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Affordable Chairs – The Three Issues to Consider

In an ideal world, we would be able to find a beautiful, comfortable chair at a rock-bottom price. But we don’t live in an ideal world, do we? You can find a very comfortable and stylish chair if you are willing to pay $800 to $1600 in a reputable retail furniture store. Sure, you could […]

How to Clean Second-Hand Upholstery

I have a little weakness for chairs. Vintage chairs. In their original upholstery. I wouldn’t consider myself a clean freak, but it does concern me that I sometimes bring home a 50-year-old chair that could be dirty. I don’t buy any upholstery from second-hand stores or Goodwill anymore because I am fearful of bedbugs, but I love […]

A Step-By-Step Guide to Reupholstery

Amanda Brown owns Spruce, a furniture redesign studio in Austin, Texas.  Formerly a contributing writer for Design*Sponge, Amanda just published a book called Spruce:  A Step-By-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design. Since so many of my readers enjoy DIY projects and budget-friendly ideas for updating furniture, I agreed to review her new book.  Family heirlooms […]

5 Ways to Make Your Home Feel On-Trend

Sometimes it’s good to look at your home with fresh eyes and consider a little strategic updating.  It’s easy to be blinded to the space you live in day after day, so it can be helpful to have a professional point out a few things that can make your house feel dated and suggest some […]

How Painting Wood Paneling Will Change Your Life!

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There is simply no reason you must live perpetually with a dated wood kitchen if you don’t want to. Or live in a dark, wood-paneled den just because your home contains one.  And, no, you don’t have to rip the wood paneling out. Pull Up a Comfy Chair and Read This Post You need to […]

How to Spruce Up a Hutch with Shelf Liner

I was at Home Goods last week and found this fabulous repositionable shelf liner.  Isn’t this flamestitch pattern gorgeous???  Macbeth Self-Adhesive Shelf Liner from HomeGoods   Recently, I encouraged one of my clients to paper the back of a dark hutch in her dining room with some wallpaper or scrapbook paper to bring in more […]

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 […]

How to Arrange Furniture in a Room with a Corner Fireplace

I have worked with 5 different clients just in the last few months who have the same decorating dilemma:  the dreaded corner fireplace!   Decorating Dilemma:  The Corner Fireplace   Don’t get me wrong – it’s a perfectly lovely piece of architecture, but it can be difficult to figure out how to arrange furniture in  a room […]