Decorating Tips


No more ruffles, no more frills!

That's the spirit of today's nurseries! Babies aren't infant very long, and as soon as they become active toddlers, furnishings need to be chosen with their pace and punishment in mind. That isn't to say that a nursery shouldn't be pretty: just that it must be practical and sturdy as well. Read More


Wonderful wall covering!

Decorating with wallpapers is truly fun! Today's patterns have become so attractive and exciting in recent years that it's tempting to go all out. I suggest you admire and consider them, by all means, but take care not to overdo it-remember, it's the whole room on which you must concentrate. Read More


Mattress shopping? Read this first!

Today, your bedding options are virtually limitless. Foam mattresses, air mattresses, and a variety of coils, padding, quilting and tufting techniques make your selections difficult. The purchase of a new mattress is truly an investment, since you'll be using it for many, many years. Read More


Reupholster your dining room chairs!

It's really a lot simpler than you might think: that is, if you follow these few easy steps: Read More


Half baths have it!

Most of us spend very little time in the powder room. So when decorating, be bold, daring and dramatic. If you've always been afraid to use dark, rich colors, this may be just the place for them! Or perhaps you like the idea of a large scale floral print wall covering, but could never find the right place. Well, here's your chance. Read More


Full plates

Those who are interested in the purchase of chrome- or brass-plated furniture pieces should be aware of the fact that their beauty is skin deep. An electroplating process in which a thin layer of the decorative metal is transferred to a highly polished steel surface through an electric current applies each finish.  Read More


Accessorizing: are you ready for the challenge?

Too often adding the finishing touches to your decor becomes the biggest challenge. As the final step in most every decorating project, accessorizing will add life and interest to your room. Your true decorating personality can come alive if you plan wisely. Too often, this area of home decorating is totally overlooked and under-budgeted. Combining beautiful, quality, and costly furnishings with bargain basement accessories is like serving a fast food meal on your finest heirloom china! Read More


Scheming with color

When speaking of color, it is necessary to define it in terms of three separate components. The term “hue” refers to the color itself. “Value” describes the relative lightness or darkness of a hue, which is varied by adding white or black. “Intensity” is a matter of brightness, which can be lessened by adding gray to the hue. Read More


Using prints and patterns: the more, the merrier!

Well, almost! In years past, using more than one print in a room was considered taboo:but not anymore! In today's free wheeling world of decorating, mixing prints and patterns is more the rule than the exception. In many traditional rooms, a single print is still used lavishly, for upholstery, drapery and even as a wall cover. But today's fashion conscious homeowners want to mix and scramble both patterns and colors with a truly uninhibited hand. Read More


More than just a pretty face

A lambrequin is a wood frame that is attached around a window. It covers the old frame that and gives new life to a drab window. It can be made of finished and stained wood, fabric or any decorative material at all. If form is used underneath the fabric, a professional finish will be achieved. Read More