent obsessed: Orla Kiely limited editions for Method


It’s not often that I stray from my beloved Method Orla Kiely limited edition dish soap. Once I got it home, I was even happier, because the scent I purchased — tomato vine — was one that transported me to a much happier place. Where it’s warm, sunny, and the days are long — tomatoes ripening slowly on the vine, ...

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Housekeeping?! A round up


I’ve never been known as the tidiest person around, but I do enjoy a clean house. Here are some crafty short cuts and shim shams I use to organize, clean, and freshen my space that I’ve accumulated over the years. One of my most popular posts ever: how to my thrift store solution. Want to her secret for cleaning delicate ...

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HALP! A dining room paint color dilemma


During my tenure as design coach for Re-Energized by Design, I have had the pleasure of working with some of the great paint from Sherwin Williams. Not only was I pleased with the color choices but also the paint itself: low-VOC, great coverage, and — best of all –LOW PRICE. They’ve also got a pretty fantastic online tool with the ...

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Re-Energized! By Design, that is.


I’m incredibly honored to be a design coach for Re-Energized By Design challenge. What’s that about?! Re-Energized by Design is a fast-paced home makeover web series, where 6 teams compete to re-decorate their homes with a focus on integrating energy efficiency into their design. Everything is DIY, and the budgets are terribly small; but with some creativity and some elbow ...

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