Category: Design Forward

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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Outdoor Kitchens

Coyote S Series Grill With the onset of summer we find ourselves spending more time outdoors relaxing, entertaining and cooking. Outdoor kitchens make it possible to expand your living space and unlike other luxury home improvements they are proving to be a good return on your investment. The best home improvements are the ones that your family enjoys while you live in your and then bring added value when it comes time to sell. In a recent study released by Zillow Digs on what can make homes sell for more and sell faster, outdoor kitchens ranked #15 on the...

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Garden Art

All photos provided by Let’s consider for a few minutes “Yard Art”. I’m not talking about pink flamingos or garden gnomes but a more stylish variety of elements you can use to decorate your gardens; sophisticated objects more aptly termed “Garden Art”. Why have a yard and not take advantage of the opportunity to create a focal point. It can be as elegant as an armillary sphere in the center of a formal rose garden or as simple as a rusted cutout of a farm animal. Before you start contemplating all the possibilities I encourage you to remember...

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Get Off the Bar Stools

MasterBrand Cabinets I don’t know about you but I’m tired of having breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner at the bar. I don’t mean the local pub but my kitchen island. Somewhere along the design trail we decided it would be great to sit in a row facing straight ahead staring at the sink or the cooktop while we dine. No wonder family meals lack great conversations. If you want to chat you need to look at each other. That’s what makes breakfast nooks and banquettes so attractive. Today the variety of designs, sizes and shapes of seating arrangements are...

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Vintage to Vogue

Warm, sunny Saturday afternoons can mean only one thing to a savvy decorator. It’s the time of year for those big outdoor flea markets and antique shows. A quick search on the Internet will lead you to dozens of fun, eclectic, bargain packed micas. Everyone has their favorite shopping events but most would agree that the top ten include Brooklyn Flea in Brooklyn, NY, Atlanta’s Lakewood 400, Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, Mass., Round Top Texas and California’s Rose Bowl Flea Market. If you’re looking for a fun afternoon a little closer to home check out the Metrolina Antique...

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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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