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Anne Neilson Home: Combining The Beauty Of Fine Art And Faith With A Commitment To Philanthropy

September 2017  •  basil & salt 

A-Z scripture cards_300dpiIf you strive to make your home an inspiring space, you know that every piece serves a purpose. No matter the season, decorate your home with decor that expresses passion and meaning by combining the beauty of fine art with an inspiring faith and commitment to philanthropy.  Anne Neilson Home is a true reflection of designer Anne’s own passion and purpose.

Starting her artistic career with a successful pottery business, Anne Herring Neilson created Herring Designs, Inc. With a brief interlude spent focusing on her growing family, she rekindled her passion for art by painting in oils. Quickly becoming nationally known for her ethereal Angel Series paintings, these pieces are inspiring reflections of her faith and flair for color and light.

Collectors Edition Lucite Sleeve Self-publishing an inspirational coffee table book, Angels In Our Midst, in 2012, Neilson went on to sell over 30,000 copies to date. Continuing her journey of giving back through art, she published a second book, Strokes of Compassion, and more recently released Angels: The Collector’s Edition, the largest coffee table book to date, showcasing her most-loved content from Angels In Our Midst. Due to the high demand for her original oils and books, Neilson has successfully expanded her collection to include note cards, scripture cards, journals, prints and luxury candles.

Painting with purpose and passion, Neilson finds meaning in giving back to others less fortunate. Contributing to local, national, and international organizations with proceeds from her art shows, books, and products going into the community, Neilson is committed to bettering the world – one design at a time.

Decorate your home with some of the stylish, meaningful pieces from Anne Neilson Home:

  • Angels: The Collector’s EditionThe newest coffee table treasure from Anne Neilson, this beneficial book includes the largest collection of stories and fine art images to date. Featuring the most beloved content from Angels In Our Midst PLUS an additional 154 pages filled with art and stories, this piece is dedicated to helping organizations across the country in fighting the effects of homelessness and chronic poverty. Discover stories from critically acclaimed music artists including Matthew West,Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, and Audio Adrenaline.
  • 100 Days of Scripture CardsKept in a gorgeous lucite box, these scripture cards are divine. Featuring the signature and inspiring Angel Series paintings along with a scripture verse, each box contains 100, 4 x 4 inch cards with an Angel image on one side and a scripture verse on the other. Perfect daily reminders to find faith, hope and encouragement, they make wonderful gifts as well!
  • Luxury CandlesWind down after a long day with the wonderful, serene scents of Anne Neilson Home’s luxury candles. Offering nine hand poured, luxury soy candles, each comes in a box featuring one of Anne’s fine art angels, selected to match the fragrance, and nestled in a hand blown glass. Available candles include Luminous, Still Waters, Simply Serene, New Beginnings, Embrace, Garden Gate, Dwelling Place, Hidden Glory, and Daybreak and NEW Believe fragrance of fir, eucalyptus, oak moss and vanilla!  

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6th Annual MA+DS Seattle Modern Home Tour Showcases Residential Works of Architectural Art

Modern Home Tours returns to Seattle as the new Modern Architecture + Design Society, to showcase a new selection of modern homes on Saturday, April 29. Seattle Architecture Foundation is local non-profit partner.

The Seattle MA+DS Home Tour returns on the last Saturday in April, giving Seattleites the opportunity once again to explore a curated selection of homes that exemplify modern architecture and design, right in their own city. Visitors will get the inside scoop from homeowners on what it’s like to live in a modern home, and talk to the architects to find out from where the inspiration for design comes.

Last summer, Modern Home Tours LLC became the Modern Architecture + Design Society (MA+DS) – a new multi-media entity that aims to create a vibrant, global community of modern architecture and design enthusiasts. The goal: to deliver and provide a unique experience and opportunity through multiple platforms that inspire engagement with the people, places, and things that define the “modern” movement and enrich the collective appreciation of modern architecture, design, and style. Still the heart of the MA+DS operation, the self-driven and self-paced MA+DS Home Tours provide rare inside looks at some of the most stunning, privately-owned modern homes in cities across the continent each year.

