Holiday Travel Made Easy



1. Bring a commuter mug in your carry-on bag. By having the flight attendant pour your drinks directly into the mug you’ll not only avoid spills, but will need fewer refills.

2. Traveling can be hectic and scheduling time for your flat/curling iron to cool doesn’t help. Store heat appliances in a protective travel case so you can pack them away hot, without ruining everything else in your bag.

3. If your travel plans have you on the road or in the air for more than a few hours, staying comfortable will be a challenge. An inflatable neck pillow, eye mask and ear plugs will help you reach your destination with a smile on your face. If it’s a really long flight you may also need some pharmaceuticals and a few cocktails, but that’s between you and your doctor.

4. If you live in a small space or are visiting someone in a small space, storing a suitcase is no easy task. Leave the attic for holiday decorations with a Lipault 0% Suitcase. It folds completely flat so you can store it under a bed, behind a door or in a tiny closet.

5. If you are going to break your back over the holidays it should be dancing in stilettos on New Year’s Eve, not running through the airport with a 10lb tote. Choose a wheeled or backpack style bag as your carry-on. With room for a laptop or tablet, reading materials, your neck pillow and even a small clutch or handbag, you’ll have everything you need to travel in comfort and without breaking a sweat, or your back.

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DIY – Office on a Budget

Office Brown Pink

It was love at first sight when I saw this office, designed by Ashley Whittaker, in the September 2012 issue of House Beautiful. Unfortunately, with grass cloth walls and custom cabinetry, it is a look that is completely out of my budget.

I decided to recreate this office on a budget. I even made my own artwork.

Inspiration

Here is the finished product:

Holly Desk

When creating the budget look I used some odds and ends, for example I had some orange lamps and spray painted them pink, but I wanted it to be easy for you to recreate this look, so the links below are for similar items available online.

Laura Ashley Table Lamp, Pink, Home Depot $106.20

Expedit Shelving Unit, Ikea, $89.99

Expedit Insert with Door, Ikea $20 (4)

Expedit Set of Casters, Ikea $15.00 (3)

Expedit Drawer Insert, Ikea $25 (4)

Faux Glass Knobs, Hobby Lobby, $3 (12)

Cindy Crawford Curtains, JCPenney, $45

or Zig Zag Fabric, Warehouse Fabrics

Brown Paint instead of grass cloth wall paper

White Josephine Desk, World Market $199.99

or Easily change the fabric on a used Parsons Chair from a thrift or second hand store

Anything White Stapler

Anything White Scissors

Pink Pencils

Mint Julep Pencil Cup

Silver Revere Bowl

Chevron Canvas Tote

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