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...]

Looking to Re-side? 5 Reasons to Choose Vinyl Siding


If you’re tired of painting every few years or just think it’s time for a facelift, now might be the time to re-side your house. Here are five reasons you should consider vinyl siding: Beauty: Any look — historic to contemporary — can be … [Read more...]

A Team With a Plan


Putting your heart and soul into a home renovation is the only way to end up with the home of your dreams. I started this sawdust journey in June 2012 when I purchased a 29 year old ranch home in Morrocroft. The location was perfect, in the heart … [Read more...]

What I’ve Learned About Renovations

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When you spend 8 months designing and renovating your dream home you learn a lot about every aspect of a process that is considered to be one of the most stressful experiences a person can endure. It ranks right up there with giving birth and death. … [Read more...]

It’s Easy to Keep Your Vinyl Siding Looking New


One of the great things about vinyl siding is that it’s almost as easy to clean as your car. With nothing more than a hose and water, mild soap and a long-handled soft bristle brush, you can keep your home looking its best, as well as save time and … [Read more...]

Insulated Siding Can Help Keep Your Utility Bills Under Control

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If your utility bills keep rising and you’ve already followed all of the tips about caulking windows, checking levels of insulation in the attic, walls and floors, and getting an HVAC tune up, maybe it’s time to look at your home’s … [Read more...]

Walnut Makes a Comeback with Midcentury Modern

The Greta Sofa, shown here in Margo pewter, is an ode to midcentury modern design with a classic twist.

Here’s the latest example of a trend bounce: Walnut was once the wood of choice for many woodworkers but fell out of favor with designers and decorators for the past 40 years. Now it’s back again, big-time. The new passion for this … [Read more...]

Brass Is Back With A Softer, Warmer Finish

The new look in brass is called “vintage,” as in this Kensington Poster Bed, Kent Chest and Jacob Ottoman.

Brass is making a strong comeback in home furnishings. Don’t get excited and think this means your old brass chandelier is back in style. Several manufacturers at the spring furniture market in High Point introduced a new finish this week that … [Read more...]

The most important guest in your home? You


Your house works best if it reflects your personality and how you live By Michael J. Solender If there is one consistent message Vicki Payne has shared with her legion of viewers and fans over the years it is that each of us should feel … [Read more...]