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Color Consult: Working with Gray

Posted by Suzanne on June 14, 2012 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Charcoal gray may be a neutral, but it's also a statement. It's bolder than its lighter brethren; more modern than its neutral cousins, the beiges; and less dramatic than black.



True gray (or achromatic gray) is a mixture of black and white. It has equal values of red, green and blue (RGB), and thus no hue. Off-grays — what we most often use in decorating — have very subtle but important differences in the values of red, green and blue. Cool g...

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The Painted Ceiling

Posted by Suzanne on May 4, 2012 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

"Psst! Look up here!" declares your ceiling. "What about me?" Give your ceiling the attention it deserves.

If you're getting ready to paint the walls, don't forget about the often overlooked ceiling. The ceiling should be treated as the 5th wall in your room. Often times, it has the largest visible surface area in the room because it doesn't have windows, furniture, doors, or artwork to break it up. It's large and continuous. They are often forgotten and neglected, even...

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Choosing Paint Colors the Easy Way

Posted by Suzanne on February 16, 2012 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

How to Choose Paint

If you are looking for ways to kick-start your room redo, My Image Inspiration is a tool that allows you to upload a picture of something you like and think would work for your space—whether it’s a piece of art, furniture, fabric—anything! Once your photo is uploaded, the program gives you color palettes based on your inspiration!

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Tile--Anything But Boring!

Posted by Suzanne on December 2, 2011 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Nearly every time I begin a new remodeling project that includes tile, my clients get excited when I present unique tile layouts for their consideration. Why? They often, whether they realize it or not, believe there are limited functions for each type of tile. For example, large format tiles should only be used on the floor and only in vast spaces, mosaics should only be used on the walls and often for backsplashes, you should b...

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Chalkboard Paint Family Planner

Posted by Suzanne on December 1, 2011 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

A home office is the ideal spot for a family planner. Coat part of a wall with chalkboard paint and create four weeks' worth of squares in a variety of chalk colors. Use it just like a regular planner for events, reminders, school schedules, and lots more.

Or let the kids draw on the walls! They'll love having permission to draw on a typically forbidden area. As a side note, I adore...

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Create a Family Photo Tree

Posted by Suzanne on November 29, 2011 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

I love finding new ways to display family photos because my clients regularly ask me to help them arrange years of collected photos for them. Typically, these are framed and stair-stepped up the stairway walls or they sit in perfect alignment, like marching soldiers. I encourage you to create new and different ways to display your family photos in your home.

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