Category: Agree Or Disagree?

Just My Opinion

September 22, 2016

A reader wrote the other day asking if I liked the combination of oak cabinets with soft gray/blue walls. I think this is what she means:

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I have previously stated that I do not care for light colored walls with the oak here. It is too much contrast for me. Not that it is a wrong color, it just would not be my choice of wall color to work with oak cabinets.Read More

Does Grant Beige Work With Oak Cabinets?

March 28, 2016

I received an interesting reader question the other day:

Dear Kelly,

How would Grant Beige be on my kitchen walls with honey oak cabinets? I am looking for a neutral color that will downplay the cabinets but go with my granite that has neutrals,grays,light tan (slab is called Ornamental Gold)
Thanks!

Here is a photo representation:

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A Chandelier In Every Room

February 17, 2016

A reader recently ask if I think chandeliers are still popular and do I think a chandelier would look nice in a nursery:

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Yes, yes I do! I just love a gorgeous crystal chandelier and what it adds to a room!:

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Time For New Lamps?

January 20, 2016

I would like you to take a minute and go take a peek at your living and bedroom table lamps. Are they still pretty? Are they more than 6 years old? Do you still like them??

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Lamps, believe or not, is one of the most dated items I find in homes when performing home design consultations. I think many people just don’t notice their lamps. They are just one of those accessories that has been laying around for years.  I want to tell you that one of the quickest and easiest ways to update a room immediately, is banishing your old lamps and finding new pretty lamps. They are not so expensive anymore! I found these at Home Goods for only $ 60.00 each!:

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Target has great lamp selections and also Overstock, Lamps Plus and Wayfair  to just to name a few. And shipping is free with most companies today when ordering online. They really do make the room perk up and give the room instant interest and personality!

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If you are keeping your lamps out of love, I would keep them and be proud to show them off. But if you are not attached to your table lamps and have not noticed them in awhile – except for dusting around- maybe it is time to buy yourself a new pair of pretty lamps!

How do you like the look of my new website?  I would love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks everyone!

Do Area Rugs Work Over Carpet?

October 21, 2015

A question I get asked quite often is, “ Can an area rug be placed over carpet?”

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I have always suggested that if either rug was not very thick, then yes, you can make it work. For instance, I think natural-fiber rugs like jute or sisal can work very well for layering.

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Berber rugs will also usually work because they have a thin pile. BUT, I would not try an area rug over a thicker rug like shag.

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The reason this subject just came up again was because my sister asked me this same question. She wanted to bring more color into the room with an area rug and wondered how it would look. Her carpet is not thick so I told her to give it a try. And look how nice it came out!:

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Brings a lot of color in, doesn’t it?

So yes, I do think using an area rug over a carpet can work well in a room.

Do you agree readers? Have you tried to layer an area rug over carpet in your home?