Black—a.k.a. The Drama Queen

Years ago, I heard someone say that every room needs a little black. Over the past several years, I’ve  adhered to that rule.  I find black in almost every room in my house—however it wasn’t necessarily intentional at first.  There’s no doubt about it; black is a strong color. But, you don’t have to coat the entire room in black to make a difference. Used in just small amounts, black can add drama to any room.  Here’s a few ideas for using black in your favorite spaces. Continue reading “Black—a.k.a. The Drama Queen”

Two Easy Ways to Create a Unique Space

Let’s face it, most of us live in spec homes—you know what I mean, the homes where every 5th home repeats. These homes are great for many reasons: they are more affordable and we inherit great neighborhoods and schools as a by-product. But, if you are anything like me, you want a unique space—a space that is different from everyone else around you. How can you do that in a neighborhood where many of the homes look alike? Don’t despair, here’s a couple of tips for how you can get a unique look among the masses. Continue reading “Two Easy Ways to Create a Unique Space”

How to Pick the Right Chair for Your Space

If you are anything like me, you love a good makeover. But sometimes, it can be difficult to know how to pick a great chair for a makeover. I have found that a lot of this depends on your style and design taste. Personally, I love French chairs and believe these tend to make the best makeovers because their well defined curves and lines.

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Why Does an Upholsterer Charge So Much?

What does it take to make a piece like this…


…turn into a piece like this?


It’s certainly not magic, even though it might seem like it.  It’s actually very hard work!  Everyone I meet has a chair that needs to be redone.  Many of us have wing backs that are in desperate need of an update.  Or, we have a family heirloom that’s been sitting in our garage. We are all gung-ho until we hear the price!  Yikes!  Why does an upholsterer charge so much money? Continue reading “Why Does an Upholsterer Charge So Much?”