Festive Holiday Mantles

If you have a fireplace mantle it’s a wonderful thing. The fireplace will be the focal point in your room, and when the holidays are here, it can be one of the most festive displays in your home.

Every year I decorate my mantle a little differently, with the mainstays of garland and lights as my canvas. The fun accessories I have collected over the years get arranged across the length. Then, I’ll… Read more »


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 »


Modern Influence on Window Coverings

Consumers have embraced a more simple style of decorating windows. This contrasts sharply from what you would have seen years ago when very traditional styles were popular. Some would call it fussy, over styled, opulent or even gaudy. The drapery of the past, and I’m old enough to remember, consisted of swags and jabots, cornices, lambrequins, and multiple layers of fabric. First came the sheers, then panels, and finally a valance or cornice would finish… Read more »


How to Balance Color for a Professionally Decorated Look

From The Spruce, here is a decorating concept I’d like to share. When followed, it can help anyone balance color for a professionally decorated look. 60-30-10 is a timeless rule that can help you put a color scheme together easily. The 60 percent + 30 percent + 10 percent proportion is meant to give balance to the colors used in any space. The concept is simple to use, but lets break it down so it’s… Read more »


Add Trim to Make Drapery Look Custom

You can purchase a good quality ready made window covering and create a custom drapery look with simple the addition of trim. I have often used cording, bias tape, fringe, even grosgrain ribbon to embellish the look of a ready made window treatment. And the best part is you can do it yourself because you don’t need to sew it on. Fabric glue and fuseable webbing are products that make it easy to do…. Read more »


The Best Choice for Bedroom Drapery

I absolutely love my bedroom drapery. My room has an enormous triple window and two smaller windows flanking our bed. I chose black out curtains on wooden rods with rings. If I didn’t have black out curtains, we would be waking up at the crack of dawn. I wanted a light look in my master bedroom but regular fabric panels let too much sun-light through. That is not the light I want! I knew… Read more »


Window Treatments, How High to Hang Them?

How high do I hang my window treatments? This is a question I hear all of the time. The quick answer is 4″ to 6″ above the window or window molding. In the past it was more common to hang drapery at the height of the window, but aesthetically, a higher installation looks better as it adds size and creates a more grand look overall. The designer’s rule of thumb for rooms with average 8’… Read more »


Decorating With Pillows

Decorating with pillows is one of my favorite things. I love pillows and could shop for them all day long. Adding the final touches to a room is so important, and one of the best ways to convey the character of a room is with this fun, plush accessory. Pillows can be whimsical, add a pop of color, texture, or harmonize an entire room. And because they are relatively inexpensive, you can use pillows… Read more »


Holiday Homes Awaken the Senses

Fall Floor Decor with Lights

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… Read more »


Fall Decorating, Starting with the Spooky Stuff!

It’s October and we have three big holidays ahead of us; Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I love this time of year because that means holiday decorating! Unfortunately, I’m off to a late start as I haven’t even finished my front pots for the Fall. It’s time to decide what new and creative holiday decorating plan to implement for the exterior front entry, as I never do anything the same as the previous year. That… Read more »