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 »


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 for Less

It doesn’t have to cost a lot to bring the look of Fall into your home. You can easily and inexpensively get a festive look by adding seasonal colors to your current decor. Fall decorating with warm earthy hues in shades of orange, yellow, and red. These warm shades evoke the cozy feeling of the Autumn season. Think about the leaves on the trees turning all of those beautiful tones. A soft woven afghan… Read more »


Tips for 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… Read more »


A Sparkling Idea for Bathroom Windows

Decorating bathroom windows can pose challenges. Often in older homes the bathrooms can have funny little windows you are not sure what to do with. On the other hand in new construction, you might find large modern bathrooms with beautiful over sized windows. The problem there is being too close to a neighbor who shares the view! There are a few thing you have to consider as you explore your options. Because it is your… Read more »


Flower Power in Home Decor

Flower power in home decor is the impact fresh flowers make in a room. It is a simple and affordable way to liven up any space. Flowers are so pretty, you can’t really go wrong.

Finally, my wall of hydrangeas are blooming. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but my hydrangea bushes are over 20 feet high. What is so nice is that I can cut a ton of blooms and you… Read more »


Window Treatments or Not?

Sometimes we have the option to either treat the windows with window coverings or to leave them plain. More often, window treatments are a needed for privacy, light control, or both. The need for privacy is most common, especially in our bedrooms and bathrooms. Light control can be desired in bedrooms and for rooms with television viewing, but it may also be necessary for spaces where direct sunlight can do damage. Harsh sunlight can cause… Read more »


Creative Ways to Save On Fabric for DIY Cornices

I recently got a call from a customer inquiring about using drapery panels instead of cut fabric to cover their DecoWrap cornices. I want to share some of what I told her, as I think it is helpful and it can save you money in the process.

When I invented Deco Wrap over twenty years ago, there was very little variety of redi-made window treatments on the market. You could only find a limited… Read more »


How to Make Returns for DecoWrap Cornices

I have been asked many times if DecoWrap could “return” back to the wall like a custom cornice. In creating the product, we made it as simple as possible so anyone could make a window treatment it in minutes. So while it was not designed to have returns, it can be accomplished in a few relatively simple steps. I have laid them out below, using a single 40″ cornice as an example to follow… Read more »


How to Place Area Rugs

An area rug is a very important unifying element in a room scheme. It can pull a room together, or if not chosen correctly, it can disrupt an otherwise harmonious design plan. The most important purpose of an area rug is that it should anchor the furniture. Aside from the aesthetics, there were some questions I had on the rules of rug placement. From reading various articles on the matter, here are a few… Read more »