Creating a Monochromatic Room

When designed right, monochromatic rooms are visually rich with depth and sophistication.  Monochromatic does not have to mean boring.  So, if there is a particular color that makes you feel great and you want to create a room saturated in that color, here are a few tips to help you achieve the perfect balance of sophistication and style. A monochromatic...

Five Quick Ways to Add Color to Your Home

A splash of color can add life and interest to any room in the house and it doesn’t take an entire make-over to get it.  Art, pillows and textiles, accessories, wallpaper and paint, and colorful area rugs are just five quick ways to add color to your home.             Photos courtesy of BHG.com Whether it is a masterpiece painting, a vivid...

The Allure of Casual Elegance in Interior Design

  Casual elegance is an interior design style that is understated, warm and inviting.  It is the simple side of elegance.  Much like wearing pearls with jeans, casual elegance is comfortable with an edge of sophistication and refinement. Photo courtesy of BHG.com To achieve the look of casual elegance requires a balance of comfortable pieces with the more luxurious.  It requires a...

Five Kitchen Upgrades for a Fresh Look

If an entire kitchen renovation is out the question, there are five upgrades you can make now to give your kitchen a new look.                Left photo courtesy of BHG.com A tile backsplash is a great way to update the kitchen and add a nice finishing touch.  Tiles come in all shapes, sizes and materials so that you can customize the...

Embrace the Unique With Eclectic Interior Design

Eclectic interior design refers to a style of decorating that encompasses a blend of styles and periods that blend for a harmonious and unique look.  This is a style that works great for those that travel, amassing collections of objects from all over the globe.  It is also perfect for those that enjoy scouring flea markets and antique shops,...

Creating a Welcoming Guest Bedroom

When friends and family are frequent visitors to your home, you want to make the guest bedroom a place where they feel comfortable.  The guest bedroom is a place where you can extend your hospitality by creating a space that is welcoming and provides guests with all the amenities of home alongside a few touches of luxury. The bed should...

Designing a Home Office

Designing a home office is a way to carve out a personal space in your home to work, pay bills or just get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy family life.  Even if you don’t have a spare room for an office, there are ways to create a space that fits your needs. Contemporary Home Office by...

Dining Room Designs Inspired by China Patterns

Whether you are faced with an empty dining room that needs an all new design or you simply wish to update and refresh an existing design, inspiration is sometimes hard to find.  Looking through decorating magazines can give you great ideas but those ideas are based upon someone else's particular taste and lifestyle.  If you want a truly original...

Take a Walk on the Wild Side – Safari Decorating

Wild, warm and wonderful.  A safari decorating theme captures the essence of these words and turns a room into an oasis with warm, rich woods, colorful textiles, woven accents and a bit of mystery.  Do you dream of the wild Serengeti, where lions roar and wildebeests thunder across the plains?  Bring those dreams home with furnishings, textiles and accessories that...

Delight in the Details – How to Accessorize Your Home

Photo above courtesy of Vogue The crowning touch to any interior is accessories.  When you accessorize your home think of the scale, color, texture and meaning of objects.  Ideally, accessories should enhance the furniture and textiles in the room and bring out your personal style.             Left photo, Pottery Barn.  Right photo, HomeGoods. The coffee table, fireplace mantle, side tables and walls can...