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Holiday Cookies

Dipping the assembled mallomar cookies in melted chocolate The finished chocolate cookie I married into a large extended family.  Sam's mom had only boys and created a tradition of Christmas cookie baking with her nieces. This yearly tradition has expanded to include cousins, their children and now partners.  This year we [...]

December 7th, 2015|Food, Holidays, Uncategorized|

The Vanishing Dining Room

Are formal dining rooms an endangered species? This area has become one of the most underutilized spaces in some homes. While many families have wonderful intentions of hosting festive family gatherings around their dining table, the changing American lifestyle is often at odds with this ideal. Your grandmother may have had days to polish the [...]

September 14th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Creating a Bedroom for a Good Night Sleep

I have issues with sleep.  Frankly, I just don't get enough.  The National Institute of Health (NIH) has stated that insomia (a sleep disorder) affects hearly 60 million Americans a year (NIH, 2007)  Poor sleep habits can result in daytime sleepiness and can weaken the immune system.  Studies by NIH have found that daytime sleepiness [...]

August 18th, 2014|Uncategorized|

LasVegas Design Camp July 29-31 2014

Design Camp Introduction - YouTube Video Today I’m thrilled to be partnering with celebrity interior designers Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis to give one lucky reader a ticket to Design Camp Las Vegas ($1,297 value)! While most of you need no introduction to Lori, Kelli or their Design Camp seminars, let me elaborate a little bit more about what they’re [...]

April 28th, 2014|Uncategorized|