Speaking of potatoes…

Yup. I’m hot for potatoes. Preferably fried, but this time…

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…..I can’t get enough of printing with potatoes, especially when they can transform one of the most widely-owned pieces of furniture from Ikea.  Continue reading

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Falling for fall, re-visiting posts from Christmas past, and brass is BACK

Contrary to what you may think, I haven’t disappeared off the face of the earth completely….yet. I’ve just been caught up in something called real life.

All craziness aside, when did it suddenly become fall?

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Love is in the urban air

The amount of talent in this city is mind-blowing. And nowhere is this more evident than here — a vibrant gathering of local artists and designers.

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Several times a year, the Urban Air Market brings together local talent in the San Francisco Bay Area to showcase and sell their wares and promote all the really cool, responsible, and sustainable stuff they’re doing.

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H&M Home vs Zara Home

Online shopping just became a teeny bit more dangerous.

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My love for H&M dates back to the 80’s when I made a trip to London with my family for the very first time. As much as I don’t want to admit it, I still carry a torch for the retailer today. And now, they are bringing home decor to the mix by launching H&M Home, making it more difficult for me to deny my feelings for them.

I suspect that the move was made to compete for market share in the lucrative space with another global retail giant that I fell in love with when I spent a significant amount of time in Europe during the early millennium. Continue reading

Finding ideas and resources online: home improvement gets social

More and more people are turning to the Web for ideas on how to improve their homes. It seems like there’s a new start-up each week that’s trying to connect homeowners to contractors and other homeowners so everyone can get inspired, spread ideas, and share stories. I get it. It’s a hot space.

Since I’ve spent many years working for various Internet companies, I thought I’d do a little comparison on a couple that seem hot right now, and also introduce some of the ones that are hoping to join them. Continue reading