All posts filed under: Living Room

Springtime love for your fireplace

Spring is really and truly finally here!  Open the windows, air out the house, let the spring cleaning begin.  And while you’re opening, airing and cleaning, don’t overlook your fireplace.  I don’t know about yours, but mine worked a lot of overtime this winter. It looks something like this at the moment. It is dirty, tired and smelly. This is not very nice to come home to.  And since many of us have fireplaces in the rooms we spend the most time in, why not make them pretty for spring and summer? First, start with a really good cleaning.  There are some instruction to get you going here. This is not a fun job, but you will be so very happy that you did and you will no longer be greeted by that sooty smell. Now that it’s clean,  let’s turn that black hole into something a little more appealing. The first thing that comes to mind is a beautiful green plant. Ferns are always pretty and will bring a wonderful, spring-like feeling into any space.   Other …

What’s going on in the living room? And a design give-away!

Dear Readers, A friend of mine asked me to write a post about living rooms and how they’ve evolved in some homes into spaces that aren’t, well, living rooms.  This has made me really curious about how people are using their living rooms these days.  And by living room I mean a room in addition to your family room/den.  Generally not the space that you would have a TV and use for every day, casual, family hanging out. Can you take a minute to participate in our short living room survey?  I’ll share the results and some ideas for making your living room more ‘livable’ in a future post. And… one lucky participant will receive the gift of a living room redesign plan!  Family rooms/dens also eligible for this give-away.  We will work with you using your photographs to create a high-level plan for you to implement that will include suggestions for colors, furniture arrangement, and art and accessory placement. Be sure to click “vote” at the bottom of each of the following 2 polls. …