There are many approaches to decorating. You may be someone who can throw seemingly unrelated things together and make it feel like a cohesive whole. Or perhaps you plan the minute details of every nook and cranny. You may like to incorporate the latest trends into your house or you may like to incorporate old,… Read More 10 Ways to Add More Heart to Your Home
Several years ago, a co-worker was moving to another state, and she gave me a small cube ottoman. She didn’t want to move it, and I was happy to have something to prop my legs up with while I sat in my cube at work. It wasn’t much to look at, but my legs felt better… Read More How to Recover a Torn Ottoman
“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” — Yogi Berra Five and a half years ago, we moved from a one-bedroom apartment to a four-bedroom house with two living areas and two dining areas. After seven years of living in one-bedroom apartments, we were excited about the extra room to… Read More Discovering and Planning Your Decorating Destination
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – Preamble to the Declaration of Independence This is the time of year we celebrate our country’s independence. Britain, nor any other… Read More Do You Truly Believe in Freedom?
What do you think of when you think of home? Is it the smell of mom cooking a favorite dish in the kitchen? Is it friends in your neighborhood? Do you envision your childhood house or the house you live in now? The words house and home have different connotations. House—a building for human habitation,… Read More What is Home?
When we were searching for a house, having a formal living and dining room was not on my must-have list. As long as we had one good living area and one good dining area, I was happy. However, the house we chose ended up having these extra rooms, and these rooms were the first rooms… Read More Room Reveal: Formal Living and Dining
Sometimes you can look at something all day long on a piece of paper and still not feel it in the room. When I decorated our living and dining area, I used Kraft paper to estimate furniture placement after I narrowed down items I was considering from the scaled drawing method. You may opt to… Read More How to Estimate Furniture Placement Using Kraft Paper
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ― Abraham Lincoln Ok, I’m not going to lie. Planning isn’t always easy, and it’s not as fun as spontaneously and haphazardly going into stores, drooling at all the beautiful things. But do you know what… Read More How to Plan Your Room Using a Scaled Drawing
When my husband and I bought our first house a little over 5 years ago, I thought I would have it decorated in one year. I thought so many people do it, it can’t be that hard. Boy, was I wrong! My expectations were way off! We spent the first year just uncovering all the… Read More The Truth About Decorating