Adventures in Creating Accent Walls with Stencils

I’m a big fan of accent walls. In fact I have just finished creating two accent walls in two different rooms using a stencil for the first time. Both of these projects were low-budget, so I embarked on a DIY adventure that I will share with you here.

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Accentuate with Accent Walls

Wall stencils on accent wall

Accent walls make a lot of sense these days for several reasons. For one you can save on costs and time by adding some pizzazz to only one wall. Additionally, an eye-popping accent wall can have a bold pop of color(s), large bold prints, or fantastic texture, and typically you wouldn’t want to have these options on all four walls of a room. It would be too busy!

Dress Up Your Dining Room for Delicious Dinners…

As major dinner holidays are approaching, this is a great time to think about dressing up your dining room for delicious dinners. You may not use your formal dining room very often, but it’s an important place to provide great memories around eating memorable dinners, whether it’s with your kids and family or your good friends. A larger dining table that can seat at least 8 people is a treasure to have, and it’s worth dressing up the room to create elegance and formality that add to the special memories that are created there!

3 Key Elements to Help Turn Your Bedroom into a Beautiful Oasis that Fits Your Tastes and Lifestyle

You might be putting off decorating your master bedroom and getting it done because you don’t think you have the budget yet to make it into something special. People tend to put off decorating their master bedrooms because visitors usually don’t see this room. However, it should be your sanctuary, where you go to escape, rest and relax. Also master bedrooms are typically the larger bedrooms in homes, so you’re missing a big opportunity if you’re not taking advantage of the space. I love the sitting area I have in my master bedroom, and when I want to escape and relax, it works great for me!

A Bedroom Makeover for a Teen Girl’s Room

The teenage girl who owns this room made a wise choice to ask for a room makeover for her birthday and to be surprised by the end results. This worked out very well, since we were able to first talk about her likes/dislikes, and make sure we understood what her wish list was for the room. After that I created a design plan for the parents to approve, incorporating her wish list items while meeting the budget. (We were fortunate in that she didn’t have a difficult wish list to meet.) Then we all got to work on planning and preparations to have the room done in a one week time period. As a result the room was completed quickly in the desired timeline. Further, the decisions and work weren’t dragged out over a long time period, and everyone had a great time at the surprise birthday unveiling…

Tips and Tricks for Decorating with Tall and Low Ceilings

As Discussed on the Pete and Brenda Radio Show, July 8, 2010, 12:40 and 9:40pm, PST Tall Ceilings: Many of today’s new homes contain large rooms with soaring ceilings and expanses of glass that present daunting challenges to even the most creative homeowners.  Since most residential furniture is no more than 3-4 feet high, a common decorating dilemma is what … Continue reading

How to choose a longer lasting color scheme and maintain an updated interior at the same time

This article will help you choose longer lasting colors and maintain an updated interior at the same time by reviewing the differences between the color trends in the odd and even decades, including examples of how our current climate is affecting our color trends of the decade.

10 Most Common Decorating Mistakes

I’ve developed a list of the 10 most common decorating mistakes I have found from meetings with clients. Below is an outline, and I’ll elaborate on each one with room photo examples…

Example of a kid artwork display I mentioned on the Pete and Brenda radio show

Here’s an example of how you can group kid artwork together on a wall as I discussed on the Pete and Brenda radio show…

Trends and Tips in Wallpaper and Accent Wall Options

I recently received a product update from one of my wallpaper suppliers, and since most people think wallpaper is not being used  much these days, I thought it might be interesting to show some of the new trends in wallpaper and in creating accent walls, as well as other accent wall options… Trend:  Enlarged traditional prints, creating … Continue reading