Have you heard the news? Lifestyle and American Design icon, Ralph Lauren has relaunched his paint line at the Home Depot! (yes - cue the angels!) I had first learned about the paint line return back in June when I noticed Ralph Lauren Home had a collaborative board with the Home Depot on Pinterest. I thought it was odd since I remember blogging in 2010 about when Home Depot had dropped Ralph Lauren (to make way for Martha Stewart Paint - you can read my post here). When I clicked on a pinned  image, it was linked to the Home Depot website. Afterwards, I called my local Home Depot to ask if the paint was coming back into store or only online and they said it would be brought back into stores in August. And thankfully YES! The Ralph Lauren Paint line will be available both online and in all stores this month! Although the set up isn't front and center or quite as large as it was when it was first launched (many moons ago!) it's just enough. Now we can all once again have a touch of Ralph Lauren in our homes. I know when we move and relocate to buy our next place, I will definitely be heading to Home Depot to purchase some of my favorite RL greys and whites!

Here are a few of the beautiful Ralph Lauren Home designs with RL paint and techniques, featured at the Ralph Lauren Home - Paint board on Pinterest...

 "I design for the home the way I design for a man or a woman, with the same attention to detail and the same eye for what is beautiful and unique." - Ralph Lauren

 Experiment with a vibrant, bold red paint from Ralph Lauren's Iconic Brights palette.


Coastal decor is welcoming and modern with Ralph Lauren Paint Brilliant White

My all time favorite RL Paint Collection - Urban Loft. Many of the shades of grey featured in this collection we had used in our Florida townhome. 

Ralph Lauren Paint's luxurious Suede finish in Desert Broom.

Alternate stripes of Ralph Lauren Paint's Brilliant White and Summer Regatta to create a unique design for your walls.

 Using the finest materials and some of the most innovative technologies in the industry, Ralph Lauren Paint is engineered to perform best in class, from the can to the wall.

Welcome Back Ralph Lauren Paints to Home Depot!
Many consumers were saddened by this product line being dropped at Home Depot back in 2010 - so now you can rejoice on its return! If you're planning on doing some painting this weekend, or if you're planning on refreshing your home with a new palette for the upcoming holiday season - be sure to visit your local Home Depot and dive into the delicious Ralph Lauren paint palette!

Thanks for stopping by!

 Note: Although I did inquire, this is NOT a sponsored post.

Catching Up & Pin Party Tonight!

Well hello there dear blog readers and subscribers! How the heck are ya?? Yes - the tone of this post is quite a bit different from posts I've done before. But rather than look for the right time and verbiage to pull together just the right post to segway from posting a while ago to what's been happening lately - I figured I'd just dive right in... Last week, I not only attended my second Las Vegas Market Week, but I also attended my first Design Camp. And I want to share all of my experiences with you - from the home decor trends I saw (for both designers and retailers - which do differ), to so many wonderful & gifted speakers, to the beautiful & talented people I was grateful to meet in real life - but first, I need to share a treat I'm excited to have been invited to, which will be happening this evening: The FIRST global Pin Party for HomeGoods! The Pin Party will be happening TONIGHT - August 7 - from 8pm to 9pm EST (which will be 5pm to 6pm here out west!!) Join the party - follow the pin board at: http://www.pinterest.com/homegoods/homegoods-pin-party-87/

 Follow @HomeGoods LIVE tonight from 8-9PM EST to join the pin party! Get inspired by #DIY ideas, #entertaining tips, and #organizing tricks! Three of our expert bloggers will be joining in on the fun, @Lynda | Focal Point Styling, @Dear Lillie , and @DIY Playbook!

HomeGoods asked three of their Happy by Design board pinners to host this evenings pin-party, which has had a few changes happen along the way - but that's to be expected when you're trying to launch something new and for the first time. I'm thrilled to be a part of the trio, including bloggers Dear Lillie and The DIY Playbook.

Since I came back from market week and camp, I've been trying to catch up - with what is happening online, in design, and locally - along with spending time with the hubs, who will be heading into spinal surgery next week - and keep up tabs with my mom (who is back in Florida) who has had a few injuries lately she is dealing with - and quite frankly it flat out sucks being located so far away because I want to be there to help her, but I can't. Not to mention, yesterday was my birthday, but I don't think I fully enjoyed it because too many things weighing on my mind (and not enough coffee!! lol)... 

