Antiques can be intimidating to restore. You don’t want to do more harm than good and it can feel as though your family heirlooms and other antique items are fragile. We ran across an article in the Daily Herald titled Learn how to restore and maintain your antiques that gives some great tips for beginners. Carley Lintz writes, “Do you have an heirloom table you've always wanted to restore? Or a flea- market-find that needs some TLC? Before you reach for that can of shellac, you might want take … [Read more...] about Simple Tips for Restoring Antiques
Decorating your own home can feel overwhelming. While there are always tips and tricks that can help you get on the right path, there are no concrete rights and wrongs. Or are there? While decorating is a matter of taste and certainly you know your taste better than anyone else, there are two interior design signs that many consider to be simply unforgivable in any situation. Sin #1: Using bad proportions There may be nothing worse than using the wrong proportions. For example, if you have a … [Read more...] about The 2 Biggest Interior Design Sins: Are You Guilty?
Are you tired of a drab, dull room? Do you want to add some color without redecorating everything in the room? Here are four rules that are simple to follow and will help you get the color you’re wishing you had. 1. The 80/20 rule is important Interior decorators swear by the 80/20 rule: If you’re adding bright colors to a room, 80% should be neutral with 20% bright and bold colors. This helps assure you don’t overwhelm the room and end up with a room that’s too bright and jarring. Believe … [Read more...] about 4 Rules for Adding Color to Your Home
Decorating with tiles is an excellent way to add color and a bold look to any room. Paint is an easy fix, and though wallpaper is better than it used to be, it’s still tricky. These days designers are turning to rediscovering the exceptional qualities of tile. There are many new options in both shapes and textures. Many people think that tile is just a boring thing to put on the floor but the reality is manufacturers are getting more playful with options. In fact, one designer claims that not … [Read more...] about Are Tiles Making a Comeback?
Is it time to upgrade your living room? You don’t have to invest tons of money to get a lovely, updated look. Here are six ideas to get you started. 1. Add a centerpiece Every living room needs a focal point. There should be one piece in your living room that draws attention as soon as guests walk in. It could be a bookcase, a work of art, a fancy TV, or a pair of stunning linen drapes. 2. Your couch is worth investing in You don’t have to buy all new furniture, but remember that your … [Read more...] about 6 Ways to Upgrade Your Living Room
Don’t you wish you could hire an interior designer? It may seem like a great idea but the reality is that it’s simply too expensive for many people. The good news is that there are many ways you can get that pulled together, professional look you’d get with an interior designer – for much less! 1. Blend old and new You don’t have to redecorate your entire home from top to bottom. Instead, head to the used bargain stores and mix in your vintage finds with the brand new items you can buy at … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Get the Look of an Interior Designer for Less