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…and around the room!

From the look of it, leaves falling from walnut trees—the first of the season, my grandfather used to say—change is upon us. But before the garden slips away and with it, a summery palette of colors I love, here's a bit of inspiration to bring change from the outside in. For the third and final leg of a late-summer series…
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…to the table…

Adding to the mix of fresh-cut flowers: nasturtiums. Beautiful and better yet, edible. Think baby greens, flash-seared salmon, or a peppery broth for mussels. Jaithan, be a lamb, won't you? Okay, Bridezilla. I know they're pretty, but I've got a table setting to do, so give 'em back! Scene: Me, toting basket, chasing him through yard. A few moments later... …
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From my garden…

The way I see it, sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to find inspiration. Move things around: silver, china, linens. Peel back pages: books, magazines, (ahem) blogs. And, if you're the gardening type, clear the brush. Deweed the beds. Trim old blooms. That's what I've been doing this week, having returned from travels high and low, to a…
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A Creative Candles Factory Tour + Giveaway

You know that show on the Science Channel called How It's Made? I'm kind of obsessed. I just think it's fascinating to learn how so many of the things we take for granted—from Q-tips to couscous—are actually made. Candles are another one. We've all bought the cheap kind, and paid for it in the process, whether with smoke marks on…
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Before & After – Closet Makeover

I think the only thing that would make me go back in the closet is a good stiff drink. Enter Real Simple. Here's what it looked like before the makeover. And here it is now! (Click twice to enlarge.)  Of course, there's lots of great vintage barware from our Etsy store, including this super chic brass and teak tray, together…
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Flying High

As a magazine editor, I was used to working on a holiday calendar that was, shall we say, whacked: Christmas in July, Easter eggs in January, and a slew of Thanksgiving table settings just in time for Valentine's Day! Despite all of that, last week's Halloween shoot for HGTV felt strangely odd, ironic at times, and always full of surprises.…
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Boo!

Did I scare you!? For the next two weeks, while most of us will be enjoying the dog days of summer, Jaithan and I will be knee-deep in gauze, shooting a Halloween special in San Francisco for HGTV! We'll be back Monday the 17th, but in the meantime, follow me on Twitter for behind-the-scenes action, drop by our Etsy shop…
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Pretty In Pink

First, a confession: I'm obsessed with the color pink. Surprised? I thought not. I also love quiche, but that's a different story. I just think there's something so happy about, say, pink garden roses in a pretty milk glass vase. Apparently, I'm not alone. Some studies show that pink actually prompts the brain to release serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps…
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