Category: Design Forward

Box Moldings

Traditional style is expressed in many ways. The most impressive is the use of wood moldings. Crown molding turns an ordinary room into one of elegance and style. Wider baseboards and door and window moldings take a home from builder’s standard to custom. One of my favorite types of molding is box molding. These are the individual square or rectangular shapes created out of picture frame style moldings applied to the walls that divide it into sections. Most often box molding is used in the formal spaces of a home such as the dining room, foyer and living room....

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Tile Transformations

Pattern can be very tricky to incorporate into your décor. It is much safer but boring to stay with solid colors. Hardwoods and carpet are popular because they’re a save choice. But neither fit the bill when it comes to durability for kitchens, bathrooms and service areas. They are also so neutral that they lend very little excitement to a room’s décor. A great solution to shake up your spaces might be patterned porcelain tiles. During the past couple of years tile manufacturers have expanded tile options to include exciting geometric designs and floral patterns. Porcelain tile is durable,...

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Too Matchy – Matchy

I hope today’s column will put to rest the need to make everything in your house match. If you’ve got brass doorknobs and long for a new silver or rub bronze chandelier go for it. The most interesting homes are those that are a unified collection of styles. I want to focus on the kitchen because that’s the most used room in your house and probably the room both your family and your friends like to frequent.  It’s also the room where we have lots of different materials and surfaces coming together.  From appliances to hardware it can be...

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The Pantone Color of the Year is Greenery, a refreshing and devitalizing shade of zesty yellow-green that’s symbolic of new beginnings. “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.” States Leatrice Eisement, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. Each year Pantone, a standardized color matching system for identifying colors, selects a shade based on months of research covering social, economic, fashion and manufacturing...

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Bar Carts

Cocktails have never been more popular. Start preparing your perfect bar now and you’ll be ready to kick back and enjoy entertaining during the holidays. The best way to corral all your mixes, liquors and bar accessories is on a decorative bar car. Not since the 1940s have we seen such a swell in the popularity of the bar cart. It’s impossible to flip through a shelter magazine or read a blog without discovering a charming cart. One reason for their serge in popularity is the availability of a vast variety of styles. If you think you don’t have...

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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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