Interior Design Tricks for Adding Romance to Your Home

With Valentines Day right around the corner, this is a great time to think about adding some romance to your home. One of the biggest ingredients we use to add romance is fabric. Fabric to an interior designer is like a paintbrush to a painter.

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Inspirational Holiday Decorating Ideas with Garlands and Wreaths

Today is a good day! I have some holiday greens I purchased from the Boy Scouts being delivered. One of my favorite greenery pieces is the garland. There are so many things you can do with garlands, and the most important place to start decorating is your entry way!

Garlands and wreaths are a quick, simple and classy way to decorate for the holidays in a short amount of time. Below are ideas for using them, and you can customize them to match your style with additional layers and garnishes as time allows. Garlands and wreaths are a great place to start, and if you only have time to hang the greenery, you will still have beautiful holiday decorations!

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.

Focus on the Fireplace

With a chill in the air and Thanksgiving coming around the corner, this is a great time to start thinking about sprucing up your fireplace area. Here are some tips for fireplace facelifts or just sprucing up with accessories, as well as arranging your floor plan to highlight your fireplace as a great architectural feature, and create an intimate seating arrangement for your warm, cozy fireplace…

Tips for Adding Warmth to Your Fall Decor as it Gets Cooler Outside

Fall colors can really help to warm things up inside as it gets colder outside. The orange and gold tones combined with greens, browns and natural tones add a great deal of warmth and lighten things up as our days get shorter and it gets dark earlier.

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

Follow Up to blog on “Money Saving Tips for Creating Summer Table Center Pieces”

Previously I blogged about the creative process for designing my niece’s wedding table center pieces. This blog contains the pictures of the actual table center pieces that resulted after incorporating her ideal “wants” list.

Money Saving Tips for Creative Summer Center Pieces

My niece, who is getting married this summer, asked for my help with the center pieces for her wedding. This blog includes an example of a process for designing any centerpiece whether it’s for your home or a larger event, and also some money saving ideas, which are especially important if you have several tables to decorate.

Three Tips for Adding a Professional Designer Touch to a Room

This blog covers three interior decorator tips that will help work wonders in almost any room and help give them a professional touch… turning a room that appears blasé into a room that makes people say “wow” when they walk in

How to Decorate Shelves

Yes it’s spring… My favorite season! Spring is a great time to open up your windows and let the fresh air in, and of course do a little spring cleaning, merging and purging of stuff! Consequently it’s also a great time to refresh the look of the shelving on display in your home. I’ve met with many clients who have shelving decorating issues, and most people either put this off, or don’t realize how bad their shelves look until they see a photo of the room. This blog contains some room photo examples and tips for freshening up the look of your shelves and giving them a great look!