Dining room space improvement. Will a buffet or server fit in my dining room?

People often ask us to add a server to their dining room, but most dining rooms aren’t quite wide enough. In the dining rooms below, we implemented dining room space improvements and were able to find dining servers that were about 66″ long,  yet only 12″ deep!  But that narrow depth is not easy to […]

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 […]

How Candice Olsen & interior designers update a dining room without replacing all the furniture.

Famous designer Candice Olsen updates dining rooms with rugs, art, new color etc. Here are 6 must read interior design tips with before and after photos: 1) You can replace a “busy” or dark rug with a tone on tone neutral rug. If a rug has various textures or tones, it will still be interesting. […]

What size and shape table does my dining room need? Eight tips for getting the right size and staying within budget.

   Furniture from High Point, NC   To select the correct size table, draw the width and length of your room on 1/4″ graph paper. This will allow you to see how different options would work while you are furniture shopping. An oval dining table (see above) often works better in a space than a […]

Four unique options for furnishing a living room corner

A living room corner can look unfinished, especially in today’s large rooms. In order to create more intimate conversation areas, we pull furniture away from the walls, this can leave the corners looking bare. Here we’ll show you 4 ideas for decorating a corner of a living room. These ideas run from free to upwards […]

How to decorate a room in a serene style.

Let’s talk about how to decorate a room. Are you tired of decorating styles in which there’s so much to look at that your brain feels like it’s on sensory overload? Perhaps you prefer a “serene” or “zen” style, rather than a room that’s filled with a lot of decorative items? For a tranquil look, […]

A bench versus dining chairs at the dining table? 9 pros and cons!

In the dining room below, there was once a long bench beside the dining table. The client asked whether we could use any of their old dining furniture in this new home. We felt their dining TABLE was a definite keep! As for the chairs and bench, we pointed out the below pros and cons […]

4 amazing ways to brighten a dark formal room!

Often a traditional home can benefit from a fun and “unexpected” lighter look. Whether it be through art, a unique rug or chair, a contemporary punch, anything lighter in color will change the mood of your home from dark and formal to a fresh updated look. What personality do you feel fits your style?   Below, […]

How to achieve more seating in a small living room?

Overstuffed, or large scale furniture takes up a lot of space. Take the room below for example. The overstuffed chairs  had 8 1/2″ wide arms (x two) = 17″ of wasted space. Since they had a pair, that was 34″ of space – almost three feet! If your goal is to seat more people, there […]

When I entertain, how do I get guests to move from the kitchen to the living room? 5 tips to lure guests to the living room!

We’ve all had the same problem, everyone stays in the kitchen, no matter how crowded it gets. It can be fun for awhile, but then you wish everyone would spread out among the other living areas. Here’s 5 tips to lure guests away from the kitchen! 1)  Make use of a console table or sofa […]