Design Forward

Decorating Sunshine

The best part of the holidays for me is when they are over! Nothing is as refreshing as taking down the tree, wreaths and garland. Putting away all those holiday decorations leaves a clean decorating slate for the new year. But before you start putting your house back...

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Little Tables Provide a Big Solution

It’s awkward trying to balance your cocktail and appetizers at a party. Then a friend comes over for a holiday hug - overload! What I wouldn’t have given for a few fashionable little tables scattered about the house. We have all been there. Don’t leave your guests in...

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Holiday Wreaths

I’m not a big fan of wreaths until it comes to the holidays. Then I firmly believe that wreaths are the most versatile holiday decoration that we can use to deck the halls, front doors, stairways, chandeliers, fences and gates. I love to use wreaths in unexpected...

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Pet Gifts for the Holidays

Americans love their pets and wouldn’t think of leaving them off their Christmas shopping list. 44% of American households own a dog and 35% have a cat according to the American Pet Products Association. That’s a lot of squeeze toys and chew bones. It’s hard not to...

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2018 Colors Forecasted by a Global Collision of Influences

From vivid blue and digital green, to high-def yellow and rusty auburn, the Sherwin-Williams 2018 Colormix Color Forecast exhibits three unique color palettes that draw from emerging global trends. Sue Wadden, director of color marketing, identified 36 colors drawing...

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Table Decisions

It’s the time of the year when we all gather around the table to share our lives with friends and family. It’s also the time we notice how badly we need new dining room table and chairs whether it is in the formal dining room or the kitchen. Hard to say which shows...

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Shagreen

You’ve probably seen this rough, granular surfaced leather material used on a variety of surfaces but never knew what it was. Originally used for elegant book bindings, pocketbooks and small boxes and cases it’s look is very distinct. Shagreen once made from horse...

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Balance and Scale in the Bedroom

Does your bedroom lack style and personality? No matter what you try it never looks pulled together like the pictures on line or in magazines. If so, the problem might be one of balance and scale. Balance is the key that unlocks designer looks and scale is the tool...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Greenery

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....

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