The Seattle Architecture Foundation has been named the tour’s local non-profit beneficiary, continuing a solid partnership for a fifth year in a row. They will help staff the event, in return for a donation and the opportunity to use the tour as a fundraising vehicle.

Participants and homes featured on the 2017 Seattle MA+DS Home Tour include:

  • A contemporary home designed by Gloria Andrade and Mark Wilson, located in Madison Park
  • A new modern home on the west slope of Phinney Ridge by Coates Design Architects
  • An urban retreat designed by Lane Williams Architects that sits atop Queen Anne Hill
  • One of the “Residences on Fairview” homes, located on Wards Cove, designed by atelierjones
  • A modernizing update by Best Practice Architecture to a 100-year-old home in Roanoke Park
  • A renovation and addition to the “MTM Residence”, designed by babienko Architects, located near Woodland Park
  • A new home by Barcelo Homes overlooking Lake Washington, currently for sale by the developers
  • A modern home just completed by Dwell Development and JA Architects in the Mt. Baker neighborhood

home tourThe Seattle MA+DS Home tour is presented by Marvin Windows and Doors. Additional promotional considerations are offered by media sponsor Gray Magazine and

Participating homes in the 2017 Seattle MA+DS Home Tour will open their doors for viewing from 11AM – 5PM on Saturday, April 29th, in the Seattle area. All are invited to attend. Tickets to see all homes are $35 in advance online; $40 on the day of the tour. Details on ticket purchases and descriptions of all participants with photos can be found on the Seattle MA+DS Home Tour event page.

About the Modern Architecture + Design Society: Based in Austin, Texas, the Modern Architecture + Design Society was founded was founded by James Leasure in 2010 as Modern Home Tours, to introduce modern architecture and living to people across the nation. Through fun and informative self-guided home tours in dozens of cities across the USA and Canada, the group invites people into some of the most exciting examples of modern architecture and design in the nation. With carefully selected architects, neighborhoods and architecture, the MA+DS Home Tours are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Not only will you learn about the cutting edge of home design while on our tours, but you might even get an idea or two for your next home project!

Dazzling Home Renovations Take Center Stage in New HGTV Series ‘Flip or Flop Vegas’

bristolandaubreymarunde-flip-or-flop-vegasHGTV’s Flip or Flop phenomenon, which started with Tarek and Christina El Moussa flipping houses in Southern California, is expanding to include new duos and additional titles set in cities across the United States. The first new title in the franchise is Flip or Flop Vegas starring contractor and MMA fighter Bristol Marunde and his wife, real estate agent and designer Aubrey, as they showcase their home renovation and flipping skills. Premiering Thursday, April 6, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the series follows the network’s newest pair of house flippers as they snag some of Sin City’s most rundown homes and transform them into sparkling showstoppers.

“In Vegas, the higher the risk—the greater the reward,” said Bristol. “Together, Aubrey and I are unstoppable. There’s no flipping project too hard for us to tackle.”

During the series, Bristol and Aubrey scour auction sales and real estate sites to score dilapidated homes in dire need of a full overhaul. The couple put their business savvy to the test as they face abrasive desert challenges and tight budgets in order to complete total renovations that bring in top dollar.

“We’ve successfully flipped more than 140 homes,” said Aubrey. “We manage every aspect of the flip and we’re willing to take on properties others won’t even touch.”

Viewers can visit here for a video sneak peek, photo gallery and more information about the hosts and can interact via social media using #FlipOrFlop. Additional titles in the franchise include Flip or Flop Atlanta, which will premiere this summer. Titles in the pilot/development phase include Flip or Flop Texas, Flip or Flop Nashville and Flip or Flop Chicago.

About HGTV
HGTV delivers the superstar experts, fascinating families, compelling renovations and stunning transformations that make all things home fun. America’s favorite way to get entertaining, relatable and inspirational home and lifestyle content, HGTV offers: a top 10 cable network that is distributed to more than 91 million U.S. households; a website,, that attracts an average of nine million people each month; social media platforms that engage nearly nine million users; HGTV Magazine, a monthly publication that reaches more than one million readers and exclusive collections of home-oriented products through the HGTV HOME™ consumer products line.  Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.  Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., HGTV is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., which also owns and operates Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.

