Category: Design Forward

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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2018 Colors Forecasted by a Global Collision of Influences

From vivid blue and digital green, to high-def yellow and rusty auburn, the Sherwin-Williams 2018 Colormix Color Forecast exhibits three unique color palettes that draw from emerging global trends. Sue Wadden, director of color marketing, identified 36 colors drawing from fashion, nature, pop culture and global design, to create the Colormix palettes Sincerity, Unity and Connectivity. “Like blue meeting yellow to make green, every color in the Color Forecast is a collision of influences with every palette bringing a new chance at community,” said Wadden. “The connection to experiences, thoughts or moments in time is an important facet to...

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Table Decisions

It’s the time of the year when we all gather around the table to share our lives with friends and family. It’s also the time we notice how badly we need new dining room table and chairs whether it is in the formal dining room or the kitchen. Hard to say which shows the most wear and tear, the table or the chairs. It always seems to me that they both become unacceptable at the same time. Perhaps we’re tired of the look, the style or the color. Whatever the reason, they just won’t cut it for another holiday...

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Shagreen

You’ve probably seen this rough, granular surfaced leather material used on a variety of surfaces but never knew what it was. Originally used for elegant book bindings, pocketbooks and small boxes and cases it’s look is very distinct. Shagreen once made from horse hides is now made from the skins of sharks and rays. It looks delicate but it is water resistant and very durable. When swords and daggers were once the vogue Shagreen was used for hilts and scabbards. Most often associated with the Art Deco era due to its luxury and exoticism appearance. Real Shagreen is expensive...

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Balance and Scale in the Bedroom

Does your bedroom lack style and personality? No matter what you try it never looks pulled together like the pictures on line or in magazines. If so, the problem might be one of balance and scale. Balance is the key that unlocks designer looks and scale is the tool that keeps it stable. People feel most at home in a room that is balanced. Two matching lamps, a coordinating pair of pictures a dual set of occasional chairs. You adhere close to this theory in your living room but when it comes to the bedroom, function overcomes form and...

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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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