Roller Basics

Let’s rock—and roll! Know how to use a roller to make your painting project go smoothly. By Diane Franklin Everyone can wield a roller, right? Not necessarily! There are some tips you should follow to roll on paint that will save strokes, get better coverage and have your walls looking like a pro painted them. [...]

August 8th, 2018|

Know Your Sheens

Sheen affects the appearance of your paint. Know the various types, and when to use them. By Diane Franklin Flat, eggshell, semi-gloss, gloss: You’ve likely encountered all these names of sheens on the paint store shelf. You may wonder which sheen works best for which surface or which room in your house. Here are some [...]

August 8th, 2018|

Dorm Room Drama

As your child heads off to college, here are some ways he or she can give a dorm space some personality and more livability. By Diane Franklin August is the month when many new high school graduates head off to college for the very first time. They’re away from home, ready to face new adventures, [...]

August 8th, 2018|

The Art of Exterior Living

The best outdoor spaces flow seamlessly from the inside ones and are just as cozy. By Tammy Adamson-McMullen We all know that living spaces don’t end with the exterior walls of a home. Over the last decade or so, decks, porches and patios all have become esteemed living spaces—and are being decorated to look just [...]

August 8th, 2018|

Masterful Master Bedrooms

How can you create the ultimate master bedroom?? Here are some elements to consider. By Tammy Adamson-McMullen If your home is a sanctuary, then your master bedroom is the inner sanctuary, a peaceful and restive place where you can relax, rejuvenate and cast off the cares of the day. If your master bedroom is less [...]

August 8th, 2018|

4 Smart Home Purchases To Save Money

A little foresight can go a long way when working on your home. When you go into a paint and decorating store, you’re probably thinking about spending money. But did you know that some of your purchasing choices can actually save you money? 1. Quality Paint: Among the ways in which [...]

January 12th, 2018|

3 Ways To Bring Old Furniture Back To Life

There’s a piece of furniture you really love, but the finish is starting to look old, faded, scratched up, worn, or tired. It’s too good a piece to throw away. What are your options for giving an old finish new life? Here are three options to consider. 1. Restoring The Finish: [...]

January 12th, 2018|

Free Expert Advice For The Home DIYer

For the DIY decorator, YouTube is a treasure trove of riches. It’s full of step-by-step video tutorials on everything from exterior house painting and creating faux finishes to hanging wallpaper and refinishing wood floors. Some of the most useful videos come from manufacturers of decorating products and the professional contractors who install them. And [...]

January 12th, 2018|

5 Ways To Create An In-Home Retreat

Looking for a retreat without the expense and headache of traveling? Create a dedicated space in your own home to unwind with friends or relax by yourself. How that’s achieved is totally up to you. The key is to ensure the space is well away from the hustle and bustle of the household. [...]

December 6th, 2017|

5 Ways to Bring Light Into Your Home

If you’ve visited Europe over the past decade, you’ve probably noticed the proliferation of light wood tones in commercial and residential settings. Lighter woods have been popular in Europe for some time—not just in Scandinavia but also in Great Britain and other Western European countries, whereas darker woods have prevailed here at home. [...]

December 5th, 2017|