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Labor Day Projects? Get a Deal on Paint!

With another long, holiday weekend on deck, we are sure to see sales on paint and home improvement supplies.  True to form, there are a few different ways to save money on your upcoming home improvement and decorating projects this week. Continue reading


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Questions About Tile?

I’m working on a little side project, and I’m looking for some feedback; that’s where you come in!

What questions do you have about tile?  Do you wonder about what kinds of tile to use on particular projects?  Questions about designing a backsplash?  Where to use tile?

Let me know what you want to know!  🙂

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Tooting the Horn

I have to toot my own horn once in awhile, right?  After all, if I don’t, who will? 

This week on Ava Living’s home page, one of my designs has been selected to be featured in the slideshow!  I am photo #10.  The category this week is Sun Rooms; the photo is from a project I completed last summer.

It’s always an honor to be featured by Ava Living.  Check it out and let me know what you think!  And, if you are interested in online design services, be sure to request your FREE Designer Room Review to get started.

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What Do You Want to Know?

I enjoy writing, and I have written articles on the subjects of interior design, decorating and home improvement at Suite 101.  Occasionally, I will be linking to one of them from this blog.  I love teaching homeowners about design and how to make their home decor projects successful!

Are there any subjects you would like to see me write about?  I am open to all suggestions!  Leave a comment with your suggestions, and you just may see an article link on that subject in the near future…

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Speed Decorating: Book Review

I recently had the chance to peek through a copy of Jill Vegas’ Speed Decorating:  A Pro Stagers Tips and Trade Secrets for a Fabulous Home in a Week or Less

As a professional designer, I thought she had some great tips and tricks for quick and easy updates to anyone’s home.  She offers some fresh ideas, including some wonderful thoughts for do-it-yourselfers.

One idea I especially liked was Ms. Vegas’ suggestion to keep a Design Notebook about your home.  As you evaluate your needs for each room in your home (she offers suggestions on how and what to evaluate), keep a notebook and pencil handy.  Jot down notes on what items you need to purchase for each room and what projects need to be done.  Details are key; write down sizes, colors and other items of importance, so you know exactly what you are shopping for.

Although, most likely, all of your “to-do” list will not be accomplished immediately, it provides a master plan for your home.  As time and budget allow, you will have your plan in place, and won’t flounder aimlessly wondering what to do next. 

Additionally, when you are out shopping, keeping your Notebook handy will allow you to snatch up bargains when you see them – and to know what will work in your home!  No more buying an accessory, only to find out it is too large, too small or not the right color.  I think this idea is helpful for any homeowner; what do you think?

I thought the book was well laid-out, making it easy to read and easy to skim pages for the facts.  If you have read this book, I would love to hear your comments.

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Contractor Horror Stories

Have you ever hired a contractor for a home improvement project, only to have the project go terribly wrong?  I have heard numerous horror stories from my clients over the years, and I have unfortunately experienced some of my own!

I am so very thankful to have a fantastic group of local contractors I can recommend to my clients.  There are some ways you can check out your contractor prior to hiring him for the job.  I just wrote an article on the subject, and you can find it here.

Of course, to avoid disappointment, you need to do your homework in finding a quality contractor to work with.  Also, be sure you have realistic expectations of how long your project should take, how much it will cost and the headaches that are inevitable during any home improvement project!  Sometimes, the contractor is bad.  Sometimes, headaches are just a part of the deal.

Share your contracctor horror stories here – feel free to vent (politely) and we can all commiserate together.

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How-To Articles

In an effort to help do-it-yourselfers with their home design projects, I recently started writing How-To articles for the E-How website. Of course, you will find other fun ideas thrown in, too, but many of my articles are about home improvement or decorating ideas. You can see them here.  I would love for you to rate the articles and comment – either here or at the E-How website.  Be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed – that way, you will be notified when I write a new article.  Hopefully, I can inspire you to try a new project!

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