Mirror vs art. Let’s discuss the pros and cons To decide between mirror vs art over the mantle, there’s one important question to ask yourself: What is the view when I place the mirror over the mantle? In this room, the reflection of the mirror over the mantle is of a beautiful coffered ceiling!! Notice […]
How many shelves should I use in a bookcase or built in shelving?
Bookcases and wall units normally look best with a couple of shelves removed. That is, unless you want shelving for displaying books only. Built in cabinets can look great with a few large accessories. In the Greensboro NC homeowner’s room below, the opposite wall (not shown) housed all their favorite books, that left these wall […]
How to decorate a room without changing the furniture or the wall paint?
If you’re looking for an immediate update to a room, know that it doesn’t always require time consuming or expensive changes! Adding new pillows, art, or accessories you can make a room feel more interesting and cozy overnight! In this pro football player’s home, our client said they wanted to keep their existing furniture and […]
4 designer tips for built in bookshelves!
1) A rich deep wall color will make those bright white bookshelves feel richer! See before and after of the built in wall unit below. 2) A few large accessories feel clean and interesting, while lots of small items can tend to feel like “clutter”. That’s the word our clients use! You may need 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 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 […]
How can I decorate on a budget?
People often ask, how can I improve my home on a budget? The answer: don’t waste money by adding more accessories! If you look around your rooms, you might see lots of things which were perhaps a bargain, which you hoped would solve a blank space…. but $39 here and $49 there can really add up! Instead of adding lots of little items from stores, it’s […]