JUST THE TIP.... and more!

Below you will find a growing list of my home design tips, tricks, and ideas to turn a drab space into a fab space.

  • March 25, 2015

    Want high impact at a low cost? Chalk board paint is the answer! It’s perfect when planning the decor of your baby’s nursery because it’s versatile and practical. Apply it on a table, door back, drawer fronts and of course walls. When applying, make sure the room is well ventilated and apply several coats. Clean up is easy – simply use a damp sponge on the surface and you’re good to go!

  • March 18, 2015

    Six tips to follow when remodeling your kitchen! 1} Go white! 2} Shaker style doors are a classic profile and are here to stay. 3} Hardwood flooring, need I say more. 4} Classic subway tile backsplash, can’t go wrong. 5} Storage, always make it a priority. 6} Carrera marble countertops – if it’s not the real thing, a manufactured stone will do the trick. Good luck warriors!

  • October 15, 2014

    Avoiding wall covering DIY projects? It’s true, hanging wall paper can really suck, but if you are prepared, the hard work is worth it! Remember these tips: Remove every bit of old covering and excess adhesive – very important. Prime and seal the walls appropriately. Before hanging, make sure the measurements are correct and the repeat in pattern is accounted for. Carefully smooth out any air bubbles and be patient, it takes at least 24 hours for it to completely dry.

  • July 29, 2014

    Grout color conundrum? Choosing the wrong grout color can vastly change the look you had intended for your tile. To avoid a disaster, spend the $10 on a grout color kit which has removable samples. Take the sample and tile into the space where you are installing, and check them out under the appropriate light!

  • July 18, 2014

    A Royal Pain! We all love a little blue, but picking the right one for your home can send you into a paint swatch spiral! My advice in your pursuit for blue…don’t overdue it! Blue represents stability and serenity, but if you have too much of it, it can be a bit of a downer.

  • July 3, 2014

    Keep your cool… Add a layer of salt over the ice in your cooler and it will help cool those drinks a lot faster!

  • June 18, 2014

    Gas vs Charcoal? The age old question raised every spring! Although some grill-masters swear by charcoal for that rich smokey flavor, gas grills are a healthier way to go. Charcoal emits carbon monoxide that can be bad for you, your family and Ms. Mother Nature.

  • June 13, 2014

    Down the drain… Have left over coffee in your coffee pot? Don’t waste it! Pour the cooled coffee into your ice cube trays and use them in your iced coffee – it keeps your drink cool without diluting the flavor!

  • May 10, 2014

    Why hire a pro? A good interior designer brings education, expertise, resources and insight to the table. They see the “big picture” and help you navigate space planning, furniture scale and balancing color and texture in a space. When deciding to hire – always get a personal reference first!

  • May 6, 2014

    On the fringe! Fringe accessories add drama to an outfit or a room but be careful – it could be too much of a good thing. Limit outfits to one fringe article of clothing or accessory – the same goes for decorating a room!

  • April 21, 2014

    7 Spring Cleaning Tips: When tackling the daunting task of spring cleaning – start with the major items first. Once checked off your list it makes it easier to focus on the details. {1} Clean the carpets {2} Buff and wax floors {3} Wipe down all baseboards and woodwork {4} Clean ceiling fans and light fixtures {5} Deep clean all kitchen appliances {6} Clean windows inside and out {7} A welcome entryway: sweep, power wash, plant those planters and enjoy!

  • February 14, 2014

    Put pen to paper. Even if you’ve never done it, maybe especially if you’ve never done it, write a love note. Notice, I didn’t say letter, I said note. The recipe is simple, three paragraphs. First, a cherished memory you have of times with him/her. Second, something you love about him/her. Third, how he or she makes you feel. Sign it I love you, and you’re done. Very important note: Give her this note at dinner or deliver it to his or her office during the day.

  • January 31, 2014

    Checklist: Caring for your appliances. Check out these amazing tips from HomeAdvisor! (copy & paste) http://www.homeadvisor.com/article.show.Checklist-Caring-for-Your-Appliances.10482.html

  • January 20, 2014

    Hang in there! Once you decide how to arrange your floating shelves, mark the wall with painters tape as a guide. Measure the distance between screw holes on the back of the shelf and mark the painters tape accordingly. If there’s no stud to anchor the shelf, you will need wall anchors – a must! Use a level to make sure everything is even, drill in the screws and hang!

