Design Forward

Tear Down Those Wall Cabinets

A major kitchen renovation can be very expensive and disruptive to everyone in the household. But you can still make some minor changes that have major impact on the way your kitchen looks and funtions. Today’s new kitchens have fewer upper cabinets and islands. Both...

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Ultra Violet is the Purple Rain We Need

Okay before you say it, I’ll say it for you, “What a new color of the year?” Seems like every few months I’m telling you about the latest color trends. That’s because trends are very subjective. They are based on many factors and opinions. The mood of the country or...

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Wall-Mounted Fixtures

Before you finalize your bathroom remolding project consider getting your fixtures up off the floor. Most bathrooms are small. The more fixtures you can suspend off the wall instead of mount to the floor the more spacious your bathroom will become. Wall-mounted...

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Modular System Designed for Kitchen and Bath

European homes don’t typically come with built-ins. Instead their furniture is of the “take with you” variety. Kitchens cabinets are pieces of furniture and open shelving. In the States, we expect our homes to come with a complete kitchen and baths. Meaning storage is...

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Gold is Back

By now I’m sure you’ve heard that gold is back. How can you get in style without doing a total remodel and breaking the bank? The same way you update your wardrobe by just adding pieces of gold jewelry. Gold accessories are the jewelry for your décor. A strategically...

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What’s at the Foot of Your Bed?

What’s at the Foot of Your Bed? If you are like most of us it’s probably a pile of clothes, bedding or shoes. There is a better solution than dumping everything on the floor. A bench, settee or pair of stools is a functional and attractive way to keep you organized....

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Stylish and Affordable Laminates

Once the darling of kitchen renovations in the 70’s, laminate countertops were all the rage. Ten years later, laminate was being replaced with natural stone, which in turn was replaced by quartz composite. What’s next? Look for surface trends to come full circle with...

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Decorating Sunshine

The best part of the holidays for me is when they are over! Nothing is as refreshing as taking down the tree, wreaths and garland. Putting away all those holiday decorations leaves a clean decorating slate for the new year. But before you start putting your house back...

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Little Tables Provide a Big Solution

It’s awkward trying to balance your cocktail and appetizers at a party. Then a friend comes over for a holiday hug - overload! What I wouldn’t have given for a few fashionable little tables scattered about the house. We have all been there. Don’t leave your guests in...

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Holiday Wreaths

I’m not a big fan of wreaths until it comes to the holidays. Then I firmly believe that wreaths are the most versatile holiday decoration that we can use to deck the halls, front doors, stairways, chandeliers, fences and gates. I love to use wreaths in unexpected...

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Pet Gifts for the Holidays

Americans love their pets and wouldn’t think of leaving them off their Christmas shopping list. 44% of American households own a dog and 35% have a cat according to the American Pet Products Association. That’s a lot of squeeze toys and chew bones. It’s hard not to...

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2018 Colors Forecasted by a Global Collision of Influences

From vivid blue and digital green, to high-def yellow and rusty auburn, the Sherwin-Williams 2018 Colormix Color Forecast exhibits three unique color palettes that draw from emerging global trends. Sue Wadden, director of color marketing, identified 36 colors drawing...

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