All posts tagged: 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. …

Perfecting imperfection, a.k.a. decorating your mantel

Winter doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, so how about one last hurrah for the fireplace. Fireplaces are important.  Not that we have to rely on them so much for heat these days, but because they can be a beautiful focal point in a room when they are well accessorized. Accessorizing the mantel can be a real challenge. It’s a space where you want just enough, but not too much.  Uncluttered but not boring.  Symmetry, but sometimes maybe not. Less is most definitely more, but if your mantel looks like this, we’ve got some work to do. And please don’t do this either. This one is not terrible. But not great either.  Don’t your eyes crave something substantial in that space over the mantle?  Something to keep the fireplace from being overshadowed by the height of the bookcases. Some ideas for what you might do with your own fireplace… Minimalism.  It works really well, especially when you have no mantel like these fireplaces.  Don’t hold back, go big and bold! How perfect is …

Have your window treatments expired?

Have you checked the expiration date on your window treatments lately? If you would use the words “swag”,  “jabot” or “balloon” to describe them, it’s probably time for them to go. Do they look anything like this: or this: or this: Did you move in and put some of these “temporary” shades on your windows for privacy and never get around to replacing them? Do you have mini blinds that look like this? Or vertical blinds that look like this? If so, then you are in need of new window treatments if you want to keep your home looking fresh and up to date. This is a really tough issue for a lot of people.  If you had draperies custom made for your windows you may have spent thousands of dollars.  The thought of taking them down is pretty painful.  But this is one of those things that can really make your home look dated and worn. The good news is that it doesn’t have to cost thousands to replace old with new. Here are …

Is Beige a Color?

We’ve had this discussion a few times at my house.  Whenever we are going to paint a room, my kids want to know what color we will be painting.  Most of the time I say “beige” to which my daughter always says “Mom, beige is not a color.” Beige is, in fact a color.  Would you believe that there are at least 5,910 shades of beige paint colors to choose from?  You can check out the offerings from many different paint companies here at My Perfect Color.   So now that we’ve established that beige IS a color, and there are MANY to choose from the question often becomes “which one is the perfect beige for my space?” Who would think that picking a beige could be so hard?  Well, it can be very hard.  All beiges are absolutely not created equal. Some beiges have yellow undertones. Some look pinkish or peachy. Some lean more towards green. My favorites these days are the ones with some gray in them. Here’s the thing with any paint …