Red Turns Up The Heat On Home Decor


I just love how the color red brightens up my house during the holidays. This is more than a festive look for winter. Designers across the country are embracing red for home decor throughout the year. From wall color to accessories, the color is hot, … [Read more...]

Serve Holiday Cocktails with Designer Flair


The holiday season brings lots of house parties, and a well-prepared bar is essential for those gatherings. Having just wine and beer at your festive event won’t get you great reviews. It’s all about the experience – the stirs, squeezes and … [Read more...]

How to Find a Qualified Contractor: Certification Counts

Worker planking house with plastic siding panels

No doubt, finding a qualified contractor can be a challenge. Do you use a contractor who did a good job down the block? A cousin or in-law? Maybe crowd sourcing services such as Angie’s List or Home Advisor? Recommendations, whether personal or … [Read more...]

Tell Your Designer What To Get You In High Point

Oly’s showroom is designed to inspire your imagination with larger-than-life motifs.

This is a busy week for designers and furniture retailers. It’s the start of the fall furniture market in High Point. It is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, and it happens right here in North Carolina. More than 75,000 … [Read more...]

Collaboration on Charity Remodeling Project Brings Out the Best in Inspiration, Transformation, and Functionality


We’re honored to be working with Purple Heart Homes and the Vinyl Siding Institute to renovate a home in Charlotte for a disabled veteran and his wife. Work is underway now and the family is scheduled to move in soon. I’ll be posting more … [Read more...]

Armless Chairs Help You Squeeze More Seating Into Your Decor


Armless upholstered chairs are one of the most versatile occasional chairs you can buy. Often referred to as “slipper chairs,” they can easily slip into any room’s décor. Perhaps that’s how they got their name. They provide a backrest and … [Read more...]

Turn a Boring Bedroom into a Comfy Retreat

Vicki Payne in the kitchen of her south Charlotte home.

We spend about 10 hours a day on average in the bedroom. That’s a good part of the day, so why not make this retreat one of the best rooms in the house? To do the job well, it’s important to understand that bedrooms aren’t just for sleeping. … [Read more...]

Metal Beds Take On A Whole New Vibe

The Abingdon.-Wesley Allen Iron Furniture, Inc.

I grew up sleeping in an antique iron bed. My parents still have it and use it in a guest room. Its style is way too “antique-y” for my taste. Perhaps this is why metal beds haven’t been on my design radar for years. But today’s innovative … [Read more...]

How to Get a Fresh Look on a Budget

A bold statement piece for style-savvy risktakers, the Timmons Banquette features an exotic embossed leather in “Lizard Chic Anthracite.” Vertical striping across the width of the piece gives the illusion of extra height, while long, slender legs finish off the look.

Stop putting roadblocks between you and the decor you’d love to have. Instead of thinking about a project as a major undertaking, try breaking it up into doable phases that won’t stress you or your budget. If you’d love a new kitchen but … [Read more...]

How to Use Metallic Finishes to Make a Room Warm and Welcoming


The distance between runway fashions and home décor gets shorter every season. This spring designers such as Givenchy, St. Laurent and Altuzarra stole the stage with lustrous shine for both day and night. Lust-worthy mirrored handbags and metallic … [Read more...]