Roche Bobois and Ocean Drive Magazine Collaborated with A-List Celebrities and Renowned Street Artists

gilles-bonan-heidi-klumOn the evening of November 29th, 2016, renowned luxury furniture brand Roche Bobois partnered with Ocean Drive magazine to co-host their Art Basel Miami Beach 2016 kick off celebration, “Art of the Party,” at Roche Bobois’ Wynwood location. Over 350 guests attended, eager to discover Roche Bobois and Ocean Drive magazine’s highly anticipated exhibition of “The Furtif Art Project,” as well as the unveiling of Ocean Drive’s December 2016 issue featuring host and cover star Heidi Klum .

For this one-of-a-kind artistic collaboration, Roche Bobois and Ocean Drive called upon six notable talents who reimagined and transformed the iconic FURTIF desks into works of art by Heidi Klum, Venus Williams for V Starr Interiors, Kelly “RISK” Graval, Santiago Rubino, TYPOE, and AHOL, to raise money for one of Miami’s most notable and respected charity 0rganizations, Lotus House; the auction of Heidi Klum’s design will benefit UNICEF. The auction ran until December 5th on Bidding For Good. The event brought together a number of A-listers, designers, media influencers, and important members of the business and philanthropic sectors including Heidi Klum, Venus Williams, lead actors of the film VANDAL, Daniel Zovatto, Otmara Marrero, Manolo Vergara, Frankie Alvarez, and its Executive Producers Jaydee Freixas and Tony Gonzalez , ESPN’s Desmond Howard, artists Typoe, Santiago Rubino, Kelly “RISK” Graval, AHOL SNIFFS GLUE and more.

The Roche Bobois Wynwood location was completely transformed for this special evening, featuring an outdoor area with two of the six redesigned FURTIF desks. A vibrant vignette of Roche Bobois’ BUBBLE sofas gave guests a relaxing space to watch live graffiti installation on the exterior wall of the building by renowned artist, Kelly “RISK” Graval. Footage from the RISK’s demonstration is planned to be included in the upcoming independent feature film about street art and its culture, VANDAL, produced by Jaydee Freixas and Tony Gonzalez. Two additional lounges were complete with colorful
MAH JONG sofas to provide intimate seating for guests and an exclusive VIP lounge for Heidi Klum. A Caroline Bay Bermuda Ritz Carlton Resort booth lounge was also on display where guests could sit and an enjoy an exclusive hour long performance by the renowned DJ, re-mix producer and MC of Major Lazer, Walshy Fire. Inside, guests discovered the remaining four desks on exhibit before placing their generous bids at the auction kiosk.

The FURTIF desk was the perfect canvas to bring the six artists’ visions to life and support a beautiful cause. Venus Williams noted, “Just like every match, point and opponent is different, the design for this desk required a similar approach. It must be viewed from a myriad of different perspectives to be truly seen and appreciated.”

Roche Bobois is a long term supporter of Lotus House, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women, youth, and children. The charity, founded by Constance Collins, houses over 250 women and children on a daily basis where residents can live for up to a year, allowing these fragile families the time and tools needed to heal.

