Month: December 2015

Creative Storage Solutions for the Kitchen

What do you do when you don’t have enough cabinet space? Our grandmothers used china cabinets to store away their seldom-used dishes, serving pieces and linens. It was a great solution to a common problem. Today china cabinets are old fashioned and represent a by-gone era. Many of us don’t even have dining rooms any longer. They’ve been converted into home offices, dens or playrooms. But storage space is still an issue. Solution? Open shelving. If wall space permits, wall mounted shelves can provide that much needed storage as well as adding interest to a bare wall. If you...

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Creating Breath Taking Rooms

Ever walk into one of those living rooms that just take your breath away because it is so tranquil and well edited? I love that experience. You want to stand there for a few moments and take in the ambiance of the space. This is what happens with everything in a room works together. Nothing stands out but functions as a well-tuned orchestra to create one unified sound. This is the most difficult mode of decorating to achieve. How does it happen? Well first of all it doesn’t just happen, every detail has been carefully selected to work in...

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Black will Always Be the New Black

I don’t know why everyone is always looking for the “new black”. I see nothing wrong with black just being black. Its use on either cabinetry or walls is sure to emphasize contrast and evoke a dramatic mood. When done right, it can also convey a classy and sophisticated elegance that you just don’t get with color. Black creates the perfect backdrop for white painted moldings, artwork and furniture. A foyer painted black can convey sophistication or an ardent mood depending on the furnishings and accessories. Rich, stained woods and oriental rugs set a more formal tone. The same...

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Well Hello There, Come On In

When I lived in an apartment I dreamed of one day being able to afford a house or at least a large enough apartment so I could have a foyer. Now by definition, a foyer in a house is usually a small entry area or room by the front door. I didn’t demand a grand foyer, just some space between the front door and my living area. Once I finally made my move to my first house I ended up with not one but two foyers, one at the front entrance and the second off the kitchen. I can’t...

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Creative Christmas Decoration Ideas For Your Home

Christmas decorations – we’ll see dozens of them throughout December, the trees, lights and tinsel turning our homes and streets into hubs of festive delight. If you’re looking to make your home distinguishable from the rest this Christmas, check out these 10 creative tips. Click here for the full...

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