You’ll Want to Check Out these Free Printable Valetines Featuring Badass Women

Printable Valentines featuring strong women throughout history

Hello, and happy Valentine’s Day! Okay, it’s not quite the big day yet, but February 14th is just days away, and I’m totally ready to celebrate. Ever since the Christmas holiday ended, I’ve been itching for an excuse to decorate, party, craft – whatever! I wanted to make some cards featuring some of my favorite gals throughout history (some are good, some are bad!), and the captions kind of wrote themselves after that. Click through for these printable valentines!         Continue Reading

A Crash Course in Mid-Century Modern Design, and How You Can Get the Look

Mid century modern guide to furniture, architecture and design
Drawing of a Suburban House from a 1953 issue of House + Home
Photo from the archives of the author.

Mid-Century Modernism is ubiquitous – from Ikea to West Elm, Architectural Digest to Houzz, the sleek, clean style remains atop interior design charts almost ten years after its resurgence began (often accredited to the onset of Mad Men in 2007). This article provides a crash course in the movement's important figures, furniture and interior design styles. Continue Reading

The Evolution of Household Budgets from the 1950’s to 2000’s

created at: 05/13/2010

In the 1950’s the average home size was 983 square feet. In the 90’s it was 2,080 square feet. In In the 50’s the median house hold income was $23, 738. By the 80’s it had almost doubled. Back in the day, 4 hours and 31 minutes were wasted watching TV. Today the average amount of time watching TV per household per day is 8 hours and 14 minutes. These and other head-shaking facts are the subject of a very interesting pictorial essay on Woman’s Day.  Continue Reading

Great Show House, Now Where Can I Find That Fabric for Less?

created at: 05/05/2010

Last week I walked through Indianapolis’ St. Margaret’s Guild Decorator’s Show House. This year’s historic home was purchased by the late author, Booth Tarkington in 1923 and it was there where he wrote many of his novels.

However, I digress. The one non-historic question I walked away with was how I was going to get my hands on some of this magenta and chartreuse Donghia fabric that graced one bee-U-tee-full chair in the morning room.  The laminated spec sheet listed this fabric as costing $450.00 a yard. Continue Reading

May is National Preservation Month

The National Trust for Historic Preservation celebrates its third annual preservation month this May. “Throughout May, the National Trust and its thousands of partners across the country will demonstrate the importance of our nation’s heritage as they focus on many aspects of the preservation movement including historic travel, heritage education, historic homeownership, and community revitalization. Local celebrations will highlight the unique culture and traditions of different areas of the country, and the National Trust strongly encourages people to participate in National Preservation Month events being held in their communities.” 

The site includes sample press releases, PSA templates, and sample activities to celebrate the unique cultural heritage of your local community. Continue Reading