The New Maximalism – It’s Not What You Think

We’ve heard for years now that minimalism is a mark of noble character. Those of us who are maximalists have been called materialistic, hoarders, or shopaholics. Minimalists believe they have the moral high ground. Is it a crime to enjoy the “stuff” of home? I, for one, am tired of being shamed for my appreciation […]

The 2019 Best Dark Greens for Kitchen Cabinets

No, it’s not the Pantone Color of the Year. It’s not the Paint Color of the Year, nor is it the Fashion Color of the Year. It’s been seeping into your psyche, increasingly crossing your field of vision over a year or two. Which means the time has come for it to gain mainstream appeal […]

Wrapping Up 2018 and Moving Forward Into 2019

I don’t know about you, but this year has been a doozy for me. Every year end, I write a blog about what I’ve accomplished over the last year. And then, I NEVER POST IT.  I still have these posts in drafts, but have never pushed “send.” Seriously, I’ve done this for years now but […]

Historic Home Tour for the Holidays

I’ve had a passion for historic homes dating back from when I was a small child. One of my favorite things to do is attend historic home tours. Taking in the craftsmanship and intricacies of the architecture, as well as seeing how the homeowner populates the home with furnishings and decoration, always fuels my imagination […]

Favorite Things – Stocking Stuffer Ideas (Cheap and Easy!)

We’re just a couple of weeks out – how ready are you? I definitely have more Christmas shopping to do, but since I’m down with a cold and should probably stay inside today, I thought I’d share some of my favorite stocking stuffer ideas this year!   Colorful, quirky socks are all the rage this […]

The 2019 Color of the Year – Is it a Color Predictor, Reflector, Shaper, or Failure?

I’ve been following color trends for a living for more than a decade. I study them, report them, and specify them for my clients. I’ve used color trends to develop training and provide advice for professional designers, stagers, Realtors, and homeowners in regard to which paint colors have the most appeal and the longest shelf […]

Why You May Need a Winter Beach Vacation

I just did something I’ve never done. My family decided to spend Thanksgiving in a completely different way – and made a winter beach vacation out of it. Remember the beach house remodel I completed last winter? Well, we took some family friends and drove the seven hours south to spend Thanksgiving week ON THE […]

How White Kitchen Cabinets Make Your Kitchen Larger

With all the talk about warmer colors for kitchens, don’t be afraid that white kitchen cabinets are going out of style. White kitchen cabinets are classic and are found in all eras of kitchen history. I am NOT anti-wood stain, believe it or not!  However, too much wood in a single space can be just […]

When Your Great Room Isn’t So Great – Designing a Room with Vaulted Ceilings

I have a lovely client who I’ve helped with various rooms in her home over the years. She contacted me a while back to tackle her great room and adjoining kitchen, where she was ready to make significant changes but wasn’t sure where to start. She and her husband were using the great room for […]

Mountain Mural Tutorial in a Boys’ Bedroom

After several blogposts of various boys’ room makeovers at the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home in the Greater Nashville area, today I’m showing you the reveal of the room I designed.  PLUS, I’m going to tell you exactly how I did the mountain mural that inspired the whole room. The bedroom previously had a bit of a […]