DESIGN YOUR HOME
39 Ideabooks by Meaghan Mountford
Guest Picks: Egg Platters to Keep Those Devils in Their Place
My 6-year-old dragged me to a paint-your-own-pottery shop recently. I hadn’t painted my own pottery in 15 years; the last time was back when I used to manage a similar shop. It was like returning to the street you used to live on. It just felt as though...
Guest Picks: Home Sweet Home
I’m a believer of all things in moderation. I won’t ever give up dessert completely, because I think it’s an essential part of enjoying life. I have to think that. I make sweet treats for a living....
Guest Picks: Bright Ideas for Fun Light Switches
A search for decorative light switch covers yields many, many — oh, so many — results. Sure, you can match any room with polka dots, chevrons, damask, stripes or flowers. There are whole shops devoted to switch plates in every theme imaginable, from...
Fairy Tale Toys
Guest Picks: Rainbows and Unicorns — Add a Little Magic to Your Home
Oh, rainbows and unicorns. They go together like milk and cookies, peanut butter and jelly, Mr. Rogers and sweaters. Silly me, I thought this magical combination was most associated with girls of the ‘80s, as I fondly recall my favorite rainbow unicorn...
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...