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Off the Wall

No, it's not how your kids act after eating too much Halloween candy. It's your furniture. Is everything up against the walls? I come across this scenario often, in both real estate staging and home redesign. In both cases I ask if the homeowner if they have ever tried rearranging the furniture. I know the answer, but it acts as a conversation starter. The homeowner almost always says, "We've tried the furniture a million different ways, but it's a tough space." For staging, the goal is to make the living space understandable for potential buyers. If it feels awkward to you it will when a home buyer walks in, too, and so much of buying a house is based on emotions. The same goes for d

Mellow Yellow

I have to be truthful here. There aren't many yellows I can recommend for paint. Although yellow can act as a neutral, most yellows I come across are way too vivid or have a green undertone. I travel to color consultations with lots of clear ziplock packets sorted by color and most of them are stuffed with paint chips, except for yellow. However, the yellows I do like I am very confident with when used in the proper space. Here are my yellows, in no particular order. Benjamin Moore AF-5, Weston Flax ( my #1) Benjamin Moore 2152-50, Golden Straw Benjamin Moore AF-335, Safari Benjamin Moore HC-4, Hawthorne Yellow Benjamin Moore 199, Barley I see yellow a lot, especially in kitchens with go

It's Odd

The rule is 1, 3 or 5. That is the number of decorative things you should use when designing. I find myself counting and analyzing spaces all the time: store displays, magazine photos, my client's mantles, book shelves and side tables, and even hotel lobbies. This past weekend I stayed at a Hampton Inn and Suites in Burlington, NC. I was impressed by the updated decor and comfortable areas throughout the lobby and lounge spaces. When I say comfortable I mean both physically and visually. They are two different kinds of comfort. You can have comfy furniture and have a space that does not feel comforting. I go back to"the room just doesn't feel right" thing I talk about often. I find I am

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