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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!

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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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What’s New In Window Treatments

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Today I enjoyed a yummy breakfast with my window treatment seamstress extraordinaire, Linda Murphy.


You know how I am always pushing you to sample your paint color at home because of how different it will look in your space?  Linda and I discussed today how the same principles apply to fabric; how fabrics can look so different in your home with your lighting, wall colors, trim and other fabrics in room.  It can transform the look of the fabric than what you see on a bolt of fabric in the store.

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I will be the first to admit I am no genius when it comes to window treatments.  I know what looks good and I can tell if they were custom made or JC Penny made. I of course keep up with the latest designs and where they are headed.  Color has a lot of do with window treatments also.  You can’t have beautiful window treatments using ugly fabric and colors. That is why I always call in the experts,since they know what fabric will work with which treatments best.

cathy kincaid dining room                                                      Cathy Kincaid

I realize the biggest detriment to custom treatments is the cost.  But besides the fabric making the whole room look finished, there are other benefits to having window treatments. these include year round insulation, combination of controlling light, providing privacy, insulating and/or decorating.  Drapery can also add drama and warmth.

     Larry Laslo Fabrics

And my favorite part of hiring an expert- having someone come into your home, measuring, giving great ideas and suggestion and after completing them, installing in your home to look fabulous for years to come.  Love that!              


Some other interesting subjects we discussed was that silk panels are still strong.  Just take a look in the new fall catalogs, Pottery Barn and   Restoration Hardware to name just a couple.  

Dupioni Silk Pole Pocket Drape

Pottery Barn

I was very surprised when Linda said that she has seen cafe curtains coming back!

Casual Cotton Cafe Curtain   Pottery Barn

No, the new ones look nothing like the outdated ones I had shown on the Top 10 List of Items Still Found in Homes Today.   The current window treatment books show a lot of sheer cafe’s either to the floor or just a 3/4″ cafe with or without  valance on decorative pole with rings.   Very sharp looking.   I found cafe style at Pottery Barn (see above photo) but not Restoration Hardware.  Found some not so nice at Target,  none at Macy’s.  What do you think of cafe curtains?  Am I allowed to say that I like the bottom panel but not the top?  Who says I have to use together?

If cost was not an issue, not even part of the equation,would you hire a window treatment expert to dress your windows for you?

If you need help with your window treatments or other decorating dilemmas, contact me today.

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