Design Forward

Gold is Back

By now I’m sure you’ve heard that gold is back. How can you get in style without doing a total remodel and breaking the bank? The same way you update your wardrobe by just adding pieces of gold jewelry. Gold accessories are the jewelry for your décor. A strategically...

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What’s at the Foot of Your Bed?

What’s at the Foot of Your Bed? If you are like most of us it’s probably a pile of clothes, bedding or shoes. There is a better solution than dumping everything on the floor. A bench, settee or pair of stools is a functional and attractive way to keep you organized....

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Stylish and Affordable Laminates

Once the darling of kitchen renovations in the 70’s, laminate countertops were all the rage. Ten years later, laminate was being replaced with natural stone, which in turn was replaced by quartz composite. What’s next? Look for surface trends to come full circle with...

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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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