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And the Winner Is…

Saturday, July 27th, 2013


The winner by random drawing for the pair of beautiful lamps from Lamps Plus is:

Shelley Anderson!

Congratulations Shelley! I am so happy for you!

I do wish I was Ellen and could give everyone a pair of lamps to take home.
Thank you to everyone who entered. And thank you so much Lamps Plus!
Have a great weekend my friends!


Shelley sent me an email:

Oh my gosh…I am so excited!!!!!!  I have had the same lamps for 15 years & this will be such a great way to update my room.  Thank you so very much.  I love your awesome designs!

I think she is happy! Congrats Shelley!


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Easy Bedroom Update

Sunday, November 4th, 2012



One of the easiest, least expensive and quickest way to update your bedroom is so simple, you will wonder why you did not think of it yourself!


If you are still living with a matching dresser and mirror set that you purchased over ten years ago, it is time to get rid of that matchy-match look and bring some personality into your bedroom!

bedrooms - Arteriors Nikita Mirrors Bedroom dresser circles mirror sconces glass chandelier  My favorite mirrors



I know they came as a set, but imagine how original you can be with a different mirror! The sizes and shapes of mirrors today are endless in variety and you can find a great mirror at a very reasonable price.


Here are a couple I love from Lamps Plus:

Mirrored Frame 35 1/2" Wide Moonlight Wall Mirror


Sunrays 32" Wide Antique Silver Wall Mirror


You can also find some great-looking inexpensive mirrors at big box stores such as Target:

- Brown/Natural Wall Mirror



Global Direct 42" x 32" Dorigrass Rectangle Framled Mirror


And Home Depot:


Another easy, inexpensive way to update your existing mirror is to paint it like I did in my room here:





Another original idea with mirrors:



If you like the idea of your mirror and dresser matching, that is fine! But if you are looking for ideas to bring some personality and originality to an old dresser set, I hope I have given you a few new ideas!

Does your dresser and mirror match together as a set? Or have you made changes to the mirror or dresser?

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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Bringing Back Your Dining Room, part 1

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Not listed in any specific order, here are just a few quick and affordable ideas to bring your dining room into this century.

 Number Ten-

Look at your table.  Do you like it?  Is it worth keeping? If you are not ready to buy a new table now, how about just decorating the one you have?  If you really do not like to look at, purchase a beautiful fabric tablecloth to cover it.Unlike your mom’s old vinyl tablecloths, today there are some really pretty ones out there:



And Macy’s:

Tommy Bahama Table Linens, Set of 4 Woodrift Floral Napkins                 Lenox Table Linens, Chirp 52" x 70" Tablecloth   

A more modern look would be to use runners.  One long one down the length of table, or two or three placed sideways across the table:

Rachel Ashwell.

Paula Deen

Number Nine:

Do you still have that outdated brass chandelier hanging?


You can see how to update here by spray painting. Or, if you have not looked for lighting lately, there is a wide, affordable selection at Lowe’s and Lamps Plus for example.

Portfolio 5-Light Bronze Traditional Chandelier

The above chandelier can be found at Lowe’s for only $168.00.  Think of how pretty your room can be with beautiful lighting!   A great focal point spot.

Number Eight:

Rugs. Do you have a rug in the dining room?  Maybe it can be taken out for a new look.  Or if you still love it, pull one of the colors out of rug to use as inspiration in choosing a paint color.

Cathy Kincaid

Number Seven:

Window Treatments!  Step back and take a good look at them.  Are they blocking your outdoor view?  Are they older than 8 years old?  If you are not happy with them- take them down!  Open windows will always look stylish, fresh and happy!  If you can afford new custom curtains, go for it!  Fabrics are just beautiful out there. Or if you want to diy, hanging a black iron window rod close to ceiling and hang full panels down each side of window. Just try something new if you are not happy with them. 

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Number Six:

Hanging Artwork the correct way.  My favorite dining rooms I see that really make an impression is when a large print is used on one wall.


Jamie Drake

If you have a set of two or more pictures, bring them closer together!  Just about 2-3 inches apart is perfect.  They will make a much bigger impact all together, rather than spacing far apart trying to fill the whole wall.  And the dining room is one of my favorite places to use mirrors.  Great way to add sparkle and shine to the space.


                                                         Darryl Carter

So, I will see you back here in a few days and continue the list with ideas for quick, affordable updates for your dining room.


If you need help updating your home, contact me today!


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Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

If you have been following my writing for a while now, you would know how much I love to use mirrors in my decorating.



Vincente Wolf

Mirrors are one of the most versatile decorative accessories you can add to your home. Whether you are using mirrors to check your reflection or simply to add flair to your home decor, today you can find so many styles at great prices.  Mirrors are one of those perfect accessories where you can really get a bang for your buck.


Suzanne Tucker

One way I love to use mirrors is when I want to move light into a dark corner of a room.  A mirror can reflect the light from a window or light fixture into a place that was previously filled with shadows.


A decorative wall mirror above a console table becomes almost like another light source when a table lamp is placed in front of it; the amount of light will double as will the beauty of your interior decor.


 For a romantic effect, try placing candles in front of a mirror or hanging mirrored wall sconces.


As you know, mirrors are excellent tools for making a small room feel larger. The reflection gives the illusion of an extended room.

Meg Braff

Paolo Moschino

Have you ever tried putting a small framed mirror on a bookshelf?

 modern dining room

Another creative idea decorating with mirrors is to use framed mirrors as serving trays!  When you place a framed mirror on an ottoman, it becomes an instant coffee table top. Just make sure you choose mirrors with sturdy enough backs!

Red Wine

Using  mirrors under centerpieces gives your  table setting that extra sparkle.  And now you can purchase chargers in an elegant mirror design that will bring interest and uniqueness to your dining table.

My favorite places to find mirrors?  LampsPlus is usually my first online stop because of their large selection and free shipping.

Moonlight 35 1/2" Wide Wall Mirror

Just love this mirror!

Overstock is another favorite of mine because of their wide selection and $2.95 shipping.

Just gorgeous!!

Don’t you think mirrors are just the greatest accessories??  Where do you find your favorite mirrors? Comments?

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today!

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