Have you got your fix yet?

Admit it. There have been days you’ve looked in your closet and said, “I have nothing to wear!” Maybe you find yourself short on time to do any clothes shopping for yourself. Or perhaps you’ve dreamed of having your own personal stylist to help you pick out just the right outfit for your lifestyle and body. Good news! The answer is Stitch Fix.


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No matter your age, budget, lifestyle or taste, this online service claims to be “your partner in personal style” — and it delivers. Continue reading

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Five Perfect Summer Grilling Recipes

Although hamburgers and hot dogs are always delish grilling options, why not try something a little out of the box this summer? Everyone loves the classics, but it’s fun to mix things up once in a while with new recipes. Today’s “Summertime Fun and Re-Runs” blog features some seriously yummy meals that are perfect for your summer cook out.

I’ve included the original link to each recipe, which you’ll find next to each recipe title. As always, I’d love to read your go-to grilling recipes in the comments!

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10 Ways to Seize the Summer

Before we know it, kids will be back to school and we will all be back in our regular routines. Check out the following activities for some suggestions on how to enjoy the rest of the lazy, hazy days of summer. What are some of your favorites summer activities? I’d love to find out in the comments.

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Got space? Make it a sanctuary.

Do you have a favorite place in your home where you love to kick back and relax? My favorite retreat is our screened-in porch at our home, Cypress. It just feeds my soul, and is my sanctuary space. I’ve dug up the video from the archives that gives a personal tour of this special place. Click on the link below to see this blast from the past.

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Why Downsizing Boomers Should Love Antiques

“Less is more” is certainly true when it comes to the attitudes of Boomers who are downsizing their homes. But, what do they want less of, exactly? Here lies the conundrum for so many downsizing Boomers today.

I often hear from my clients how overwhelming and difficult this whole endeavor can be, and it can leave anyone in a cold sweat. Well, I have come to realize that it is not just de-cluttering and sorting that has them in a tizzy; it’s the guilt of letting go of things that have no significant meaning to them in this life stage. Do you know what I say to that? Get over it! Seriously, if we cannot keep what we want, then when will we give ourselves permission to stop our pleaser games?

Now that we have the guilt elephant in the room out of the way, I’d like to compare downsizing to cleaning out a clothes closet. First, everything has to be emptied out in order to sort. Then, only the useful items are allowed to return. The rest is donated, sold, or given away to family and friends.

When downsizing, the same principles apply. We must evaluate all of our items and decide if they are allowed to stay. This means EVERYTHING, from furniture and accessories, to rugs and lighting fixtures. Figure out what is actually needed to complete our homes, and to give the interior the look we desire.

WHY BUY ANTIQUES?

Now, the fun starts! Boomers are in love with unique, conversation pieces that often have an interesting back story to share. We also believe that finding these special, one-of-a-kind pieces makes them even more hip than they already are!

Many do not remember or know how Boomers started the “green” movement. Remember the granola-eating, tree huggers from the 1960s? These are today’s Boomers. Another valid reason for purchasing antiques is that they are normally “green,” considering they are made from materials such as wood, wool, etc. Repurposing antiques for another use also keeps these items out of landfills.

How fun is it to find that perfect piece that only you have? Come on, admit it; we all love these wonderful antique items that become a unique part of our homes.

WHERE CAN I FIND SOME GREAT ANTIQUES?

THE HIGHBOY
Check out The HighBoy. It’s one of the fastest and most reputable curators of antiques, furniture and accessories. If unable to find an exact piece, or time constraints are an issue, let them locate the item for you! The website is user friendly, giving complete, detailed descriptions of pieces. Plus, they are the best source for locating items such as an authentic bistro table with an aged marble top. See their site and be amazed, as I always am, at the broad scope of styles and very cool pieces that defy thoughts of “old” or “stodgy.”

Even if you’re looking for mission or turn-of-the-century pieces, The HighBoy most likely has it, or will be able to find it for you.

The HighBoy campaign chairs

Campaign chairs

Swedish Morin Rococo Period Tall Case Clock

Swedish Morin Rococo Period tall case clock

Alfredo Barbini hand-blown candelabra

Alfredo Barbini hand-blown candelabra

19th Century Swedish Bergere

19th Century Swedish Bergere

TOMA CLARK HAINES: THE ANTIQUES DIVA
If you desire the experience of finding and shopping for your special antiques is what you desire, then Toma Clark Haines of the Antiques Diva & Co. is your gal. Toma takes her shopping clients to Europe, and you may end up in someone’s castle, or in a warehouse in Belgium. This dynamic lady has sources from years and years of European travel, and knows a large network of people. Shopping with Toma is an opportunity to find that perfect treasure for any space, to complete your Boomer home. Plus, you’ll have the shopping trip of a lifetime!

To downsizing Boomers: be unique, be courageous, be spontaneous, and most of all, enjoy your living spaces! Find and treasure those antiques that are just right for you at your life stage. Those that do will ultimately be winners by buying and living with what they truly love.

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