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Why I’m Going To Spill My Drink On Your Floor

MILK CARTONS BLOG I have this thing about coffee tables. I can't tell you how many houses I am in where the coffee table is so far away from the sofa that you actually have to get up to put your drink down. Why is this? Has everyone forgotten what the COFFEE table is for? While I'm much more forgiving of the lack of side tables (also a place where you are supposed to be able to put a drink down), I just can't forgive that the coffee table has gone from extremely functional to the place to put highfalutin' books and objects of curiosity intended to make you look cool. People, it needs to be both!
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Don’t Apologize For What You Love or Why Do Women Have So Many Shoes?

SHOES Blog This might just be my favorite post to write. Because I'm finally going to stop apologizing and give myself permission to be outed for my guilty pleasure - I have a lot of shoes. I'm quite sure that I'm not winning any awards for "the most," but I have to admit that I love my shoes. I think many women see shoes and bags as the easiest way to stay in fashion without having to buy a completely new wardrobe, and, frankly, I think we should be applauded for having such good sense. And when shoes feel good, and smell good, and look good, well, I don't have to tell you that it can make you feel like you just won the lottery.
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Why I Love Craig’s List

doorknocker2 There are so many reasons why I love Craig's List that it's hard to know where to begin. First, there's the online experience itself. It's like the world's largest flea market and I could spend days falling down into the vast rabbit hole of stuff. I often find hidden gems that get me so excited I start emailing furiously to try to find someone to buy them even if they don't need what I've found. The thrill of the hunt is definitely addicting and you never know what you'll find. Things I've gotten from Craig's List include pea gravel, windows, french doors, my desk, an easel, sky lights and pachysandra, to name a few.
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Meet Chili

Chili This is Chili. Also called Hootie, Chili Pepper, The Pep, Chilly Crack Corn, The Love Rhino. He was so named because, while I tried a few names on him, this one seemed to stick due to his mercurial personality - hot chili, cold chilly. I came across him at a pet store adoption day, completely terrified with his head down and crammed into the corner of a cage with a bubble over his head that clearly said - please kill me. Needless to say, I walked right past all of the adorable, bouncing kittens and went straight for him.
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Why You Should Never Dress Your Children in Matching Outfits

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Or, why balance is better than symmetry. When I was a kid my mother used to dress my sisters and I in matching outfits on every holiday. I'm sure that she thought this was adorable. I can assure you, it was not. Wearing a "uniform" was totally humiliating and all it did was ruin the excitement of the day and completely piss us off. You couldn't possibly put three more different people on the planet Earth than me and my sisters, and in fact, someone once asked my mother if we were from the same father because we don't even look alike. While we weren't the only ones to suffer this seemingly innocent, but scarily popular indignity, I am kinda surprised to find that a form of it still exists today.
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Why I Should Be Banned From the Kitchen

Steak blog Excerpt from an actual conversation I had with my husband this morning: Me:  Do you want to grill something tonight? Him:  Yeah, how about steak since we had chicken last time. Me:  Ok, what kind? Him:  How about skirt? Me:  No, isn’t that the chewy one?
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The Lure of Beauty a.k.a. When to Press Pause

Blog_Cabinet Doors 2 This is a pretty important post, so listen up. There's no doubt in my mind that most of us just have way too much stuff. And the thought of cleaning out, paring down, sorting through, and then disposing of it is daunting to say the least. I know this because I was one of those people.  I still am, to a degree, but I wrestle with it on a daily basis and I'm conscious of it in a way that feels like the healthy beginning of change, and I've got some great purges to prove it.
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Meet Jeter

Jeter This is Jeter.  Also known as Pecker, Little, Jeet Jeet, Baby Jeet, Bone Bag, and whatever else I choose to call him because he came with a name that my 4-yr old, unfortunately, did not want to change. I love naming animals (actually, I love naming anything) and mine frequently have MANY nicknames because as their personalities emerge, I decide that they need new monikers (my son has a few doozies!).  I'm responsible for my sister having a cat named Baba Ghanoush and a dog named Winston (he looked at me and I saw Winston Churchill, what can I say?)
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Turn Your Home Upside Down

BRIDGE 3 CHAIRS upside down I have been painting for a very long time. Painting, like every other creative discipline presents its own set of unique challenges and obstacles to overcome. There's understanding color, dealing with the physical application of paint, deciding on your subject matter, and then there's composition.  Composition to me is the mac daddy of great painting and I think it's the most difficult to master because, unlike other aspects of painting, it's the hardest to teach. To me, it's definitely more of a feeling and less of a formula. And it can be especially elusive when you've been working on a painting for a while and stop "seeing" it.
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Evidence of My Fabulousness

LOBSTER_GINGERI come to interior design through a side door. Because of this, I think it's important to share the fact that I have been practicing my creativity all of my life. As a working artist I bring a unique perspective to the homes I touch and not a staid, schoolbook formula for how things "should" look. Besides, everyone knows the best ones know how to break the rules. Here are some fun, interesting things you should know about my life-long creative journey.
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