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Help Spread Happiness

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014


I was recently contacted by the company Novica,  in association with National Geographic, to ask if I would help spread the word of their mission to introduce my readers to artisans from around the world. “I am aware that your blog is not focused on product reviews but this is such a nice project that I thought you may be interested in doing it.”


I went to their website and immediately fell in love with their company mantra, their products and all of the individual artesian stories:



Novica is one of the leading fair trade artisan websites. They work with National Geographic to give talented artisans around the world a place to
express their artistic talents and provide access to the world market. They have thousands of top fair trade clothing, accessories, jewelry, gisfts and
home decor items on their website.








So very beautiful and unique. I really love so many different items! The prices are so reasonable for all of the hard work and love that is put into each handmade item:



Are these not the perfect summer earrings?:



I could keep posting some of my favorite pieces but first I want to offer you a chance to win a $75.00 gift certificate to buy something special for you!

To enter, just visit the Novica website and comment below which beautiful item you would love to own. Contest ends at midnight, Friday March 14th. Winner will be selected by random drawing. Good Luck Everyone!

There is even a special section for the colors of the year:


Radiant Orchid:



Placid Blue:




Here are just a few more of my favorites:

Cotton Scarves

Womens Jacket

Womens Clothing from Thailand

Sleeveless Blouses

Peruvian Chrysocolla Earrings

Silver Domed Rings

Please check them out! It is a great cause helping others.



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Color Consultation Giveaway

Saturday, December 7th, 2013



In the spirit of Holiday joy and giving, I would like to help someone by giving away a free room color consultation!


Kelly Bernier Designs

Are you tired of bringing paint samples home for the tenth time? Are you stuck for ideas on what color would work best in your living room? Want to update your dining room with a beautiful color palette? Or how would you like a little color help for your neglected master bedroom?


Kelly Bernier Designs

Well now is your chance to win some free color advice! To enter the raffle to win a free online room color consultation, comment on what room in your home you would like to see some color magic! The contest will end Monday night, December 9 at midnight EST and the winner will be announced Tuesday, December 10. Good luck everyone!

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Great Hostess Gifts for the Holiday’s

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

I thought I would try this year to be a little of top of things for the Holiday’s.  This includes a lot of list writing.  One thing I always regret, is at the last minute, always, as I am getting ready to go to a family function, friend get together or Christmas party, I forgot all about getting a gift for the hostess!  If you’re like me sometimes and need some inspiration for a great hostess gift, check out these gifts!”

Here are some of my favorite gift ideas for any host or hostess!  

Holiday CD.  Not everyone buys for themselves but everyone loves.  Depending on your hostess, there is a wide variety of styles and choices.  Each year they seem to come out with different versions or adaptations to our favorite Holiday music. Does your host love Jazz? Country? There are so many choices!

The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection

Taylor Swift Holiday Collection

Home Scents. I love to give and receive home scents.  The diffusers they sell at Pier1 are terrific.  Soy candles are also always a great gift.  They burn clean (no soot in the air) and smell wonderful.

Therepe Scented Soy Jar Candles

Assorted Baskets. Another idea I think is very thoughtful, is to bring a small basket of assorted bagels or muffins.  Wrap in plastic then wrap with a linen napkin with specialty coffee or tea (and maybe a pretty mug) for their breakfast the next morning after.  This gift will be very appreciated!

Holiday Flowers. You can bring these in a vase or just the vase alone is a great gift.  Show what a smart guest you are by not dropping a bouquet of flowers to her at the door.  Your hostess does not have time to go looking for a vase when she is greeting guests and looking at the timer on the oven for the appetizers!  An even nicer gift would be to order a fresh flower arrangement sent to her the day of the party. Edible arrangements are also fun (and delicious!) and can add an instant dessert or appetizer to any gathering.

Bosphorus Bowls

Pottery Barn

Small plants are another great option.  Rosemary, thyme and lavender are perfect for a kitchen counter near a window in a small pot and they will enjoy their scents as well. These small plants also last a while- so every time that you hostess looks at the plant, they can be reminded of you!


Special Beverage or delicious chocolate or Holiday treats.  If you bring a great wine or delicious gourmet chocolates, wrap and attach a small note: “This gift is just for you.  NOT to be shared.” Any hostess would secretly love a gift that they don’t have to share with anyone but themselves!

Focus on your host’s hobby! If you know your hostess, think about what they enjoy doing for fun. Do they love to cook?  There are so many great cookbooks out there and amazing cooking tools!  Do they love to read? Would they love to receive the latest bestseller or a book store certificate?  Movie gift certificate?


Decorating Certificate.  And if you really love your host/hostess, wouldn’t it be nice to give them a gift certificate from Kelly Bernier Designs;)

 I hope these ideas helped!  Do you have any other ideas for our special host and hostess?  Do tell! 

If you need help making your home beautiful for the Holiday’s, contact me today!

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