Time to Redecorate? 8 Steps to Know


Here’s how to prioritize your game plan for your next room makeover

If you have a DIY decorating project on your horizon but don’t know where to start, here’s a practical guide to help you navigate the process. Click HERE for the full story…

Staged for Success: The Case for Hiring a Home Stager

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Before listing your home, tap into the talents of a home stager. You may sell your home faster and at a bigger profit

Home staging has become an increasingly formidable force in helping people sell their homes more quickly and for more money. Its overall goal is to help prospective home buyers emotionally connect with a space, hopefully leading to an offer to buy.

Home staging isn’t limited to just high-end properties. It has become a norm for homes at all price points. While staging may seem like an additional hassle and expense, the investment can pay off. Here’s a guide to home staging, including the benefits, process and reasons to stage your home if you’re considering a move.

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Against the Wall: Rugs Gone Vertical!

While most folks appreciate hand-made area rugs, some shy away from incorporating them into their home decor. One of the main reasons is pets. Kitty claws can wreak havoc on a kilim, and Fido chewing bones all over an oushak isn’t ideal. Parents with little ones might ditch investing in a rug until the kids are a bit older. Some rug lovers just run out of floor space, too.

Just because your lifestyle might not be right for a quality area rug right now doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy one in your home. Consider hanging a rug on the wall instead of limiting yourself to the conventional on-the-floor route!

Hanging an area rug has some advantages. It’s likely more visible, so it’s easier to appreciate the details. Although it will still need to be cleaned, it gets less wear.  Read about three ideal locations for hanging a rug. Click HERE for the full story…

Get Shipshape with a Coastal Look Without Going Overboard

Ask people which season they look forward to the most and most will say summer. If you’re able to enjoy the seaside or a nearby lake, count yourself lucky. If you’re not close to the coast, or just can’t get enough of it, you might want to bring some of that beachy feel inside your home.

While coastal-themed décor isn’t hard to find, it is easy to overdo it.

Here are 5 ways to catch the coastal look without going overboard.  Click HERE for the full story…


The Importance of Trying Before Buying

Seeing my current perfume bottle is on its last sips, I recently stopped in a Jo Malone store to sample some of their fragrances. After testing several selections on paper test strips, I narrowed two to try on my skin. Even as the scent evolves completely from paper to skin, the clerk also told me to “live with it” for a few hours and see which one I prefer at the end of the day. It was prudent to wait before buying because what I thought was my second choice ended up being my favorite — by far.

While body fragrance and interior design might seem unrelated on the surface, one commonality came to mind – the importance of trying before buying.

Most of us have made a décor mistake or two…a sofa fabric color that was a bit off-kilter, or a hulking bookcase that didn’t look that big in the store. If only we could go back in time and approach decision-making process more carefully.

Here are three decor areas that can easily benefit from a trial run. Read the full story HERE

Living Large in a Small Living Room

Just because your living room is short on square footage, it doesn’t need to suffer in the style category. In fact, a small living room has some advantages, like requiring less heat and air conditioning…And with fewer furnishings to buy, you can focus your search on higher quality pieces.

While using mirrors and light-colored schemes are a couple of well-known tricks to make rooms feel more spacious, you might not be aware of some less familiar ones.

Here are six ways to live large with less living space. Click HERE for the full story.

Hang Loose: 3 Ways to Defy Restraint in Your Home Decor


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If you think your design eye might need a kick in the pants, here’s three ways to loosen up your décor.

We’re taught from a young age to praise orderliness and balance. Staying within the lines of a coloring book is preferred to careening outside. Skies are blue and grass is green. You get the picture.

While regimented systems make sense in many aspects of life (like traffic rules) they can also become overly predictable and limiting in others. Interior design is a good example.

Staying within an aesthetic norm can feel comforting, but it might not highlight your personality or allow you to fully grow to appreciate new ideas. Click HERE for the full story…


Your Guide to Custom Framing Photos and Art

Need to custom-frame some artwork but feel overwhelmed by all the choices? You’re not alone. Aside from the different colors and finishes, you’ve got to consider scale, the design of the piece and whether to use a mat or two — or three. Conservation, acidity, and UV- and infrared-blocking capabilities come into the mix too.

This guide can get you in the right frame of mind to make educated choices.

Click HERE to get the lowdown on framing materials, methods and more.

6 Ways to Amp Up Valentine’s Day Romance in Your Home

Valentine’s Day origins are a bit mysterious, and there are several different theories stemming back to ancient Roman times. The holiday is also associated with a mid-winter pagan ritual. During the Middle Ages, February 14th was known as the start of the mating season for birds and since, the date has been linked with the notion of romance.

It wasn’t until the 1400s that the first known written valentine appeared, but the pastime boomed in the 17th century when exchanging written tokens of affection became common between friends and lovers.

Today, flowers, candy, cards and candlelit dinners have become a routine way to declare love on Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, flowers fade, and candy doesn’t last. What if you could express romance in your home décor?

I came up with six tips to make your space place pull on your heartstrings. Click HERE for the full story…

Window of Opportunity: Window Treatment Upgrade Guide

Of all the design decisions homeowners make when decorating a home — paint color, furniture, fabrics, rugs, lighting, accessories — window treatments often get overlooked or receive inadequate attention.

But window treatments are an important piece of the decor puzzle in any home. Sure, curtains, drapes and blinds can complement a decor scheme and look nice, but they’re also important for privacy, light, hiding awkward features, providing insulation and more.

If you’re thinking of upgrading window treatments, this guide will help you navigate the process more easily. Click HERE for the full story…