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Étagère

Étagère

Étagère is a piece of furniture consisting of a set of open shelves for displaying small objects and sometimes having an enclosed cabinet at the base. It is pronounced a-ta-zher. Their uses and impact on design have been enjoyed by homeowners and designers since 1840....

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Curated not Decorated

Curated not Decorated

Having been the host of the national PBS television series, For Your Home, for over 25 years I’ve learned what it takes to create a pretty room. I’ve also discovered what it takes to create a sensation space. The difference between a well decorated room and a wow room...

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Pink the Color of Pre-Spring

Pink the Color of Pre-Spring

Don’t just sit and wait for Spring. Embrace a color that brightens our souls and our décor. Every season has its primary tone. Soft pink is the color for January and February. It has the glimmer of icy branches and the hopefulness of spring blossoms. This time of the...

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Dining in Style

Dining in Style

What are you going to do about that dining room? Worst yet, you may not even have a dining room which leaves you pondering how you will accommodate your holiday guests. No one enjoys balancing a full plate on their lap. Visions of cranberry sauce and red wine landing...

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Bringing Fall Inside

Bringing Fall Inside

Seasonal changes don’t just happen outside. Bringing the newest season indoors is a quarterly decorating task. Fall is a short season. The sooner you begin to embrace it the longer you’ll have to enjoy its warmth and cozy appeal. This season’s biggest color is classic...

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Fall Magic

Fall Magic

I love autumn, especially in the Carolina’s. The weather is perfect, the days are still long enough that you can enjoy being outdoors after work and watch the sunset. As the leaves start to turn our thoughts switch from swimming pools to cozy evenings on the patio....

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Time for Color

Time for Color

It’s easy to allow yourself to become trapped in neutrals. They are readily available, classic and safe. They can also be dispassionate, middle-of-the-road and drab. If you are looking for an escape route from this depersonalized pallet, you’re in luck. The new spring...

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Consignment Shops

Consignment Shops

You have finally decided to downsize, redecorate or just clear out the clutter. It sounds like a great plan until you are faced with the reality or what to do with all that extra furniture and household items. It’s not as daunting as you may think. Luckily there are...

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Time to Change the Sheets

Time to Change the Sheets

When was the last time you gave any thought to your sheets? It’s one of those items we spend 6-8 intimate hours per night using. The bedroom is the most personal space in your home. Yet most of us give little thought to our sheets, until they wear out. We generally...

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Stripes are More Than Just a Summer Trend

Stripes are More Than Just a Summer Trend

If there is one design trend that expresses this summer’s fashion forward style, it has to be stripes. From Gucci miniskirts to Spiritual Gangster rainbow track pant, stripes are making a full-on spectrum statement. Embracing this trend into your home is an easy way...

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Pastels

Pastels

I write a lot about color, primarily because it is what motives the soul. Bright colors are lively and invigorating. Dark colors generate dramatic rooms. Our moods change based on the colors we surround ourselves with. When it comes to bedrooms I love pastels. They...

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Fire Features

Fire Features

Spring or Fall, an outdoor fire pit can transform an ordinary backyard into an inviting year around entertainment center. Today’s homeowners spend more money on outdoor spaces than they do on their interiors. Day or night, summer or winter most of us prefer to spend...

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