Category: Design Forward

Creating Breath Taking Rooms

Ever walk into one of those living rooms that just take your breath away because it is so tranquil and well edited? I love that experience. You want to stand there for a few moments and take in the ambiance of the space. This is what happens with everything in a room works together. Nothing stands out but functions as a well-tuned orchestra to create one unified sound. This is the most difficult mode of decorating to achieve. How does it happen? Well first of all it doesn’t just happen, every detail has been carefully selected to work in...

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Black will Always Be the New Black

I don’t know why everyone is always looking for the “new black”. I see nothing wrong with black just being black. Its use on either cabinetry or walls is sure to emphasize contrast and evoke a dramatic mood. When done right, it can also convey a classy and sophisticated elegance that you just don’t get with color. Black creates the perfect backdrop for white painted moldings, artwork and furniture. A foyer painted black can convey sophistication or an ardent mood depending on the furnishings and accessories. Rich, stained woods and oriental rugs set a more formal tone. The same...

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Well Hello There, Come On In

When I lived in an apartment I dreamed of one day being able to afford a house or at least a large enough apartment so I could have a foyer. Now by definition, a foyer in a house is usually a small entry area or room by the front door. I didn’t demand a grand foyer, just some space between the front door and my living area. Once I finally made my move to my first house I ended up with not one but two foyers, one at the front entrance and the second off the kitchen. I can’t...

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Reconnect with Your Dining Room

Chances are you’ll be spending more time in your dining room during the next 90 days than all the rest of the year combined. The holidays are the perfect time to bring out the good china and gather together in that rarely used room to celebrate family and friends. But before you start planning your holiday menu check out your dining room. Does it look dated and a little neglected? When I first moved to the South and started looking for a home I was shocked at how many homes featured red dining rooms and dark Queen Anne or...

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Holidays Start at the Front Door

Although it’s the first thing your guests see when they come calling during the holidays or throughout the year, our front entryways are the last thing most of us see on a daily basis. The majority of homeowners enter their homes via the garage or a side door and rarely use the formal entrance. The results just might be a neglected entryway. Without giving it a second thought, this time of the year, we scurry to deck everything in greenery and twinkling lights displaying our sense of style and finery. Maybe it’s a good thing all this Christmas cheer...

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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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