"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
_ William Morris
, 19th century craftsman, designer, writer

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Get Organized, Then Head to Antiques Roadshow!

Happy New Year! 
What if your new year's resolution to get organized led to big bucks? It could happen -and Antiques Roadshow may be just the ticket.

Tonight, the PBS favorite kicks off their 2015 season in New York City with an appraisal that will knock your sox off:  A collection of Boston baseball memorabilia estimated to be worth $1,000,000 dollars.

Reported to be the largest sports memorabilia find in the 19-year history of the series: Appraiser Leila Dunbar reviewed an archive of rare photographic baseball cards with a handwritten letter from the 1871-1872 Boston Red Stockings. The letter was addressed to the owner's great-great-grandmother, who ran the boarding house that homed the team and features notes from pioneering Hall of Famers Harry Wright, George Wright and Albert Spalding. Roadshow's visit to New York City also included appraisals of a Joseph Kleitsch painting valued at $500,000 and another baseball card collection worth $200,000.
Is there a home run hiding in your attic? Kind of makes you want to start going through those old boxes and reorganizing the closet doesn't it...

If you do discover Roadshow-worthy treasure the new dates and locations for Antiques Roadshow Summer Tour tapings were released today:

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW 2015 tour dates: 
 Tucson, AZ - May 30, 2015
Spokane, WA - June 6, 2015
Omaha, NE - June 27, 2015
Cleveland, OH - July 11, 2015
Little Rock, AR - July 25, 2015
Charleston, SC - August 8, 2015
To apply for free tickets, click HERE. Good luck, and remember --even if you don't hit the appraisal jackpot at least you'll be organized. Happy hunting.

Photos courtesy of Antiques Roadshow.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Next Issue: Year-In-Review

Year-in-review pictorials always make me misty. Where did the year go? Trite, but true.
The good news: looking back is a great reminder of how far we have come and everything that has carried us to the brink of a brand new year.

The folks at Next Issue, the online magazine provider I came to love this year asked me to review my favorite mags and submit articles I found inspiring. The covers I've featured here provide a glimpse of a few unforgettable stories I found beautifully written, artfully photographed -and brimming with ideas worth imitating. Links to the articles are on the Next Issue blog. Click here to read if you missed them the first time around.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Got Gift Wrapping?

I recently interviewed Wanda Wen, founder and creative director of the fine stationary and gift wrapping studio, Soolip, in West Hollywood for the 
As the author of The Art of Gift Wrapping, Wen offers a wealth of tips and tricks for wrappers of all abilities. 
My favorite: use double-sided tape and gently crease the corners, folds and edges of the package for a finished look! For more inspiration, read the article here.
The countdown is on...happy wrapping! xo

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