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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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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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Add Oomph to your Decor

Add Oomph to your Decor

Do you remember the painted furniture craze twenty years ago? Everywhere you looked furniture was painted and embellished with big floral designs, birds, chickens and roses. Unfinished furniture as well as vintage pieces all took on all new life with artistic flare....

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The Bench: Adaptable Design

The Bench: Adaptable Design

Versatility is one of the most valuable features to look for when purchasing furniture. That’s why one of my favorites pieces has always been a “bench”. It is hard to find a more adaptable design. When incorporated into a hallway it makes the perfect drop zone for...

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It’s Cool to Go Preppy

It’s Cool to Go Preppy

Classics like navy and white, cream sofas, honey leather chairs and sisal rugs will always be basics in a designer’s world. But more and more professional designers and home artiste are embracing bright color combinations anchored in the classics but fresh to today’s...

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Working from Home Should be a Stylish High-Tech Experience

Working from Home Should be a Stylish High-Tech Experience

For about 4 million Americans, at least half of their work week is spent working from home. A 2016 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management found that 60 percent of U.S. companies offer employees some sort of telecommuting opportunities. “Working from home...

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Flashback to the 70’s

Flashback to the 70’s

Flashback to the 70’s. What colors come to mind? For most it would be earth tones that embraced orange, brown, avocado and yes harvest gold. Those were the home décor colors we grew up with. Each year multiple sources come out with their expected color of the year....

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High Point Fall 2018 Market Trends

High Point Fall 2018 Market Trends

My friends and clients always ask, “What did you see at Market? What are the new trends?” I thrilled to report it was not a sea of gray. This was a cheery Market. Perhaps this new refreshing look is based on the up economy or perhaps we’re just tired of negativity....

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The Casual Market At-A-Glance

The Casual Market At-A-Glance

Each September, the manufacturers of outdoor lifestyle furnishings meet in Chicago to share new outdoor collections with retailers from across the country. Presented are the styles, colors and elements that will continue to support the escalating expansion of the...

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