Come spring, it’s nearly a compulsion to sweep away the last vestiges of winter and start fresh.
The nip in the air? It’s exhilarating. The glint of sunlight? All we want to do is bask in it. And before you know it, you find yourself outdoors planting flowers, shaking off furniture covers … even sweeping the stoop can be a delight.
And since first impressions are everything, we love the idea of dressing the door with a spectacular wreath, grouping gorgeous planters, placing a new bench just so beneath the tree. A few more touches, and you fall in love with your house all over again. [...]
Once upon a time, in a film called “Roman Holiday,” Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn famously flirted their way through the winding streets of Rome. Ever since that day, Americans have had a love affair with Italy.
Exuberant Rome inspires us with sunwashed piazzas and the perfect chianti. It’s a place where the past is palpably present…see it in Vespas that freewheel around ancient statues. And in flowered iron balconies that top nuovo chic shops. This is the Eternal City, and tossing a coin in the romantic Fontana di Trevi is simply expected.
You can recreate some of the romance of Italy’s fabled plazas and piazzas at home. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Spring is in the air. You can feel it. The sun is stronger. The birds are chirping. And the time change this weekend assures us that the winter of 2014 is finally coming to an end.
While you can’t rush Mother Nature, you can hurry the color along with vibrant garden décor.
The grand and glamorous of Hollywood meet on the red carpet Sunday night for the 86th Annual Academy Awards ceremony. This celebrity spectacle is a fabulous excuse for hosting a party of your own. Even at the last minute, it can be easy and fun.
First, establish a dress code. Encourage friends to wear their glitziest attire. Black tie. Formal dresses and high heels. [...]