Category: Home & Garden

Color Splash

I’m ready for some color. We’ve been locked in this neutral world of gray, cream and taupe far too long. It’s time to break out the paint rollers, do a little furniture shopping and head to the art galleries. Adding color is affordable and can be rendered in large or small doses. Jackie Jordan, color marketing director of Sherwin-Williams was in Charlotte last week to present the 2016 Colormix palate. An accomplished speaker and well respected color expert, Jackie never fails to inspire you to pick up a gallon of paint on your way home and totally transform your...

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Fall Market Trends

Twice a year more than 75,000 designers, architects and home furnishing retailers descend on the sleepily little town of High Point, North Carolina. They come to discover the latest trends in home décor, buy for their retail stores and furnish client’s homes. This “for the trade” only event is a not to be missed event. If you can’t find it in High Point, it probably doesn’t exist. This is not a show for sissies. With over 180 buildings and 11.5 million square feet of show space to explore you need to come prepared to do a lot of walking....

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Raised Surfaces Make Tiles More Interesting

A key word for interesting design has to be texture. As room decor becomes more monochromatic, it is important to add texture to a design wherever possible. Today’s ceramic tiles are available in a range of textures, shapes, formats and sizes. For decades our choices were shinny or matte. Now you have almost as many choices in finishes as you do in color. Following the path of the ubiquitous square and rectangle, the hexagon has firmly established itself as the tile shape de rigueur. A far cry from traditional hexagonal tiling, this new wave includes micro and macro sizes,...

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Call This Decorating Trend an Orange Crush

“I’ll have an Orange Crush, please.” This request just has summer written all over it. Nothing tastes as great as an icy-cold, just-out-of-the-cooler orange drink when the sun heats up the sky. While orange is considered a “hot” color, it is really cool and calming. Perhaps that’s why the color has staying power, just like soda pop. Tangerine Tango was an instant hit when it was introduced in 2012 as Pantone’s color of the year. People embraced all versions of orange far better than the previous year’s Honeysuckle, a bubblegum pink shocker. Emerald, Pantone’s color of the year for...

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White Is Not Just For Summer

I love my white sofa and chairs. Not just during the summer but year around. Every time someone new visits my house they always comment on how much they admire my decorative bravery and always follow up with, “I would love to someday have a white sofa but in my house it will never happen.” I’ve had white sofas and chairs all my adult life, mainly because my parents never did and my mom always longed for an all-white room. I took the time to figure out how with kids and dogs that I could have what I wanted....

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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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