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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 […]

Beachy Bedroom Makeover – and Why You Need Oversized Bedding

Now that summer’s in full swing, you may need some inspiration for a bedroom makeover. I’ve got one I hope you’ll like – the master bedroom of the beach vacation property I designed over the winter (and pay attention to the tip about oversized bedding).   When my family rents a house for our annual […]

Can You Use a Window Curtain as a Shower Curtain?

In recent months, I’ve grown a bit discontent with my master bathroom and decided it could use a little freshening up.  While I love the original tile in our 1939 bathroom, it’s a bit of a challenge to decorate around. The grout looks dingy, the wallpaper is tired, and the trim could use repainting. Sometimes, […]

How to Dramatically Transform a Kitchen for Under $10,000

So, you can’t change the layout of your boring kitchen. You can’t replace the too-short cabinets. Is there a way to dramatically transform a kitchen so that it looks fresh, updated, and new (without breaking the bank)? According to the Houzz 2018 Kitchen Trends Survey, Americans spend an average of $42,000 on kitchen remodels. About […]

The Hottest Thing This Summer: The Tropical Trend

This one has been creeping into our consciousness like a stealthy panther for some time now . . . and the tropical trend is going to be HUGE this summer. Mary McGee design I get tons of design magazines and retail catalogs, and here are just a handful of recent ones that show how the […]

You Won’t Believe the Huge Return on Investment with This Simple Home Upgrade!

I spent last week at the 2018 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Orlando, Florida, scouring the huge convention complex for the latest and greatest products and innovations to share with my readers and clients. One of my favorite vendors at the show was the maker of a product that not only gives a […]

The Only Honest 2018 Design Trend Forecast – and Why You Should Ignore the Others

I can honestly say in my 8.5 years of design blogging, I have never seen so many articles about the next year’s design trends – and they are mostly CRAP. Most of them are geared in the direction of “what trends are OUT” – which means what trends the writer WISHES were out. The worst […]

The Design Project of My Dreams – It’s a Beach House!

Have you ever had a career or life goal that is really more of a secret wish or dream? The design project of my dreams has been to redo a beach property, which seemed unlikely since I live in a landlocked state!   This design project has been in the works since August, and I […]

Highlights of High Point Market – My Top 5 Favorites

Still reflecting on everything I saw and learned at High Point Market this year, I wanted to share some of my favorite inspirations from the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world. Highland House showroom at High Point Market And since the holiday season has begun, let’s start with: My Favorite Gift Idea Wexel […]

The Hottest Color You May Not Have Expected to See in 2018

Hi friends! I recently returned from High Point Furniture Market, where I was part of the 2017 High Point Design Bloggers Tour. Being chosen for this tour was kinda like having a backstage pass.  I got to scout out the hottest trends in interior design for the upcoming year, which I’m simply dying to share […]