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Post Holiday Bliss

So I look forward to the holidays for months. I obsess over what the wrapping theme will be, whether I’ll make beef or chicken tamales for 30 on Christmas day, how many more lights can I put up this year… you get the picture. And then December 26th comes and I’m in a mad fury to take down all the decorations, get the fire hazard out of the family room and enjoy a clean quiet house that is not full of people. The day the kids are finally back at school is almost as special as Christmas morning for me. Some people feel a little let down when all the parties and the visiting with friends and relatives end– unless your relatives are super scary or the holiday drunk that says inappropriate things. I have a long list of things to do after the holiday chaos ends but this year I’m going to fit in some things to look forward to: 1. A post-holiday lunch for girlfriends who need to decompress. I’m trying to decide whether the theme will be “Hot food for Hot Broads” or “WTFN?” (Why the F Not?). And naturally there will be a color scheme, I’m thinking hot pink with black and white. 2. A bubble bath and a good book. I’ll light some delicious candles, put a cold drink and maybe some almonds or m&m’s next to the tub and just lay there til the water gets cold. This will happen on a cloudy afternoon (instead of cleaning up dog shit or carpooling kids). My all time favorite candles are Trapp Candles. 3. I’m...

if it kind of sucks, paint It

So I was in one of my tasmanian devil style housecleaning frenzies, the kind where I just want to throw out anything that has not been useful to me in the last week. While frantically forming “crap piles,” i.e., crap to toss, crap to take to Goodwill and crap to find a place for, I came across a standing jewelry case in my daughter’s room that we’ve had around since whitewashed oak was in fashion. I was deciding which pile to put it in when my daughter said that she needed a place to put her jewelry. Duh. A couple hours and about $5 worth of paint later, we had a seriously sassy focal point for her room and it’s finally full of jewelry. You almost can’t go wrong painting something black with white trim, but it would have been equally fantastic if we had mixed fun colors. Not everything that sucks can be cured with a paint brush, but it’s worth a...

temporary home with permanent style

Remember your very first apartment? It was the place you could call your own and enjoy your independence (which is just another way of saying that you could fill your fridge with beer and your parents wouldn’t know about it). Decorating an apartment is easier than ever with finds from Ikea and Target. We moved our daughter into her first place (yes, there is already beer and a bag, yes a bag of wine in the fridge), she inherited the obsessive designer gene and her roommate’s mom works at Pottery Barn so naturally there was a 48 hour decorating frenzy. The girls already had hand me down couches, black tables and red accents. We found the bold lampshades at TJ Max on clearance, got some throw pillows and the zebra print from ikea and voila, the room came together. Small accents like a runner on the coffee table, the tray with clearance sale vases and a large plant transformed the space from an average apartment (with walls the color of baby shit, seriously) into a very cool place to hang out. My new favorite decorating tool is wall vinyl. You can find it at Target and Orchard Supply. It is inexpensive and removable so at the end of the lease you can take it down and get your full deposit back. It comes in tons of colors and patterns, we stuck with black to continue the color scheme. We used it in the dining area, the hallway and the bedroom. Starting with a color scheme is the easiest way to get a decorator look without a big budget or...