December 12th, 2013
Here’s a simple check list to use when preparing your guest room for company. Try to provide as many of the following items as possible.
1. FRESH FLOWERS
2. LAMP (turned ON when your guests arrive)
3. EXTRA PILLOWS and THROWS
4. CLOCK ( Preferable NOT digital)
5. A MIRROR (any size will do)
6. WATER CARAFE
7. READING MATERIAL (A copy of your local newspaper will do just fine. Really!)
9. A BISCUIT JAR (filled with sweet treats)
10. A FEW INCIDENTALS
SEE? That wasn’t so hard. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the good company!
December 6th, 2013
Doing an attic remodel?
FYI – your home has bones. Don’t forget to play it for all it’s worth!
Attics are great because they are a departure from the rest of the house. Other rooms have walls and ceilings that are perpendicular, but not attics.
Attics have quirky angles, and that’s what makes them so utterly charming. Each one is unique, it’s almost as though they have a mind of their own.
So think outside the box when it comes to renovating your attic . . .
You’ll be glad you did!
December 4th, 2013
Make your mark this holiday season and try a new approach to dining.
This new seating arrangement is actually centuries old, but benches are back baby, and you need to know why.
1. Guests come in all ages, shapes and sizes. It’s thoughtful to offer them a variety of seating options. guests.
2. Pull that bench out and move it around the house. It’s great for overflow seating before and after dinner.
3. If your guests are not on the same page, try putting them on the same bench. It has a way of leveling the playing field.
4. Your table will appear open, warm and relaxed – and so will you. Highly accomplished hosts and hostesses spend years cultivating these traits.
So mix it up this holiday season.
Instead of surrounding your table with a set of matching chairs, try some bench seating. It will give you, and your guests, some much needed breathing room!
November 27th, 2013
Want to really show off your bed? Try this trick. Build bookshelves all around it.
Bookshelves provide additional storage, plus you have the opportunity to install recessed down lighting. Perfect for reading in bed!
For a comfy cozy feel, try using fabric panels on the wall behind the bed. This softens up the entire room. Pull out shelves on either side of the bed are a nice touch as well. They act like floating end tables.
Need a wake up call? Use contrasting colors on the walls and the bookshelves. For a playful effect, try patterns behind the headboard.
For a bedroom that’s lovely and highly functional, all you have to do is build a few bookcases . . . and tuck in your bed!
November 26th, 2013
Library ladders have come a long way. Formally found only in the homes of the well read, and the well bred, they’re now turning up in all kinds of places and spaces. It’s no wonder, consider all the things that these ladders can do:
1. MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE
Need to get away from it all? Use a library ladder to create a loft for yourself. It’s less expensive than buying a second home.
2. MANAGE ASSETS
Shoes and handbags are valuable commodities. A library ladder in your closet will help you keep track of the inventory.
3. DECLARE INDEPENDENCE
Yes you can! Use a library ladder in the kitchen to reach what’s on the top shelf – without asking for help.
4. AMAZE YOUR FRIENDS
Show your pals what you do for a living, when you’re not working. A library ladder makes your interests – more interesting!
So whether its books, clothes, wine or twine – we need to be able to get to the things that we love. That’s what library ladders are good for!
October 21st, 2013
Come on, live a little! Expose a few of your kitchen shelves. It’s a good idea for so many reasons.
1. Less is More – Decreasing the number of cabinet doors creates an illusion of having more space.
2. Easy Come, Easy Go – When in a cooking frenzy, it’s easy to reach all of your kitchen gadgets. It’s just as easy to put them away when you’re done.
3. Penny Wise – It’s going to be less expensive than using cabinets with doors, if you don’t extend the back splash up behind the shelving.
4. Show Off – Have some bright shiny objects? It’s a great way to show them off.
5. View Finder – Not everyone has a window over their kitchen sink. It’s a simple way to create a view where none exists.
So don’t be afraid to open up and show people what you’ve got. It’s worth it!
October 16th, 2013
No doubt about it. A sofa with a skirt, is a sofa with an attitude. That attitude needs to be in line with the rest of the room or else you’re going to have problems. Anyone with a teenager will attest to this. To ensure that your sofa skirt is respectful to the rest of your décor, please refer to the information below.
The Waterfall Skirt – Dramatic in its simplicity, this refined skirt attaches to the horizontal plane of the seat deck located under the seat cushions. There are variation as to how the waterfall skirt is pleated. Often no pleats are used along the front of the sofa. Sofas with waterfall skirts exude an air of self confidence as they elegantly cascade to the floor.
The Kick Pleat - A more traditional approach to skirting a sofa. The kick pleat skirt attaches to the vertical plane of the seat deck. These sofas have a solid sense of style. As you might expect, a sofa with a traditional kick pleat is understated and reserved in feeling, while a sofa with a high kick pleat can appear much more daring.
The Box Pleat – A skirt that demands attention. The clean crisp lines of this skirt have a playful sense of style. A sofa with a box pleat skirt will add a sense of whimsy to any room.
The Gathered Skirt – Simply dreamy. A gathered sofa skirt is soft and romantic in feel. Any sofa with a gathered skirt is going to be a real forget me not! So choose your sofa skirt with care.
After all, you wouldn’t want to send the wrong kind of signals!
September 19th, 2013
The white kitchen is a timeless, classic look. Whether it is accented with pops of color, such as blue, or kept completely neutral with stainless steel and light wood, it is a fresh look for the home. Below are several photos of beautiful white kitchens, from contemporary to country to traditional to nautical to outdoor. It is a theme which one can play upon in a wide variety of ways.
Photos: Traditional Home
August 26th, 2013
These days, cute clocks are all the rage. There’s something for everyone and all you have to remember is this – Digital will not Do!
Predominately place a clock in your home or office. They are punctual, precise and perfect for anyone who’s to get their act together.
Remember the grandfather clock?
They preside over a home. These upstanding time pieces have a way of keeping us all in line. They’re a good choice for families with unruly children, and pets!
August 6th, 2013
Valued by kings, queens and religious leaders, the color indigo, once used literally as currency - is currently back in style! No longer just for bluebloods, indigo is for anyone who is bold enough to use it.
Saturate you walls in the hue. Pick a single piece of furniture and paint it blue.
In ancient times, indigo was synonymous with power and prestige. Today it continues to evoke a subtle sense of authority. Need to up your game? Try adding a little blue to your room.
People will stop and stare!