Photos Courtesy World Red Eye

About Roche Bobois:
Roche Bobois, a leader in high-end furniture, has always been known for its creativity, high quality, European know-how, and customization. Those values are brought to life through two distinct collections: Les Contemporains which embodies innovative and modern design, and Les Nouveaux Classiques which boldly reinvents traditional furniture, creating the classics of tomorrow. Much like the Fashion industry the company launches two furniture and accessories collections each year. Each furniture piece is born from a close collaboration between the brand, designers, and European manufacturers to bring the best of French Art de Vivre into one’s home. Founded in 1960 and with a network of over 250 stores in more than 50 countries, Roche Bobois has just celebrated its 40th anniversary in the United States. There are currently 27 locations in the US; the brand has recently introduced 3 new showrooms in Paramus, NJ, Aventura, FL, and Pasadena, CA and
continues to grow with an average of one new showroom opening every month worldwide. Experience French Art de Vivre at,, and on Instagram @rochebobois.
About Ocean Drive Magazine:
Ocean Drive magazine is the quintessential fashion and lifestyle magazine for South Florida, delivering the latest trends in fashion, beauty, art, travel, real estate, and entertainment. With its infectious glimpse into high and hip society, this glossy, oversized coffee-table book has become a staple in the homes of discerning, high-end audiences. Featuring sizzling content that is always ahead of the curve, Ocean Drive magazine delivers firsthand kno wledge of new trends and captures the essence of the American Riviera. Ocean Drive magazine is published by GreenGale Publishing LLC, publisher of
city-specific publications including: Aspen Peak, Austin Way, Boston Common, Capitol File, Gotham, Hamptons, Los Angeles Confidential, Michigan Avenue, Philadelphia Style and Vegas magazines
Its custom publishing titles include Art Basel, Wynn, Maison & Objet, The Mall at Short Hills and The Mall of San Juan. Through its strategic distribution model and significant investment in verified data from Nielsen Claritas, GreenGale Publishing is the only regional, lifestyle publishing company that is guaranteed to reach the sophisticated and affluent audience in each of our cities. GreenGale Publishing titles exceed 13,000 pages with a combined annual distribution of 4.1 million copies nationally.
About Lotus House:
Lotus House is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women, youth, and children. Today, we house over 250 women and children (130 children) on a daily basis, where they are permitted to live free up to a year to give these fragile families the time and tools needed to heal, improve the quality of their lives on every level, achieve greater self sufficiency, and transition to their new homes. We serve over 450 women and children on an annual basis. Utilizing an innovative, trauma-informed, holistic format, Lotus House provides shelter and multi-faceted, comprehensive supportive services, including access to medical and mental health care, parenting education, counseling and parent/child therapy, life skills and educational advancement, job readiness training, and a host of enrichment activities from art and acupuncture to yoga and meditation offering alternative pathways to healing. In the dreams come true of those we serve, we are all
enriched by the fruit of their potential realized.

Hallmark Channel’s “Home and Family” Next DIY Superstar Could Be You

One lucky winner will become a “Home & Family DIY Star”, appearing on-air in the daily daytime series with co-hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare, from Universal Studios, Hollywood

HallmarkHallmark Channel’s Daytime Emmy® nominated series “Home & Family” in partnership with DreamJobbing announces a nationwide talent search to find the next DIY star to join the on-air team.  One lucky winner will be chosen to become a DIY expert on Home & Family for one week in mid-April, joining co-hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare as the newest creative Family Member. They will create their own DIY projects for a national audience from the Home & Family set at Universal Studios, Hollywood.

DreamJobbing is an online opportunity platform created to inspire people by giving them incredible opportunities and a chance to change their story – from once in a lifetime opportunities such as Wildlife Volunteer in Thailand, to full time positions such as Writer for Lance Bass Productions, LLC.   Producers are looking for enthusiastic candidates with strong DIY ideas, the ability to show viewers step-by-step how they created their DIY projects, great on-camera presence and a fun personality.   Video applications will be accepted from March 7–April 15, 2016. Submission details and additional information can be found  here.  Watch the video here.

Home and Family, Hallmark Channel

Hosted by Emmy® Award nominee Mark Steines and TV personality and culinary phenom Cristina Ferrare, “Home & Family” returns for a new Season! “Home & Family” is a two-hour show airing weekdays, intended to help viewers live their best lives!

**Candidate requirements, official rules, judging criteria, eligibility requirements and details can be found here.

**NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open to legal residents of the 50 US or DC who are at least 21 and legally able to work in US. Winner will receive $1500, round-trip airfare, accommodations, and transportation. Must be available to travel to Los Angeles for appearance on Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” 4/20/16-4/29/16. Dates may change per Producer needs. Other restrictions apply. Official Sponsor: DreamJobbing LLC, 3112 Windsor Road, Austin, TX 78703. Subject to Official Rules and entry at

About  “Home & Family”

“Home & Family,” currently in its fourth season, is the only daytime lifestyle series on cable television with 52 consecutive weeks of new episodes.  Emmy® Winner Mark Steines and New York Times bestselling author and chef Cristina Ferrare host the fourth season of the two-time Daytime Emmy® Nominated Hallmark Channel Original Lifestyle Series. “Home & Family” airs new original episodes Monday through Friday (10a.m. ET/PT, 9C – 12p.m. ET/PT, 11C) on Hallmark Channel.

