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Hot Exteriors

June 1st, 2018|Comments Off on Hot Exteriors

Home exteriors are trending toward sophisticated and sometimes surprising color schemes. By Tammy Adamson-McMullen If you’re planning to paint the exterior of your home this summer and are struggling in your color selection, take heart. [...]

Coastal Living

June 1st, 2018|Comments Off on Coastal Living

How to achieve a great decorating style for your coastal home—or even if you live inland! By Diane Franklin Life’s a beach—or it can be if you want to decorate that way. Coastal living is [...]

How to Achieve the Perfect Color Wash

June 1st, 2018|Comments Off on How to Achieve the Perfect Color Wash

Tap into your creativity to create the desired effect. By Diane Franklin One of the most elegant faux finishes that a do-it-yourselfer can create is a color wash. This basic faux technique can add vibrancy, [...]

Bathroom “Spa” Makeovers

May 31st, 2018|Comments Off on Bathroom “Spa” Makeovers

Bathrooms are not what they used to be! They’re now one of the most luxurious rooms in the home. By Tammy Adamson-McMullen What is the most luxurious room in your home? If you named your [...]

For The Love Of Wood

May 31st, 2018|Comments Off on For The Love Of Wood

Everyone loves the look of wood—and there is more than one way to achieve it. By Tammy Adamson-McMullen Hardwood floors are one of the hottest trends in home decorating, desirable for its good looks, durability, [...]

Deck Makeovers

May 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on 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 [...]

Creating the Ultimate She Shed

May 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on 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 [...]

Create a Venetian Plaster

May 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on 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 [...]

Trends for Every Generation

May 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on 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 [...]

Entrance Makeovers

May 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on 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.” [...]

Using Wallpaper for Accent Walls

April 18th, 2018|Comments Off on 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 [...]

Create a Crackle Finish

April 18th, 2018|Comments Off on 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 [...]

Rising Style Stars

April 18th, 2018|Comments Off on 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 [...]

Exterior Spruce-Ups

April 18th, 2018|Comments Off on 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 [...]

April Is National Decorating Month

April 18th, 2018|Comments Off on 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 [...]

What’s On Deck

March 26th, 2018|Comments Off on What’s On Deck

After the harsh winter, it’s time to freshen up decks that look worn and tired By Diane Franklin Spring is almost here, which means it’s time for that annual ritual that many homeowners dread: deck [...]

Caulking for Form and Function

March 26th, 2018|Comments Off on Caulking for Form and Function

Caulk today has both practical and aesthetic uses. We look at both… By Tammy Adamson-McMullen We all know that caulk has many practical uses around the home, such as sealing cracks and protecting joints from [...]

Modern Trends in Borders

March 26th, 2018|Comments Off on Modern Trends in Borders

Borders are here to stay and are being used in fresh ways By Tammy Adamson-McMullen It wasn’t so long ago that some decorating experts were predicting the demise of wallcovering borders. With the massive appeal [...]

How to Paint Your House Exterior

March 26th, 2018|Comments Off on How to Paint Your House Exterior

Follow these steps to make your home’s exterior the envy of the neighborhood By Diane Franklin What enhances the curb appeal of your home more than a freshly painted exterior? You may have noticed your [...]

Color Schemes for Every Room

March 26th, 2018|Comments Off on Color Schemes for Every Room

Bolder colors are on the rise. How can you incorporate them in your home?   By Diane Franklin and Tammy Adamson-McMullen   All of the 2018 Color of the Year pronouncements have made their appearance [...]

4 Smart Home Purchases To Save Money

January 12th, 2018|Comments Off on 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 [...]