Pros and cons of a TV over the fireplace, should my Television be above the mantle?

Clients often think they should definitely put the TV above the fireplace. There are alternatives you can consider.  In the top photo, their mantle was 5 1/2′ tall (due to code requirements), so the top of the TV would have been almost 9′ tall. According to ergonomic professionals & Physical Therapists, looking up to watch […]

How much to budget for the dining room furniture, rug, drapes, & chandelier?

People often ask how much they should budget for their dining room furniture, we list some sample budgets below. I like to stress that it’s good to shop for discounted furniture, and to make sure to allow for window treatments, art, rugs, accessories, and perhaps a new chandelier! By discounted I don’t mean the typical […]

What are the 4 most important interior design tips for furnishing & decorating a home?

Are you ready to furnish and decorate your home. but you’re not sure what interior design advice is helpful? We’ll list the 4 most important interior design tips that can save you from expensive mistakes. 1) Don’t paint the walls until you have a plan. Every famous designer will stress this. There are countless articles about […]

What type blind is best for a high end designer look? See these linen shades and sheer options.

Today’s roller blinds and roman shades in organic linen fabrics go well in a high end designer  room, unlike Grandmas blinds, they add an element of beauty and function to the room. Linen adds a nice texture as shown above IF (big if) your windows are nice and large, you may be able to get […]

How to decorate above the mantle

Above the mantle, make sure your art is large enough, and unique. It’s fine to use a mirror above the mantle as long as the reflection is something attractive (like the reflection of outdoor trees). The antique glass mirror shown below is nice, because you aren’t fixated on the reflection.  Or, If you don’t have […]

What color should I paint the trim and below the chair rail molding?

People often paint the chair rail molding and the area below it white or a contrast paint color. The problem with this is that it can tend to cut the room in half, or make the room look chopped up, and can make your ceilings feel lower. Below is an example of what it can […]

How to make a master bedroom more luxurious without changing the furniture?

A master bedroom should feel more luxurious than the other bedrooms in the house. When we first toured the home below, it wasn’t obvious if the room was a guest room or a master bedroom. With the addition of custom bedding (shams and duvet) and functioning drapes, the room felt more luxurious. AFTER above BEFORE […]