layer it on…
mastering multi-layer decor

The layered look, it’s not just for bedding anymore! Long a standby of the cottage style, the layered look has gone beyond beds piled high with pillows and country-style rooms filled to overflowing. Layering your décor is creating a look that’s finished, pulled together, and uniquely you.

The first layer is your walls, ceiling and floor. Then things like rugs, area rugs, and curtains. Next are large furniture pieces like a sofa, bed, or dining table. The fourth is things like lighting, artwork, decorative pillows, throws, and even smaller furniture. That’s where most people stop, but you shouldn’t overlook the fifth layer. Continue reading

creative rearranging…
a new year, a “new” look

It’s a new year, is it time to get a new look? Your living room is often the center of your home (second to the kitchen, perhaps). It’s where you host parties and hang out with friends and family. Whether your living room is formal or casual, a closed off room of its own, or part of an open layout, giving your room a fresh new look can make it feel like you’ve done a major overhaul. The truth? A little creative rearranging and a few accessory changes is all it takes. Continue reading

form follows function…
making your space work


Unless you live in a custom-designed home that you created, it’s likely you’ve got a few less-than-perfect elements in your space. An oddly placed door, unevenly spaced windows, nooks, crannies, and rooms of too-large or too-small scale are just a few of the challenges you can face. Short of a major renovation, there are a few things you can do to make the most of what you’ve got. When life hands you lemons… Continue reading

trendy vs. personal…
you don’t have to choose!


Slavishly following any trend can result in a cold, less personal look, whether it’s your wardrobe or your room! Embracing a trend doesn’t have to mean giving up your personality. You can have the best of both worlds, personal décor that reflects you and your style with a trendy feel. Here’s how! Continue reading

small is beautiful…
illusions of grandeur

small is beautiful

Whether you’ve embraced the tiny home trend, or simply have a room whose dimensions are less than king-sized, there are plenty of tips and tricks out there to making rooms feel bigger than they are. Cramped quarters shouldn’t cramp your style. We’ve got eight easy tricks that mostly rely on a little illusion to make even the smallest spaces feel grand. Continue reading