Holiday Decorating, the Entry is the First Impression.

The Entry Before the Finishing Touches

Since I’m always concentrating on window treatments and interior decorating, it’s refreshing to focus on the exterior for a change. The front entry is the first impression for guests, so it needs special attention. It’s late November and I haven’t finished my front pots for Christmas. I’m still hanging on to the remnants of my summer vines, what’s left after the deer have dined upon them! I am trying to decide… Read more »


The DIY Monogram for Personalized Décor

Ancient Monograms

We sometimes think of monogramming as a southern thing, or a trendy way to identify personal belongings, but it actually has a long history. The earliest known monogram was found on 6th century B.C. Roman coins. They were marked with the ruler’s initials to authenticate and legitimize them. Throughout history, the monogram was a symbol of the powerful and the elite. From Greek and Roman history through the Victorian age, royalty, military leaders,… Read more »


Holiday Decorating to Awaken the Senses

Around the holidays, your home should feel warm and cozy, inviting and festive. To get the most out of holiday home decorating, the key factor is to stimulate the senses. When guests walk into your home, they should delight in a sensory overload of sights, smells and sounds of the season. Holiday accessories like wreaths, garland and festive family keepsakes should adorn the entry to welcome friends and family.  Decorate the heart of your home thoughtfully as… Read more »


Decorating and Television Placement

Have you ever walked into a room and noticed the odd placement of someone’s TV? It can affect the entire aesthetic of the room. Sometimes the wrong size or location can look downright ridiculous. When decorating your living space, the placement of the television is crucial to a harmonious room design. Most people don’t realize there are a few rules to follow to ensure it’s proper placement and installation.

TV in Custom Built-In

Room… Read more »


Halloween Decorating Never Dies

Decorating for Halloween will never die out in this house. I’m not quite sure whether we have more Halloween decorations or Christmas decorations. It’s crazy. Every year I say I’m going to pair down and get rid of at least half of what we store. Now here we are again and I’m like a kid in a candy store. Out come all the decorations and I spend the evening arranging and primping them… Read more »


Decorating for Fall on a Budget

Fall Hydrangea colors

It doesn’t have to cost a lot to bring the look of Fall into your home. You can easily and inexpensively get an autumnal look by adding seasonal colors to your current décor. Fall decorating with warm earthy hues in shades of orange, yellow, and red evoke the cozy feeling of the season. Think about the leaves on the trees turning all of those beautiful tones. When my Hydrangeas start to turn,… Read more »


Tips for Proper Furniture Spacing

There are a few helpful rules when it comes to furniture placement and spacing. You want to create a feeling of coherence in a room but it is important not to overcrowd pieces. The flow of a room is critical for creating comfort as well as good aesthetics. Here are a few key tips to follow as you plan your furniture layout.

There should be a minimum of 2 1/2 feet of space between the couch and other pieces… Read more »


Finding Inspiration to Redecorate

We decided to redecorate our family room. Besides the kitchen, it’s the room we spend the most time in. I wanted to get a new vibe. I thought, what look do I love the most? It made me think about the fact that I love and appreciate commercial décor. When I walk into a hotel for the first time, I look all around and take it all in, the colors, textures, art and furnishings. High-end… Read more »


Quick and Thrifty Fabric Valance

I needed a temporary valance in my mudroom since the existing one didn’t go with the rugs I had to purchase for my dog. We had to get runners for the mud room and kitchen because our dog Finnegan was slipping and falling all of the time. The new rugs, which would also be temporary, are grey with a busy pattern. I needed something simple for the window valance. Since it was all temporary, I… Read more »


A Custom Look Valance, No Sewing!

I love simple projects and wanted to share this DIY window treatment with you. I made a quick no sew valance from a piece of left over material we had from our Deco Wrap cornice samples. It was one yard of 54″ wide home decorators fabric and the selvedge ends were trimmed off. To figure out how much fabric you need, determine the window width you need to cover and add 12″. My width was… Read more »