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Personality + Design

Posted by on Apr 22, 2012 in Interior Design | 0 comments

Personality + Design

I walked through a home sale this week. I was initially struck by how beautifully the house was decorated, right down to the minutest detail. On second glance I thought I was walking through an Ethan Allen show home.  Every piece in every room was gorgeous in its own right – but where was the homeowner’s personality?  Where is that personal mark that really makes a house “a home”? Most of us can’t afford to fill our homes with “high end” furnishings and you know what? – if I could afford it – I wouldn’t! I want my home to feel warm and...

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New Modern – Essentially Eclectic

Posted by on Mar 13, 2012 in Interior Design | 0 comments

New Modern – Essentially Eclectic

I love how decorating has evolved in the 21st century.  Popular furniture has the sleek lines of the 1950’s and 1960’s.  Less is often more.  But what is different about today’s decorating trends?  It’s the often playful but environmentally conscience mix of the old with the new. It’s mixing East with West, it’s methodically mismatching.  In short, it’s modern eclectic. In my opinion, redecorating does NOT mean getting rid of everything!  If you are updating a space and want to create a more modern style but still want to keep some of your...

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I Love Christmas!

Posted by on Nov 14, 2011 in Interior Design | 0 comments

I Love Christmas!

I love Christmas – I’ve always loved Christmas!  I couldn’t wait to put up my 1st Christmas tree in my 1st apartment after college!  It wasn’t very big, but my favorite symbol of   the Season was standing in my little living room!  It’s the smell of evergreens that I enjoy so much – that and all the lights and ornaments that create the bejeweled king of the holidays!  I use a lot of evergreens to decorate during the season – especially outdoors.  It is remarkable what you can create with evergreens, holly & boxwoods.  You can create...

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Circle ‘Round – The Dining Table

Posted by on Nov 1, 2011 in Interior Design | 0 comments

Circle ‘Round – The Dining Table

Circle ‘Round – The Dining Table                              How frustrating is it to dine at a long table and try to have a conversation with someone sitting a few people away?   It’s just not happening!  Enter the round dining table!  It is an excellent conversation area where everyone can be the center of conversation! Beyond the ease of conversation, a round table is so functional – the shape accommodates both large and small parties.  Round and oval dining table are space efficient too!   If you think you don’t have any...

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Mantels – Less is most often More

Posted by on Sep 24, 2011 in Interior Design | 0 comments

Mantels – Less is most often More

As we feel the fall’s first chill, my mind goes immediately to a cozy fire in the family room.  Nothing is more mesmerizing than those flickering flames.  But how do we decorate around our fireplace?  My thoughts are that “less is definitely more”!  Don’t clutter the mantel with large collections of pictures or collectables all surrounding a large picture or mirror.  It is so easy to do because a mantel gives the appearance of a shelve and what’s the harm in adding just one more item on that shelf?  Decorating is really about accenting...

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Lighten & Brighten and then add Interest

Posted by on Aug 26, 2011 in Interior Design | 0 comments

Lighten & Brighten and then add Interest

Lighten & Brighten and then add Interest                       So many home owners want to update their homes and are just not sure where to start. And in today’s economy they don’t want to spend a fortune to make those changes.  I say, it is relatively simply & inexpensive – Lighten & Brighten and then add Interest!  One of the most important parts of decorating is using the right paint color on your walls.  It is remarkable how much the color of a room can transform the tone and feel of the space.  Plus, it is the most...

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Lighting the way – Lamps Today!

Posted by on Aug 4, 2011 in Interior Design | 0 comments

Lighting the way – Lamps Today!

How unique are lamps today?  I’ve just fallen in love with all the lighting choices.  I often blog about how accent pieces can create your “one of a kind” space and adding lamps are certainly no exception.  Regardless of the style of the room you’ve created, spice it up with some original lighting.  Don’t dismiss table and floor lamps because your room has plenty of recessed lighting.  Using ambient lights, for example, will direct the eye.  It is soft, indirect lighting that will illuminate the space and create an inviting glow.  So what are...

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The Incredible Character of Reclaimed Wood

Posted by on Jul 14, 2011 in Interior Design | 0 comments

The Incredible Character of Reclaimed Wood

 The Reclaimed wood industry started in the 1970’s but really took off in the 1990’s when building “green” became so important to our environment.  Today, reclaimed wood is used for everything from kitchen cabinetry to architectural details to furniture. In fact, it is so popular today it is becoming increasingly difficult to source.   Reclaimed wood furniture is one of my favorite decorating choices.  The right piece works in almost any décor from modern to traditional.  It provides such character – your personal taste which creates a unique...

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This isn’t your Grandmother’s Coffee Table

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Interior Design | 0 comments

This isn’t your Grandmother’s Coffee Table

Have you noticed what’s happened to the old coffee table?  For the most part, the classic walnut or maple rectangular or oval tables are gone.  Home owners today are opting for unique and eye popping pieces that can become the center of the living or family room.   What a great opportunity to express your individual taste!  Even if your decorating style leans toward traditional or transitional, a “one of a kind” coffee table will have your friends and family talking as soon as they walk into your room.  Simple colorful cubes or garden stools...

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The Latest on the Family Room

Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Interior Design - Personal | 0 comments

The Latest on the Family Room

I mentioned in a recent blog that I would continue to update you on “our family room”.  At this point, we are almost finished – the built-ins are completed, sectional has arrived and we are using some of our old accent pieces!  While the finishing touches remain to be completed, today I wanted to share some of the “accent painting” we did that really adds interest, warmth, color and texture to the room.  I already shared that we white washed our brick fireplace, so to compliment that change we created an accent wall (Sherwin Williams...

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