“Home & Family” features not only the best in lifestyle advice, but also plays host to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and most exciting music acts.  Recent guests that have visited include; Dolly Parton, Mira Sorvino, Steven Bauer, John Rhys-Davis, Joseph Fiennes, Melissa Ethridge, Fran Drescher, Hayden Christensen, Kate Bosworth, Nigel Lythgoe, James Brolin, Naomi Judd, Wolfgang Puck, Tony Robbins, Billy Ray Cyrus, Betty White, Dean Cain, Tori Spelling, Olivia Newton-John, Alison Sweeney, Russell Simmons, La Toya Jackson and Rocco DiSpirito.  The series reaches viewers’ homes from its own 2,800 square foot working home at Universal Studios.

About DreamJobbing

DreamJobbing is an innovative company that bridges the entertainment, tech, digital and branded-content worlds. It was founded by entertainment industry veterans – Lisa Hennessy, Alex Boylan and Burton Roberts. The trio are entrepreneurs and storytellers with backgrounds in network TV production, digital content, social media, PR, marketing and technology. Lisa Hennessy is one of the key pioneers in large scale competition reality shows; she has Executive produced hundreds of hours of network TV including Eco-Challenge, Rock Star, Contender, Biggest Loser, and more. Alex Boylan and Burton Roberts were visionaries in the digital world, having created the first online – interactive series Around the World for Free prior to the two becoming the go-to team producing branded digital content for CBS, Rachael Ray Show, Travel Channel and many more. DreamJobbing has three distinct verticals: A creative agency which works with brands, businesses and tourism offices on creative content and social media campaigns, a production company, and a digital platform ( which offers the coolest jobs in the world.

High-Tech Hacks for the Kitchen by Amber Heckler

Have you been yearning to up your kitchen game but without bulky gadgets or “unitasker” appliances? Don’t worry. These days, there are many ways to optimize cozy kitchens with cool high-tech gadgets that save space instead of taking it up.

High Tech Kitchen Hacks

Measure With a Digital Kitchen Scale

Digital kitchen scales will change your life. They are more expensive than measuring cups, but not by very much, and the time and energy they’ll save you is more than worth it. Digital kitchen scales are slender and take up hardly any space. They’re also way more accurate than measuring cups or spoons, and are a real asset to your kitchen.

Install a Tablet Wall Mount

Gone are the days of giant cookbooks and their equally giant stands. If you have a tablet, install a wall mount in your kitchen. This will allow you to read your recipe on your tablet in “real time” as you’re cooking, freeing up your hands and making everything a lot easier. Pro tip: Place a protective cover on your tablet to guard against food splats.

Create Your Own Chalkboard

Ask your property manager before going forward with this one, but if he or she allows it, paint the inside — or outside, if you prefer — of your cupboards with chalkboard paint. This high-tech paint looks and acts like a chalkboard, so you can write on it with chalk and wipe it clean! You can use your new chalkboard to keep notes on recipes, measurements or anything else you want, freeing you of paper reminders or sticky notes, which can add a lot of clutter to a kitchen.

Magnetize Everything

Magnets are truly a miracle when it comes to saving space. There are several ways to take advantage of magnets in the kitchen. If you’re tired of your knife block taking up counter space, buy a magnetic knife strip. Just install it on the wall and your knives will hang from it, taking up little space and looking cool in the process. Another great magnetized product is a set of magnetic all-purpose racks. You can put this on your fridge and store spices or anything you want in it.

