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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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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