  • January 13, 2014

    Do you feel like you just can’t keep up with the trends? Don’t fall victim to the hype! Figure out what you are always drawn to. If you only buy what you love and use what you love, you can feel better about embracing a trend without going to the extreme.

  • January 1, 2014

    Gift Giving 101. Track it! Make a habit of recording what you’ve given throughout the year in a notebook, spreadsheet or organizational software. This is also a great way to remember upcoming events like new babies and graduations. Happy gifting!

  • December 14, 2013

    LET THERE BE LIGHT! The age old holiday decorating dilemma- colored lights vs. white lights? My vote – go white! Your theme and color pallet can change from year to year and colored lights may not always mesh. When you stick with white, you don’t have that problem and you save the cost of replacing lights the following year.

  • December 10, 2013

    From rain to snow to salt, winter boots go through the ringer! Here are some quick tips on how to care for your favorite footwear. First, take the time to treat your boots with a waterproofing product to protect them from the get go. Make sure to wash off any salt stains immediately and finally, keep those babies moisturized with polish. With a little extra TLC, these boots will last for seasons!

  • October 22, 2013

    FOOLS GOLD – Metallic accessories can transform a room, but don’t overdue it! A few metallic touches in different finishes is key. Mix it up with vintage gold, gold leaf, brass and bronze.

  • October 10, 2013

    TIDY TIMBER: Clean your wooden serving pieces with warm water, mild soap and a soft sponge – don’t ever submerge in water. Once dry, rub a generous amount of food safe mineral oil on all sides. Allow oil to soak in for 24 hours and then use a dry cloth to buff out any residual.

  • September 27, 2013

    Self Serving: the many uses for a decorative tray. A coffee table tray for books and remote controls, bathroom tray for products and accessories, kitchen tray for serving mimosas …. The possibilities are endless!

  • September 26, 2013

    A hanging chair utilizes a single point of contact with the ceiling to support all of the weight, mounting it securely to the ceiling joists will avoid damage. This one isn’t an easy DIY so make sure you use a professional to help!

  • September 20, 2013

    DECISIONS, DECISIONS… When choosing cabinet hardware, treat it the same way you would a piece of art. Pick something that not only reflects your style, but also ties into your surrounding decor. Make it pop!

  • June 19, 2013

    ART DECO VS. ART NOUVEAU: Do you ever get confused by which one is which? Here are a couple simple tips to set you straight! Art Nouveau is softer, with a more flowery design influenced by European style. Art Deco is more masculine and streamlined, influence by the industrial revolution.

  • May 22, 2013

    Common mistakes most people make when performing a push-up include, going too fast and, using only partial range of motion. Pay particular attention to the alignment of your elbows; the ideal angle from your sides is about 45 degrees. This allows you to effectively work your chest muscles and prevent injuries from over-extension.

  • May 17, 2013

    LIGHTEN UP! You don’t have to buy new lamps to get a fresh look in your space, simply switch out the shade! When choosing an upgrade, think proportion – the shade shouldn’t be too small or too big, keep the scale balanced. As for color and fabric, trust your taste and go with what makes you feel good!

  • May 14, 2013

    BALANCE THE SCALE: The main rule to purchasing chairs is picking the right scale. With dining chairs, make sure the height and width will accommodate your table and movable radius. For upholstered chairs, think big! At minimum, make sure the chairs are the same height and depth of your couch, then go up from there!

  • May 3, 2013

    HOW’S IT HANGING? There’s nothing worse then seeing a beautiful piece of art hung way too high! A general misconception is that it should be at eye level for the tallest person in the home. Not so! Take a cue from your favorite museum; art, at it’s center point, should be hung anywhere between 5’3″ – 5’6″.

  • April 24, 2013

    ROLL WITH IT! Don’t have a packing aid? There’s a solution! Tightly rolling your clothes will take up less space than folded clothes. Another perk, they’re less likely to get wrinkled.

  • April 9, 2013

    VINTAGE VS. ANTIQUE Have you ever wondered what is the difference between the two? There’s a lot of debate out there, but here’s what I found to be the consensus. Antique is classified as anything 100 years old or older, while Vintage is classified as anything 30 years old or older.