New bedding makes a strong statement when updating a bedroom. There is nothing like updating the bedroom decor to add a fresh outlook on life. Bed linens can be added to harmonize with clean simple lines of contemporary furnishings or you can choose flowing lines and abundance of pattern for a more traditional look. Continue reading
As home decorating projects go, adding built-ins can be one of the most rewarding. This can be a costly project, though. In order to keep costs lower, one option is to face modular cabinetry with good quality trim. This way, you can gain storage and display space, and add impact,. The addition of classical moldings such as ogee moldings, flutes, and capitals create a more formal look. Continue reading
When browsing collections of interior design photos, one would get the impression that most homes do not have a television. On the contrary, television watching is often a large part of the lifestyle of many families. In fact the new flat screen models are so popular that old style televisions that still work well are being kicked to the curb at a pace. The dilemma, then, is where to place these large new appliances that do not appear in glossy interior design photos. Continue reading
Whether or not you have been to France and the French countryside and experienced the lavender fields, sunflowers and sunshine up close and personal yourself, you may still be drawn to the look of French country for your own home. It is a welcoming, olde world rustic décor style that fits into a grand, old chateau, a home in the French countryside, or your own home. It is more an ambiance and a charming way of decorating than a specific style. Continue reading
Whether your cottage is actually at a lake or it is an urban small home, décor is often a large part of the enjoyment. Comfort and easy living coupled with lots of personality convey the charm. Cottage style is a very loose term and therein lies the fun of it. In our more formal city homes, often one décor style is dominant and more edited. In cottage living, we are able to give greater rein to our eclectic leanings. Old can be mixed with new, as it can in city home décor, but there is often a more rustic look to the furnishings. Continue reading
In Victorian times, mechanization had begun and there was a huge trend to utilizing the affordable and plentiful machine made moldings to enhance décor. Baseboards were generous and high and crown molding was plentiful. Fluted window trim with rosette plinth blocks were a common feature seen in homes of this period. We are able to easily recreate this molding detail in modern homes because the rosette eliminates the need for tricky miter cuts.
Picture frame wainscoting or wall frames is less costly to install than raised wood panelling, and this look suits the classic look of traditional décor. These wall frame moldings are not as wide as chair rail or picture rail moldings. Continue reading
Kitchen interior design has come a long way toward a more upscale approach than in previous times. Plastic laminate was once the king of the kitchen. Laminate is made with a thin layer of plastic resin covering plywood or particleboard. It is heat, stain, and scratch resistant. Laminate is now able to mimic stone, metal, or wood countertops without the cost of natural materials, making it still the most affordable choice. Plastic laminate was once the king of the kitchen. Continue reading