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Ah, the holidays! The warm glow of the Christmas tree lights up your evening. Festive, shiny decorations fill every surface of your home. Then, you face the dreaded tear-down process... There is a little sadness to putting it all away, but what I think many people neglect to think about is that there are still great ways to *decorate* through the winter months. With many years decorating showrooms and window displays, I’ve learned a few tricks to help *ease* out of the holiday season. Check them out below: 1.Glitz. Silver & Gold. This is a great color scheme to carry you through the New Year & the remainder of a wintery January. So bring out (or leave out) the crystal, silver bowls, etc. 2.Keep the red. No, sorry, the Santas need to go…but look at your decorations, and find items that don’t scream *Christmas* & repurpose them. For example, maybe you have red roses, red lanterns, candles, candle-holders, tray/bowls etc. Red is a very warm color. So, visually

Design Star - Letting Go & Giving Thanks

Whew, so what’s with that heavy subject title, eh?!   J   Well, for those of you who know me, know I’m a ridiculous dreamer.   I believe anything can happen.   I’m one of those annoying *positive* people.   I’ve always felt something *big/great* would happen to me one day.   I grew up watching “Star Search” and dreaming of what it would be like to be one of those people.   I used to watch movies & would quickly memorize lines and became fascinated by the *world of television*.   So, having my own show on HGTV…um, are ya kiddin’ me?!…*design + TV*….SIGN ME UP!   At first I just toyed with the idea…then you all encouraged me and I realized, I’ve got nothing to lose, let’s do it!   So, I checked everything out…there was a very long (I’m guessing around 15 pages) questionnaire to fill out, portfolio pics, headshot pics, and then there was the actual audition video submission.   As some of   you may know, we kinda like to have fun with videos around here…it’s something I’ve done s

Visual Story-telling Through Art & Interiors

(If you've already read this post, scroll down to the bottom for the updated images!) One of the things that make my design process unique is the way I use art.   Many people think of art as an afterthought, or just an accessory.     When I can, I try to use it as inspiration to build a room from.    That is exactly what I did when designing my kitchen.   About 12 years ago, I purchased my first pieces of art, which included these two great vintage magazine covers.   I love their personality, history, and humor.   My goal was to evoke that *feeling* in our kitchen.   I also used a literal translation, by mimicking the colors in the art.   You’ll see the same colors in my barstool fabric, my cabinets, and even the cream background of the art is what I used in selecting my countertops. Here are the vintage magazine covers I used.   Being a picky eater growing up, I could totally relate to wanting to feed the dog under the table…and anyone who knows me knows that while

Introducing Lintels & Lallies *WORDS* Collection

I’m thrilled to introduce my latest passion, a new service of Lintels & Lallies, called “WORDS”. After many requests, now you can purchase original hand painted works of art created to uplift you & your family. There are pieces available in all price ranges & I have also been taking custom orders. Please read below to learn more about this exciting line. With a distraction of 5,000 advertisements per day, WORDS , is designed for you and your family; to silently speak encouragement by bringing the focus back on the core values each family finds important. Maybe it is the lyrics of your first dance as husband & wife, to help remind you of your commitment. Maybe it is a saying your grandmother taught you that you’d like to carry on. Maybe it is scripture or poetry. Whatever you value to help you keep focus and feel inspired throughout the day. Please check back regularly - I will be adding more paintings in between orders. If you have something you'd li

Vintage Rugs - Guest Blogger - Sam Moradzadeh

The Versatility of Vintage Rugs   Vintage can be a vague term often referring to an elusive time in the past.   When it comes to rugs, vintage has a distinct meaning. Rugs produced between the 1920s - 1970s are classified as vintage.   This time period in the arts was an explosion of style, color, and experimentation.   The results were an eclectic mix of beauty, sophistication, and playfulness which reflected the influence of major art movements throughout the world including modernism, minimalism, and surrealism. Rugs and textiles were a part of this shift in artistry and, in turn, a broad range of styles is conveyed by vintage rugs.   Their versatility in interior design is outstanding. From sleek, subtle designs to complex patterns and bright colors, the expanse of vintage rugs complements many home and office styles. Whether your space is minimalist modern or boldly traditional, there is a vintage rug that would be a great fit.   Let’s take a look at some of the po

Hunger Games Design

When I watch a movie the first time, I tend to notice only the major design elements but try hard not to let my mind stray so that I can follow the storyline.   It isn’t until my second preview, that I really become consumed by the design details. This weekend we re-watched the “Hunger Games”.   Really great storyline, however even the first time I watched it I found the styles/design to be so jarring!   By the second viewing, it drove me nuts.   My husband had read the book, so I asked him if there was great description of what people wore and the settings…naturally he didn’t remember, but I’m willing to bet it was Hollywood that just didn’t “knock this one outta the ball park”.   With the movie’s success, I’m hoping the subsequent movies will be better. In case you haven’t watched it, here is a quick synopsis: It takes place in the future.   After an apocalyptic event poor districts are formed around a wealthy capitol.   As punishment for rebelling against the c


