Break the Rules for Decorating Small Spaces

Forget preconceived notions and put aside what you have learned about decorating small spaces.  Don’t paint small spaces dark colors?  Forget it.  Don’t use large furniture?  Forget it.  You can’t personalize a rental?  Not true.  Embrace your small space and live bold and large.           Photos courtesy of House Beautiful For years, we have been told to keep walls in small spaces white or...

Beach-inspired Decorating Ideas

Do you love the sound of the ocean and the feel of sand between your toes?  Is the beach your happy place?  Well, you can bring the relaxing, soothing aura of the beach into your home with beach-inspired decorating.  That’s right, you don’t have to live at the beach to embrace the charm and character of this popular destination;...

Create a Focal Point in Your Room Designs

Every room needs a focal point; the very first element or object that catches your eye upon entering a room.  A focal point can be a fireplace, an architectural feature, a piece of furniture or artwork.  Once the focal point has been established, a room has more interest and appears more unified.                                                                                                                   Harmony Interiors When you enter a room in your...

Living room – decorating with black

Imagine the tuxedo or the little black dress.  It is refined, sophisticated and classic.  It is elegant and stylish.  It is daring and dramatic.  Now imagine these characteristics in your home.  Decorating with black is like enveloping your home in a tuxedo or slipping it into a little black dress.  Distinctly modern and brimming with elegance and sophistication, black...

Creating an Outdoor Living Space

Creating an outdoor living space expands the home and provides extra room for entertaining or just relaxing in the sun or under the stars.  The appeal of the outdoors affects us all and having a well-designed space just steps away helps us to escape the hectic pace of our lives and breathe in the fresh air with style. When designating...

Turn Bare Walls into Works of Art

Turn bare walls into an interesting landscape that enhances your living space.  With art, photos, mirrors, architectural details and unexpected items, a bare wall can be transformed.  There are a number of ways to accent your walls for maximum impact.                 Photo on left, Traditional Home.  Photo on right, House and Garden Mirrors provide depth, dimension and light to a room. ...

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...