In Barbados, people celebrate Christmas by giving their homes a design overhaul. I don’t go all the way like some of my relatives and neighbors, but I do try to add a bit of this (or that) to my space for the holidays. This tradition is part of the reason why I recently took a trip to Millhouse in Canewood, the home décor hub of Barbados.
Just before my birthday, I had an impulsive thought to invite a few friends over for a celebration. I wanted it to be a good lime: casual, yet elegant; elegant without being expensive. And with little time to pull it together, I had to be smart and fast with my planning.
I love having people over. But when it’s at a moment’s notice, things can get dicy.
So many thoughts swirl through my head:
Will I be able to tidy all of this before they get here?
Do I have drinks chilled?
Will I have enough ice?
What will they eat?
How can I fit this into my budget?
For many years, I had a love-hate relationship with TJX stores. You know, the family of discount stores that includes HomeGoods, Marshalls and T.J.Maxx.
Finding clothing in my size was a rare occurrence. Finding size-six shoes, even rarer. And scoring items I needed in a complete set was a miracle. Think: curtain panels for a space with more than two windows or dinnerware for a party of six.
Recently, I realized I’ve been going about my shopping at TJX stores all wrong.
It’s no secret that I’m a proud Caribbean woman.
I’m a sucker for the vibrancy of our culture, our sense of style, our food, the magic in our music, our signature island lilt. The list of island things I love could go on and on…
It should be no surprise, then that I’ve pulled together an island style holiday guide.
It features delightful, high-quality products made in the Caribbean or by Caribbean people, which have gotten my attention this Christmas.
Hope you’ll love them as much as I do!
I used to imagine myself sauntering around with an impeccably groomed, cute-as-a-button, pint-sized puppy peeking out from my handbag.
Last week, I volunteered to help my friend Ayanna dog sit her super-cute pet, Dingolay (pronounced ding-go-lay). And after spending two days with my “god-dog”, I’ve been wondering: Am I ready to be a pet owner?
If you’re reading this and considering buying a dog, allow me to assist by sharing a few things you might want to think about before you drop bills on one.
Do not get a dog if…
Everyone knows I’m big on fashion and beauty trends. But when it comes to décor, I turn to the experts.
My friend Dernell is a bona fide interior designer and owns a startup, Francilia Interiors.
I couldn’t think of a better person to dish on today’s top six home décor trends.