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Style A-B-C: Mission

Style A-B-C: Mission

Sharing a very similar aesthetic with Arts & Crafts style, Mission decorating and furniture emphasizes natural materials, especially wood, and pieces are marked by straight lines, squares and rectangles. Furniture pieces are solid wood and sturdy, with simple lines. Oak is preferred, although cherry has grown in popularity. The finish is waxed or oiled, never...
Visit from Grandma (or Grandpa)!

Visit from Grandma (or Grandpa)!

Whether you’re visiting grandparents, or grandparents are coming to visit your home, the key to a successful and happy visit is preparation. Be ready with some things and also with some ideas, and you can be sure the time spent together will be enjoyed by young and old. For overnight accommodations, try to set-up the...
Style A-B-C: Mediterranean

Style A-B-C: Mediterranean

Mediterranean style was born in the region north of the deep blue Mediterranean Sea, namely Spain, Greece and Italy. Mediterranean style furniture ranges from simple and functional to more formal and heavy. Sofas and chairs tend to be short, with ornately turned legs. Hardware is dark and heavy, with wrought iron or burnished metal playing...

Low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy…starting today!

There are lots of good reasons to conserve energy at home, not the least of which is saving money on your home electricity and heating bills. And then there’s the little matter of saving the planet… The good news is conserving energy – in real ways that can help your wallet (and then the planet)...
Style A-B-C: Garden

Style A-B-C: Garden

The name Garden Style is fairly self-explanatory – of course this décor is grounded in the natural world and all things green. Aside from placing houseplants throughout a room, other garden style décor features include a nature-inspired color palette. Soft greens accented with pops of color can mimic the feeling of a flower garden or...
Dust Never Sleeps

Dust Never Sleeps

If you’re like us, there is at least one room in your house (or many rooms) currently in need of dusting. It’s crazy, right? It seems that the moment you’re done dusting, there’s a new layer of the stuff and it’s time to start all over again! If you’re like us in another way, you...
Style A-B-C: Fusion

Style A-B-C: Fusion

Fusion style is sometimes referred to as global or world style and the overall effect is to create a home that looks like it belongs to a world traveler (even if your idea of travel is a week at the shore). Exotic textiles and native-inspired rugs bring rich colors and interesting patterns as well as...
Your cozy (and safe) hearth.

Your cozy (and safe) hearth.

The temperature has dropped and winter is surely here, bringing the scent of burning logs wafting through the neighborhood, especially on Sunday evenings. Is there anything more cozy than your home with a warm fire blazing in the fireplace, family gathered ‘round, listening to the sound of the flames crackling? If you like to have...
Style A-B-C: Relaxed Industrial

Style A-B-C: Relaxed Industrial

Even the most suburban homes are getting into the relaxed industrial trend, which brings the edgy, artistic feeling of a downtown loft to any room. Relaxed industrial furniture features rough, distressed or recycled woods and chunky cast-iron accents in sleek, uncluttered designs. Brushed stainless steel and glass blocks are also prevalent. Textiles in the relaxed...
Style A-B-C: French Country

Style A-B-C: French Country

French Country style is inspired by the rolling hills of rural France, where lavender and grapevines perfume the air and the sun has a particularly warm and languid quality. In the home, French Country style has a warm, cozy and elegant-yet-rustic feeling. Antiques and florals are combined with gilded accents and crisp whites for a...
Trends: Color of the Year for 2012 is Tangerine

Trends: Color of the Year for 2012 is Tangerine

The color experts at Pantone have declared Tangerine Tango (Pantone #17-1463) as the dominant color for 2012. The color is both fresh and energetic, with a natural feeling that’s surprisingly earthy. In determining each year’s official color (we’re still surprised that people actually do this!), Pantone looks at shopping trends as well as designer runways,...
Style A-B-C: Farmhouse

Style A-B-C: Farmhouse

Simplicity and comfort are key ideas when it comes to decorating with Farmhouse style. Rustic and repurposed barn woods, wavy glass from old windows, and distressed paint are prevalent. Furniture is rough and frequently unfinished, or finished with a matte, rather than glossy, surface. Think barnwood, weathered outdoor benches or old and well-loved heirloom pieces,...