Category: Dear Kelly

Partial Window Curtain Rods, Yea or Nay?

September 14, 2019

What is your opinion of partial curtain rods? I am currently working online with a client who recently asked me, “What do you think of short rods?” “Not a fan”,  I wrote back  quickly, ( I wrote back the next day and said that I hope my comment did not sound rude!) I explained to her that just because I did not like the look, that doesn’t mean they won’t work if you like the style.

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I never even thought about using them in a room. I decided to take a look online and see if I was missing something.Read More

Double Post! Readers’ Questions Answered PLUS Stunning Before & After Exterior Photos

January 5, 2019

I have not written a post in awhile, so I thought I would start the New Year off with an double dose of decorating fun! Here are a few questions I have received recently from readers:

Hi Kelly,

“This is what I am working with. I recently purchased a home that has emerald/forest green kitchen and bath counter tops the cabinets were a medium brown and had gold hardware. Since replacing the counter tops is not an option and I am working with them. I have chosen a grey almost slightly shaded brown for my cabinet color and have purchases a light grey for my walls which flows into my dining and den area where I have a large wall that has a rock fireplace with built inns. My problem is in the den there is chair rail molding not the pretty kind and taking it up is not on my want to do list should I paint the chair rail the same color as the wall to make the room flow or should I make them pop. I will be painting kitchen and hopefully funding some type of backsplash I am considering just going with hunter green subway tile and just going with it lol. “Also should I paint the built ins the same color as the walls or a contrasting color like the color of my kitchen cabinets also I want to brighten up the stone fireplace but not to much and am unsure if I should keep the fireplace mantel the original wood because I am adding a custom variated wood island in the kitchen area. I trying my best to blend it all together without it looking to log cabin style lol going for more farmhouse.”

Before photo:

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My advice for her back splash working with the emerald green counters, is NOT to buy a solid green subway tile. I think it will be too much green! Here are a couple ideas I would consider to work with the green counter tops for a back splash:

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A neutral back splash or a tile with a bit of hunter green in it would work best. Choose the one that will work best with counters and cabinets. I think your kitchen will look great after painting and adding a new back splash!Read More

Mixing Stained Trim/Doors With White

September 22, 2018

There are no pretty pictures this week my lovelies! Just a little lesson on one of the most common questions I receive from readers and that is  asking about mixing stained trim and doors with painted white trim and doors. I wrote a blog on this subject here a few years ago. Many homeowner’s wish to update their stained trim to white but they find it so overwhelming because there is so much of it throughout the home.

One solution I wrote about here, is to paint the walls, trim and doors all one color:

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Another idea I think works well for an updated look is to leave the doors stained, (which is expensive to change), and paint the trim around the door white:Read More

Did You Know?

August 25, 2018

Thinking of decorating lately? Me neither. It is just that time of year when you can become overwhelmed with September right on our heels.  September means back to school, working becomes a priority again, summer starts to wind down, weeknights out are not so easy to plan, etc. etc. So, I am not giving you much to think about today. Since the great response on my last ‘Did You Know’ series, I thought I would again share with you  more hints and tips on a variety of subjects you may or may not know.

Did you know??

*  This is the time of year when sunflowers are in bloom and abundant.  Why don’t you make a beautiful table centerpiece with them?  I think they are especially gorgeous when mixed with blue flowers:

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Here are a couple arrangements I made from the flowers in my garden:Read More

Steps When Planning a Kitchen Renovation 101

July 28, 2018

This summer I have been working with a local couple on their complete vacation home makeover. They decided to start with the kitchen and wanted me to discuss the right steps to follow when planning a complete redo of their kitchen. My first suggestion to them was to find a contractor to work with. That is not easy I know! The contractor will be able to hire the sub-contractors needed for demolition, electrical work, plumbing, permits, etc. Meanwhile, you will have to chose the components that are going into the new space and if you want to avoid stress later, these steps will help guide you in the overall process.

They are redesigning the kitchen area top to bottom. Here is a before photo:

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Step One for the Kitchen:

As I tell all of my clients, their first big decision should be the countertop. (the most expensive item in the room and least amount of selections.) Right now both quartz and granite are still the most popular choices. My biggest tip when buying a new countertop is to GO to where the stone is whole. You can look at the little samples and online to get an idea of what you like, but you must go to stone yard to choose your large piece for counters to see exactly which piece you are getting because every piece is unique:

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Step Two:Read More

Updating Your Trim/Molding

July 14, 2018

Are you wanting to change your look in a room, but stained molding is stopping/preventing you from getting the fresh, clean and updated look you are yearning for? I have another solution. No, I am not talking about gorgeous historical or custom made trim work like this:

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I am talking about the too small and thin stained molding that looks like eyeliner on the top and bottom of your wall:

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A solution? Read More