Color of the Year 2015

~By Susan Rayner, Design Editor~ It’s a new year so it’s time for Pantone to announce their new color and for 2015 it’s . . . . MARSALA. And my reaction is . . . I’m not lovin’ it, to tell you the truth. Which may be a surprise to my friends who are familiar…

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Organizing Your Life

By Paris Love “Organize your life around your dreams – and watch them come true.” ~ Unknown To start my new year, I began exploring this unattributed quote that I found recently and that really made me stop and think.  As an organization and planning expert, I like to think I live an organized but…

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Understanding what’s going on with your pet & how you can help

Fellow pet-lovers, I’m delighted to share Colleen Gordon and her healing work with you! Colleen is founder of Healing for Pets and a talented Pet Communicator, Licensed Massage Therapist and Usui trained Reiki master. Her mission is to be a bridge of communication, whether it be between people and their pets or people and their bodies. If you’ve…

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Working with a Pet Communicator

This week’s Power Up Living show guest is Colleen Gordon, founder of Healing for Pets and a talented Pet Communicator, Licensed Massage Therapist and Usui trained Reiki master. What’s it like to work with a pet communicator? Rather than attempt to explain the process, I thought I’d share stories from a few of Colleen’s happy clients!…

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For the Love of Lamps

~ By Susan Rayner, Design Editor ~ I have a little thing for lamps. Almost as bad as my thing for side tables, but at least lamps take up less space. The right lamp can totally elevate a room, just as the wrong one can look oddly out of place. So how do you choose the…

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Chicago Botanic Garden Annual Antiques & Garden Fair

~By Susan Rayner, Design Editor ~ I trekked up to Chicago’s North Shore last weekend to visit one of my favorite places – the Chicago Botanic Garden.  Although I am a gardener and can’t wait until my tulips bloom (any second now!), this time I was there primarily to visit the annual Antiques Fair.  Which…

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Is it Houndstooth or Herringbone?

~By Susan Rayner, Design Editor~ I love menswear fabrics, especially when used in unexpected ways.  Right now these patterns are all over women’s fashion.  And where fashion goes, interior design is sure to follow.       So how do you tell your houndstooth from your herringbone? Houndstooth is a two-toned textile consisting of jagged…

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The Benefits of Being Messy Sometimes…

By Paris Love Is there such a thing as OVER organized?  You would think that since I am a professional organizer, I might answer no to that question.  Instead, my answer is a resounding “yes!”   I know, it seems strange for an organizer to say that.  But in all my years of working with…

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Put the magic and organization in your travel packing!

By Paris Love Spring break, Easter holiday, and those lazy, hazy days of summer – at the beach, in the mountains or wherever we might like to travel.    Vacations can be relaxing or crazy busy, formal or super casual, with family or good friends.   We look forward to our get away all year,…

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