Author: Vicki Payne

A Space of His Own Part 6: Hardware

Hardware is the “Bling” of the house. I’ve worked with Top Knobs for years. They have the largest most versatile cabinet hardware selections. Pulls in various lengths, coordinating knobs and even matching bath hardware. Hardware needs not only to be beautiful it must be functional. Bill wanted sleek lines but didn’t want something that looked or felt dainty. I selected several different styles and finishes for his consideration. Top Knobs will send free samples so it easy to see how they feel in your hand and fit on the cabinets. I selected two different collections for the kitchen. For...

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A Space of His Own Part 5: Cabinets

Designing perfect work centers for a home takes skill, knowledge and quality products. As a custom designer, you must know how to maximize every inch of space in what can be a limited area. You must understand building codes and requirements and have a working knowledge of all the appliance and cabinet manufacturers options. All these design tools are important but the biggie is knowing how your client lives. Bill loves to cook and entertain. He is also 6’5” so height and plenty of room to move about is key to making his kitchen function for him. He likes...

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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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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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