Bold Patterned Floor Tiles in an Open Floorplan Kitchen

patterned floor tiles in a black and white kitchen design

Many homeowners are embracing the patterned floor tiles (often referred to as encaustic tiles) that are becoming mainstream this year. Most of us want to make a personal statement in their kitchens, and installing patterned floor tiles are certainly one way to do that. Last week I photostyled and photographed the final results of the […]

Frank Lloyd Wright Colors

I recently attended a fascinating presentation by PPG Paints all about Frank Lloyd Wright colors. PPG now owns Wright’s original 1955 paint color palette, formerly created for now-defunct Martin Seynour Paints. The collection includes the original Frank Lloyd Wright colors used in two of his most acclaimed projects, Fallingwater and Taliesin West. Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) […]

When You Should Consider Occupied Home Staging

Do you use certain words or terms so often that you forget that most people who are NOT in your line of work have no idea what you are talking about? I just assume that everyone knows what I mean when I talk about occupied home staging. But they don’t. Let me clear this up: […]

My 8 Favorite Things at the Antiques & Garden Show

On Saturday I attended the 2019 Antiques & Garden Show at the Music City Center in downtown Nashville. High-end vendors gathered from across the country to display their best of the best, and it was an amazing sight to see! It’s interesting that even at an event all about decorating with antiques, current trends emerge. […]

Bedrooms and Bunk Rooms – Makeovers

Last week, I took a “working retreat” down to the Florida panhandle to focus on my online exterior color course. When I returned, it dawned on me that I never posted the befores and afters of some of the bedrooms and bunk rooms in the beach vacation house project I completed last spring! On this […]

A Passion for Home – Ticket Giveaway for the Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville!

It’s that time of year! Next weekend is the 2019 Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville, which is chocked full of unique antique vendors as well as delivering high-end home, garden, and party tips provided by a stellar line-up of speakers. Now in its 29th year, The Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville is the […]

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 […]