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 […]

Custom drapes for a reasonable price? 4 clever ways to achieve just that!

There are 4 clever ways to get the luxurious look of custom window treatments, yet stay within a very reasonable budget: 1) Find a design firm whose Reviews mention they’re reasonably priced. Then compare different firms, if you find one without a fancy showroom (aka high overhead), you’ll probably find a more reasonable price for […]

Do I need an interior designer and a kitchen designer both? 6 designer tips!

Do I need an Interior Designer as well as a kitchen designer? The kitchen planner will normally provide kitchen layout options and spec in certain cabinets that fit in the space. The interior designer will help you with decisions that affect the “overall” plan. An interior designer will make suggestions that are “outside the box” […]

Individual window treatments or one continuous wall of drapes?

Do you have a wall with several windows which may or may not be treated with one continuous wall of drapes?   should put separate window treatments on each window? Here we’ll share before and after photos to help you visualize some options. We’ll also go over some pros and cons and factors regarding one […]

7 effective ways keep interior design fees low, a few of them will surprise you!

Everyone would like to keep interior design fees low, and it is possible with these 7 tips! People often ask how much design services will cost, and how to keep the interior design fees low. The total will depend a great deal on you, the homeowner, and it’s not at all based on what you’d […]

5 designer tips why white linen is a great choice for drapes and window treatments!

People often show us room photos with fresh clean white linen. White linen looks great on window treatments even if you prefer a room full of color! Here are 5 design tips regarding using white linen for window treatments: 1) White linen invokes a fresh clean “summer day” feeling, like when you put fresh clean […]

Do the paint colors in your house flow? Before heading to the paint store, read these tips!

Before heading to your local Greensboro paint store, think about whether your rooms have a nice flow. A great way to achieve this is by repeating a paint color in a rug, art, or accessories. A basic example is shown below, the walls in the kitchen repeat the fabric color in the adjacent room. Maria Killam For more unique ways to add color […]

Upholstered headboard versus wood–which is better?

When looking through magazines, you’ve probably noticed the variety of upholstered headboards. I have one, which I love. Here are six advantages to an upholstered headboard versus wood headboard. This upholstered headboard allowed the homeowners to decide the exact height they wanted the headboard to be.   This upholstered headboard gave the room a clean metropolitan feel, the […]

Can I paint my kitchen cabinets? See this Greensboro kitchen photo.

If you are tired of dark cabinets, and want to paint them, know that you can keep a little variety.Notice the island and stove area are still stained in the kitchen below. BEFORE  Before (above) this Greensboro homeowner did not like the peachy tone of their kitchen cabinets. They requested a warmer wood tone that […]

Interior design ideas gave this Greensboro, NC homeowner several options!

This Greensboro homeowner was in need of an interior design idea to solve the “eye sore” in their dining room. AFTERWe added a mirror & molding to this door to give this interior door a “french door” feeling (see above).  Before door was plain, with no molding    See door aboveNotice the molding and cheerful […]