Author: Vicki Payne

How to Use Metallic Finishes to Make a Room Warm and Welcoming

The distance between runway fashions and home décor gets shorter every season. This spring designers such as Givenchy, St. Laurent and Altuzarra stole the stage with lustrous shine for both day and night. Lust-worthy mirrored handbags and metallic mukluks had fashionistas begging for more and sent the hearts of interior designers into alpha rhythms. Metallic finishes also have arrived to bring warmth and beauty to your home’s décor as cooler weather approaches. Whether you decide to go gold, silver, copper or mix them all together, these gleaming tones work in every setting. Try mixing metallics with black and white...

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Looking to Re-side? 5 Reasons to Choose Vinyl Siding

If you’re tired of painting every few years or just think it’s time for a facelift, now might be the time to re-side your house. Here are five reasons you should consider vinyl siding: Beauty: Any look — historic to contemporary — can be achieved with today’s vinyl siding, which has the widest selection of styles, shapes, and colors than any other finished exterior cladding. Durability: Properly installed certified vinyl siding can withstanding winds up to 110 mph and resist the weathering effects of heat, cold, and moisture, and retain its great looks, guaranteed. Low maintenance: Unlike other exterior...

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How Aviation Is Inspiring Home Decor

Inspiration is the basis for all things creative. But where do designers find their inspiration? The answers might surprise you. Brizo’s Industrial designer, Celine Garland, was born and raised in Singapore. She spent her childhood flying around the country with her parents. She was always fascinated by aircraft, especially the Spitfire short-range, high-performance aircraft designed by R.J. Mitchell. Mitchell designed the Spitfire’s distinctive elliptical wing to have the thinnest possible cross-section; this thin wing enabled the Spitfire to have a higher top speed than several contemporary fighters. Garland used that inspiration to design the new Brizo Sotria Bath Collection....

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A Team With a Plan

Putting your heart and soul into a home renovation is the only way to end up with the home of your dreams. I started this sawdust journey in June 2012 when I purchased a 29 year old ranch home in Morrocroft. The location was perfect, in the heart of the dynamic South Park area. The house was less than perfect. In fact it wasn’t even inhabitable although I tried for the first two months while designer, Jeanine DeVaney, owner of Charlotte In-Vironments and Andrew Roby Construction worked with me to develop “The Plan”… Read this article...

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The Hot Home Decor Trend You Didn’t See Coming: Skulls

Everything in our homes comes from either fashion or history. One hot – and surprising – décor trend pulled its life directly from the runways: skulls. They have been showing up big time in fashion for the past couple of years. Alexander McQueen, the late British fashion and luxury clothing designer, rocked the style with his show at the Met Museum in 2011. It sent the look into orbit. Two years later, the skull motif began showing up on home accessories. Two’s Company introduced jugs and plates with skull images. And we’re not talking about Halloween. Now in 2014...

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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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