Top Ten Decorating Tips

I’m often asked abut my top decorating tips. It’s about time I wrote them down! Tip#1: Plan. Of course, I do believe in the serendipitous thrill of finding something great at a flea market, while on vacation, or when you go to Home Goods to buy sheets and come home with a lamp, but in… Continue reading Top Ten Decorating Tips

Fall Into the Warm Color Palette

The crisp air has returned and leaves are turning fabulous colors of reds, oranges, and yellows. It’s a great time to talk about the psychology of these warm colors and where to use them in your home. Color has an emotional effect on us; it can set a mood or conjure up a special feeling.… Continue reading Fall Into the Warm Color Palette

Travel-inspired Interiors

Vacations are an opportunity to find appealing and unique treasures from your travels to decorate your home.  As I have mentioned many times, your home’s interior should tell a story. How do you add visual interest with vacation finds? Follow my three simple rules and you will be filling your suitcases with beautiful finds.  First,… Continue reading Travel-inspired Interiors

Peel and Stick Wallpaper: Simple or Simply Vexing?

Thinking of trying temporary wallpaper as a spring spruce up? As long as you apply it correctly and to the proper surface, you will enjoy your new wallcovering for many years to come. Yet, it might not be the right choice for you. Like its traditional counterpart, removable wallpaper comes in many designs, colors, and styles… Continue reading Peel and Stick Wallpaper: Simple or Simply Vexing?

How to Boost Your Creativity

by Barbara Graceffa, Interior Decorator and Quilt ArtistSecretary of the Interior In his 2019 book, My Creative Space, Donald Rattner writes, “a creative thought is … the result of an intricate interplay of mind, body, and place.” In order to boost your creativity, focus on these three components. Adopt a creative mindset. Let your thoughts… Continue reading How to Boost Your Creativity

The Creativity Gene

Does everyone have the “creativity gene?” The answer is yes! With confidence and motivation, creativity can be learned and enhanced – just as a budding athlete or musician commits to training and practice to improve their ability. There is an art and science to creativity.  Think of right brain and left brain to better understand… Continue reading The Creativity Gene

More Golden Rules of Decorating

In my last blog, I began to share some of the golden rules of decorating I have collected and want to give you some more tried and true tips that can guide any novice or seasoned decorator.  Enjoy! I’ve never seen elegance go out of style. — Unknown Adding a touch of luxury (brings) …… Continue reading More Golden Rules of Decorating

Life is Too Short For Ugly

I am often asked, “What are some of the golden rules of decorating?” Here is my favorite; the title of this column comes from a quote from interior designer David Fuller, “Design because life is too short for ugly.” Over the years, I have collected some quotes from famous decorators and authors and blogger to… Continue reading Life is Too Short For Ugly