Design Forward

Table Decisions

It’s the time of the year when we all gather around the table to share our lives with friends and family. It’s also the time we notice how badly we need new dining room table and chairs whether it is in the formal dining room or the kitchen. Hard to say which shows...

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Shagreen

You’ve probably seen this rough, granular surfaced leather material used on a variety of surfaces but never knew what it was. Originally used for elegant book bindings, pocketbooks and small boxes and cases it’s look is very distinct. Shagreen once made from horse...

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Balance and Scale in the Bedroom

Does your bedroom lack style and personality? No matter what you try it never looks pulled together like the pictures on line or in magazines. If so, the problem might be one of balance and scale. Balance is the key that unlocks designer looks and scale is the tool...

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Box Moldings

Traditional style is expressed in many ways. The most impressive is the use of wood moldings. Crown molding turns an ordinary room into one of elegance and style. Wider baseboards and door and window moldings take a home from builder’s standard to custom. One of my...

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Tile Transformations

Pattern can be very tricky to incorporate into your décor. It is much safer but boring to stay with solid colors. Hardwoods and carpet are popular because they’re a save choice. But neither fit the bill when it comes to durability for kitchens, bathrooms and service...

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Too Matchy – Matchy

I hope today’s column will put to rest the need to make everything in your house match. If you’ve got brass doorknobs and long for a new silver or rub bronze chandelier go for it. The most interesting homes are those that are a unified collection of styles. I want to...

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Greenery

The Pantone Color of the Year is Greenery, a refreshing and devitalizing shade of zesty yellow-green that’s symbolic of new beginnings. “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment....

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Bar Carts

Cocktails have never been more popular. Start preparing your perfect bar now and you’ll be ready to kick back and enjoy entertaining during the holidays. The best way to corral all your mixes, liquors and bar accessories is on a decorative bar car. Not since the 1940s...

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A Rainbow of Color Possibilities

A rainbow of color possibilities ensues when you layer it on white. It’s no secret that white is my favorite color for walls, trim and sofas. For one reason, it allows me to embrace all the colors of the rainbow. You can experiment with new color trends and textiles...

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2016 Fall Market

When I go to the High Point Furniture Market I’m always on the lookout for the latest trends in furniture, textiles, rugs, accessories and lighting. But most importantly I’m observing shapes and colors. You don’t have to be a design maven to recognize a change in the...

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Under Foot Rugs

I was recently flipping through Jaipur’s rug catalogue and found myself falling in love with everything I saw. Not because the designs weren’t fantastic, which they were, but because the rugs their designer had paired with all the various room settings were perfect....

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2016 Fall Trends

Living Room with New Neutrals from Home Depot Fall is the time of the year to reeve up your redecorating schedule. Before you know it the holidays will be here bringing lots of opportunities to entertain. Nothing motives me more than the pressure that comes with...

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