Category: Agree Or Disagree?

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?

How Popular Are The 2015 Top Chosen Colors?

June 4, 2015

Every year I wonder if the colors that were chosen by the major paint companies for the top spot of the year, actually become more popular with the consumer. Let’s take a look how this years colors are faring:

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2015, Guilford Green HC-116:

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(Do you see the difference in the two above photos wall color because of lighting? Always be sure to test at home!) These photos were all taken recently. When I first wrote about the color of the year when it was announced here, it was difficult finding photos of walls painted with Guilford Green. Now you can find quite a few rooms online:

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Even exteriors:

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Yes, I think Guilford Green is much more popular now!

What about Sherwin Williams Coral Reef SW 6606?:

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Such a beautiful color. Did you know the coral color comes from pink, orange and red?

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I could not find any entire rooms painted in Coral Reef, only a few accent walls. But the accessories in coral are hot! This is my favorite photo using Coral Reef:

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Gorgeous!

What about Pantone 18-1438 Marsala?

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I do not think this color was intended for the walls. I have seen accessories in the color Marsala:

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Do you think Marsala has caught on yet? Do you like the color better than when it was first announced?

So, yes I believe Guilford Green is a color that has been accepted by the consumer as a wall color. Accessories only in Coral Reef and Marsala. The year is not half over yet, maybe things will change. Stay tuned!

Excessive Architectural Details

April 13, 2015

Sometimes a good thing can be overdone. That’s what I found when I visited a model home this past week in Sarasota, FL. The designer had used quite a bit of molding to stage the home: model dining room In my opinion, it is a little too much in the room above. Maybe if the high wall treatment and the trey ceiling were not both done so ornate. Do you agree? Or do you like how the room looks with all of the molding? Interesting to hear your thoughts. I love the color choices.  (I do think they should have put a little more budget into the window treatments as they are quite thin now. I would suggest much fuller panels to help soften up the room.) What do you think of this decorative fence in the bedroom?: fence I think it is creative, but is it an accident waiting to happen? Especially in a boy’s room. I can just see my son Kyle when he was young. He would try to pull them off the wall and probably poke his eye! I do think this molding width and height is a bit too big and bulky for this room: blue bedroom I do love architectural molding! I am just pointing out what is not working in these examples. As I am going through the pictures I took at the model home, I am having a hard time not critiquing for you. This was not how the blog started. I am showing you examples of molding not done correctly and not pleasing in the room. What do you think of the molding in this bedroom?: sarasota master I do like the color combination. One of my most popular posts ever was Creating Architectural Details. It is about a reader who shared her spectacular and original architectural design with us using molding: Kathleen Now this is molding done right. Just beautiful! She did a  great job making the room unique. This is a good example of good architectural design. In that post I displayed many photos of rooms where the molding was done right. One more photo of molding I do not find appealing: mirrored molding I think the wall would have been much prettier left alone without the molding. And if you where wondering if these photos are all from the same house, yes they are. Too much or just right? These comments are all my opinion. They may not be shared by all. Thanks for stopping by!

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:

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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:

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I also am loving coral and turquoise together:

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

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Pillows for the sofa and bed:

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Or a throw for the living room or bedroom:

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

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

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And grays:

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

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White & Coral!:

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And of course all shades of blue:

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Look how nice coral goes with green and blue:

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

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Ballard Design even carries coral fabric at pretty good prices:

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

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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!