Home and Garden

Refresh Your Kitchen With A Few Smart Updates

I’ve always been motivated by deadlines. Nothing drives me to do a little redecorating like the approach of Thanksgiving, especially when I will be the hostess. This time of the year the most important room in the house is the kitchen. That’s where the action will be....

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Decorating Should Be Fun in a Laundry Room

I’m not sure where the term “laundry day blues” came from, but maybe it’s because most laundry rooms are depressing. They don’t excite our fun side. If you have to do laundry – and most of us do – why not create a space that is a joy to visit? This could become one of...

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Gold and White are a Classic Combination

An ever-changing color palette keeps home décor stimulating and interesting. As the winter season gives us frosty white scenes outside in some parts of the country, we are seeing a similar design trend for interiors for 2015: gold and white. Unlike some recent color...

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Make Room In Your House For Presents

Great design is all about editing; getting rid of what doesn’t work and keeping what does. I think this week’s topic falls perfectly into this theory. Take a look under your Christmas tree. Inside those beautifully wrapped packages are sweaters, coats, socks, toys,...

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Red Turns Up The Heat On Home Decor

I just love how the color red brightens up my house during the holidays. This is more than a festive look for winter. Designers across the country are embracing red for home decor throughout the year. From wall color to accessories, the color is hot, hot, hot. When I...

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Serve Holiday Cocktails with Designer Flair

The holiday season brings lots of house parties, and a well-prepared bar is essential for those gatherings. Having just wine and beer at your festive event won’t get you great reviews. It’s all about the experience – the stirs, squeezes and sips as well as the...

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Tell Your Designer What To Get You In High Point

This is a busy week for designers and furniture retailers. It’s the start of the fall furniture market in High Point. It is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, and it happens right here in North Carolina. More than 75,000 people will flood the...

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Armless Chairs Help You Squeeze More Seating Into Your Decor

Armless upholstered chairs are one of the most versatile occasional chairs you can buy. Often referred to as “slipper chairs,” they can easily slip into any room’s décor. Perhaps that’s how they got their name. They provide a backrest and comfortable seating but don’t...

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Turn a Boring Bedroom into a Comfy Retreat

We spend about 10 hours a day on average in the bedroom. That’s a good part of the day, so why not make this retreat one of the best rooms in the house? To do the job well, it’s important to understand that bedrooms aren’t just for sleeping. They serve many purposes....

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Metal Beds Take On A Whole New Vibe

I grew up sleeping in an antique iron bed. My parents still have it and use it in a guest room. Its style is way too “antique-y” for my taste. Perhaps this is why metal beds haven’t been on my design radar for years. But today’s innovative designs have forced me to...

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How to Get a Fresh Look on a Budget

Stop putting roadblocks between you and the decor you’d love to have. Instead of thinking about a project as a major undertaking, try breaking it up into doable phases that won’t stress you or your budget. If you’d love a new kitchen but can’t afford it, you can still...

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