Monthly Archives: November 2011

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Fall Decor – Spectacular Stairwell

Give your stairwell a new look by turning it into a mini art gallery for friends and family to enjoy. Wake up blank walls with a beautiful collection of pressed leaves, floral prints, and motifs borrowed from nature. Add another cozy touch by draping a fuzzy throw over a chair.

Harvest Hues

Invite the harvest indoors with nature-inspired colors that will warm your space all season.

Punchy accents, such as window treatments, pillows, and throws, are fun and easy ways to set the mood — and they can be changed on a whim or with the seasons.

Vintage-White Christmas Decorating (Part 1)

Oh, Christmas Tree

The rich green of this Christmas tree stands out in a sea of creamy white. The room’s center of attention, the tree is decorated with heirloom glass ornaments and white candles. Read the rest of this entry

Fall Decor: Down-to-Earth

Rustic textures serve up earthy, relaxed attitude that’s perfect for fall. Well-worn relics, such as a handmade wooden table and a copper tray centerpiece, and mismatched upholstery make the space intimate and unique, perfect for casual dining.

Xmas decor: Christmas Garden

Poinsettia bracts in shades of red and pink stand proudly in mismatched glasses standing in as vases.

The different shades of pink soften the look of the crisp white mantel and surround.

Welcome, winter! Hanging Pinecones and Monogram Decor

Welcome the season with a pretty display at your door. A thick ribbon and some inexpensive embellishments give a personal winter feel in minutes. To make the pinecone bunches, hot-glue the flat end of pinecones around a 3-inch-wide plastic foam ball. Tie a bow and hot-glue it on, as well. Hang your family monogram from velvet ribbon as the centerpiece.

Editor’s Tip: Attach your ribbon to the door (rather than the door frame) if you go in and out of the door often. A touch of tacky wax can help prevent it from brushing against your door in the wind.

Brush-Less Paintings by Amy Shackleton

Borderline (Windsor + Banff) Jan 2010, 24" X 30" Acrylic and Enamel on Canvas--SOLDBreakthrough (Peru + New York City) Dec 2009, 30" X 60" Acrylic and Enamel on Canvas --SOLDThe Hidden City (Peru + New York City) Dec 2009, 45" X 60" Acrylic and Enamel on Canvas --SOLD
Amy Shackleton, who is only 25-years-old, is a unique artist. While her paintings use tons and tons of paint, she doesn’t use paintbrushes to create them! Rather, she squeezes paint onto canvases and then allows the paint to naturally drip. She then rotates the canvas to control the direction of the drips, making her paintings appear natural yet controlled. Read the rest of this entry

Cherry Thumbprints Recipe

Makes: 40 servings
Yield: 40 cookies

Prep: 30 mins
Bake: 375°F 8 mins
Stand: 2 hrs

  • 2/3
    cup butter, softened
  • 1/2
    cup sugar
  • 1/8
    teaspoon salt
  • 1
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 2/3
    cups all-purpose flour
  • 2
    teaspoons finely shredded orange peel
  • 2/3
    cup chopped candied cherries Read the rest of this entry

World’s Most Beautiful Places to Soak: 8 breathtaking baths and backdrops

Nothing says “R&R” like a long, hot bath: That ahh feeling is the best cure for stress. Sure, you can find hot water and a tub just about anywhere (including your own home), but you can only extract so much ambience from bathroom tiles. To really kick back, leave your well-treaded bathmat behind and head to a soak-spot that both calms the nerves and soothes the senses. We’ve uncovered some spectacular bathing locales that drip with history, luxury and natural beauty.

Chena Hot Springs, Fairbanks, Alaska

Courtesy of the Chena Hot Springs Resort

Simply thinking of Alaska may send a shiver down your spine, but the northernmost state holds the key to a warm, relaxing getaway: the Chena Hot Springs. Located about 60 miles east of Fairbanks, these bubbling waters are at the heart of a 40-square-mile geothermal activity zone. The hot springs funnel mineral water at a whopping 165 degrees Fahrenheit into the massive pools at the Chena Hot Springs Resort. But don’t worry about the heat: The water is cooled well before it makes its way to the pool. When you do settle in for a soak, you’ll find that the region’s alpine peaks and verdant evergreen forests make for a splendid backdrop. (more…)