When the days start getting shorter…and all that summertime sunlight starts to fade, it can be a challenge to keep your home light and cheery. Here are some SMART tips to lighten your rooms as you prepare for the frosty days ahead Sconces can enlighten:  Add candle wall sconces in strategic places to enhance existing […]

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What’s old is new again. Here are some SMART tips for updating dated trends. Skirted Tables and Shag Carpets: Update Skirted tables:  layer linens using a global inspired print fabric over the base cloth, i.e. a scarf, batik or ikat remnant, shawl, etc. then add a glass top. Update Shag Carpets: use area rugs. Flokati […]

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Enjoying a staycation this year? Here are some SMART tips to help turn your yard/patio/deck into a destination retreat. Start by Furnishing for Comfort and Durability: Wrought/cast iron or aluminum and traditional wood are classic options. Synthetic, weatherproof patio furniture and fabrics offer the same style and comfort as anything you would have inside your […]

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Bringing in a Coastal vibe for the summer has come a long way from anchors, mermaids and canvas striped fabrics. Here are some SMART tips to help you catch that design wave. Make a coastal statement:  Paint a wall, powder room, patio piece or vintage furniture item using one of the soft pastel colors that […]

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Tired of tackling Spring Cleaning alone?  Here are some SMART tips to get the family involved to help make your life a little easier! Start with one room at a time:  Scattering efforts over multiple rooms makes it seem like nothing is getting done. For visible, rewarding results, have everyone work one section of one […]

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Coming off Earth day, here are some SMART tips to inspire you to decorate using nature Screens: Create dividers and room separators or define a new space using potted palm trees, bamboo sticks, rattan screens, tree limbs or curly willow. Marble: It doesn’t have to be expensive. Tiles in fabulous patterns are available to enhance […]

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Spring is a great time to plan you next design project. It’s also a great time to think “green”. Here are some SMART tips to help you be eco-friendly. Stay Safe when using paints and wallpapers: Use zero- or low-VOC-emission paints (volatile organic compounds), wallpapers, stains, caulks, and adhesives. Select wallpaper made from recycled paper […]

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Spring is a great time to get organized after winter hibernation. Here are some SMART tips to help you make the best of your office space. Start by organizing:  File, toss or shred unnecessary paper clutter…Use baskets or color-coded boxes to organize office supplies…Add open shelves or “cabinet” shelving units to closet or room to […]

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Valentine’s Day reminds us it’s time to L-O-V-E your house again! Here are some SMART tips to inspire your heart by infusing R-E-D energy into your home: Spread the love:  Put heart into your decorating by adding some to your space: heart-shaped pillows, themed artwork or coffee-table books, polished stones or a love-ly heart printed […]

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New Year’s Decorating checklist: Here are some SMART tips (and resolutions) to five common dilemmas that may be found in your home. Start with the seating:  Your primary seating area should be positioned around the central focal point. Tighten up the arrangement so people can carry on an “intimate” conversation. Remember to avoid placing furniture […]

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