what makes a house a home…

What makes a house a home? How is it that some places can feel like “home” right away, but some just never feel like they’re really yours? Each house has a personality, and it can make a big difference in how your home feels to you. Start by looking at your space. Is it quirky? Homey? Old fashioned? What does the style say? A beach cottage is very different from a mountain cabin. Even different neighborhoods can have distinct personalities. Understanding they style of your space is the first step to making it your own. Whether you’ve just moved in, or you’re struggling to put your personal stamp on a place you’ve been for a while, all it takes is a little thought, creativity, and finding the right blend of décor to make your house into your home. Continue reading

home for the holidays…
a little prep goes a long way

 

It’s that time of year! Time for holiday travel and holiday guests. If you’ve got company coming to your home, get the jump on things and start prepping now to make the holidays go a little more smoothly. We’ve got 10 tips for getting your home ready to receive. Continue reading

bending light…
making the most of what you’ve got

 

Natural light is a bit like the Holy Grail in home design. Sunlight streaming through ample windows is not only beautiful, but good for your mood as well. Which is great, if you’ve got it. But what if you don’t? It’s possible to brighten up even the darkest of places, without resorting to flood lights. Continue reading

a cozy nook…
it’s not just for breakfast

 

There’s just something inviting and homey about a breakfast nook. It’s the perfect spot for morning coffee, afternoon tea with a friend, or a place to sit and make your grocery list. You don’t need a big kitchen, or even a built-in space to have a nook. Any open space near the kitchen can be transformed into a cozy seating area that’s charming, fun and practical. Continue reading

finishing touches…
it’s the little things

You’ve done the big stuff, bought the furniture, found the right area rug, even handled the lighting, window treatments, and wall art. So what’s left? Why doesn’t your space look fabulous? Chances are, you’re missing those little finishing touches that give any room that boost of a little something extra. How can you get that feeling in your home? All it takes is a little creativity and know how, and we can help. Continue reading