Interior Design 101 – A Beginner’s Guide to Home Decorating (infographic)

Created to take out the mystery in home decorating, this insightful infographic by Antiques on Old Plank Road covers some of the most important aspects of interior design. You'll learn how to deal with introducing patterns, adding furniture or adding other accessories to the room. It also takes away the mystery in incorporating and changing color schemes in the home. Finally, it shares the newest design trends to help anyone maximize his or her design potential....more

A Mouse In My House

Pretend we’re meeting for lunch to discuss all of the fun adventures we had over Thanksgiving break.  Here’s what I MIGHT tell you:...more

Interior Design Blog by Someone Who Isn't An Interior Designer?

Perhaps it's my age - perhaps it's the fact that I listen too much to my mom, but I'm starting to get really interested in prettifying my little room. The idea got me so worked up that I started thinking about starting a new blog about home improvement and interior design.There is, however, one major problem: I know nothing about interior design and DIY projects!I'm thinking of starting a blog that announces local garage sales, great finds with affordable prices, and discounts from different stores that people like me (non-designers) might miss. Good idea or bad idea?...more

The Purge

No, I’m not referring to the horror movie – this is about something far more awful and frightening. Every so often, my neat-freak boyfriend designates a “Cleaning Day,” an entire 24 hours devoted to tidying up around the apartment and getting rid of anything we haven’t used in a while. As a shopaholic and natural hoarder (seriously, it runs in my family), I can’t help but get a little panicky when I’m asked to throw things away....more

Organizing Your Child's Medals & Trophies

I love having a little athlete in the family, but never know what to do with all the trophies and medals she earns. We recently moved her to her own room and one of her requests was a display space for her awards. It has taken us some time to come up with a cute way to display these, but stay within the style of her room.  I was recently at Anthropologie when the idea struck me....more

Family Portraits: What to wear?

Ok so we are having family pictures done on November 15th; outside, in November, in Ohio. I can feel you cringing.  I know, maybe not the wisest idea, but I have high hopes. I am always excited about the result, but never excited about the process. First, what to wear? Next, will the weather cooperate?  Finally, will my family cooperate?  Yikes with all those things to contend with, it’s amazing that it all comes together.Right now, I am in the process of researching what to wear.  We aren’t an “all wear the same color” kind of family:...more

Why I Can't Answer "Where Are You From?"

“Hey, where are you from? Your accent…”People love to guess where I’m from, but the problem is, I don’t really have an answer to that question, and I’m pretty sure all Third Culture Kids (3CKs) don’t either.‘Third Culture Kid’ is a term usually applied to people that were raised outside their parents’ culture, and moved through more than one culture before they had time to develop their own cultural identity....more

Attitude of gratitude: Thankful for my home

My dream home: It’s nestled in the country with lots of acres all around. It has a big wrap-around porch where the kids can play and my husband and I can watch sunsets and see the storms roll in. I love a good thunderstorm....more

My Best Buddy

 Daily Post: Literate for a Day – Someone or something you can’t communicate with through writing (a baby, a pet, an object) can understand every single word you write today, for one day only. What do you tell them? (Thanks for the suggestion, Chic Prune!)...more