Tuesday’s Tip: Extending the Life Of Your Mascara

You can extend the life of your mascara by weeks if you add a few drops of water! Start with one drop, you can always add more, and in another week or two, add a few more drops.

Also, I’ve tried many, many mascaras ($20-30, whatever, I’ll pay a premium for rockstar lashes) but to my surprise, I keep going back to old faithful…L’oreal. This stuff rocks and you can find it at Walgreens, Walmart, Target, etc. Just remember 12X, color: Blackest Black, and I don’t use waterproof.

Hope this tip helps stretch your dollar! If you have any makeup tips, please do share.


Tuesday’s Tip: Thanksgiving Dessert Table

Try going against the grain this Thanksgiving. Incorporate non-traditional colors or create a dessert table for a fun twist. You can even download these cute food labels for free. Click here for more info.

Do you have any original Thanksgiving tips? I’d love to hear!



“You can’t learn beauty until you learn to look.” -Charlotte Moss


Tuesday’s Tip: Bedskirt Pins (how to keep your skirt on)

A little trick I use to keep bedskirts in place and from sliding all around are these bedskirt pins from Bed Bath & Beyond, and they are only $2.99 a pack!

Do you have any tips you’d like to share? Feel free to leave a comment!


When Did “Pretty” Become a Bad Word?

This Wednesday, House Beautiful sponsored it’s first annual Design Institute at the Decorative Center Houston. The event celebrates design, color, & emerging trends. On the opening Keynote Panel were Newell Turner, Editor in Chief, House Beautiful, and speakers Charlotte Moss & Suzanne Kasler. The question was posed: “When did “pretty” become a bad word?” Newell explained how beauty transitioned from the Industrial Revolution to the Aesthetic Movement (a turn from the Industrial Revolution turning to nature) to the Great Depression, etc. and how we define beauty is a result of our surroundings as well what’s going on in the economy. He went on to explain that pretty is not a look, but a description, a lifestyle, or a way of living.


Suzanne Kasler explained that “When you bring something down, it brings other things up.”  For example, having  a hand-painted silk wallpaper with linen drapes, or luxurious fabrics on a sofa paired with a sisal rug. I agree that “What makes a room beautiful is how you edit!”

Charlotte Moss was influenced by her mom who always surrounded her with beautiful things and quoted Frank Lloyd Wright: “When you invest in beauty in your life, it will be with you all your life.” She believes that beauty starts at your front door, from how you greet your guests to how you want to be greeted when you walk in after a long day, to how you decorate a powder room. “Decorating is about generosity.”

As far as color trends, Kate Smith, the writer of Sensational Color Blog and regular House Beautiful contributor, said that we would be seeing a lot of color influence from the younger generation. This urban-edgy trend is from the exposure to graphic novels, digital color & graffiti.

I am seeing bursts of intense color everywhere, especially pink! Kravet’s showroom highlights these benches in a beautiful silk fabric (Now that’s pretty!)

Houston’s High Fashion Home

More fuchsia in the Fall/Winter publication of Better Homes & Gardens Color Made Easy Magazine

How do you feel about intense color?

Thought for the day: What do you do to bring Pretty into your life & home?


From Preschool To Guitars

When I realized today was already Thursday, I thought to myself, “Where did the week go?”, and if you have children, you probably ask a similar question about time. It seemed like just yesterday I was dropping off my son at preschool, but Cade just turned 13! To my dismas, it just occurred to me this week that he is still sleeping in a twin bed. Ouch! Time for me to put the biz hat on and get to work. To start the process, I’ve pulled a few rooms for possible inspiration.

Finnian’s Moon Interiors

Peter Pennoyer Architects

Massucco Warner Miller Interiors

McGill Design Group

Ashley Goforth

All images courtsey of Decorpad.

How have you decorated your teen’s room? I’d love to see!