Immerse Yourself in Immersion Blenders

Immersion blenders, also known as “stick blenders,” take up much less space than “regular” blenders and are highly efficient. It’s true that they can’t do everything a large blender can, so keep your large blender in the cabinet for when you need to make a batch of margaritas. Immersion blenders, however, are great for making single-serving smoothies and for blending soups.

Steam Clean

Mops and buckets are the scourge of the closet. They’re germ factories and they take up an infuriating amount of space. Consider investing in a steam mop; it will make your life a lot easier. Just add water and this mop can clean anything (as long as you double check to make sure your mop is OK for use on hardwood floors). Your kitchen will be the cleanest you’ve ever seen it.

Pop Up, Pop Down

There’s no getting around the fact that you need a sponge, but it’s a huge waste of space. That’s where the Pop-Up Sponge comes in. It works like a regular sponge when it’s wet, but it really shines when dry. It shrinks down to a tiny rectangle that takes up almost no space at all. Whenever you want to use it again, simply immerse it in water and it will “pop” back up. Very cool!


Take advantage of the many handy mobile apps that make cooking super easy. Here are just a few:

Paprika Recipe Manager: This helpful mobile app helps you organize recipes and create menus. It also keeps track of nutritional information and lets you add notes to recipes as you go. A must for any cook.

Perfect Produce: This amazing app advises you on how to buy, use and store every type of produce you can think of. Use this app when you’re grocery shopping for an easy way to up your fruit and veggie intake, and say goodbye to the days of throwing away overripe avocados.

How to Cook Everything: This awesome app from chef and food columnist Mark Bittman is exactly what it sounds like. With more than 2,000 recipes, 400 photos, and tips and instructions galore, this app really will tell you how to cook everything. You’ll be glad you downloaded this one!

And if you’re looking for more tips, or even a new apartment, check out the ForRent mobile app.

Now go forth and cook! (And clean up afterward.)

About :

Amber-Heckler-HeadshotAmber is the Social Media & Content Manager for For Rent Media Solutions™ and has been with the company since April 2007. In her role, Amber helps execute and optimize a social media strategic plan across multiple channels, as well as manages the company’s social media product. This includes blogs, social networks, video sharing sites, and other conversational media. She spends a great deal of time building relationships with consumers, social media influencers, and bloggers to generate awareness of For Rent Media Solutions brand. In her free time, Amber loves running, #hashtags, and DIY projects.

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Five Tips for Styling a Cozy Home During the Holidays

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, it’s easy for home to become a revolving door of friends and family. Luckily, Pinterest superstar Alex Evjen has developed 5 tips for styling a cozy home during the holidays:

  • PLENTY OF THROWS. Soft fuzzy textures automatically bring a the level of cozy up 100%. Try layering a mixture of faux fur and knit throws. You can drape them across your sofa or fold them up in a basket by the fireplace. NOTE: Try not to make the blankets look too perfect. You want to make a lived-in feeling, so let the ends of the blankets drape over the basket and let wrinkles lay where they may.
  • KNIT PILLOWS. Though my husband doesn’t always love a ton of throw pillows on a couch they sure do make a space more full and inviting. You can also lay some on the floor by the fireplace to create an invitation to come, sit and stay awhile too. You can find this Vintage Coca-Cola Graphic pillow here, part of the Coca-Cola homewares collection.
  • CANDLES. There’s nothing like the warmth of candlelight. Placing candles throughout your home is always a great way to make someone feel at home.
  • BRING THE OUTDOORS IN. Fresh pine, evergreen and burning firewood -those are the smells of winter. Bring those comforting scents indoors by placing fresh evergreen and pine in vases.
  • STICK WITH WARM, NEUTRAL COLORS. A lot of color can be fun, but not all colors make you feel relaxed. In fact, color theory suggests that red, yellow and orange tones can make people feel more energetic. Of course, around the holidays we want to have some red in the mix, so try to use it as an accent to brown, ivory and gray.




Outdoor Spring Cleaning

When friends and family come calling for the holidays, welcome them with spots of color and an updated yard.

