All posts tagged: Interior Design

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How To Get Out Of A Decorating Rut

  Do you dislike your house but are uninspired, broke, and not motivated? Are you using all your energy to schlepp people and stuff to and fro? Do you rent? Are you a military family? Do you have kids that use your furniture as napkins? Do you own a dog that treats your furniture like a towel right out of the shower? Do you live in Northern Virginia on a tight budget? Do you glance at decorating magazines and then chuck them across the room because they are about as realistic as living here: Well my friend you are not alone. In fact, the people that don’t fall into the above category actually live in that house pictured above. Let’s take a minute and ponder that. *minute Yeah, no. I can’t wrap my head around it either. Ok, let’s put a stop to this nonsense. Pick up the decorating magazine you tossed across the room and/or go on Houzz.com and figure out what you like. When you go on a road trip you have a destination and …

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How To Not Screw Up Paint Colors

I get asked all the time really specific questions about paint colors. “I have an open floor plan, with this color floor, and this color furniture, and the pillows are this color—-so what color should I paint the bathroom?” I really don’t know.  I’m not in your house.  But I can tell you what NOT to do. IF you are super challenged with these type of things then here is a list of Do’s and Don’ts. If you are Candace Olsen or Nate Berkus (read Professionals or someone with a great eye for design) then you can disregard this post and do what you want…you’ll figure out a way to make it all work. Otherwise. If you want a yellow room, don’t pick a yellow. Do pick a white with a tint of yellow.  Same goes with all the other colors.  Blue? Pick a white with a hint of blue.   How do you do this?  Go to Lowes or Home Depot and pick up one of the “Whites” pamphlets. There’s like 70 “Whites” all …

Lamp Love

Did you read my post about Chandelier Love?  This is similar but different.  The difference will be…brace yourself…it will NOT be about chandeliers but about LAMPS. I am now going to go to TJ Maxx to show you some bright options.     I have returned. These lamps have passed my test.  You can put these next to your couch in pairs.  Next to your bed in pairs.  You can use them individually on side tables or on any horizontal surface that is about waist high, more or less. I used the same mug in each picture so you could better relate the size of the lamps. Table Lamps.   This skinny style (above) works best on bedside tables that tend to be crowded–the narrowness takes up less room but because it is tall it still makes a statement. This is important.  I went to Walmart.  90% of the lamps I saw there you cannot buy.  You know I love a bargain, but a bargain is not a bargain if you have to replace it …

Decorating Trends 2014. What’s In…What’s Out.

  My Pop loves newspapers.  He sends me articles from all over on decorating.  I got a laugh over a few recently as they are proclaiming what’s in and what’s out. Ikat prints are OUT.  My pillows are out.  Ikat is no good.  And I quote Designer Sheldon Harte:  “You know it’s over when it’s showing up on paper plates in CVS.” My Mom’s macrame she made in the 70’s? 60’s? is IN.  I bet she is beaming as she reads this.   Woodland creatures are OUT.  Oh thank God.  I hated the damn owls.  No more blinky owls, foxes or timid deer. Of course what if it is made out of macrame?  Does it become IN again?  I really hope not.   All white kitchens are OUT. Kitchen by South Hamilton Interior Designers & Decorators SLC Interiors I do NOT agree.  This is just lovely. Dark blue and charcoal is In. Living Room by Berkeley Interior Designers & Decorators Urban Orchard Interiors Faux painted walls are OUT. Wallpaper is IN.  Remember my post about Why …

Travel Souvenirs. Joy in a Jar in 5 Minutes.

I just went on a 27 hour “staycation” to Virginia Beach with a dear friend.  We stayed 45 minutes from home in a condo on the beach…for 27 hours.  It was actually less but we won’t nitpick.  And it rained, but that was fine.  We read books, had coffee, took a nap, looked at magazines, went out to eat, walked on the boardwalk, watched a movie and slept in.  I get up 7 days a week at the same time for kids, jobs, church, baseball games and other random events so sleeping til 8:30 almost made me giddy.  Another thing we did was went to a beach souvenir shop.  We spent quite a bit of time in there because it was 1) very amusing 2) it was raining.  I have a great picture I took in the store for tomorrow.  (Wordless Wednesday click here.) Anyway…this got me thinking about all the bits and pieces one picks up on a vacation.  Most people come home and unpack and have this pile of “stuff” they picked up …