Grateful for it all but still need MORE coffee!!

Something else I can't do is split myself into five people. I'm the type of person who gets focused and gives my ALL to someone when I make a commitment to them - and sometimes, I'll spread myself too thin. You know what I mean - saying yes to many people when you need to say (graciously) no thank you because you're getting pulled off your own course... Something's gotta give, and it may sometimes also be disappointing people along the way but, you have to do what is right for "YOU" - or find a different approach to still help and collaborate (even if it's at the back end).

One of the discussions a group of us had last week at Design Camp was working on our own vs. working in the corporate world. While most in the group preferred working on their own, I was the one in the group that prefers working corporate. When asked why, I responded, "... Because of exactly what is happening right now - overwhelmed. In corp - you have teams of people to delegate tasks to (equaling multitasking) to get shit done. VS when you're on your own, you have choices to make as to where your time & energy shift to - and they aren't always the right choice. For example, something you 'thought' you could knock out in a day or less turns out to be ongoing, draining and eating into time to spend towards other projects / commitments (and then feeling bad because you're letting down other people) - or worse: causes stress from being rushed, which leads to mistakes." I'm NOT saying that corp world is perfect by any means, but personally, I feel I work better in that environment. And on that note... I must skedaddle off to another task before I drop another ball...

 Life should be this easy!

I will be posting more in depth coverage plus recaps of Las Vegas Market Week and Design Camp shortly - just bear with me as I pull it together, plus I'll be sharing some local happenings + a small space decor tips post I staged (realistically speaking for first apartments!!) along the way...

I did manage to get thank you's written and mailed - plus pack & ship two gifts out! Yay!

In the meantime, remember to join me at the HomeGoods PinParty, Thursday - August 7! And visit me on my social connections, where it's sometimes easier and quicker to share what's new!!


and now thanks to Design Camp - Instagram!!

Thanks for stopping by!


DesignTV Has Options - Meet The Design Network!

Just for a moment, I'm going to travel back in TV design time - Do you remember watching, learning and enjoying design programming such as Divine Design, Designing For the Sexes, Room by Room, Clean House or even Room Service? I sure do, especially since I would regularly watch these shows as I was working on school design projects while I was attending the Art Institute. I really enjoyed watching those shows and miss seeing them more regularly. The design tv programming back then was fun and educational, which today, surprisingly with all the channels available, are hard to come by. Flash forward to today and anytime when I "feel" like watching a design program, the only shows available are crashing something or hunting for something. Even a concept as simple as a white room design challenge barely ceases to exist anymore, or better yet, why not a REAL life design program, with real life challenges such as a budget? This is why I am so thrilled to have found The Design Network.

Give your hand a break from scrolling for design inspiration - to watching it on TDN!

Far more than just watching a design show happen on TV, The Design Network is engaging. Why? Because it is a true 'network' of people helping people with design dilemmas - be it professional designer, a design lifestyle expert, or a home enthusiast. The Design Network is the world's first video-sharing platform that gives architects, interior designers, stylists, stagers, home enthusiasts, and video professionals the opportunity to create and share entertaining, engaging, and inspirational content, with the focus on the home. I first learned about The Design Network just as it launched in April 2013, during the Design Bloggers Conference (read post here). Since its inception, The Design Network (aka TDN) has grown to host a variety of up-and-coming stars from the lifestyle, design, and furniture industries. Yes - there is video-based channel we all know called You-Tube, but searching You-Tube for good quality, home design video content, or even creating your own channel now is like casting a small bait out into a murky lake. With TDN, professionals are casting their lines out into a clear pond - and by clear, I mean design focused.

What are some of the highlights of The Design Network? 

Besides watching fun featured design programming series such as - The Quest For Home, Dramatic Designs, Glamour Goes South, My Pad, House Trip, Architainment (a local here in Scottsdale!!), and my personal fave: Space Off. TDN TV also has other series options to watch such as bloggers on video - Layla Palmer of The Lettered Cottage, and Mitzi Beach (a 50+ Design Expert!) BoomerSmarts Designing - along with market event tours, interviews, and even a new home entertaining series scheduled to launch as soon as next week, plus more programming coming up in the Fall. These series listed here are just a few of the many - and many more inspiring design shows to come to TDN TV!

For an updated version of a 'white room challenge' click here to WATCH: Space Off!
(featuring TDN founders, Jeff (left) and Jason (right) Harris!)

