How to Bring Downton Abbey into Your Home

About 500 bazillion people watched the recent season premiere of Downton Abbey, and I bet a few of you would like to know how you can bring a little Downton Abbey vibe into your own humble abode.  In the words of Mr. Carson, “If you are tired of style, you are tired of life.”  You may not live in a castle or manor, but these tips will bring you just a little closer to living the life!

 

1.  Paint it Gold

Add metallic gold paint to detail chairs or furnishings, or simply spray paint with metallic gold paint. Instant glamour!

gold painted furniture

 

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How to Make Your TV Blend In Over the Fireplace

One of the trickiest issues in decorating living rooms is that dark beast of a television.  Although I prefer to plant the television in a bookcase or a less focal wall, many people decide to hang theirs above the fireplace.  If you have white trim on the fireplace wall, this can make that TV black hole even more obvious.

bookcase styling

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How To Style a Coffee Table That Starts Conversations

You know how I like to change things up.  Fairly frequently.

yellow vintage sofa

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A Better Paint Color Behind a Dark Brown Sofa – Try Elephant Gray

So you have a big puffy brown sofa in your family room and don’t plan to replace it any time soon.  And you have an accompanying wall color like this olive green. The color scheme here is brown + olive + gold or what I like to refer to as “blah.”

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Advice for Choosing Lamps from a HomeGoods Ambassador

You may have noticed a new badge on the right side of my blog.  Now that I’m an official “Ambassador” of HomeGoods, I will have front-row access to the latest HomeGoods news and plans!

HomeGoods Ambassador Badge
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A Pastel Blue Backdrop for Family Treasures

You know how I love to rethink and repurpose spaces, right?  I wanted to show you this happy space I worked on this week.  I did a paint color consultation with this Nashville client a few months back, and this week I returned to arrange furniture and hang art.

asian art

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Dispelling the Myths of the Man Cave

You’ve all heard of the “man cave” by now, and many of you may have one in your own home.  The term “man cave” conjures up images of a dark basement filled with a monster-sized flat screen television, leather recliners, and (sorry) ugly decor.  Since Father’s Day is approaching this weekend, maybe it’s time for a new and improved vision for the man cave. Let’s start by dispelling a few commonly-held myths about what the perfect man cave should be.

modern man cave

man cave?

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