Most of you know how much I love to cook. Many of my friends & family have asked for some recipes…so I thought I’d put them all in one place. Feel free to leave a comment on the ones you’ve tried & let me know what you think about them. And sorry folks…but if ya want our family “Eggrolls” or my special “Sunday Sauce”…you’ll just have to get together with me sometime so I can cook for ya! ;) I cook a lot with fresh onion & garlic. If you don’t know how to easily cut them, ask me sometime! Some recipes are basic, some require a little more time. Some are from my family,  some original, some from the Internet.  I’m always trying new recipes, so check back often as I will be updating this particular blog with our family favorites. MEXICAN TACOS I never use the envelope stuff 1-2lbs of Ground Beef 1 16oz Can of Tomato Sauce (I use hunts) 1/2 Large Onion Chopped Finely Garlic Salt Chili Powder Cumin Salt & Pepper Couple light dashes of Cayenne Pepper

Gift Wrapping Ideas

I've never really considered myself 'crafy'.  Creative and artistic, sure, but crafty...not so much.  I don't really have the patience to sit and scrapbook, cut & glue things with precision...just not my thing.  However, I do always have scrapbook paper on hand.  It seems I always find a different purpose for it.  I've used them for place mats at parties, as gift card holders, and now the most recent repurpose I using decorative papers for a finishing touch on gift wrapping! Below are images of two gifts I just wrapped.  Want to learn how to make the paper roses? (Gosh, that sounds crafty doesn't it!) Just scroll down.  They are easy, anyone can do it! Rose Instructions: First, draw a spiral.  Doesn't have to be perfect...just give yourself a rough guide...(draw on the back of the decorative paper) Next, use your drawing as a guide & cut following the lines.  You can even cut jagged to give the edges a

Wake Up!

While searching for a new stylish alarm clock, I found some amazing and bizarre designs.  Check them out and let me know what you think! This one, forces you to get up and physically plug in the three wires to turn it off....I can see it now "(YAWN)...Oh no, is it blue with the red, or yellow with the blue, blue to blue..!" Not a fan of noise first thing in the morning?  Well, if you think you can sleep with a bracelet on, this alarm might be for you as it wakes you up with a vibration! For all you bacon is your dream...waking up to cooked bacon!  This is called the "Wake'n Bacon alarm clock".  You put frozen bacon in at night & 10 mins before your wake up time, it starts to cook it!   Have  you been meaning to save up for something...but just haven't made "time" (pun intended) for it?...well this clock forces you to feed it coin to shut it snooze-ya must put money in the bank, every day!

Color Selection Made Easy

I can't tell you how many times I've heard people complain about their color selections, yet they continue to make the same mistakes. Below you'll find 10 tricks to give you the confidence you need to select colors you will love. 1. ALWAYS look at the color samples in the room you intend to paint. Even if you think the lighting is the same somewhere else, you will be surprised to learn that color is made by different amounts of light. This is why it looks different when you bring random samples home from the store. Also, color is effected by surrounding colors. So if you are IN THE ROOM to be painted, you wont have any surprises . 2. Stop viewing colors on tables! Horizontal surfaces give you 100% light saturation. Unless you are painting a table, you should hold colors vertically. 3. Decide how you want to "feel" in the room. If you want a calm relaxing feeling, look at cooler colors. (blue greens grays). If you want to feel energized try warmer c

Guest Blogger-Arcadian Lighting on Velvet

Hi, all! I'm Mari, a writer for Arcadian Lighting, a terrific online place to find beautiful lighting fixtures of all sorts. I'm so excited to be here visiting Lintels and Lallies today, with a guest post about one of my decorating obsessions—colorful velvet. For me, there is nothing more inspiring than velvet—unless perhaps it's velvet on a chair (my first love is chairs) like the irresistible ones in the dining room below. It seems to me velvets are showing up more and more in today's interiors no matter their style. This sumptuous fabric looks as gorgeous in contemporary spaces as it does in ornate classic rooms. Here are some of my favorites. Please enjoy! Here, velvet floor cushions in a deep golden hue are a beautiful contrast to the long silvery tufted sofa. Lush velvets are a lovely choice for this elegant living space. Magenta velvet covers a comfortable chaise in this eclectic bedroom. Quirky light fixtures always catch my eye and I've fallen f

2013 Color & Design Forecast

I really enjoy attending seminars and learning about the latest forecasts in color & design.   Recently I attended a webinar on “Colors for 2013”.       The way it works is, colors are always available, but each year colors tend to get tweaked a little.   Say for instance, the color ‘orange’.   We all know what orange looked like in the 70’s.   Orange is still very present in today’s designs, but it currently has a much more ‘earthy’ quality to it.   So, what are the new colors we are going to see? (I’m so glad you asked-snort!) RED:   We are supposed to see a deep sophisticated red in 2013 that is influenced by blue & quite often ‘blackened’.   There will also be some red-orange paired with hot pink!   ORANGE:   The new orange will be a deeper coral color.   There will also be more of a pull towards what they call ‘cosmetic hues’ – a peachy orange.   We will also see some caramel/butterscotch, what I call ‘yummy’ oranges. J YELLOW:   The new yellows will be gol