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60 Ideabooks by Mari Richards
Guest Picks: Great Toys Beyond the Big-Box Stores
Make your little one feel extra special with a game, doll or craft kit not everyone on the block has
I’m a toy designer, and when it comes to finding great toys for my daughter, it turns out that I’m really picky. Though there are some great things at Target these days, I tend to seek out handmade or European toys that usually appear in specialty...
Guest Picks: Giving Thanks
By the time Thanksgiving is on its way, I'm in full nesting mode. It's the time of year when being cozy sounds better than everything else. I like to warm things up with positive messages, cozy materials, natural inspiration, and of course, warm and vibrant...
Guest Picks: Lots of Bones About It
Decorating for Halloween is always a struggle for me. I just don't like the standard decor options found at the big-box stores. I want something special. Luckily, this year skulls have become such a hot trend in decor and fashion. You can practically...
Guest Picks: Tickle Your Fancy With Feathers
I was always collecting feathers as a little girl, especially the big geese feathers that would appear in the yard (my family lived near a lake). As you might imagine, I'm totally stoked that feathers are having a moment in the sun right now! You can...
Guest Picks: Polka Dots Everywhere
I find it pretty amazing that a pattern as simple as polka dots can be so versatile and have so many personalities. It can be big and happy, young and colorful, or small and refined. It spans all ages and all spaces. Maybe that's why it's such a great...
Guest Picks: Abstract Art to Colorize Kids' Rooms
I know what you're thinking: There is not a single animal, vehicle, toy or recognizable thing in any of these beautiful pieces of art. OK, maybe some flower-ish shapes and one heart, but that's about it. I promise, there's a reason: Bright colors, beautiful...
Guest Picks: Go Play Outside!
It's time to go out to your garage and take stock. Are you prepped for summer fun? Maybe it's time to upgrade an existing bike or toy, or maybe your kids have reached a new stage and new gear is needed. Either way, I know some of these amazing finds are...
Guest Picks: Put a Doll on It
Did you know that there is an entire world of artisan, handmade dolls and accessories that are meant for an older, wiser customer? You know, for someone who won't tear off the doll's clothes, cut their hair and give them makeovers with permanent marker...
Warm Up the Home Office With a Fine Wooden Desk
Let corporate settings keep their steely formality. These wooden desks for a home office celebrate natural beauty in all its glory
Looking to create a more personal home office? Step away from the big-box office supply store. You do not need a replica of your day-job setup in your home office, no matter how professional you want it to feel. Use your home office to showcase...
On Trend: 9 Captivating Lights to Energize a Room
Sometimes a lamp needs to be more than just a lamp. Paging through your average catalog or browsing a home store tends to yield the same results: average table lamp, floor lamp or ceiling fixture. But designers have taken notice and are providing...
On Trend: Bring Spring Indoors With Nature-Inspired Furnishings
Energize your home with patterns, materials and colors borrowed from the outdoors, no matter what the weather is doing
I start to crave nature like a kid craves candy in spring. I think we're all ready to start spending some time with the brighter side of nature. For those of us still stuck inside thanks to dreary weather, the natural materials and nature-inspired forms...
12 Vegetable Peelers to Make Quick Work of Your Garden Bounty
Steel yourself: These ergonomic and modern-looking tools bear little resemblance to the one-note peelers of the past
I'm already dreaming about gardens and what I can plant this year. At our house a garden means an abundance of vegetables. Part of preparing for the summer harvest means finding just the right tools to prep those veggies for dinnertime. We definitely...
Guest Picks: Bring Spring Flowers Inside
Spring is such a hopeful, beautiful season. What better symbol of hope and new growth is there than flowers? They instantly improve the mood of a room — and of ourselves. Check out these beautiful florals that will brighten up your life while you wait...
Great Cover-Ups: 8 Outdoor Canopies and Shades
Lounge as long as you like without getting baked, with one of these sun-screening structures for your backyard, deck or patio
When spring arrives it's time to dream about the perfect outdoor space, one that can host both big-time barbecues and quiet afternoons with your favorite summer read. No matter what purpose you want your outdoor room to serve, consider topping a portion...
On Trend: 10 Hammers That Nail Great Design
Beautifully finished home projects are easier with beautifully designed tools — and the ones here hammer it home
Whatever project I'm working on, I've found I enjoy it more — and am more likely to finish the tedious steps within that project — if the tools I use work well and are pleasing to look at. There's something about a quality tool that makes everything...