How to Go Faux!

After centuries of decorative embellishments spanning cultures around the globe, faux painting is still cool. Consumers who did sponge painting in the 1980s and 1990s have segued into consumers who love Venetian plasters and metallic effects in the 2000s and 2010s. Here’s a synopsis of several types of faux techniques to transform your walls, ceilings, [...]

September 13th, 2018|

Know Your Brushes

Not all paintbrushes are created equal, as a perusal of the paint applicator aisle at your local paint store confirms. There are natural bristles, synthetic filaments, flat, angled and various widths. Certainly, you face a decision when you purchase a brush: which one for which paint and for which purpose. Here’s a quick and handy [...]

September 13th, 2018|

Preparing for Winter

Autumn arrives this month, which means that winter isn’t far behind. While the weather is still cooperating, now is the perfect time to make sure your siding, decks, porches, patios and other outdoor areas are “battened down” for the wintry months ahead. We’ve provided a checklist for you to tackle as you weekend-warrior this month: [...]

September 13th, 2018|

Get Organized for Fall

“A place for everything, and everything in its place.” Benjamin Franklin often is credited with this quote, with the idea that everything should have a designated storage spot and be kept there when not in use. A wise sentiment, but the organization on this level isn’t easy to achieve or maintain. Design experts note that [...]

September 13th, 2018|

2019 Colors = Positive Emotions

While the world around you might feel as though it’s going to heck in a handbag, home interiors next year will feel anything but. The paint forecast for home interiors in 2019 features restful, natural and deeply peaceful colors, like hazelnut and teal, along with a few happier colors like lemon and rose. The result [...]

September 13th, 2018|

What’s Underfoot? Area Rugs, Of Course!

Area rugs are everywhere in home decor. Here are some tips for finding the perfect one for your space By Tammy Adamson-McMullen No doubt you’ve noticed that area rugs are everywhere! This isn’t only because wooden floors are everywhere, too, but because area rugs do so much to enhance the spaces around them. An area [...]

July 3rd, 2018|

Coming Soon…To a Kid’s Room Near You

Kids relate to pop culture more than ever before—and they want their rooms to reflect that. By Diane Franklin Who does your child want to be the star of his or her room? For your son, it could be the newest iteration of Spiderman—or perhaps he is a basketball fan who suddenly can talk about [...]

July 3rd, 2018|

The Art of Wainscoting

Wainscoting adds visual interest to your walls. Here are various ways you can create the effect. By Diane Franklin “Wainscoting” is one of those words that conjure up images of English parlors or formal libraries, but in actually wainscoting is appropriate for many different homes and many different decorating styles. When people use the term [...]

July 3rd, 2018|

Exterior Maintenance Made Easy

How can you keep your home looking spic and span outside? We offer some tips… By Tammy Adamson-McMullen Summer is a great time for outside fix-up projects, like painting the exterior of the house, staining the deck, pressure-washing the driveway, repairing fences, spray-painting patio furniture and so on. Once you’ve spruced up the outside, how [...]

July 3rd, 2018|

Kitchen Makeovers

Here’s how to spruce up walls, cabinets, countertops and more in your kitchen without spending a fortune. By Diane Franklin The kitchen is often described as the heart of the home, so of course, you want it to look its best. The average cost of a kitchen remodel tops $20,000, however. A daunting price tag [...]

July 3rd, 2018|