Category: dining room

Simple and Gorgeous Spring Centerpieces

March 22, 2016

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Isn’t it so nice we are decorating for Spring again? Time goes by so fast! Unbelievable.  I decided to make a Spring centerpiece today and it just makes me happy to see:

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How to Set the Perfect Thanksgiving Table

November 2, 2015



Do you wish that you could set a pretty dining table, especially for the holidays? Well, you can! Like any other project, planning ahead is the key.

First empty the table for a clean, creative slate:


Next, decide if you want to use a tablecloth or placement. This is important because this is a great way to bring in color. For example these placemats will work in every Season:

Available from Amazon


Now, go through your place settings. Can you mix and match your pieces for an interesting look? I brought in crystal glass and china below:



Important step! Cloth napkins are the pretty accessory piece of the table! Napkins will make the table look dressed up and special using colorful napkins such as these:



Finally, I like to keep my centerpiece small so there is plenty of room for the food!:



Here are a few more posts on holiday tablescapes you might have missed:

Inspiring Holiday Tablescapes

Inspiring Christmas Tablescapes

Obsessing Over Tablescapes

I told you that you could do it, too! You just have to plan ahead.

I would love if you would email me your Thanksgiving table photos to see! They would be great to share in next month’s newsletter.

There Is No Time To Waste!

October 10, 2015

The Holiday’s are coming! Now is the time to get those home decorating projects out of the way if you are thinking of doing any improvements before the coming Holiday Season. We only have a short window of time before the company is coming to visit, the Christmas shopping fever is upon us and all of the decorating has to be completed!

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I wanted to suggest a couple quick ideas, depending on how involved you would like to get. A paint project is possible and is the quickest and largest impact for the time/money. A one day paint mission will totally transform a space.

blue dining room


Do you have an entry table, mantel, a tabletop or even a tray? Now is the time to make a plan what you will need and decorate it for the Holiday’s. Something simple is always best:



Another dramatic uplifting change you can make is adding colorful area rug, (indoors and out!):

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I just wanted to remind you that it is time to start those home design projects before the busy Holiday Season is upon us! Now is the time to check your closet for pretty place settings and plan a special way to lay out the table. This is kind of a public service announcement. You will thank me later.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Update For Spring Using Coral Accessories

March 19, 2015

Looking to freshen up your rooms this Spring? Still trending BIG this year is the color coral:

coral flower


Coral is a beautiful color to refresh and lighten up any room. A color combination I am in love with now is coral, navy blue and mineral blue:



I also am loving coral and turquoise together:

coral & turq


Unlike last Spring, coral colored accessories now are easy to find and at great prices. New towels for the bath:

coral towel


Pillows for the sofa and bed:



coral pillow


Or a throw for the living room or bedroom:

coral throw2


Wouldn’t that blanket above look beautiful folded at the end of your bed?



The picture above shows how well coral works with many other colors. Including browns:

coral mushroom


coral bed


And grays:

coral gray


(Winter Day by Behr, Simply White by Benjamin Moore, Coral Gables by Benjamin Moore, Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore).

coral drawers


White & Coral!:

coral door


And of course all shades of blue:

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Look how nice coral goes with green and blue:

coral blue and green


Wouldn’t these chairs be fun and exciting in your kitchen or dining room:

coral chair


Ballard Design even carries coral fabric at pretty good prices:

coral fabric

coral fabric two


Or how about a beautiful, new rug for your entry or living room:

coral rug


What do you think of the color coral? Do you agree that it is a great color to help bring Spring indoors this year? We certainly are deserving of a happy, bright color to bring in the warmth!

Aren’t Trey Ceilings Grand?

October 19, 2013



I have not worked with many trey ceilings in the past until recently. This week alone I had two colors consultations with trey ceilinged rooms. One was in a new contemporary home:

catherine bedroom

And just today I started working on this dining room trey ceiling below:

allison trey

I have never had a trey ceiling,  but I really love the drama of the architecture:



Depending on your preference, there are so many different ways to paint this area:





Some homeowners like a lighter trey ceiling:



Which are beautiful, but the trend now seems to be a darker ceiling at the top:



Love, love, love this room:



Another option is to paint the trey ceiling the same color as the walls:





Which is your favorite way to paint the trey? I have to say that I really like the darker color. Look at this beauty:



Wow! Don’t you think trey ceilings can be dramatic and grand?

Linking up at Serenity Now Blog here. Great ideas- check it out!

Dining Room Design

July 29, 2013

dining room


I have been working with a sweet homeowner that is loving all of the decorating ideas that I have been giving her while we are working on redesigning her dining room.

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Her dining furniture is dark and beautiful. She has an older buffet table that we decided to paint  in Ben Moore Hale Navy HC-154 as a statement piece.

HC-154 hale navy



The wall color she decided on after testing with large painted boards is Benjamin Moore Smoke Embers AC-28:

AC-28 smokey embers

It is a beautiful soft gray with a hint of blue. It will look gorgeous with the Hale Navy buffet!

She was looking for help in choosing a paint color, rug, window treatments and accessories:

Sue Dining Room

What do you think? My homeowner is very happy, right Sue? :)Thanks for letting me share!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.