Category Archives: Interior Decorating

How to Decorate a Narrow Room

One decorating challenge that I frequently encounter from my clients is how to handle a long rectangular shaped room. To help those of you out with this decorating dilemma, I want to offer a few tips on how to break up a long narrow room into zones or functions. Let’s review an example.

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Redesign a Home: Before and After

During my 5-day Interior Redesign and Home Staging Class, students learn through classroom and hands-on experience. They use what they learn in the morning, during their classroom time, and apply it in a real client’s home in the afternoon.  The assignments vary; they may be required to stage a home to sell or redesign a house. The purpose of a redesign is to pull a home together in a fresh new way, starting with the homeowner’s belongings, and adding any elements they wish to include.

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How to Increase Wellness in your Home

I frequently say that all space should be beautiful. I am referring to a home that offers you peace, comfort, and beauty as we cannot control what is happening outside of our homes; we can influence what is happening inside them. In this article, I would like to discuss the wellness of your home and how you can increase it.

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Bathroom Update

Whether you are updating a bathroom in a home that you recently purchased or fixing an old one that you’ve tolerated for too long I want to share some of the latest trends and remodeling ideas. Having an old and very used bathroom is the #1 reason that I’ve encountered as to why homeowners want to renovate their bathrooms. This week I want to focus on a summary of ideas to get you thinking about your bathroom remodel and go through the process of choosing what you want to accomplish.

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Kitchen Remodel: Choosing a Backsplash

In the 2019 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study when a homeowner decided to remodel their kitchen, 87% replaced their backsplash.  Of those surveyed, the number #1 color choice was white, then multi-colored, and last is gray. The #1 material choice is ceramic or porcelain tile, followed by natural stone. All of that is interesting, should it impact your decisions? Frankly, I would say do what works for you in your kitchen! If you plan to live in your home for a while and want a renovated kitchen, you should have the kitchen of your dreams! Let’s review the types of materials used for kitchen backsplashes:

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Kitchen Remodel: Flooring

How could I do a series on kitchen remodels without reviewing kitchen flooring options? If you missed the other articles in my kitchen series, take a moment to go back and read them:  Planning a Kitchen Remodel, Kitchen Remodel:  Cabinets, and Choosing a Kitchen Countertop.

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Choosing a Kitchen Countertop

If you are planning a kitchen remodel or renovation this year you will want to read my last two posts:  Planning a Kitchen Remodel and Kitchen Remodel:  Cabinets. This week, I want to focus on choosing your kitchen countertop. After cabinets and labor, the cost of replacing your countertops is the next big bite out of your renovation budget, at 10%. There are several countertop material options, and Consumer Reports offers their review:

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Kitchen Remodel: Cabinets

Other than the cost of labor, kitchen cabinets consume the most significant bite out of your kitchen remodel budget, potentially 30% to replace. This week, my article will review options for your kitchen cabinets. If you missed it, read my post on Planning a Kitchen Remodel if you are starting the thought process.

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