From Party Pads to Jet Setters, (right here in Phoenix!) click here to WATCH: Architainment

New Series - Starts next week!

If you are a design professional, or even in the home decor industry, you KNOW social media is a must in marketing today - which is the other huge advantage to joining TDN. Not only can you upload your own home design related video content to TDN, plus share this video content via your other social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, and yes - even Pinterest - but you can LINK a URL to anything you would like to feature within your video. After my 25 year experience in working in the retail industry (visual merchandising) this can be a HUGE game changer for brick and mortar + online retailers! Some of the brands already taking advantage of this marketing opportunity are Baker, Huntington House, Century, Surya, and Four Hands to name just a few.

Create your own channel of of videos AND even your video series favorites + images, with just a click of the heart button on the TDN site. And don't forget to SHARE your video favorites on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Video sharing is yet another means of design inspiration for us all!

Think about it: If you're a shop owner, now you have a platform to share helpful design videos to the consumers PLUS link the product in your video for them to buy. If you're a designer and book author, you can add the url link to your book or to your portfolio. If you are a home stager or a blogger, you can add a clickable link within your video, for people to visit your website or blog. How cool is that? In all, creating video content to share on TDN TV allows you to further expand your social reach, drive traffic to your site, increase your SEO optimization and give life to not online static images, but to your online presence as well.

How do you join The Design Network?

You can join TDN for free by setting up a simple profile on their site at thedesignnetwork.com. You can also subscribe to your favorite design network channels, by following these 3 easy steps written by Leslie Carothers on Mitzibeach.com - How To Subscribe. Coming soon: TDN TV will also point you in the direction of best practices for creating video content on your own and even connect with film producers to help you create your best professional video for your channel.

Is The Design Network only available online?

At first, you could only watch online - but that too has changed and is growing. When Furnitureland South executives Jason and Jeff Harris saw the growth of their online design network within the first year - a million page views and approximately 10,000 subscribers since its launch in April 2013 - they knew they were onto something big. As a result, the network now has its own channel on Time Warner Cable, channel 69 (in the Piedmont). Who knows what the future holds - maybe we could see the Nate Berkus Show again - How cool would that be? In the meantime, you can read more about The Design Network, a broadband television network, teaming up with Time Warner Cable at High Point Enterprise, hpe.com.

“What I’m seeing on television has no correlation to the amazing home decor industry that I’ve grown up in and have been exposed to all my life,” said Jason Harris, founder of The Design Network and executive vice president of Furnitureland South. “For the past year, we have connected with the great brands, authentic design experts and creative filmmakers to produce a new brand of interactive video entertainment in the home decor genre.” -- hpe.com

What is The Design Network? Watch the above video clip to learn more - and also visit the site at thedesignnetwork.com.

How's that for the future app-based TV?
Welcome to The Design Network - for today and the future.
Watch. Join. Share. Connect with Home.

Connect With the Design Network via:

I'm sure they would love to hear feedback from you, since this is the way they truly are engaged - they listen!

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you on The Design Network!
You KNOW I'll be pinning some of my favorite design shows for sure! 
Join me on Pinterest at - Lynda | Focal Point Styling

 NOTE: The post was sponsored by the Design Network - All images courtesy of The Design Network. All opinions in this post are authentic and of my own.


Essentials for a Summertime Picnic in the Park

Over the weekend, it was Jeff's birthday. Last year, we spent the day at his new favorite spot here in AZ - the golf course. However due to a lower back injury he's been experiencing, I planned something a little more relaxing to celebrate his birthday and for us to relax and enjoy together: A Summer Sunday Park Picnic. Back in the Fall, we had a park picnic at a spot we came across in Scottsdale, but I wanted to try a different and new to use place. During July 4th weekend, I came across a local park, just 40 mins north of us in a place called Fountain Hills. Since it's a little higher elevation than us here in the valley, it was a little cooler, not to mention the huge lake the park is surrounded by has a huge fountain in its center. When the fountain is gushing, and a wind blows, it creates a mist to help cool down people walking the park or just lounging under the trees - which is where we picked our spot for our picnic.

