Category: Design Forward

White the Color of Inspiration

“The color white is transcendent powerful and polarizing – it is either taken for granted or obsessed over. White is not just a design trend; it’s a design essential. The popularity of white, the necessity of white, the mystique of white is quantifiable in our industry.” Ellen O’Neill on Benjamin Moore’s Simply White OC-117. That having been said the question becomes, why is it so difficult to find the perfect shade of white? Perhaps it’s because white is the most illusive of all colors. It’s been described as coddling, crisp, fresh, soothing, warm, cool and timeless, yet very much...

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Who Are You and Where Did You Come From?

Charlotte is one of the fasting growing cities in the country. Having moved to Charlotte in 1994, I feel like a native. But the reality is most of us are products of many moves. In an effort to embrace their new hometowns, people immediately begin to assimilate to that area’s décor styles. Fitting in is great but decorating should be a reflection of your history, style and passions. When it comes to staying true to their passions men are much better than women. If you don’t believe me ask a guy how tough it was to give up his...

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Tub vs. Shower

MTI Baths You’ve finally decided to take the plunge and renovate your master bathroom. Biggest question on most homeowners mind is whether to ditch the tub for a grand size shower or settle for a standard shower-tub combination. You’re afraid you’ll hurt your home’s resale value if you ditch the tub. So what do you do? If you have room for both great if not, ask yourself a few simple questions. First, how long do you plan to be in the house? If you’re going to stick around for three or more years . . . create the bathroom...

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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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Developing Style

Have you ever walked into someone’s home and instantly knew you were in the home of someone with great taste and money? Before you dive into a puddle of self-loathing and envy, think about it. Maybe what you’re seeing is really just great style. Style doesn’t have anything to do with money, well okay maybe just a little but it’s not the complete source. Just because you have money doesn’t mean you can create a great décor. If that were true interior designers would be out of work. Style is something that you can develop. Every person, man or...

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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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