Inspiration for De-cluttering and Building your Decorating Budget

Spring is an excellent time to de-clutter and hold garage sales. Early spring is also a great time to start the process, before the weather tempts you to get outside in the garden. (Especially if you live in Portland, OR, where we’re off to a cold, damp start to spring!) Then once you clear out your excess clutter, your home is ready for spring cleaning and redecorating. Read more for inspiration…

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Painted Furniture– Another Must Have for an Updated Interior

Why am I adding painted furniture to my must-have list for an updated interior? Because incorporating a piece or two, (or more), can add a great pop of color, or a unique finish that can absolutely boost the wow factor of your interior, whether your design style is modern, contemporary, transitional or tradititional design! Check out these example photos below and let me know if you agree….

January… A Great Month to Start Turning Your Dreams into Reality in 3 Simple Steps!

Here we are in January… It’s a great month to dream big about what we’d really like to do or have done to our homes. You might be thinking that your want-list will never happen, or at least in the near future. However, once you follow these three steps, you will be well on your way to accomplishing your dreams!

Beware of Trends… Especially When Purchasing a Sofa!

Oh the trends that are thrust upon us by the store specials. The floral sofa fad is a great example of a short-lived trend that caused people to spend more money than they originally intended, and then tire of the look very fast. These short lived trends quickly become outdated and people end up spending the money to replace them sooner rather then later…

Tips for Redecorating Your Home Office

The home office is usually a room that gets the most neglect, however a couple of good reasons to focus decorating your den are that it will help you be more productive for one, and if you plan the space right you can turn it into a guest room as well. Here are some great tips for making your den a more enjoyable place for working and/or functioning as a nice guestroom…

Design and Remodeling Tips to Help Increase the Value of Your Home

This slow real estate market is the perfect time to think about improvements you can make to your home that will increase the value, as well as help your home show well if you plan to put it on the market in the next few years.

Time to Dress the Turkey and Your Table

As discussed this week on the Pete and Brenda lifestyle talk radio show. Last week we talked about dressing up your dining room for the holidays, and this week as we are getting closer to Thanksgiving, we discuss dressing up your table.

Tips and Tricks for Bedding and Pillows

As discussed this week on the Pete and Brenda radio show.  Catch us today on Wednesday at 12:40 and Tuesday at 2:40 PST.  You can stream it from your computer.         Bedding:      I recommend staying at some nice bed and breakfasts and/or plush hotels and paying attention to what you like about the bedding.  When I was younger, this … Continue reading

Inspiration for Adding Fabric and Window Treatments in the Bedroom

Whether your style is modern, contemporary, or traditional, window & fabric treatments can make a huge difference in completing the look of your bedroom. Fabric and window treatments can add to your decor in so many ways, including…

My recent Interview for Your Home and Lifestyle Magazine, Sept. 2010 Issue

A Well Designed Plan A Decorating Plan Helps Your Desired Look Come to Life Are you moving into a new home and finding it impossible to visualize a cohesive design? Perhaps you have grown tired of the stale color scheme that’s faded in your living room over the past decade.  The task at hand won’t … Continue reading