Different from the picnic we planned in the Fall (read: Enjoying A Fall Picnic In The Park), passing by a gourmet market to pick-up a mix of salads and wrap sandwiches, I prepared the picnic feast at home, with the summer fruits and foods I had on hand. I made us Jeff's fave potato salad the evening before, and I did pick up some better deli meats & cheeses for our lunch. Reusable containers came in handy for packing the potato salad plus fresh cut strawberries, watermelon, and a mix of feta with red grapes. Recycled juice containers came in handy for our beverages I also made: Limeade for me and fresh brewed tea for Jeff. A pretty blue glass wine bottle I also recycled came in handy for a small vase of three Gerber daises from the bunch I picked up during my weekly grocery trip. A burlap tote I had gotten from the Winter Market came in handy to carry the sheet, fabric, napkins, melamine plates, cups, the wine bottle vase, utensils and a cutting board. Tip: Bringing along a cutting board helps to give one flat surface when you're doing a ground picnic. And although the "basket" for a picnic is a must, it may not keep the foods as well chilled as need be (especially mayo based salads & sandwich meats) so we did also bring a small rolling cooler for the drinks and extra ice - plus the handle helped to hold two tie-on covered pillows I brought to help make the ground more comfortable for Jeff... Needless to say he not only ebjoyed the food but the water view too - which is a rarity to be near (in comparison to FL living) here in Arizona...

Although I made the potato Salad the night before, I made hoagie sandwiches in the morning with a splurge (for us) on some special deli meats and cheese. To hold these stacked sandwiches in place for transport, I cut them in half, and wrapped them in parchment paper, before wrapping in a Ziplock baggie.

Jeff was happy - Food + Water view!

Picnic Attire:
Dress in lightweight cottons and linens to help keep you cool...

Making hubs happy makes me happy...

Picnic Tip:
Put that extra flat sheet from your sheet set to use: Bring it along for a park picnic... along with a few throw pillows for added comfort while lying on the ground...

 I know Jeff would have loved to have gone and played golf (like we did last year for his birthday) but that just can't be this year. But we were still able to get outside and actually enjoy the outdoors - more relaxing - and left the park as two happy campers! --or is that picnic-ers? :)

Earlier last week, when I wrote my blog contribution to the Hadley Court blog, I wrote a post about organizing a summer picnic, which included a list of essentials, a link to recipes, and several picnic ideas to inspire you from backyard picnics, to parks, to even a mention of beach picnics. If you missed my post, you can read at: The Essentials for Organizing an Easy Summer Picnic...

 Pulling together your own picnic, for a park or the yard really doesn't take much, it's not expensive, plus it's way to get out and peacefully enjoy summertime outdoors...

Sandwiches cut in half and wrapped in parchment paper before wrapping in a ziplock baggie helped hold these beasts together for transport. I repurposed Jeff's everyday lunch meat containers for sides (such as potato salad and fruits). Cooler packed with ice plus Limeade, Ice tea and water. (Non-alcohol & no soda picnic) -- an important essential to a picnic here in AZ: stay hydrated!

Having a list on the fridge helped keep more organized for Jeff's B-Day... but I don't have any idea what "came" is... lol (hate when that happens!!) I either meant cooler, cutting board or card... Jeff got upset because he tried to bring speakers for his iPod but the batteries were dead - But in all honesty - we didn't need the music... it was such a nice break to listen to a warm breeze wrestle in the trees, birds chirping, ducks quacking and the WATER chopping against the sides of the pond... not to mention the misting cooldown we got when the fountain shot up! (105 temp must have dropped 10 degrees!)

Pulling together most picnic essentials the night before helped me get ready quicker Sunday morning - even-though I did edit (not take all in above pic) most everything fit perfectly in the burlap tote...

What does it cost to have a picnic (for two)?

Groceries - Let's say $30 (or less)
and below is a list of using what i already had, but for some items, in new ways -
Picnic Basket - Gift from Jeff's mom (2009)
Stripe Sheet (RL queen) + Stripe Melamine sq. Plates + Cutting boards - HomeGoods (2011-2014)
 Ikat Blue Melamine Plates + Blue cups - Target (2010)
Polka-Dot Tea Towels - Pottery Barn (2014)
Natural Linen Euro pillows (covers) - Ikea (2012)
 Buffalo Check Napkins + Plaid fabric + Denim pillow - Goodwill Thrift Finds (2013)
and my plaid strapless dress was also a thrift find - $5 at Goodwill during 50% day.

Find an ideal location to suit you and your mate or your family and enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Note: This post is sponsored by HomeGoods and shared on the Happy By Design Pinterest project. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.


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