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

Flights of Fancy: Reinventing the Space Under Your Stairs

Need some ideas on how to take advantage of the space under your stairs? Potential abounds in this often-unused area in many homes.  As I begin all projects with a new client, I ask lots of questions. In this case, “Do you need more storage (or specialized storage), more living space, or other dedicated zones… Continue reading Flights of Fancy: Reinventing the Space Under Your Stairs

How to Decorate around a TV

Ah, that ubiquitous – to some, unsightly – big black box in your living or family room.  Guys love them. Women want to hide them – or at least make them less obvious.  How do you decorate around the TV? It comes down to whether you want it to be the focal point in the room… Continue reading How to Decorate around a TV

Memories of Mid-century Modern

I was recently asked if you can mimic mid-century modern in any home style. Sure, why not? Even if you don’t have a flat roof like the iconic houses built from 1945 to 1969, you can certainly mimic this architectural style, furniture, and accessories which are trending again today. As a grade school kid, I fell in love,… Continue reading Memories of Mid-century Modern

Streamlining Sentimental Clutter

As a professional organizer, I know there are many definitions of clutter: useless trash taking up space, delayed decisions fueled by procrastination, or anything you just don’t need or love. However, sentimental clutter includes things you may love but don’t really need. Photographs, yearbooks, children’s art, grandmother’s China, collections, and vacation souvenirs are taking up… Continue reading Streamlining Sentimental Clutter

Best Places and Best Times to Shop for Home Goods

Calling my smart-shopping, bargain-hunting, kindred-spirits! Several years back HGTV Magazine published an article on the best times to shop for items needed for the home.  When I teach interior decorating, my students are thrilled to get these tips and you may be, too! Manufacturers do have sales on home products that correspond with everything from… Continue reading Best Places and Best Times to Shop for Home Goods

New Year, New Decorating Trends for 2022

Happy new year! What a great time to think about bringing more happiness into 2022 by sprucing up your home décor. So, what’s new in the new year? Let me tell you and let the decorating begin. When it comes to color, neutrals take center stage with beige replacing gray. If you’re a fan of… Continue reading New Year, New Decorating Trends for 2022

Designer Christmas Tree in 5 Easy Steps

Want to have a “magazine worthy” Christmas tree? In order to decorate a Christmas tree like a pro, begin by breaking down the tree into five components and pay special attention to each: the lights, tree topper, garland, ornaments, and what’s under the tree. However, you can still have a great designer look by focusing… Continue reading Designer Christmas Tree in 5 Easy Steps