A Redesign That Says “Welcome Home”

Have you ever seen a TV makeover show? If so, then you likely have heard remarked “I hardly recognized this room!”. Television may not be real life, but the makeovers really do make a big difference in the home. I recently completed a redesign on a home in Fredericksburg Virginia for a lovely couple that … Continue reading

The “Best Time of the Year” Window Treatment Specials

Just received… hot off the e-mail presses from Hunter Douglas: Notice of special promotions coming up on Silhouette shades. They are the darling of the window covering industry. You can close the louvers for privacy and when they are open you still get heat and UV ray control all in one product that looks stunning … Continue reading

EVERY MAN NEEDS HIS SPACE

So often when designing our interior spaces, the choices in styles, colors, fabrics, and furnishings are geared towards the woman of the home. Men often feel pampered and comfortable in spaces that are linked in some way to their interests or hobbies. Some people call this using a “theme”. Working with a theme offers a … Continue reading

9 Beautiful Ideas for the 9th Month

Sometimes the decorating bug bites and we want to make quick, easy changes that can shake things up a bit in our homes. As a bonus, these 9 ideas that do not involve picking up a paint brush or any other form of manual labor. We all like that. Bring in fresh flowers. This is … Continue reading

My Newly Revised Speech On Office Environment Productivity Pitfalls & How to Avoid Them

    Your office environment has a direct affect on the productivity and attitudes of you and your employees. Whether you work out of a home office or are in a corporate structure, you’ve probably noticed that when things are in disarray, or they just don’t feel good, it is more difficult for you and … Continue reading

Give Green a Chance

There are a lot of budget friendly and earth friendly things you can do in your everyday life. Here are a few thoughts to get you started: Use low – VOC paints. They give off considerably less fumes and are less toxic to the environment. Think of it as making a better choice and not … Continue reading

5 No Cost Decorating Changes You Can Make Now!

Move your furniture to different rooms in your home for a new look. Do the same with your accessories. Get out one of your pretty dishes and put it in your powder room to hold fancy soaps and tissues. Wrap and knot a fancy scarf around a throw pillow for a decorative look. Use a … Continue reading

Senior Color Schemes – Paint Designs for Senior Safety

I am not sure if it is a medical miracle or not, but Americans are living longer these days. As a result, our aging population segment is mushrooming.  We have a growing need for age restricted communities and to be able to retool existing residences for comfort, safety and independence.  Today I will focus on the … Continue reading

The Best Invention Since Sliced Bread

In my world, everything is fabric, fabric and more fabric!  Most design plans include fabric choices for draperies, pillows, upholstery, comforters and much more. These fabrics are subjected to a variety of environmental factors that affect their longevity. I am a design expert that takes exceptional care of my clients and like you; I see … Continue reading

Examples of the Use of Marsala, Pantone’s New Color of the Year

Written by Jane Blanchard There is not a year in the last 16 in which the Pantone Color of the Year has been announced that has not produced a polemic exchange. The visceral response to a color is typically indicative of some personal reaction before reckoning its careful selection intended for creative and imaginative use. … Continue reading