Taking Modern to the Victorian Age: Mixing Modern Style with Classic Architecture

A seamless melding of styles
If you live in or are considering buying a Victorian home and want to blend your modern taste with classic architecture, here is some inspiration to set you on your way.  Don’t let your home’s architecture dictate how it should be furnished.  In fact, decorating a Victorian or otherwise older home in a modern style sets the stage for...

6 Reasons to Love Polka Dots in Your Home

Polka dots lay the foundation for this modern room
Polka dots are whimsical and timeless.  Used in patterns large and small or in varied sizes, polka dots can bring a sense of fun to your interiors.  Not just for kids’ rooms, polka dots can be used in any room in the house.  Here are six reasons to love polka dots in your home and how to use them. 1. ...

Bathroom Upgrades for a More Efficient, Beautiful Space

A stunning bathroom
The bathroom in the modern home takes on many uses throughout the day.  It is typically the first room you see after you wake up and the last you see before you go to bed.  Why shouldn’t it be more than just tired old tile and linoleum with basic fixtures?  Here are ways to upgrade your bathroom to create...

How Curtains Perk Up Your Outdoor Space

Curtains define this outdoor space
There are many advantages to using curtains outdoors to perk up your patio, deck, front porch or garden.  They can provide a finishing touch to outdoor structures, add color, soften hard lines, provide privacy and shelter from the sun.  Learn how curtains perk up your outdoor space and see how they can transform your yard. Outdoor curtains can be used...

9 Items Every Stylish Home Should Have

A stylish interior
Take a look through decorating magazines or click through pages of decorating Websites and you see rooms that just seem to fall together gracefully.  These rooms are stylish and chic.  They speak to you.  These rooms inspire you to achieve better design in your own home.  Here are 9 items every stylish home should have that will help you...

Pattern Focus: Paisley

Paisley pattern wallpaper
Paisley is a centuries old pattern that is regaining popularity.  Vibrantly colorful, muted and sophisticated or monochromatic, paisley can be added to your home in a variety of ways.  Choose wallpaper, rugs and fabrics that lift your rooms from ho-hum to oh-so-stylish.  Here are some uses for paisley to inspire you to decorate your own rooms with this timeless...

Garden Benches to Enhance Your Outdoor Space

Garden bench of natural wood blends into the landscape
If you enjoy gardening and spending time outdoors to take advantage of your hard work, a garden bench is the perfect addition for you.  Understated or grand, do-it-yourself or purchased, garden benches are a simple way to add charm and functionality to your garden space. Depending on your garden style, choose a bench that accents the space just as you...

Feather Your Nest

Feathers make great accents
Feathers are a trend taking flight across the fashion and interior design industries.  They are seen on walls, floors, trims, fabrics and even lighting.  The feather motif is turning up on home accessories in unique ways.  Here are some ideas for decorating with the fashionable feather motif. Incorporate feathers into your rooms with textiles.  Upholstery, window treatments, rugs and pillows...

Storage and Design Tips for a Craft Room

An organized craft room
Interest in crafting has grown significantly over the last few years, with more and more people practicing various forms of arts and crafts.  Whether you are a quilter, scrapbook artist or dabble in altered art and mixed media collages, you need a space to work and workable storage options.  Here are craft rooms that will inspire you and storage...

Wine Room Design Inspiration and Storage Tips

Wine room perfect for tastings
Many people enjoy a glass of wine in the evening, a few glasses with friends, or sharing a bottle over dinner.  There are some who enjoy hosting wine tasting parties to share in the friendship and discovery of new tastes.  If designing your own wine room is something you envision from time to time, here are a few to...