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20 Ideabooks by michelle c.
Guest Picks: Dog-Loving Decor
Pamper your pup with design-friendly bowls and beds, and treat yourself to artwork and more celebrating your furry friend
I am proudly owned by two Boston terriers. I'm just a bit obsessed with Boston terrier decor, but I also don't want my home to seem like a shrine to my beloved Frisco and Buxton. In this ideabook you'll find ways to incorporate your four-legged friends...
Keeping cool during the dog days of summer
I know some of you live in homes without central air (how do you do it??), but thank goodness for fans! Whether hanging from the ceiling or plugged into the wall, fans are one way my family stays cool during the humid, hot Virginia summer.
Guest Picks: Life Outdoors
Now that the weather has warmed up, my family is spending more and more time outside. Not only are we grilling often, but we're also relaxing and enjoying our outdoor space. Whether we're entertaining or simply lounging around, it's important to have...
Guest Picks: A Big Boy, A Better Bedroom
My son turns 10 in June, and it's time give him a big boy bedroom that he can not only grow in to, but live with for a few more years. He has the smallest bedroom in the house, which means that I need to utilize the space in a way that maximizes storage...
Guest Picks: Beautify a Bathroom on a Budget
Give your bath a coastal-inspired upgrade while keeping costs in check, with affordable furniture, fixtures and accessories
Living in a 1,500-square-foot house is no easy feat when you're a family of four. Three bedrooms, two full baths — it all seemed so spacious when we were just a family of three. But living with two growing kids (one of whom is a tween, oh boy) who...
Guest Picks: Not Just a Blank Wall
I'm slightly obsessed with creating gallery walls in my home. I recently finished one in my foyer, and I love how warm and inviting it makes the entryway feel. My latest project is taking a smaller gallery wall in the living room all the way up to the...
Guest Picks: A Soft, Luxurious Place to Land
Rugs — I need one, but I cannot stand the idea of shelling out a few hundred dollars for an 8-by-10 piece of whatever-it-is to accent my floor. Am I being cheap? Yes. Am I being picky? Oh, heck, yes. Have you seen how many rug choices there are?...
Guest Picks: New Year's Organization
Every January I make the very same resolution: get organized. And every year, I fail miserably at organizing my home. For 2013, I am making it my mission to purge my home of things I no longer use or need and to organize the items I will keep. No closet,...
Guest Picks: Christmas Stockings for Stuffing
Not just any sock will do for this all-important holiday. Treat your mantel to one of these extra-special stockings this Christmas
My family starts decorating for the holidays shortly after Thanksgiving. But I feel like the stockings always get overlooked. We're supposed to hang them by the chimney with care, right? Are you a traditional stocking lover, or do you prefer something...
Guest Picks: Pillow Fight
Every now and again I get the crazy idea to redecorate my home. Unfortunately, I am not an interior decorator, nor do I have a knack for decorating. I love to paint, but painting the walls a new color every few months isn't really an option. Nor is...
Guest Picks: So Long, Summer — Hello, Fall!
When it comes to seasonal decorating, I have to admit that I only get a little crazy during the winter months. But that doesn't stop me from "ooohing" and "aaahing" over the many different items you can decorate your home with for the fall. Come along...
Guest Picks: Ssshhhhh, I'm studying!
It's almost the most wonderful time of the year in my household — well, for me as a parent, that is. My kids return to school right after Labor Day. Unfortunately, it isn't all song and dance for me because the fall semester of grad school starts next...
Guest Picks: Primpin' Ain't Easy
My husband, who works for a regional tile company, came home from work with plans that he drew of our "new" master bathroom. "New" is in quotes because it can't happen just yet while I'm still in grad school. However, seeing the design and having an idea...
Guest Picks: Tardy for the Chevron Party
Chevron — it's everywhere. And, as per usual, I have finally fallen in love with the trend. I cannot get enough of the chevron look, and I'm driving myself crazy trying to think of how I can incorporate the graphic print into my home's decor. Do...
On the road again...
Traveling with kids can be quite the chore. Fortunately, my two children - ages 11 & 9 - are quite pleasant to deal with when it comes to long flights or boring road trips. I DO have a "bag of tricks" that I make sure we pack when traveling long distances....