The Fun and Elegant Beauty of MacKenzie-Childs

I first learned of Mackenzie-Childs 14 years ago while viewing one of the greatest design shows of all time, It’s Christopher Lowell.  The founder/artist, Victoria MacKenzie-Childs presented herself in an array of color and whimsey.  From her Smurf blue and My Little Pony pink dyed hair to the bottom of her black and white checkered shoes, Victoria was a vision of fun and creativity, that no other guest on the show ever had the courage to duplicate. 

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I remember absorbing every detail of each hand-made teacup, unusual place-settings, and trademark checker design accessories as I was convinced I had died and gone to Alice in Wonderland heaven!  Victoria’s designs and style were so far out there, that she inspired a revolutionary “tea-room movement”, from fans everywhere of this highly acclaimed show!  (In later episodes, Mr. Lowell brought out guest viewers who took Victoria’s design ideas, and incorporated them into their own version of fun and whimsy.) 

Whether you’re looking for fun and functional serving accesories, that special centerpiece, or
are ready to create your very own version of wonderland, the designs of MacKenzie-Childs are a MUST SEE!

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Why We Chose to Homeschool

Parents have different reasons to home school their children.  Our son’s autism prompted us to withdraw both our children from the traditional brick and mortar public schools, and give them a more calming, less hectic and less restrictive environment.

Home school has given our son the opportunity to learn things at his own pace, without having to worry too much about keeping up with the “normal” kids, or just simply be bored by a curriculum that was not personally tailored for his specific needs and style of learning. Home school has given our daughter, an equestrian, the opportunity to train and compete in several horse shows, in her own time.  She has also improved in her courses in leaps and bounds!

Whatever the driving factor is to your decision to home schooling your child, it is always an intimidating first experience. You visit an endless number of websites, not to mention the blogs. You visit the home school stores, both on the web and in your city, and then you’re surprised by THE COSTS you incur in setting up the classroom space and purchasing the materials!  And guess what mom and dad… it’s NOT tax-deductible!

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Shabby Chic Design

The decorating magazines gave it popularity in the 1980’s, and it still holds a strong threshold in interior design today.  Thanks to Rachel Ashwell, author, designer and entrepreneur, Shabby Chic is what we know of and love today.

Nothing says Shabby Chic better than beautiful flowers, traditional fabrics, and distressed looking furniture.

Although Shabby Chic can be considered non-tailored, nontraditional, and certainly not satisfactory for the contemporary design taste, it doesn’t take away from its delicate beauty and undisputed romance.  Shabby Chic, in my opinion, is a design concept that is absolutely splendid!

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Styles that are Trending

Have you ever found yourself in a position in which you know you want to redo a space, you’re looking for something different, yet you have no idea which direction you should take?

Going on a “window shopping” tour of your favorite stores, is a sure way to experience the new fashions, the new decor, the new cosmetics, etc.  Stepping out of our own four walls, into the world of retail can be eye-opening, refreshing, exciting, and even therapeutic.

I must admit that I have come up with some of my best decorating ideas, by simply walking into a lingerie, hobby, or even a toy store. As I walk around, I pay attention to the lighting, the colors, and even the fixtures used.  I also pay close attention to what exactly was it that caught my eye.  What was the first thing I saw, that made me walk into the premises to begin with. Was it the chandelier in the back? Was it the color combination of the fixtures versus the color on the walls?  Keep in mind that every single color, texture, fixture, accessory, and furniture was chosen by a professional interior designer. Someone who knows and understands color and texture, and the best use of space.  So in a way, it’s like getting advice from an interior designer, without the hefty consultation price!

Another favorite past-time of mine is going to the movies. While everyone else is enjoying the dramatic twists and turns, I soak up the visuals of the window treatments, furniture, linens, lighting and accessories used in scene after scene.  My husband and I have a joke about our movie going experience. He’ll  say something like “don’t ask her what the movie was about, she won’t be able to tell you a thing; but she will relay every drape, lamp, and color used on the walls in every room of that house!” My answer to his joke is “hey, don’t knock it! I just got a 2 hour room consultation for under 15 bucks!”

This article is taken from my original blog: http://www.decor8yourlife.com/styles-that-are-trending.html written on 01/18/2014.

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Give a Pat on the Back to Parents of Kids who are Autistic!

One parent’s story of the unpredictable and scary world that is Autism.

Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and Remaining Sane Blog

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Parents of children with autism will never tell you that raising their child is easy…it’s not! I joke around, look for the silver lining, take things in stride, and present a smiley face to the world. However, raising my son, Steven, has been, and continues to be, an extremely difficult parenting challenge.

Memories of how hard it has been flooded back to me when my hubby and I went away for a romantic weekend at our little cabin in the woods of New Hampshire. With the sub zero weather whirling around outside, we were sitting on the couch sipping hot chocolate with lots of tiny, melting marshmallows. (Okay, maybe HE had some Kailua in his, but mine really DID just have marshmallows!) As the heat rose up from the small grate on the floor, I was transported back to the time when we first purchased the cabin. Because Steven had…

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