Interesting blog stuff

By: Ashleigh VanHouten

Kirsten Grove is an Interior Stylist, successful contributor for Better Homes and Gardens, Gray Magazine, and Apartment Therapy (to name a few) and an e-decorating specialist whose aesthetic and design sense leaves us equal parts excited and jealous. She has an innate sense of style that you can just tell she was born with, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn a thing or two.

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The power of the pop-up

By: Ashleigh VanHouten

I’m spending some time this month in a city that’s new to me – San Francisco – and I couldn’t be more excited. Born in Nova Scotia and living most recently in New York and Ottawa, I’ve always been an East Coaster, and I don’t really expect that to change—but what I’ve seen, heard, felt, and tasted of San Francisco has been incredible so far.

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Designing Memories

By: Ashleigh VanHouten

I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks fondly of the place where I grew up. Although I no longer live there, I cherish memories of home and like to keep them around me, especially in the place where I currently live.

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The other design sense

By: Ashleigh VanHouten

Everyone knows that smell is a huge part of how we understand the world around us. Smell can recall memories that are all but buried; it can immediately change a mood (for better or worse) and it can help create an atmosphere as well as any light, piece of furniture, or beautiful centerpiece.

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By: Ashleigh VanHouten

I don’t think anyone should be a slave to trends – we should all strive to surround ourselves with fashion and design that suits us, and makes us feel comfortable and happy and very much ourselves. BUT – isn’t it great when your own style preferences sync up with what the most fashionable people in the universe are creating?

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The art of letter writing

By: Ashleigh VanHouten

With quick communication just a click away — and Twitter, Facebook, and email ubiquitous — a hand-written letter is a rare and deeply personal gift. According to a recent USPS report, the average home received a personal letter just once every seven weeks in 2010; still, it’s hard to ignore that letter writing creates an experience for both writer and receiver that other forms of communication can’t match.

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