Style

Furnishings with Character

The resonance and timbre of her speaking voice will blow your mind, and she can do the James Brown like…like James Brown!  Barbara Hayes is a character!  Her furniture reflects a past era that would have welcomed her with open arms and invited her to “Have a Seat.”…

She Could So She Did

This could just as easily say “She believed she couldn’t, so she didn’t.” The only constant is her belief. There are times when we accomplish something because we are forced to do so by circumstance – a parent or child becomes ill, our boss makes us do a…

Creative Freedom: Karen Joy Jewelry

Her Chicago kitchen smells like the warmth and glow of family, and her home studio reflects the precious time spent cultivating each piece of her jewelry. It is creatively designed.  Karen Gill has created a bit of heaven with a whimsical flair, but she takes the craftsmanship of…

Our Last Dance

The year before he transitioned, my husband, Bob, and I embarked upon a remarkable journey; we remodeled our kitchen.  We had never had a ‘new’ kitchen, so we customized it to suit a 6’7″ chef and a 5’4″ prep person.  Being ‘Mutt and Jeff’ had finally caught up…

A Case of Carson

What happens when an eclectic style maven has a fire in her home and loses her clothes?  In the case of  Carson Traylor, she turned her closet upside down, cleaned what she could of her collection, wore whatever people gave her with ease, and went right on steppin’.”I…

Artistic Baths

You want a life lesson?  Wait for a bathroom to be renovated.  Janice Clayton Mayes was on a cruise when her guest bathroom was under construction, but she was front and center for the transformation of her master bath.  Mayes now enjoys two bathrooms that are magazine ready, and…

Style: Essential Elements

  Certainly a place for holiday shopping, Essential Elements wears its style all year long. Beyond the flavor of creativity and design, Essential Elements is infused with the spirit and energy of its owner,  Mel Whaley,  her mother, Estelle, (“the face of Essential Elements,) and the rest of…

Atlantic City Fashion Week: Rang Outlet

Rang means ‘Colors’ in Hindi. Hindi is one of the official languages of India. Rang Outlet is an online store that brings you the best of Indian culture with a global twist. They showcased their products at Atlantic City Fashion Week in October 2015. RangOutlet.com is eCommerce based one stop…

Pat’s Crib

She designed it herself!  She bought the fabric, chose the paint, bought the furniture, (much of it from hotel sales), contracted the kitchen renovation, all to the cry of “I don’t know what I’m doing!!”  Amazing what we can do when we get out of our own way. …

Starrdust: The Power of Adora

For this Anniversary Edition of Garden Spices Magazine, the theme is “Power.”  Now, my column hasn’t always followed the theme for each particular edition, so this time I not only wanted to follow the theme, but I also wanted to incorporate it into the essence of Garden Spices…