Archive for September, 2009

Decoration Nation

It’s a pleasure to be listed on Decoration Nation’s website.  Their professional listings for home design and improvement businesses throughout the country is easy to use.  Check it out: http://www.thedecorationnation.com/directory.php?parent_id=102

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Pet Parade

dog ready for costume parade

dog ready for costume parade

Don’t miss the Costumed Pet Parade at Park Ridge Autumnfest!  Oct. 10th at 9:30 a.m., Park Ridge Library.  Your dog is ready; are you?

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Putting it Together

Enjoy this video of my design tips presentation and let me know what you think.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgkdbLsI97U

Deborah of Affordable Interiors

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Rug on Hold

Cut CAULK the rug!  If you are like me, you detest those awful netting things sold as rug pads.  Mine are always peeking out from the edges and never seem to do the job.

Today’s organizing tip from domestic goddess Martha Stewart recommends this solution:

“To give a sisal or sea-grass area rug some traction, flip it over, and apply lines of acrylic-latex caulk every 6 inches or so. Once dry, you can safely put down your rug; the rubbery strips will hold it in place.”

I can’t wait to try this  – I’ll let you know if it works.  And please let me know if you try it and what you think…

rug with caulk strips

rug with caulk strips

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Loving Frank

If you are interested in American architecture you will enjoy a novelist’s take on the life of Frank Lloyd Wright in the book Loving Frank.  I recently listened to it on cd, and for me it opened a door into Wright’s approach to and philosophy of his work.  The novel’s plot is driven by the love affair between Wright and one of his clients,  Mrs. Cheney.  I was equally taken with Wright’s observations, including “The measure of a man’s culture is the measure of his appreciation,” he said. “We are ourselves what we appreciate and no more.”

I love this Guggenheim cup and saucer.  You can buy this and more FLW-inspired designs online.

Guggenheim cappuccino cup and saucer

Guggenheim cappuccino cup and saucer

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Windows and Grommet

When I introduce myself it is not uncommon to be greeted by “I love HGTV” and I concur. Here is a helpful clip from their website.   Since window treatments can be vexing and expensive, this 3-minute video on grommet panels is fun to watch.  Granted, you see that nice installation guy appearing like magic out of the sidelines!   But the basic idea is there: installing grommet panels is an appealing, fast, and cost-effective way to solve your window problems.

grommet panels

grommet panels

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Bed In A Bag

bed in a bag

bed in a bag

It is pretty amazing what you can buy for under $100.  The linen industry is highly competitive, especially in the current economy.  With the demise of Linens ‘n Things stores (they still have an online store) it’s clear that linens have become available almost everywhere and we can find quality goods in discount stores as well as department stores.

The bed pictured is dressed in a bed in a bag, a 7-piece set that gives you all you need to make a statement in your bedroom for very little money.   As you prepare for fall and the chill sets in, why not freshen up your look by replacing those old and tired bed linens.  Need help choosing the right look and color?  Email me anytime.  I would be delighted to answer your questions and assist you in making the right decision.

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