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33 Ideabooks by Meaghan Mountford
Guest Picks: Home & Kitchen Products You Didn't Even Know You Needed
Surprise everyone on your Christmas list with one of these funky-fresh items that will make life easier
This collection of slightly quirky and unusual products for the home and kitchen has another purpose other than evoking a “why didn’t I think of that?” response. It’s that time of year, the holiday season, when we once again have to come up with...
Guest Picks: Fairy-Friendly Home and Garden Decor
I live in a home with a 6-year-old girl who believes in fairies (and has a strong feeling that unicorns exists). This means that I, too, am required to believe in fairies and must, to the best of my ability, attract them to our home. Fairies are...
Guest Picks: Pride-of-Place Decor
Just as our families and experiences shape who we are, our locations are inextricably linked to our personal histories. Ask travelers about the importance of place, about the different feelings evoked merely by changes in longitude or latitude....
Guest Picks: Bear-y Playful Panda Decor
Adorable or abstract, these panda-loving furnishings and accessories are right on time for a D.C. zoo's happy news
While I'm certainly not in the slightest against the ever-so-adorable panda bear, I've never, say, been obsessed with the animal so much that its image has inspired my whole house. But I've got pandas on the brain. You see, I live in Washington, D.C.,...
Guest Picks: Everything Wants to Be a Cat
Coasters, bedding, decals, even a refrigerator cover ... these tasteful to over-the-top pieces let your cat-loving self run free
Does your love of cats seep into your walls and couch and shelves? I'm at risk of becoming a crazy cat lady, evidenced not by home decor, as I have little (if any?) cat-themed items on display, but by my love of cats. My family and I own three, and were...
Guest Picks: Nothing Cookie Cutter About Cookie Cutters
Fifteen years ago, I started working as a cookie decorator. At my shop, I had a pegboard with hundreds of cookie cutters, many of which I had to make from strips of copper because unique shapes weren't yet available. Not quite so today. Cookie...
Guest Picks: Your Kids' Arts and Crafts That Can Double as Decor
When it comes to my children's artwork, I'm torn. On the one hand, it's heartwarming and fascinating to see your children learn to manipulate crayons and paint brushes, to put color to page, to interpret the world around them through this manipulation...
Guest Picks: 20 Entertaining Placemats for Kids and Adults
Make mealtimes more fun with placemats that start conversations, keep kids engaged or dazzle with color
I didn't think it was possible to build an entire ideabook around placemats, but interesting and unusual ones are not as hard to come by as I assumed. Not only are clever patterns and unique materials available to keep your spot neat, but the interactive...
Guest Picks: Cool Buys That Make Breakfast More Fun
I don't understand how anyone skips breakfast. But it seems a common phenomenon. Aren't you starving by morning? The first thing I think of when I get up is what to have with my coffee (the coffee part is not negotiable). Of course, with the exception...
Guest Picks: Cute and Clever Egg Cups
I know little of the history of the egg cup, a gap in knowledge I'd like rectified given the breadth of egg cup cleverness that exists. The egg cup just doesn't have a strong presence here in the States, certainly not the honor it receives elsewhere,...
Guest Picks: Gift Ideas for Tween and Teen Girls
My niece is turning 13 soon. Eek. 13! Remember 13? I do. For me, the year was 1985. The movie was The Breakfast Club, the president was Reagan, and the outfit was oversize sweaters and leg warmers. 13. The year self doubt and angst mingle with...
Guest Picks: Hip Ways to Carry Booze
Getting your beer, wine, liquor, champagne, whatever your poison, from point A to point B needn't be dull. This is a collection of some of the more unusual, clever, stylish and/or practical means of carrying your bottles, whether you're traveling by car,...
Guest Picks: Silly Holiday Gifts for Food and Drink Lovers
If the stress of the holiday season has taught us anything, it's that humor is important. Despite the commercialization of Christmas (thank you to Charlie Brown for first introducing us to this danger) and Hanukkah, the upside is that at least some of...
Guest Picks: A Kid's Holiday Gift Wish List
Every year I'm determined to get my Christmas shopping done by the end of November. I never, ever do. This year, however, I will because I'm expecting my second child in mid-December, and the last thing I want to think about is buying last-minute gifts...