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When it comes to decorating interiors, some say flooring is boring and is the least exciting part of the design process.  For many years, wall to wall carpet was the solution to all flooring surfaces.  Even kitchens and baths were once popular rooms to carpet.  Today; flooring trends have dramatically changed to hard finish surfaces throughout a home and are the leading product in the flooring industry, over and beyond carpet.  Using hard finish surfaces throughout a home provides a crisp, clean look; sometimes leaving a cold and UN inviting feel.  In addition; there is always the question on how to control the noise with hard flooring surfaces.


 Vibrant area rugs in all shapes, sizes and colors provide the solution to both noise control and the look and feel of warmth.  Additionally; area rugs define and frame in a space with in a room, even over carpet.  Regardless of your style and taste, area rugs also provide a great opportunity for a statement piece in the space.  This temporary accessory can easily be changed out to give an updated color or style rather inexpensively without the remodel cost of the entire room.

There are many great advantages to hard surface flooring – the fun of designing with area rugs is just one of them.

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The hottest trend in 2016 is the long-known furniture pieces from the 1950’s through the 1970’s. Mid-Century furniture is making a huge come back this year. Bold geometric patterned furniture pieces with colors of green, gray, and orange are flying off the floors of resale and antique shops and flying into family homes and businesses.

Behind the Mid-Century furniture craze, the industrial look continues to be popular with the millenniums. Clean lines and minimal detail to furnishings and accessories make a sheik look in style .

Black metals are no longer sidelined in 2016 as the metal for wrought iron outdoor furniture or bed frames. The unflashy material is appearing on appliance finishes, hardware, bathroom fixtures, and even flatware.  In addition to black metal; copper will be the statement metal for chandeliers in 2016.

Lastly, The color palette for 2016 is filled with shades of pink, red and orange.  Orange dominates the accessory market to include decorative pillows, lamps, candles, wall art and area rugs.  Hues of gray will continue to be the wall color of choice as the neutral.  New Smart phone apps that are very helpful to select wall color options are Color Capture, ColorSmart, and ColorSnap.  All allow you to touch a wall color, tap a photo of the room you would like to paint,   and view various hues to help in your wall color selection.

Elledecor and Huffington Post


Simple and Elegant Fall Decorating Tips

Recently, I had the opportunity to write an article for a new magazine in the West Michigan area. It is WEST MICHIGAN WOMEN. Not only is it FREE, it is a great publication. The below article can be found in the Fall 2012 publication.

When decorating your home with the splendor colors of fall; keep it simple and cohesive for a stunning look. Start by selecting three main areas of your home to incorporate fall décor. More than three decorated areas will make your home look overdone and exhausting to the eye. The front entry, the fire place mantel and the dining room table all lend itself to the perfect large display areas.

A few design tips to follow when decorating for the Holiday;
1. Within each of your display areas, select items that range in height from high to medium to low. Items all at the same level are boring and get lost in the display. Items at different levels provide interest as the eye zig zags through the display. A great design trick is to utilize glass dishes to help provide the varied heights like a cake stand.
2. Always group your display items. Ghosts and goblins spread about the room get lost within the holiday décor that you are creating. Grouping your fall items makes a huge impact for everyone to admire.
3. When grouping your fall decorator pieces, keep them in odd numbers like 5 or 7 for smaller items and 1 or 3 for larger items. Odd number s of items work best for good design flow.
4. Large trays are a great way to define a display area.

My favorite fall colors are the traditional orange, olive green, golden yellow and brown. Utilize the same color pallet in each selected area, but, mix up the items within the display. For example;

The front entry – cut tree branches in a vase with lightly wrapped lights and orange ribbon to provide dramatic lighting for the front entrance. Add orange pumpkins and colorful leaves around the vase for a simple and elegant entry for your guests.

The fire place mantel – line the mantel, again with the same tree branches, lights and a different color of ribbon, like golden yellow, which will help continue the cohesive theme. Mix in pinecones and gourds within your selected color pallet. To give the varied height pieces within the display, use candles of different sizes. Candy corns in a glass jar around a candle not only add a fun festive look, but also add vibrant color to the display.

The dining room table – my favorite Holiday center piece is to utilize a set of three candle sticks placed on a tray. Candlesticks in all finishes and ranging from high, medium, and low are a staple in my home. There are numerous uses for the candlesticks other than the traditional candles. For the fall décor, pumpkins on the candlesticks are perfect for a WOW center piece. Wrap the candlesticks with the same sticks and lights as the other display areas and wrap with, again, ribbon of a different color like olive green.

Keeping your fall display’s simple and cohesive will show your guests the elegance of the season.




When preparing a home for sale, walk through each room of the home and determine where your eye is drawn to. A trick of the trade in home staging is to take the eye to the homes best features and away from the flaws. This is accomplished by setting bright-colored items in the area you want the potential buyer’s eye to go towards. Remember; you are selling the homes best features, not the stuff in it.

FOR EXAMPLE; in a square boxed room with one window; place a pair of chairs with an end table in between, centered under the window. Accent the chairs with red pillows and a red candle on the table. When a potential buyer walks into the room; the eye will go to the color, hence, the emphasis is taken away from a boring square boxed room to view a large window which is the best feature in the room.

Accredited Staging Professional
Interior Designer
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