Creating Ambiance in the Kitchen

I found a pair of mid-century lamps last week at a Barn Sale here in Nashville that I couldn’t pass up.  I bought them without knowing whether or not they worked, so I set them up in the kitchen to test them with light bulbs.  

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quick photo with my cell phone 

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Modifying Furniture

You guys know I like to think outside the box when it comes to decorating, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need to do to make a piece of furniture more functional (and cute, of course).  This is a table I’ve had for 20 years – I’ve been told it’s about 100 years old, but I’m not really sure.  Anyway, I’ve been using it in my entry for the last few years.  

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7 Smart Design Ideas from the HGTV Smart Home

I was invited to join some of the biggest bloggers from the South to tour and photograph HGTV’s latest Smart Home 2014 located right here in Nashville.  The “Smart” in Smart Home refers to all the latest in high-tech innovations giving the homeowner better control over energy use, security, interior climate, and lighting, but I found so many “smart” design ideas there, as well!  Here’s the top 7 smart design ideas that I wanted to share with you today:

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Duncanwood Reserve, Nashville

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Hotel Design Lessons

I just returned from a vacation with my family in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Actually, the girls and I just tagged along for the ride – Mr. Man had official business there. We stayed at the Eau Palm Beach Hotel and Resort, which is just about as swanky as it gets.

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Eau Palm Beach Hotel Lobby

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Staging a Dated Sofa – Styling Tricks from The Decorologist

I did another Speed Staging this week where I had to pull some magic out of my hat.  Well, not really magic.  But I had to be resourceful.  Below is the living room of the house about to go on the market to sell.   I chose a new (more neutral!) wall color for them, which should be painted within the next couple of days.   Is there something we could do to update and improve this sofa?  Well, yes, and  I’m hoping these tips may be helpful for you:

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dated living room sofa before

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The Antidote to the Sofa Loveseat Combination

It’s probably no surprise that I contemplate interiors more than most.  It’s as important to me how a room feels as how it looks, and I’m always trying to understand why it makes me feel a certain way.  

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I have often spoke about how much I dislike the  sofa – loveseat combination because it is both a lazy default and an option that is very limiting in regard to arrangement.  At a recent speaking engagement at the international Real Estate Staging Association, I  dubbed it the “lofa” and discouraged it’s use whenever possible.  

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Merridian Grand Opening with Laurie from Trading Spaces

Many of you know that Merridian is my favorite furniture store in Nashville – it’s where I held my Furniture Arrangement Workshop last year.  The store recently moved to it’s bigger, better location just a few minutes down the road and held a Grand Opening yesterday featuring designer Laurie Hickson Smith, forever famous for her role on TLC’s Trading Spaces.  

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Merridian Home Furnishings Grand Opening

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