Saturday, June 26, 2010

Fitkins Greenhouse S-A-L-E


They have a great selection of hanging baskets, patio pots and perennials. I spent just shy of 60.00 and could barely fit it in the back of my car.

Take Main St. Sylvania N. and cross over the Michigan line, maybe a 1/4 mile.  Take a rt. on Green Rd.  You'll see the sign.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Selling your home? Decor Trends to Reconsider

I got a little chuckle out of this article.  Living in the Midwest, some of these trends are just on the arrival. My advice, eliminate #1 and #2 and give serious consideration to the rest.  ENJOY!

By The Nest Editors
From The Nest

They weren't always wrong. Many of these trends looked great in a glossy photo but translated poorly to everyday life. Others are already on the way out. Still others are just utterly, inexcusably hideous. To help you take the guesswork out of updating your decor, we took a hard look at some of the hottest recent trends and whipped up this list of the bad, the ugly, and the better-in-theory.

Trend #1: Antlers

Why Skip It: When the antlers craze hit, it hit hard. Mounted horns earned countless shelter mag centerfolds. Eventually, the trend spread to include objects fashioned out of antlers, from chandeliers to toilet paper holders. These days, they feel almost cliche. In short: Anything this hot was destined to become so not.

Trend #2: Taxidermy

Why Skip It: A few seasons ago, hipsters inexplicably embraced mummified mammals and petrified peacocks as part of the Gilded Age revival. This was not a look that worked for most people -- even (cough) the hipsters. Other components of this shudder-inducing trend: decorative monkey skeletons and those somber ancestral portraits where the eyes seem to follow you around the room. Rule of thumb: Anything that looks like the set of the last Tim Burton movie is a no.

Trend #3: Inspirational Sayings

Why Skip It: "Keep Calm and Carry On" is an admirable sentiment, but it's become the '00s equivalent of those "Hang In There, Baby" cat posters from the '70s. In other words, it's time to let it go. Also included in the "do not want" category? Lettered wall decals with homespun homilies about friendship, clouds, or dreams. Put it this way: Not everyone wants to learn a lesson every time they drop by.

Trend #4: Decorative Buddha Sculptures

Why Skip It: Sure, they're jolly, and their little bellies are hard to resist. But Buddha decor, part of the "Zen Retreat" trend that made family rooms all over America resemble the inside of Gwyneth Paltrow's yoga studio, is now pretty passe. In short: Buddha statues are religious symbols, not kitschy garden gnomes.

Trend #5: Ghost Chairs

Why Skip It: We know. We love them too. But they've lost their novelty, their ability to surprise. Plus they scratch easily. Out of all the trends on this list, we're most hoping these make a quick comeback. Until then, let them vanish into the night -- or at least the attic.

Trend #6: Poufs

Why Skip It: Poufs came on the scene as niftier, hipper replacements for cubed leather ottomans, but they too have seen their day, thanks in part to an influx of homemade versions. We're usually in favor of DIY decorating, but we'd be happy if we never saw another lumpy, newspaper-stuffed pouf. Besides -- most adults prefer to sit higher than a foot off the floor.

Trend #7: Accent Walls

Why Skip It: When all-white rooms were in fashion, one brightly painted or wallpapered wall was a great way to break up the monotony. But now, with bolder paint colors the norm, accent walls have less purpose and can break up the flow of a room. Plus, what was once an unpredictable pop of color is now, well...predictable.

Trend #8: Boutique Hotel Chic

Why Skip It: The stiff minimalism, the dull neutrals, the oppressive uniformity. Where's the personality? Do we all really want to look like we live in a W hotel suite circa 2002? Conclusion: Modern luxury is all about ultra-unique pieces, so ditch the cookie cutter.

Trend #9: Black Chalkboard Paint

Why Skip It: In theory, rooms painted to resemble blackboards have an old-timey, one-room schoolhouse- style awesomeness. In reality, they're dusty repositories of half-erased stick figures and long-forgotten shopping lists. Plus, everyone you know already jumped on this trend, so stick a fork in it. Exception: We think chalkboard paint in unexpected colors still has legs.

I had to Google "Taxidermy" to get this photo COURTSEY of Apartment Therapy

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Twist Home Monroe St.

The savvy ladies of Twist Home: Margaret Penn Rodriguez,Jenifer Davis Tucker and Debbie Jenks Bogart are re-Styling furnishing with "experience" and making them fabulous!  Located at 4330 Monroe st. near
Jo Jo's Pizza, the store offers a creative mix of furniture, accessories and monogramming options that are fresh and modern.  Follow them on Facebook for their next show.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Make mine Melamine

Virtually indestructible, melamine plates are fantastic for summer and kids!  iomoi has a super chic selection that you can personalize.  What a great gift!