The house has been cleaned, the menu has been finalized and the shopping list complete.  The next task?  Sprucing up the yard and front porch area for friends and fam when they arrive for Easter dinner or over spring break.


gardening IIIISpring cleaning outdoors can be a daunting task. Dead plants need to be removed and perennials need to be weeded and hand-raked so new growth looks clean and crisp. Removing old, wet leaves is like putting away the last remnants of winter and all that is left is to sweep the front and back porches.

I am always hesitant to put anything in to the ground this time of year because we can still get a pretty deep freeze.  The nurseries and outdoor stores however, thwart my plans every spring.  The beautiful flowers and colors are too much for me to resist and I end purchasing them for the yard.  There are many options out there for keeping your plants from freezing at night, however, I use a practical approach.

flowers in pots II

Using several medium size pots I plant colored flowers and place the pots all over the porch and yard.  When the weather man calls for a cool night, in to the garage they go.  The pots are very useful as well, because I really like to move everything around.  A lot.  And this gives me the flexibility of always adding something new to the yard and without commitment regarding  permanent location.

easter ideas

If you are looking for inspiring last-minute ideas for both indoor and outdoor decor, I am including a link to a great site full of color.  Take some time and browse around  50 Easter Decorating Ideas are waiting for you.  Click here

Now that the yard is clean, the front porch and walkway are lined with colored pots filled with gorgeous flowers nestled in fresh dirt, it’s time to spend a few minutes with a cold brew surveying my handy work.  It’s been a very productive day.

I would love to connect with you further. Please come and find me on Facebook, Instagram and join our public group! I look foward to seeing you! 

4 Simple Design Ideas to bring Fall Indoors

autumn-large (2)Each year autumn in the Pacific Northwest seems to appear out of nowhere.   Late August and early September laze into the end of summer with temperatures well into the high seventy’s to low eighty’s.  Suddenly the marine layer wafts in to shore and just like that, summer has disappeared.

The early morning fog and light drizzle only adds to my enthusiasm for the this time of year.   Mother Nature’s colors are deeper, richer and the air is tinged with smell of fireplaces chasing the morning chill from neighborhood homes.

healthy-fruits-health-apples-largeMy thoughts immediately turn to robust,  flavorful foods and I pull cookbooks and begin jotting down notes for seasonal recipes.  The kitchen this week is smelling of cinnamon, cooked apples and pumpkin.  The aromas are heavier this time of year and our decorating hues are mimicking the colors of the foods we cook in the fall.  The browns, yellows, oranges, reds and deep forest greens bring our decor in to the season of autumn.

As much as I would love to change the color of our walls with every change in the weather, this really is not practical.  Fortunately, there are many small changes we can make to update our homes to reflect each season of the year.


color-paint-palette-wall-painting-mediumOne of my first projects when the sun takes its rest behind  grey clouds, is to remove spring and summer accessories, bag them and exchange them for their warmer hued counterparts.  Deep red and orange throws decorate my sofa and bed, while dark brown and forest green pillows accent the rooms.   The change is immediate, low-cost and these items are small and easily moved from room to room.

The kitchen is next with more color changes.  I put away the brightly colored kitchen towels and chair pads and like the other rooms take my cue from Mother Nature’s color wheel and bring in deeper, warmer shades.


DIY NetworkSmaller accessories play a strong part in the change as well and looking outdoors for inspiration I think about how to bring some of that inside.  Cornstalks and scarecrows stand out in the fields and  we move them beautifully on to our the front porches this time of year. Using the same concept inside of our homes,  squirrels, nuts, pumpkins, oak leafs, wheat and crows all play a strong role in my interior decor for autumn.

candlelightThe final change that I make each year is fragrance.  Candles and wax melts with a heavier aroma imbued with cinnamon, clove, pumpkin and apple, tinged with a hint of vanilla.  The candles are not only pleasing to the senses, they are autumnal hued as well and are great visual accessories.   The one final tip I will leave you with is to light your candles.  Your dwelling will come alive with the scent of fall and the gentle flickering flame will generate a soft glow that lends to the warming ambiance of your entire home.

We would love to have you join the conversation ~ you can find me at Your Home with Karie Engels

**cornstalk photo DIY Network – Fall Decorating for the Front Yard

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