Decorating with Books

Books, especially antique, have a distinctive aesthetic appeal that goes beyond their original intention.  If you’ve ever admired a worn gilded spine or the aged paper of an antique or vintage book, you know the draw of these volumes.  New books have their own appeal with beautiful glossy pages full of artful illustrations and photographs.  Both old and new,...

Creating a Cozy Living Space

As the days get shorter and cooler in most parts of the world, people seek warmth and coziness from their homes.  Here are a few tips on how to transform your living space into a cozy haven for relaxing and enjoying the season. Color can have a dramatic effect on any living area.  If you don’t want to invest in...

Designing a Space in Your Home for Your Dog

Your dog is a part of the family so why not carve out a little space in your home for your four-legged friend?  A warm bed to snuggle, a little nook to hide out in, a place for eating and supplies, and the facilities to bathe your pet will make your beloved Fido feel more at home. A warm bed...

Dreaming of a White Christmas

There’s a wonderland quality about snow falling and a peacefulness that falls over a white wintery landscape.  Bring that wonderland to your home with Christmas decorations of white.  Think snow flocked trees, frosted wreaths, white bows and delicate glass ornaments. White Christmas decorations brighten a room and evoke winter days sledding through the snow, as flakes twirl in the air. ...

Velvet – The Fabric of the Moment

Sumptuous, glamorous, shimmering, elegant, luxurious, cozy.  All of these words describe velvet, which is enjoying a revitalized recognition among interior designers today.  Forget the staid red velvet of yesteryear that covers those tattered sofas and chairs in your grandmother’s attic.  There are an array of dark, rich velvets and buttery soft pastels and neutrals that convey elegance and modern...

Creating a Functional Entertaining Space

‘Tis the season to entertain.  Not everyone has a dedicated space for entertaining but there are ways to adapt the space you do have.  Large or small, rooms can be transformed for a party with just a few simple adjustments in layout and functional additions. Keep an open flow throughout the space for guests to move about freely.  Provide areas of...

Inspiring Ideas for the Holiday Mantel

As you dream by the fire at the holidays, become inspired by these ideas for decorating your mantel.  Whether you decide to go natural, display collections, create a dreamy winter scene or go a different direction this holiday season, decorating the mantel is one way to achieve a warm holiday look in your home. One of the most traditional ways...

Front Entrance Curb Appeal

Does the entrance to your home present a welcome appeal or is it in need of a face lift?  With some fairly simple updates, you can turn your front entrance into a welcoming place with curb appeal.  Replacing hardware, light fixtures and adding some personal touches are just a few of the changes you can make to bring your...

Unique Ceiling Treatments for Your Home

When decorating the home, many people ignore the ceiling.  Think of the ceiling as an extension of the walls and give it a special treatment.  By using architectural elements, moldings, paint, fabric, wallpaper and tiles, a ceiling becomes an integral feature of a room. Fabric is a great way to create a special treatment for the ceiling.  Fabric can be...

Staircases That Inspire

Every multi-level home needs a staircase but there is no reason to choose one that is ordinary.  If you are planning a new home or remodeling an old one, make your home’s entrance a grand one with a standout staircase.  Even in a home with limited options, there are ways to improve the look of this necessary feature. In a...