The Tassel: Relic or Decorating Dynamo

The Tassel: Relic or Decorating Dynamo

  Years ago, back when people used to buy plastic covers for their “good furniture” and plastic carpet runners, tassels were high-class (as my grandmother would say).  The “rich folks” would have tassel tie backs for their lush draperies, tassels incorporated into their “drapes”, on pillows with fringe, on lamps even.   It seems like…

Ikea Hack Anyone?

By now everyone has heard of Ikea hackers, the site where people take Ikea products and alter them to fit their wants and needs.  Other than to say how ingenious some of the hacks were, I never really gave it much thought…. until I saw this. The piece on the left is a designer piece,…

The Office

I am working on this project that got me to thinking… the project includes a small office space yet my own office is not in order (so to speak).  Actually, I had almost completely stopped using it since leaving the corporate world. Back when I had a cubicle or office in an industrial building, I…

Hook it up!

I was recently reminded of the one thing that has been the biggest household helper in terms of decorating and living everyday life. You might think it would be something exceptionally simple like a cleaning product; or maybe something not so simple like money to have someone do the cleaning and decorating for you.  But…

Unleash your inner child!

This has been a long time coming so here it is… KID SPACE! This room has been everything from storage to an office to a guest room before it found it’s true calling as the little one’s bedroom.  Of course it didn’t start out this way;  it was previously far more appropriate for a baby.  But…

7 Tips to Furnish Your Place on a Shoestring | Money Talks News

Great article from Money Talks.  It echoes many of the sentiments I’d use for my college kid.  I can’t wait for him to move into his first apartment;  think of all the fun I am (oops, I mean WE are) going to have! 7 Tips to Furnish Your Place on a Shoestring | Money Talks News.

Got Kids? Then you’ve got art!

We spend so much time and money looking for that perfect piece for above the sofa or that special little vignette, that we sometimes overlook the best and often cheapest artwork ever.  Kid’s masterpieces! Tap into children’s untainted creativity and frame those little works of art.  You can matte and frame several “pieces” in similar…

Kitchens & Baths: When To Go Custom vs. Semi-Custom

They say kitchens and bathrooms sell homes.  And that kitchens are the heart of the home.  It would be so wonderful if we could all afford to create spaces perfectly tailored to our needs, wants, and taste throughout our homes.  Ah but then the equalizer enters the picture – The Budget. Most of us tend to…

5 Things To Consider Before Making Changes To Your Home

This post is inspired by a true story.  A friend of mine moved into a newly built home a few years back and immediately began talking about knocking down walls and making radical changes.  He didn’t get around to most of them, but did get the biggest bang for his buck by painting several key areas in the home….

How To Make A Wine Cork Wreath

I am a wine drinker, I mean I really like my wine.  So like most people, I mean those who choose to keep their corks rather than throw them out, I “stored” my corks in decorative glass hurricanes, bowls, whatever I could find to hold them.  I always had the intent to do something with…

Don’t Waste Your Money

I recall my college days and moving into my first apartment and then my second and third, and on and on.  I think I may have moved every 6 months to a year until my son was born, and 3 times since.  All that moving got me to thinking about furniture and how much we…

Rethink, Reuse & Redecorate

Some of us are frugal, some of us are trying to do our part for the environment, some of us want to use things in unique ways, and some of us are ALL OF THE ABOVE.  Whichever you are (or aren’t), you can certainly learn a lot by just trying something new in your home…