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Cold Weather Painting Tips

As the cold weather descends upon many parts of the country, you may be wondering: How cold is too cold to paint? By Diane Franklin If you’re trying to get one final painting or staining project in before the onset of winter, you may be wondering what the experts say about how low the thermometer [...]

November 20th, 2019|

Decorating with the Environment in Mind

Follow these tips to make your upcoming decorating project less harsh for the environment. By Diane Franklin If you’re an environmentally conscious consumer, chances are you’re already doing all the “right” things to preserve the earth. You probably use recycled shopping bags, fill up your recycle bin to the brim every w seek, and you [...]

November 20th, 2019|

Tables that Create Oohs and Ahs

Here are tips  for creating holiday table settings, using products from your local paint store. By Tammy Adamson-McMullen It’s a fair bet that more dining tables are formally set between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than any other time of year. Creating a dazzling table for these occasions can be stressful. This year, let the [...]

November 20th, 2019|

Styles to Watch

As we move into 2020, some very distinctive style trends have emerged. By Tammy Adamson-McMullen The last decade has brought some interesting home design trends, especially where style is concerned. We’ve seen the return of mid-century modern, the evolution of industrial chic and the love affair with coastal cottage. But as we move into 2019, [...]

November 20th, 2019|

Holiday Magical Colors

Bring the colors of the season into your home. By Tammy Adamson-McMullen The holidays are a delight to all of the senses. The smell of pies baking in the oven, the sound of logs crackling on the fire, the taste of turkey and dressing, the feel of woolen mittens, and the bright hues of autumn [...]

November 20th, 2019|

Getting Ready for Winter

How to prep your deck, patio, siding and other outdoor surfaces for winter. By Diane Franklin The days are getting shorter, the air is getting crisper—no doubt that winter is on the way. Most likely you’ll be spending more time indoors, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about the outside surfaces that need protection [...]

October 7th, 2019|

How to Paint a Ceiling

Here are some tips for painting a ceiling without neck pain. By Diane Franklin Painting a ceiling can be a real pain in the neck—pun intended! However, if you follow the right techniques, you can paint a ceiling quickly and efficiently while keeping that neck pain to a minimum. Here are the steps to follow. [...]

October 7th, 2019|

Accessing the “Re” Movement

Are repurposed, refurbished and reused products still “in?” Read on … By Tammy Adamson-McMullen The “re” movement has been a huge decorating phenomenon in the past decade. Repurposed, refurbished and reused materials can be found in just about every home and as part of just about every decorating style. But with new contemporary trends on [...]

October 7th, 2019|

Ravishing Rentals

Decorating doesn’t have to go the wayside just because you’re renting … By Tammy Adamson-McMullen If you’re renting an apartment or home, you may feel leery about decorating it. Maybe you’re living under a stringent rental agreement that doesn’t permit many changes to the space. Or maybe you’re worried about losing your security deposit when [...]

October 7th, 2019|

Why Orange Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

Orange is not just a Halloween color; it also can be an integral part of a year-round decorating scheme. By Diane Franklin Orange is the color of scary jack-o’-lanterns, but you don’t have to fear it in your decorating. If you’ve previously shied away from orange because of concerns that it would be too garish, [...]

October 7th, 2019|