Yearly Archives: 2017

Want to put some nostalgia back into your Holiday Decorating? Here are some SMART tips to capture a bit of that childhood spirit. Start with smells & sounds:  Decorate with fresh pine boughs and/or simmer cinnamon stix and cloves in a pot on the stove. Live in a warm climate? Seasonal scented candles work well […]

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Looking for some fast and simple Fall centerpiece ideas – using items you can find in and around your home?  With these SMART tips, you can whip up one of these centerpieces just minutes before the guests arrive! Start with an interesting container:  Vintage vase or teapot; Water pitcher- clear glass,ceramic,silver or pewter; Lidded apothecary jar […]

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It’s October and you know what that means…pumpkin power! O also stands for orange, outrageous, and oh-so-clever.  Here are some SMART tips to help you get your pumpkin on! Showcase miniature pumpkins:   Pumpkins give a homey,  fall look.For a unique twist, start with a collection of pumpkins that are the same size but have varied […]

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Fall is on its way – time to swap hot weather accessories for cold. Here are some SMART tips to help you get it right! Start by location:  Identify areas that may need accessories Mantle Occasional pieces (coffee table, end tables, sofa table, credenza, piano) Bookcase/Entertainment Center Make your selections:  Look for similarities in items […]

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It’s summer and the outdoors is drenched in sunshine. Here are some SMART tips to bring some of that happy yellow indoors: Surround yourself in sunshine:    Soft yellows read light and airy. A creamy vanilla yellow provides a good base neutral that delivers the perfect amount of color without being too bland. Peachy yellow walls […]

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Is this year’s vacation a staycation? Here are some SMART TIPS on how to enjoy the Tropics right in your own home. Start with some Sea Foam Blue: Paint an accent wall, add an area rug, toss some pillows or hang it in a seascape. Infusing a bit of this sea faring color into your […]

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SMART TIPS for small spaces: Simplify – Small spaces look larger when there is less clutter, artwork and accessories. Use larger scale (but fewer) pieces of art & accessories that have high visual impact. Look for furnishings that do double duty – especially for storage. Use blinds and/or single panels to eliminate a heavy or […]

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Spring décor is taking flight. Here are some SMART Tips to help you prove that Spring is for the birds! Start with a birdcage or basket –Find a vintage birdcage and create a 3-dimensional table display. Fill it with a faux momma bird, and add her eggs, babies, nest, flowers or whatever springs to mind. […]

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Got pictures? Here are some SMART TIPS on different ways to display all those photos: Stack them:   Typically, we only think of photo display in terms of vertical placement (in an upright position). But another tactic is to put them in decorative frames and lay them flat. Stack some books on an end table, low […]

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The luck of the Irish is with us this month, so here are some SMART TIPS to help you try your luck at decorating GREEN: Start by de-cluttering your rooms:   What could be greener than removing, recycling or re-purposing the things you no longer need or want? Make an effort to plant some greens:   […]

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