Tag Archives: furniture

Get Your Furniture Arrangement In Balance

I see it all the time:  rooms that lack balance.  When your furniture is not balanced, the whole room feels off-kilter. source   Here’s a good example off an off-kilter room I worked in last week.  From this angle it didn’t look so bad, in regard to furniture placement.  There wasn’t a lot of color […]

What Would You Buy With a Gift Certificate to Merridian Home Furnishings?

If someone gave you a $500 gift certificate to Merridian Home Furnishings, what would you buy? source   That’s the question I am asking myself, because I won that $500 gift certificate in a designer contest last week for showing off my fabulous Lansing Desk in my newly-organized office that I blogged about here.  Lansing […]

I Want to Paint It Black

I just started a new Pinterest board this week called “And I Want to Paint It Black,” and it has nothing to do with The Rolling Stones.   Adding a dash of black accents always makes a space look more sophisticated. via Pinterest   If your room looks too light and sweet, a few black accents make […]

Going to School with The Decorologist

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In the part of the country where I live, there are many families who decide that homeschooling is the best option for their children.   I have had multiple clients over the last few years who homeschool and have particularly challenging decorating dilemmas.   This particular family has been successfully educating their 5 children in […]

For the Love of Gilt and Downton Abbey

I bought this interesting coffee table for my living room at an estate sale a few months back for $85.  I’ve been debating over what color to paint the base of it.  I’ve been dying to try out the new Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, but couldn’t decide on a color.  Off-white would be too predictable, […]

IKEA Has Gone Gray – And That’s a Good Thing

I’ve been ordering furniture for a client over the last week from IKEA, so I was really excited to see that they have added another option to their black, white, or birch furniture finishes.  IKEA’s finally gone gray!  Actually, gray-brown.   I hope this is the final evidence if you need confirmation that gray-brown is the new […]

How To Personalize IKEA Furniture – A Decorologist Tutorial for Additik Stickers

I’m really excited to share a little Before and After of a pair of  LACK side tables using a fabulous new product.  Additik is a company out of France that has launched a whole line of appliques to personalize many of our favorite IKEA furniture.      Sometimes it’s good to be The Decorologist – the […]

Peacock Blue

This gorgeous pair of Peacock Blue wedding shoes donned by my friend, Audrey Kidd, is the inspiration for this Color Therapy post.  Peacock Blue is one of those old-school colors that make you think of grand hotels and beautifully appointed dining cars.  It’s beautifully elegant covering the walls of libraries, butler’s pantries, and other spaces […]

Coffee Tables

  Coffee tables.  You gotta love them.  They only became popular in the early 1900’s – before that, your only option to put down a drink was a petite tea table.  Now we have lots of options for what sits in front of our sofas, and lots of options to express our personality and increase […]

That’s What I Like!

Let’s play “That’s What I Like!”  I sometimes use this exercise with clients who are at a total loss as to what they want or would like to have in their homes.  It’s a great way to discover what you love and why, and a good way to get you in the habit of making […]