Blue Willow Pot Holders and Aprons

Blue Willow Pot Holders

Blue Willow Pot Holders

I started looking for pot holders. I realized mine are pretty sad. I don’t remember when I bought them, but I think it must have been a while ago.

So why not replace them with something more fun? I started looking, adding all the ideas to my shopping cart and I thought I’d just share. Continue reading

Kitschy Tropical Splendor – 1950s Flamingoes

Pink Flamingoes Dream Decor Rugs of Miami - Kitschy Tropical Splendor - 1950s Flamingoes

Indoor/Outdoor Rug with Pink Flamingos from Dream Decor Rugs of Miami

I have a cousin who collects kitschy Florida souvenirs. Not the new stuff. The tropical 1950s looking stuff with palm trees and pink flamingos. The whole house is Mid-Century Modern, but with a fun tropical twist.

I found some great rugs in a Blue Willow pattern made by Dream Decor Rugs of Miami. They make the same rugs in a retro ‘50s Flamingos print. Continue reading

Farmhouse Style Lighting from Kichler

Cozy Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen with Brinley Pendants - Farmhouse Style Lighting from Kichler - My design42

Cozy Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen with Brinley Pendants

Farmhouse Style means different things to different people.

There are a lot of variations on Farmhouse Style. Modern Farmhouse Style incorporates comfortable Farmhouse pieces into a Classic Modern interior. Cozy Rustic Farmhouse has the appeal of a log cabin with perhaps farm elements like chicken wire. French Farmhouse or Farm Cottage styles have colors and details that bring a vintage look. Continue reading

DIY Guide to Buying and Designing Cable Light

Beach House with Tech Lighting Kable cable lighting running wall to wall. The lights are K-Hello fixtures. - DIY Guide to Buying and Designing Cable Light – My Design42

Beach House with Tech Lighting Kable cable lighting running wall to wall. The lights are K-Hello fixtures.

Cable lighting is really pretty simple. It is just two lengths of metal braided wires attached to the walls or the ceiling. A transformer connects to both wires to provide low voltage power. Lights attach to both wires and light up. That’s it. Continue reading

Cable Lights – DIY Guide to Buying and Designing Cable Light Part 2

Looking down on K-Hello cable lights. This installation is in a restaurant. - DIY Guide to Buying and Designing Cable Light – My Design42

Looking down on K-Hello cable lights. This installation is in a restaurant.

There is a huge variety in lights available for cable systems. They come in different widths, for cable separations from 2″ to 36″.

You can also adapt lights for other systems to work on cable using a Freejack connector from Tech Lighting or a uni-plug adapter from Bruck Lighting. Because the cable is the same size, the lights are compatible. However, if you want a very consistent look, choosing lights all from the same company will make sure they all have the identical finish. Continue reading

Arc Lamps for ’70s Glam

The March issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine is the Trend Issue with a trend report on “What’s next in Home, Garden and Food”.

Every year we see a parade of exciting trends in products, colors, and decorating ideas. We’ve narrowed our favorites to the 22 ideas that are making us especially happy right now.

Better Homes & Gardens March 2019

'70s Glam The Trend Issue of Better Homes & Gardens, March 2019 - Arc Lamp - '70s Glam

’70s Glam
The Trend Issue of Better Homes & Gardens, March 2019

The March Trend Issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine includes a full page spread on ’70s Glam. Continue reading

Posted on February 24, 2019, in Lighting.

Besa Lighting with Iridescent Dicro Swirl Glass

Effervescent Iridescence Better Homes & Gardens March 2019

Effervescent Iridescence
Better Homes & Gardens March 2019

This month is the Trend Issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine. It has about a dozen pages about “What’s next in Home, Garden and Food”.

Effervescent Iridescence

We’ve always been drawn to the bright and shiny. The rainbow-esque look of iridescence improves everyday items and our mood.

After the warm, serene rose gold trend, we’re ready for light and lustrous. Iridescence is the science behind the sheen of peacock feathers, abalone shells, and bubbles.

Better Homes & Gardens March 2019

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Blue Willow China – It’s really not hard to find now!

My first Churchill Blue Willow China from the grocery store - Blue Willow China - It's really not hard to find now

My first Churchill Blue Willow China from the grocery store

In the late ‘70s, A&P Grocery Store let you buy a plate, cup and saucer in the Blue Willow Pattern for 99 cents any time you bought $10 worth of groceries.  They were made by Churchill.  I bought eight. The other pieces cost more. I bought some, but mostly mixed in the white dishes I already had. Continue reading