Social Media and My Inability to Take a Decent Selfie.

8-12-14n 005 ipad @ CharmingZebra.com

Social Media can be a blessing or a curse. Depending on whether or not you interact with teenagers on a daily basis, that is.   Whether or not your daughter fancies taking an unflattering video of you snap dancing* and then sending it to her friends. For some inexplicable reason, my children derive great pleasure in surreptitiously recording me.  Apparently, I'm just goofy (or clueless) enough that it makes for an interesting video … [Read more...]

My Summer Mantel (And a Design Trend I’m Not Willing to Let Go)

9-9-14n 025 Silverleaf Sunburst Mirror @ CharmingZebra.com

The continuous changing of design trends tend to remind me of a giant carousel. But instead of colorful, fantasy creatures gaily spinning around, I envision specific design trends passing through time. If you stand in one place, you may see the chevron horse, the pallet-wood lion, the shabby-chic ostrich or the gallery wall zebra.  In view for a while, until the next new-again thing comes around into view.  Slowly pushing the other trends … [Read more...]

Style Zebra: DIY Beauty Pens

8-4-14n 089 DIY Beauty Pens @ CharmingZebra.com

Have you ever made a DIY project that you were absolutely thrilled with? Something that turned out exactly as you had envisioned and solved a long-held frustration? Something that cost next to nothing and could be done in a few minutes? Well, let me introduce my most recent (and possibly my most favorite) project: DIY Beauty Pens Yes, simple beauty markers that you customize. (What? Were you expecting something on a much grander … [Read more...]

Tasty Stovetop French Green Beans

08-1-14n 040 French Beans @ CharmingZebra.com

The trusty veggie side dish. Never the star of the meal. Poor vegetables, with their almost second-class status.  Sometimes even, a mere afterthought during the dinner prep. One of my favorite, super easy veggie concoctions is a tasty medley of french green beans, corn and grape tomatoes.  Mixed together on the stovetop, no less. Tasty Stovetop French Green Beans Start off with fresh ingredients.  Corn, cut directly from the cob … [Read more...]

Design Crush: The Doctor’s Closet

Design Crush The Doctor's Closet edited

Light, bright and pretty. Three words that accurately describe the beautiful home of Monika from The Doctor's Closet. Monika's home was photographed by Tracey Ayton and recently featured online at Style Me Pretty Living and in the April issue of Style at Home magazine. Monika's whole house is swoonworthy and her baby boy's nursery is absolutely delightful, but I definitely have a slight crush on her dining room.  Those white, upholstered … [Read more...]

Style Zebra: Thrift Store Fashion

7-19-14n 112 Thrift Store Fashion @ CharmingZebra.com

Thrift stores. Typically, I'm cruising the shops on the look-out for second-hand treasures, household goodies or furniture finds that just need a little refinishing. But every once in a while, I take the time to peruse the fashion section to see if I can find any hidden gems among the mounds of unwanted clothing. And sometimes, I get lucky. I've titled this little outfit, " How to wear your boyfriend's shirt."   Now, you may not … [Read more...]

Beachy Gallery Wall

7-26-14n 048 Gallery Wall @ CharmingZebra.com

It's always great fun to start decorating with a plain, empty space. A room that is just waiting for the wonders of your imagination to take hold. Being able to customize, design and decorate exactly how you want. But what about all the other times, when you have to make do with existing furniture?  Something functional but that is really rather blah? We have a piece of furniture in our living room that I am definitely not in love … [Read more...]

How To Make Ribbon Tassels

7-19-14n 174 Ribbon Tassel @ CharmingZebra.com

  I may have mentioned once or twice how my decorating process usually works. Some ideas have been swimming around in my head forever, just patiently waiting for their moment to shine. And then there are those other ideas (a bit bold and pushy) that will just pop into my thoughts out of nowhere and demand to immediately be brought to life. Thus, the Ribbon Tassel was created. Now, tassels are nothing new, by any means.  They … [Read more...]

Style Zebra: Summer Nails

7-18-14n 040 Summer Nails @ CharmingZebra.com edited

I've always favored the color turquoise. But recently, my affinity for this bluish-green hue has turned into a full-blown crush. So clearly, the next logical step was to transfer this lovely tint to my finger tips. I went to the salon and requested gel nails.  Now, I am quite capable of painting my own fingernails.  Yes, I am.  The thing is, I just didn't want to.  When I attempt to paint my nails at home, my technique is somewhat … [Read more...]

Design Crush: Stylish in Portugal

Design Crush AD France dining room (rectangle house)

What is the one architectural detail that I prize above all others? More than gorgeous moulding, spacious kitchens, beautiful wood flooring or wall-spanning built-ins? My favorite detail, regardless of the style or size of the home, is big windows.  Yes, it's true. Large, expansive, open windows that let in beautiful natural light. My Design Crush today is a very stylish and unique home from Portugal with literally walls of windows.  … [Read more...]

Coral Watercolor

7-16-14n 039 Coral Print @ CharmingZebra.com

I'm currently working on my gallery wall. And I'm feeling a little beachy. Surrounded by coral, seashells and azure watercolors. Soon, my living room wall will be plastered with echoes of the sea. I found this coral watercolor print at Marshalls last week.  I was crushing on the blue tones, but I definitely wasn't feeling the beige colored mat. So I left the coral at the store.  All sad and forlorn.  (And yes, I do tend to give … [Read more...]

Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

6-3-14n 032 Apple Cake 2 @ CharmingZebra.com

I finally realized last year, that our family has a Summer tradition. A family tradition that has nothing to do with sunshine, sand or sea. Or sprinklers, sparklers or fireflies. No, this grand family Summer tradition consists of nothing more than consuming extra amounts of sweets, treats and goodies.  Yes, it's true. Now, I'm not sure exactly why that is, but I have a theory.  (Actually, two.)  1) We have a little more time to bake. … [Read more...]

Snap Zebra: a Look Through the Lens

7-13-14n 153 Snap Zebra @ CharmingZebra.com

Well, hello! Charming Zebra has been on Summer holiday for the last month.  No blogging or much social media action around these parts.   We've been so busy that it hasn't been much of a vacation, to be honest.  I spent a week in St. George, Utah for my grandma's funeral and a less than enjoyable day at jury duty last week.  Mainly, I've been keeping busy as taxi driver and doing a few projects around the house. Here are just a few … [Read more...]

More Coffee Table Styling

6-3-14n 170 Glass Vase @ CharmingZebra.com

Coffee Table Styling. Just a fancy way of saying that I rearranged some items on my coffee table. And bought more flowers.  (At the grocery store, no less) But the coffee table isn't the story.  Neither is the stack of decorating books or my saucy gold rhino.  (Love him.)  No, the star of this little vignette is a simple glass globe vase. I previously filled it with moss and used it for transplanting a bright pink orchid.  Well, as … [Read more...]

Design Crush: 47PARKAVENUE

DesignCrush 47avenue(edited)

  My favorite thing about Pinterest is finding great new design images. Sometimes though, it's tough to find the original source. Frustrating when you want to find out more about that cool image, who the designer is or if there are more related photos. But every once in a while, through a little luck and a bit of serendipity, the image will cross your path again.  This time with the original source, designer and additional … [Read more...]