Decorating Tips


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


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


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


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


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


Yikes! Stripes!!!

Decorating with stripes gives you the opportunity to experience tremendous versatility in your room. They can make your room look bigger or wider, more serene or bold. But sometimes too much of a good thing can be bad. Watch out for wide stripes with dark or bright colors. They can be very overpowering to work with. Try using these stripes in small quantities, perhaps in wall covering beneath a chair rail.  Read More


Let there be light!

Successfully lighting your home calls for the correct balance of general light, task lighting and decorative lighting. By nature, lighting serves two purposes in your home: functional and decorative. When planning for the functional needs of your room, consider the activities that typically take place in your room. Read More


Furniture arranging made easy!

It's an age-old dilemma! What furniture should go "where", and "why" should it go there? Having a sense of style in arranging your furniture is a must, but following some basic guidelines will help even the novice arranger look like a real pro. Read on, and learn how these valuable tips will give your rooms new reasons for "being". And when in trouble, remember this: an under-furnished room is preferable to an over-furnished room! Less can be more! Read More


Family room fun!

Family rooms, by their very name, are for the family! And when most of us think of family we think of relaxation and fun, as well as informal settings for carefree entertaining. This is a room in which we can truly "let our hair down". It demands space for our hobbies, reading, watching TV or needlepointing. It also calls for some imaginative planning, so all members of the family feel that this is truly "their" room. Read More


Food for thought on flooring

Floors are the second largest color area in a room, the first of course being walls. They are also the most permanent feature, replaced less easily and less often than wall or furniture coverings. Purchase and installation costs are substantial so it's important to select floors with an eye to the future. Read More