Deck Makeovers

For many people, summertime is deck time! They can’t wait to get outdoors to entertain friends or host a family get-together. Having a gorgeous deck makes an outdoor soirée even more enjoyable. So, what do you do to make your deck the best place to be this summer? Here are just a few ideas. Coat [...]

May 3rd, 2018|

Creating the Ultimate She Shed

It was bound to happen. Men have enjoyed their “man caves” for years, creating individualized spaces for relaxing, rejuvenating and enjoying friends. It’s only natural, then, that women would want their own spaces, too. The result is the “she shed”—the latest home fashion trend that offers a plethora of creative decorating possibilities. If the idea [...]

May 3rd, 2018|

Create a Venetian Plaster

Venetian plaster adds a touch of sophistication to your walls. It’s a highly polished look that provides the illusion of depth and texture to flat surfaces. Because the texture is illusionary rather than real, it makes it easier for homeowners to change it out when they want to go onto another look. But as beautiful [...]

May 3rd, 2018|

Trends for Every Generation

Each generation develops its own identity based on the events and cultural influences around them. Baby boomers became known as the “Me Generation,” focused on self-fulfillment but also socially influenced by the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. Generation X were the first “latchkey kids,” with many of them growing up in single-parent households [...]

May 3rd, 2018|

Entrance Makeovers

Psychology Today notes that we’re “built to size each other up quickly” and that these impressions are lasting. “Even if we’re presented with lots of evidence to the contrary, we’re attached to our initial impressions.” (www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/first-impressions.) But we don’t only size up other people. We also size up the world around us and make mental [...]

May 3rd, 2018|

Using Wallpaper for Accent Walls

Accent walls are popular, and they aren’t the domain of paint alone By Tammy Adamson-McMullen Accent walls are a beautiful way to add color, drama and even a perception of size to a room. Paint traditionally has been the medium of choice for accent walls, which usually are painted in a complementary or contrasting color [...]

April 18th, 2018|

Create a Crackle Finish

How to achieve the perfect crackle effect on walls, doors, furniture, accessories and more. By Diane Franklin A crackle finish gives many types of surfaces a desirable, on-trend vintage look. If you want to create a crackle finish for a door, a piece of furniture or another item, there are products on the market that [...]

April 18th, 2018|

Rising Style Stars

Mid-Century Modern isn’t the only popular home decorating style By Diane Franklin and Tammy Adamson-McMullen It seems that the world has gone mad for mid-century modern styling. It’s everywhere—in both residential and commercial spaces—and increasingly is the focus of many home furnishing stores, flea and antique markets, decorating blogs, local home shows, shelter magazines…you name [...]

April 18th, 2018|

Exterior Spruce-Ups

Spring cleaning isn’t only for interiors. Outdoor items need your attention, too! By Tammy Adamson-McMullen The phrase “spring cleaning” conjures up all sorts of activities—such as sorting out closets, shampooing carpets and dusting nooks and crannies—and all likely involving the inside of your home. But home exteriors also need sprucing up this time of year, [...]

April 18th, 2018|

April Is National Decorating Month

Here are 10 great ways to celebrate with tips for sprucing up your home. By Diane Franklin It’s an annual tradition! April is National Decorating Month, the perfect motivation for homeowners to spruce up their surroundings. Consumers have 30 days to celebrate by moving forward with decorating projects, both large and small. Here are 10 [...]

April 18th, 2018|