Author: Vicki Payne

White the Color of Inspiration

“The color white is transcendent powerful and polarizing – it is either taken for granted or obsessed over. White is not just a design trend; it’s a design essential. The popularity of white, the necessity of white, the mystique of white is quantifiable in our industry.” Ellen O’Neill on Benjamin Moore’s Simply White OC-117. That having been said the question becomes, why is it so difficult to find the perfect shade of white? Perhaps it’s because white is the most illusive of all colors. It’s been described as coddling, crisp, fresh, soothing, warm, cool and timeless, yet very much...

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Who Are You and Where Did You Come From?

Charlotte is one of the fasting growing cities in the country. Having moved to Charlotte in 1994, I feel like a native. But the reality is most of us are products of many moves. In an effort to embrace their new hometowns, people immediately begin to assimilate to that area’s décor styles. Fitting in is great but decorating should be a reflection of your history, style and passions. When it comes to staying true to their passions men are much better than women. If you don’t believe me ask a guy how tough it was to give up his...

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Natural Fragrances for Your Home

Nothing smells fresher than lemons, limes, herbs and spices. You can capture these fresh fragrances for your home by combining just a few simple ingredients. I’ve been playing with different combinations for years. Here’s a list of my favorites. Feel free to be creative and discover your own scents by blending and mixing fruits, herbs and spices. Fragrant Combinations Orange, Cinnamon & Spice 1 orange 2 cinnamon sticks ½ T whole cloves ½ T whole allspice 1 anise star (optional) Lemon, Rosemary & Vanilla 3 sprigs fresh rosemary 2 lemons 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Lime, Thyme, Mint & Vanilla...

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Need a Budget Weekend Getaway? Visit Lisbon

If you’re short of funds and time but really want to get away, check out Lisbon. It’s a fun affordable place to visit for a short weekend without blowing your travel budget. A busy year had tapped out my budget and filled my calendar. But the urge to travel while the weather was still sunny and warm, lead me to Lisbon. Flights and hotels are reasonable and the food and drinks affordable. Perfect for a long weekend for young singles, couples or baby boomers. We arrived on Friday for a 4 day holiday and checked into the recently opened...

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Where has Vicki Been?

Is she off on one of her adventures again or has she simply forgotten us? Never!!! Well maybe off on an adventure but not of my own choosing. For the past year, I’ve been in hand-to-hand combat with breast cancer. I’m happy and grateful to report that I’ve beaten this nasty nemesis. As a two-time cancer survivor, first in 1994, I’ve seen major improvements in detection, treatments and cure rates. What hasn’t changed is the unending support and love that I received during each journey. Some of my champions may have changed but the encouragement and caring has not....

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Meet Vicki Payne

Vicki Payne is a nationally recognized designer, home improvement, gardening and decorating expert. Each week, for over 15 years, millions of viewers both nationally and internationally have tuned in to watch her popular television show, For Your Home. read more

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