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Home Decorating Basic Measurements

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

For years I have wished I had a list together, in one place, where I could look up the basic measurements of pillows, mattresses, tablecloths, and ready-made drapery panels.  It seems I am always scrambling to find at the last minute when I am running out the door to shop.


So, I have finally put them all together and am going to share with you to keep.  (I know you really want/need this list!)

Mattress Sizes:

Twin- 39” x 75”

Full-  54” x 75”

Queen- 60” x 80”

Dual- 76” x 80”

California King- 72” x 84”

Day Bed- 39” x 75”

Crib Mattress- 27” x 52”

Bed Pillow Sizes:

Standard 20” x 26”

Queen- 20” x 30”

King- 20” x 36”


Bedspread Sizes:

Twin- 81” X 110”

Full- 96” x 110”

Queen- 102” x 115”

King- 120” x 115”

California King- 120” x 115”

Comforter sizes:

Twin- 69” x 90”

Full- 84” x 90”

Queen- 90” x 95”

King- 106” x 98”


52” x 52”

52” x 70”

60” x 84”

60” x 102”

60” x 120”

60” x 144”

70” Round

90” Round


Dinner- 16” Square

Luncheon- 14” Square

Cocktail- 12” Square

Ready-Made Drapery Sizes:

48” x 63”

48” x 84”

48” x 96”

48” x 108”

You will never know when you need those napkin sizes. :)  I think  the measurements most useful to you will be the ready made drapery sizes and tablecloth sizes.  Feel free to print out and mark on as needed.  If you have any friends or family that might like to keep a list, please forward to them.  Any other measurements you would like to see?  Comments?

If you are interested in making your home updated and happy, please call me at 401.765.6446 or email at 

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Decorating advice: Be honest? Or kind?

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Listen to this story and tell me what you think: as I was walking by my neighbor’s house, she ran out and asked if I would please come in and give my professional opinion about her “decorating” skills in her home.

“Oh no!” I thought.  Does she want me to actually tell her what I really think?  Or does she want me to come in, look around, and say, “Wow Sue! It looks terrific!” (names have been changed to protect myself).

Now, it wasn’t that bad, but still very awkward for me.  When I am hired as a professional to come to your home, I will absolutely tell the truth about those ugly curtains in the bedroom because you are paying me to be honest.



Kelly Bernier Designs

Kelly Bernier Designs

But what should I say to someone that has not actually hired me? Do I have a right to tell her those pictures in her foyer are all hung like someone placed them with their eyes closed?!  Or how about those silk, FAKE looking flowers from about 10 years past?

pretty hotel

I really do not like to hurt people’s feeling.  Really bothers me afterwards.  So, as I was looking around for something nice to comment about, I saw she had a Ben Moore paint chart.  “Hurray!” I thought.  This is how I can help her out a bit without having to give advice on her existing arrangements.  So, I helped her pick out a cozy bedroom color,  and made it out of there with no hurt feelings.

So what would you do?  Leave me your thoughts.

If you would like me to come to your home and make it comfortable and updated, visit my web site @

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What does Real Estate Resale Ready™ Mean?

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Resale Ready™ is a helpful tool geared toward the homeowner who is putting their home on the market for resale, or thinking of selling in the near future.


 As we all know, the buyers are in the control seat at this point of time. There are many, many choices on the market right now.  Resale Ready™ through the IRN (Interior Redecorator Network)  is staging, but without the expensive props or rentals.  It’s simply using what you already have.  You want your home to stand out and look better than any other home on the market to help you sell your home quickly and add thousands of dollars to the value of your house or condo.


In this difficult market, creating an inviting, clutter-free home is critical for selling your home quickly and for making the most profit.  The Resale Ready™ Home Staging consultation is very important as first impressions matter immensely.  The consultation of your home will give you ideas, suggestions and expert advice on how to make your home shows well and highlight the areas of your house that will appeal to potential buyers.


You want home buyers to walk in your home and say “This is perfect.”  Most people are visual; they need to actually see the home looking great first hand.  I have found potential buyers have a hard time visualizing how the home will look on their own.  You need to impress them right away.


Kelly Bernier Designs

Kelly Bernier Designs

Imagine showing a buyer the bathroom on the top?  They would run!  Inexpensively and quickly, the owners torn down the wallpaper, hand rails and shower curtain.  The room was planned around the turquoise sink (which was very expensive and beautiful actually).  A neutral paint on the walls and a pretty shower curtain changed the whole look of the room.

Ty Larkins

Ty Larkins

According to USA Today: “… staged homes, on average, sold in half the time that the non-staged homes did.  The sellers with staged homes ended up with 6.3% more than their asking price, on average, while sellers with non-staged homes sold for 1.6% more that the asking price.”

Allison Caccoma

Allison Caccoma

Be sure to look for the trademark,  Real Estate Resale Ready™ .  IRN’s  are trained specifically for helping you quickly and efficiently make your home ready for resale without the high cost of props and rentals.


 Let me help you move your home from the MLS list to the SOLD list in record time!

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Perfect, Neutral Gray

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
Did you know gray is considered to be the perfect neutral color?
Robert Allen Design
Robert Allen Design

Color and design experts have agreed gray has become a comfortable companion in the decorating world that is here to stay.   Gray is considered to be the most neutral of all colors because it plays well with all the other colors. Gray is a quiet color that enjoys being in the background and not competing with other colors.

met home modern_bedroom

Sophisticated shades of gray on the walls and ceiling provide a cool backdrop that contrasts with the artwork.

Mixed with 6% yellow. Mixed with 6% blue.

Most gray tones have a cool or warm cast to them. Yellow, orange, and red create a “warm gray”.  Green, blue, and violet create a “cool gray”.  When there is no cast at all, it is referred to as “neutral gray”, “achromatic gray” or simply “gray”.

warm gray

The above photo is painted  a beige-gray to create an elegant backdrop for the trendy combination of robin’s egg blue and chocolate brown.  This would be an example of a “warm gray.”  Other examples of  warm grays include Ben Moore’s, Greige Avenue 991;  (equal mix of gray and beige), Sag Harbor Gray, HC-95; Waynesboro Taupe,  1544; and Cummulus Gray 1551.

cool grays

                                                       Cool Grays

These grays above are considered “cool” because of their blue undertones.  Colors in this family include Ben Moore’s Smoke, 2122-40;  Misty Gray, 2124-60; November Skies, 2128-50;  and James River Grey, AC-23.

Alessandra Branca

Alessandra Branca

This bedroom is an example of neutral gray.   Think of it as a gray with no undertones, true grays.  They include Boothbay Gray, HC-165; Pelican Gray, 1612;  Seattle Gray, 2130-70 and Coventry Gray, HC-169.

Whichever gray you choose, always be sure to test your paint colors at home.  The colors will not look the same as in the store! It  absolutely is worth the extra time and the $6.00 paint sample to be sure that looks well with your lighting and amount of sunlight you receive.

Meg Braff

Meg Braff

Which type of gray on the walls do you see?  Cool? Warm? Neutral?  Let me know what you think!

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