Author: Vicki Payne

How to Find a Qualified Contractor: Certification Counts

No doubt, finding a qualified contractor can be a challenge. Do you use a contractor who did a good job down the block? A cousin or in-law? Maybe crowd sourcing services such as Angie’s List or Home Advisor? Recommendations, whether personal or anonymous, might work out, but no matter the task, you’ll have greater peace of mind with someone who has been certified in their industry. “When you need someone to do your taxes, you look for a CPA. When you need your car serviced, you go a certified mechanic. Why wouldn’t you want the same level of confidence...

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Tell Your Designer What To Get You In High Point

This is a busy week for designers and furniture retailers. It’s the start of the fall furniture market in High Point. It is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, and it happens right here in North Carolina. More than 75,000 people will flood the small town looking for the latest trends in home furnishings. It’s been said if you can’t find what you are looking for here, it probably doesn’t exist. If you are planning a decorating project, now is the time to give your designer a quick call and let him or her know what...

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Collaboration on Charity Remodeling Project Brings Out the Best in Inspiration, Transformation, and Functionality

We’re honored to be working with Purple Heart Homes and the Vinyl Siding Institute to renovate a home in Charlotte for a disabled veteran and his wife. Work is underway now and the family is scheduled to move in soon. I’ll be posting more about this and even featuring the project on an upcoming For Your Home episode, but I wanted to share some of the planning that went into the redesign so you know what to look for when the time comes for you to remodel. First, a little background: The Harris Houston Road home was acquired and...

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Armless Chairs Help You Squeeze More Seating Into Your Decor

Armless upholstered chairs are one of the most versatile occasional chairs you can buy. Often referred to as “slipper chairs,” they can easily slip into any room’s décor. Perhaps that’s how they got their name. They provide a backrest and comfortable seating but don’t take up visual space or limit access as traditional chairs with armrest often do. Chairs designed without arms allow seating access from three directions. The temptation for guests to use the arms as a spot to balance a beverage glass also is removed with this design. If your rooms seem crowded but you need extra...

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Turn a Boring Bedroom into a Comfy Retreat

We spend about 10 hours a day on average in the bedroom. That’s a good part of the day, so why not make this retreat one of the best rooms in the house? To do the job well, it’s important to understand that bedrooms aren’t just for sleeping. They serve many purposes. Televisions and Internet connections make this room well-suited for a secondary TV monitor and maybe a home office. With just a few adjustments you can turn a drab bedroom into a haven. A new furniture arrangement could give you extra space for a small desk or comfortable...

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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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