Stories by Kim Cook

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Tricks, tools for organizing the kitchen

If you've lived with your kitchen for awhile, chances are you've got drawers full of stuff you rarely use and cupboards you hate.
By Kim Cook

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Designers mix modern with dash of Marsala

Spring is a favorite transitional time for lovers of home decor. Shaking out the rugs and washing the windows after a long winter feels satisfying.
By Kim Cook

Hot colors for home can be pastel to noir

For 2015, the hot colors in home decor range from yummy ice cream pastels to a few deep, saturated hues. The pastels include blush, sky blue, vanilla, lilac and pale peach, hues traditionally ...
By Kim Cook

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

Consider something they can eat up, use up or burn up

The holiday catalogs and gift guides are starting to pour in, full of wonderful stuff to wrap for friends and family. But what about those who don't really want more stuff? Small space dwellers ...
By Kim Cook

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

Want to make home festive? Mix things up

For those who love to decorate, there's no time like the holidays for adding fun, festive touches to our living spaces. This year, there's something for many tastes and styles.
By Kim Cook

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

Quoth the Raven: Nevermore celebrate Halloween without spooky Poe décor

Edgar Allan Poe and Halloween are enmeshed like cobwebs on a lamppost. Retailers have plenty to offer for scary decorations or a Poe-inspired party:
By Kim Cook

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014

New gear can help ease older pets' lives

Just as there are lots of products to help ease the aches, pains and mobility issues of human old age, there are also such products for senior dogs and cats. 
By Kim Cook

Saturday, Aug 30, 2014

Scottish influences woven into host of accessories

Where fashion goes, décor follows, and this fall, the fashionistas are inspired by Scotland. Plaid capes, kilts and coats hit the fall catwalk for Saint Laurent and Stella McCartney.
By Kim Cook

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Add DIY zing to notebooks

When it's time to start stocking the school backpack, it's easy to just grab a stack of plain, boring notebooks.
By Kim Cook

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Monogrammed gifts are perfect for every mother

Thanks to modern technology, we're able to monogram just about anything, cheaply and easily.
By Kim Cook

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Roaring '20s-themed weddings have all that jazz

The Roaring '20s live on in pop culture as a high-spirited whirl of a decade, full of dancing flappers, dapper gents and an overall air of optimism. For many modern brides and grooms, it's the ...
By Kim Cook

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Victorian garden style lives on

Those drawn to 19th century style may be pleased to learn that vintage garden decor is a trend this spring and summer.
By Kim Cook

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Give the season of renewal some colorful variety

The yin and yang of spring make it such an interesting season.
By Kim Cook

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Construction toys let kids use creativity

Building and construction toys have been a fixture in playrooms since, well, forever, and there are several reasons for their enduring appeal.
By Kim Cook

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013

Children's rooms get new, modern designs

Color, materials help keep kids' room from becoming boring sleep spaces.
By Kim Cook

Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012

New Year's bash an easy event

A New Year's bash is one of the easier parties to throw. Everyone's already in the merry-making mood, so it's a simple matter of setting the stage.
By Kim Cook

Friday, Aug 24, 2012

Let animals run in kid's room

Kids are often enthralled with the wild kingdom, so it's fun to do their rooms with animal-themed décor.
By Kim Cook

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Lighting is important in small spaces

Small may be in when it comes to homes, but that doesn't mean it's easy to decorate. A few simple guidelines, however, can turn a small space from Dilemma to De-Lovely.
By Kim Cook

Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009

Chilly conditions increase peoples' desire to cocoon

Jane Austen wrote, "There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort." Some of us are natural homebodies, but when both the weather and the economy turn frosty, we're all headed indoors for ...
By Kim Cook

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008

Rugs put art underfoot

Exciting things are afoot in the world of rugs: Wools and silks are sheared, sculpted, shagged and shaped into virtual works of art, crafted in luxurious textures and rich hues.
By Kim Cook
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