Tag: Decorating ideas

Do I Really Need a Dining Room?

September 15, 2018

Are dining rooms really necessary today? If you have a large family and love to have big dinner parties, I would say yes. But for us, Holidays are the only time we use the dining room.  We are always in the kitchen. The reason I am questioning this now is because of our new home. Here is how the previous owners had the room set up:

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But, I am thinking what a waste the room will be if it is only used once or twice a year.  Here is the room now, (remember we only moved a week ago haha):

new dining room

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The fireplace is in the middle of room, so if we kept as a dining room, the table would have to go in the middle of room to make the space look cohesive. Here are a few dining rooms that have a fireplace:Read More

Color Crush: Van Deusen Blue

September 1, 2018

Definitely one of my favorite blues. This grayish blue paint color is from the Benjamin Moore Historical Collection and has been a preferred blue for many homeowners over the years.

I love seeing it used in a semi-gloss finish on cabinets:

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This color is a very popular color choice for cabinets in both kitchen and baths: (Do you see the difference in the color with different lighting? That is why it is so important for you to sample paint colors in your home with your lighting.)

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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

Home Office Bookshelves Complete & How to Find Stuff for Styling Bookshelves

June 30, 2018

The original plans were that our new office would be finished by the end of May. What is the date today? July 1. Has this ever happened to you? Of course it has.

But it  is coming out beautifully. My husband Mike has put a lot of time and work into designing and building these shelves. I thought before the final show of the room, I would give you a few ideas on how to find items to display to make your bookshelves beautiful!:

new shelvesBefore I can even start to decorate; BIG TIP: When you hire electricians for a job, make sure you tell them exactly where the plugs will be. I assumed, wrong, that they would put the plugs close to bottom of shelf or anywhere else besides where they put them in the middle of the wall. Duh. So before I do anything, I have to cover the plugs:

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Better. My first place to look for items to style the shelves is shopping my own home. In closets, basement and cupboards. I have tons of stuff from over the years! I knew that the very top shelf of the bookcase would look best with one simple accessory that one, looks good and two, takes up room. That can be a tray or I like to use a basket:Read More

Did You Know??

June 16, 2018

Thought I would entertain you this weekend with a few fun decorating facts that you will enjoy!

Did you know??

*   For all of the paint choices available, 80% of the time we use only 20% of all colors?

*   One pair of pillows on a sofa always looks skimpy. Better to use two pairs, in contrasting colors, patterns and textures to bring your sofa to the next level.

*   You can easily and inexpensively lighten up any room by bringing in a straw/jute area rug for the warmer weather.

*   Why blue, green and violet are the # 1 bedroom paint color choice? These colors are considered cool and restful and tend to recede and contract. On the other side of the color wheel,  red, yellow and orange are warm and active colors. They tend to advance and expand your walls. Dark colors advance and light colors recede.Read More