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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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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