Tag Archives: room makeover

Using An Accent Wall to Brighten a Space

My oldest daughter is turning 13 years old in a couple of weeks. Guess what she wants for her birthday? A more grown-up bedroom. What? She says she's tired of "childish" colors.  And she's just not feeling the "vintage" look anymore. Sigh. My Daughter's Room Before Makeover   Ok.  I'm tired of it anyway.  And, of course, she's asking […]

3 Secrets to Styling Your Space with What You Already Have

The change of season is a great time to look at your space with a fresh perspective.  Many of us have plenty of furniture and accessories that we’ve gathered and collected over the years, but over time things can get stuffy and we can end up with a bit more than we intended. That’s the […]

How to Make the Wood in Your Dining Room Come to Life

As a Nashville Interior Decorator and Color Consultant, I often am asked what can be done to “spruce up” a dining room.  The tricky thing about dining rooms is that they are often filled with wood, with little color or fabric going on.     Typically, there are lots of wood furnishings and wood flooring […]

Loving the Fireplace You Used to Hate

Ah, the fireplace. The heart of the home, the hearth, the focal point of any well-appointed living room.  But what if the heart of your home fills you with contempt?  Lovely, Non-Contemptuous Fireplace   In the photos I’m going to share with you below, the wall color stayed the same and no new furnishings or […]

How Painting Wood Paneling Will Change Your Life!

blue and white kitchen

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 […]

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 […]

Interior Design for a Nashville Living Room and a Few Designer Secrets for You!

This is one of my favorite room makeovers to date – just finished this one on Monday.   The client and her daughter follow my blog and contacted me a while back about doing a revamp on their living room here in Nashville.  The reason why I love this project is because it was all about enhancing the […]

My 3 Secrets to Living with Antiques Without Getting Bogged Down in the Granny

Do you love antiques?  I certainly do – surrounding yourself with things that have history and meaning is a wonderful way to live.  Unfortunately, it’s easy to unintentionally overdo it.   So here’s 3 of my secrets to keep you from getting bogged down in “the granny”.  source

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 like […]

Afraid Your Decorator Will Make Your House Look Like Everyone Else’s?

 You may remember my colorful post:  Throwing Your Caution (and Your Floorplan) to the Wind.   Today I’m going to show you the rest of what was accomplished in a home whose artsy homeowners were ready to shake things up a bit.  This family had no desire to make their home look like everyone else’s – they wanted something […]