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Today we’re taking inspiration in Henry David Thoreau’s words on libraries, via Brain Pickings.

“The Library is a wilderness of books. The volumes of the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Centuries, which lie so near on the shelf, are rarely opened, are effectually forgotten and not implied by our literature and newspapers. When I looked into Purchas’s Pilgrims, it affected me like looking into an impassable swamp, ten feet deep with sphagnum, where the monarchs of the forest, covered with mosses and stretched along the ground, were making haste to become peat. Those old books suggested a certain fertility, an Ohio soil, as if they were making a humus for new literatures to spring in. I heard the bellowing of bullfrogs and the hum of mosquitoes reverberating through the thick embossed covers when I had closed the book. Decayed literature makes the richest of all soils.”

These wise words, combined with a bit of cooler spring weather in the Pacific Northwest over the past few days has us dreaming of curling up with a book in one of these cozy personal libraries featured on Apartment Therapy. Get comfy and enjoy.

Source: Brain Pickings and Apartment Therapy

Modern or traditional? Designer or DIY? Wacky and whimsical, or subtle and minimal? Whatever your style, there’s a wreath to match. The New York Times recently went wreath shopping with Kevin Hertzog, a freelance set designer and prop stylist who once worked on Bergdorf Goodman’s famous holiday displays, so he knows a thing or two about wreaths. You’ll find a few of our favorites below. See any that would look good on your door?



Source: The New York Times

Sure, at this point in your holiday meal prep, the focus may be on food. Between making your grocery list, organizing ingredients, and planning out your day-of oven schedule, it’s easy to forget about setting your holiday table. But David at Another Decor Blog reminds us not to neglect that holiday table essential, the Thanksgiving centerpiece.

Centerpieces have graced tables on special occasions for thousands of years. In Roman times, tables were decorated with natural materials like leaves and branches. In the middle ages, decorative marzipan figurines were a popular choice for holiday tablescapes. 18th century centerpieces frequently incorporated a mirror, to reflect the bounty of food, flowers, and candles on the table.

Centerpiece trends today are broad and varied, so the choice is up to you to pick what best matches your home and style, but many experts feel it’s based to stick to the basics, such as natural materials like gourds and flowers. So take a look at these beautiful ideas for some inspiration, and then get to work on some of your own!

Source: Another Decor Blog 

Pet Pad: Dog House Upgrade

Househappy —  September 8, 2014 — 2 Comments

Gone are the days of the boring dog house.

Spotted over at Freshome, these fun and colorful pet trailers won’t just give your furry friend a place to call his or her own—it’ll also look great in your home or backyard. Plus, they’re made from environmentally-friendly materials, including recyclable aluminum, plywood, and plastic, so you won’t have to feel guilty about it.

Source: Freshome

Textile designer Jennifer Slattery says she’s attracted to flaws, broken edges, and the worn-out nature of our most beloved belongings.

A former graphic designer, she works from her studio in Dublin. Her selection of textiles for the home includes 100% Irish linen napkins, runners, and placemats. Each piece is handcrafted locally by skilled Irish tradespeople. 

The result is a collection of home textiles that are relaxed, unique, and effortlessly chic.

Photos: Jennifer Slattery Textiles


With spring break just around the corner, we’ve been dreaming of our ideal getaway. This contemporary villa in Spain tops the list. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if you booked a one-way ticket—and never looked back.

Situated near the shops, marina, and restaurants in Mallorca’s tony Puerto Portals, this architect-designed home offers two floors of spacious living areas. The ground floor includes four bedrooms and three bathrooms, as well as a studio/library. The first floor features a Bulthaup kitchen and generous indoor-outdoor living spaces with sweeping views of the Mediterranean. Details and finishes were all thoughtfully sourced, from Italian lighting to a Jacuzzi with a self-cleaning, saltwater electrolysis system.

Costa D’En Blanes is listed by Maria Vega and is on the market for $4,736,771.

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The days are finally getting longer and warmer weather is just around the corner. Apartment Therapy put together this home refresh plan to help ready your house for the season ahead. (We think the suggestions below are just as useful for agents working on getting a home market-ready.)

1. Clean the kitchen. Get your kitchen ready with a deep clean—counters, floors, appliances, and surfaces. Clear out your pantry and fridge and scrub them down. This way you can be ready for all the fresh fruits and veggies that you’ll be bringing home from the farmer’s market.

2. Lighten up your linens. Take inventory of your warm-weather bedding to see what needs replacing. Also make sure to wash your heavy quilts before you store them away.

3. Buy something colorful. Move away from dreary winter colors and buy something cheerful! It could be anything from one bright patterned pillow to a framed art print—just choose something that makes you smile.

4. Wash the windows. Don’t wait until the sun shines to realize how dirty your windows are from snow and rain. Give them a good wash now to save you some time later.

5. Bring in something alive. Add potted plants or artfully arranged flowers to living areas to help get your mind in springtime mode.

6. Take stock of your closet. Get ready for that first warm day by digging out your spring clothes and taking stock. Take care of any repairs and figure out what new items you will need to buy.

7. Clean your ceiling fans. Clean off the blades of your ceiling fans so that a layer of dust doesn’t fly off when you go to turn them on.

8. Consider your curtains. Switch out your thick, heavy curtains and replace them with some light and airy ones that will bring the sunshine indoors.

Photo: Apartment Therapy