5 Bold Ways to Enliven Your Home

Display your collections in large groups on a wall
It happens.  You look around your home once the warm weather approaches and search for ways to brighten and refresh.  This time you want to make a bold change that adds interest and character to your home.  Here are five bold ways to enliven your home that will inspire you to make a change. Bold color is a surefire way...

The Console Table – Stylish Function

Console table adds a pop of color in this foyer
Console tables are a great addition to your home.  They are versatile and fit nicely in a foyer or behind the sofa, as well as other areas of the home.  Console tables come in a variety of styles that can either fit unobtrusively into a spot or become a standout piece in the room.  Decorating the console table is...

The Power of Decorative Pillows

Pillows add style and comfort to a sofa
The ultimate finishing touch to any room is a decorative pillow.  Pillows provide comfort, color and style to sofas, chairs, floors and beds.  They are versatile decorating tools that infuse a room with a spot of bright color or pattern, and sometimes even humor.  Using decorative pillows as part of your design project completes the look and provides that...

Warehouse to Home Conversion – Urban Living

An amazing warehouse to home conversion
Warehouses converted into homes make for wonderful urban-style living.  They provide ample open space, sturdy structure and soaring ceilings, among other things.  If re-using existing structures to carve out a space for a home appeals to you, consider some of these awe-inspiring warehouse to home conversions. Urban style has come into the design spotlight and is brighter than ever before. ...

Rock Your Home with Stone Interior Accents

Beautiful stonework enhances this home
Stone interior accents add instant character, texture and dimension to your home.  Whether you are looking for old world charm or a modern edge, stone delivers.  If images of dank and drafty castles arise when you think of stone, cast those aside and take a look at stone’s powerful decorative merits in today’s modern home. Character is the stand-out aspect...

Toile de Jouy Tells a Story in Your Home

Fresh green toile charms this bedroom
Toile is a classic style of fabric that has been around since the 1760’s, when it originated in France.  Noted for its monochromatic color on a white background, toile tells a story.  Originally printed with pastoral scenes, toile now comes in versatile patterns and colors.  It is also available in wallcoverings.  Here are a few ways to incorporate toile...

Using Latticework Indoors for a Garden-Fresh Look

Beautiful latticework
Latticework began in the garden as a structure from which to hang vines.  It accented conservatories and patios.  Designers are now incorporating latticework into home interiors for a fresh garden vibe.  In addition to the wood variety, the lattice pattern is showing up on wallpapers, fabrics and painted murals.  See how latticework indoors can add character and dimension to...

Experience the real Middle-Earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set

On the most picturesque private farmland you can visit is the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. Matamata, home of the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, is a small agricultural town in the heart of the Waikato region, nestled at the base of the beautiful Kaimai ranges. The set has been completely rebuilt for The Hobbit and will...

5 Reasons You Should Use Area Rugs in Your Home

A bright area rug adds color and depth
Area rugs add many things to a room, including style and color.  They come in a variety of sizes and shapes to fit any space.  The natural and synthetic materials used to produce area rugs makes them a versatile addition to any style of room at any given time of year.  Here are the top five reasons you should...

Designing a Masculine Home Office

A masculine home office
The home office is a necessity in some households and sometimes even requires his and hers to accommodate a two-career partnership.  Designing a masculine home office that is functional and stylish should include elements of organization and personality. When designing a home office that is masculine, start with a theme or style of decorating.  Tie this in with how he...