Decorating Tips


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


Has your window been well dressed?

That's right! Windows can and should be the focal point of your room. But before deciding on your own special treatment, consider the room's size. You'll want to be sure your new design is in scale with the entire room. In a large room with small windows, the treatment should extend beyond the window:perhaps even cover the entire wall:to make it proportionate to the room. Conversely, in a small room, keep your treatment simple in style to make your room seem even larger. Read More


Altogether different

Eclectic is a fairly recent addition to our decorating vocabulary. Its dictionary definition comes right to the point: ‘Made up of what seems best of varied sources.’ The key word is “best”. Read More


Comfortable kitchens

The kitchen has long been the center of the home, a place where we can go to get warm, inside and out! Many of us have wonderful memories of watching mother baking, or preparing a family meal. Perhaps for this reason, when entertaining, many guests seem to migrate to the kitchen. Read More