Author: Vicki Payne

Decorating Sunshine

The best part of the holidays for me is when they are over! Nothing is as refreshing as taking down the tree, wreaths and garland. Putting away all those holiday decorations leaves a clean decorating slate for the new year. But before you start putting your house back in order allow yourself to enjoy the empty fireplace mantel, decluttered tabletops and wide open spaces. We spend so much more time indoors this time of the year that living in a clean, decluttered space will brighten your attitude and up your energy level. Cleaning can feel like an overwhelming task...

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A Space of His Own Part 4: Power to Form and Function

Building or renovating a home is filled with decisions. Some are easy like how many bedrooms you need, how many bathrooms. But the big questions, many you may never have considered, can end up being the most important long term. What goes behind the walls are early, important decisions. Trying to make changes after a home is built can be expensive and even impossible. These top decisions center around the plumbing and electrical systems. Multiple times a day we depend on getting water and power instantly. This is not the time to skimp on the quality of these home...

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Little Tables Provide a Big Solution

It’s awkward trying to balance your cocktail and appetizers at a party. Then a friend comes over for a holiday hug – overload! What I wouldn’t have given for a few fashionable little tables scattered about the house. We have all been there. Don’t leave your guests in the larch searching for a safe spot on the floor or the arm of a chair to set their drink or plate. We all know that only leads to disaster and cleanups. Small, well placed tables solve countless problems for host and guest throughout the year. A single chair is just...

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Holiday Wreaths

I’m not a big fan of wreaths until it comes to the holidays. Then I firmly believe that wreaths are the most versatile holiday decoration that we can use to deck the halls, front doors, stairways, chandeliers, fences and gates. I love to use wreaths in unexpected locations. Surrounding chandeliers, draped from ribbon down a staircase, adoring the neck of statues or hanging from trees in the garden. There is no limit to the display options when it comes to a beautiful holiday wreath. There are two basic types of wreaths; real and artificial. I don’t have a particular...

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Pet Gifts for the Holidays

Americans love their pets and wouldn’t think of leaving them off their Christmas shopping list. 44% of American households own a dog and 35% have a cat according to the American Pet Products Association. That’s a lot of squeeze toys and chew bones. It’s hard not to let our pets rule our households. This year consider sprucing up your décor by up-scaling your pet’s Christmas gifts. Retailers are offering so many stylish choices this season that you won’t have any problem finding beds, bowls, toys and organizational items to fit your home’s style. This may be over the top...

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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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