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Is Re-upholstering a Sofa or Chair Worth the Cost?

Your favorite old chair, or that sofa in your aunt’s basement – are they worth recovering? I’m asked this question often, since it seems there are many inexpensive options for upholstered furniture on the market. However, those bargains may not be what they seem – with upholstery, it’s what you don’t see that matters. Before […]

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Durable Upholstery Fabrics

Let’s talk about Durable Upholstery – it seems we’ve all had the experience at least once – purchasing a sofa or chair in what appeared to be a really durable fabric, and having it look worn and stained surprisingly fast. It’s impossible to tell from looking at a fabric whether or not it will stand […]

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The DesignFolly Slipcover Fabric Collection

Bright colors are the hallmark of The Bungalow Heaven Fabric Collection designed by Kerry Ann Dame. The woven patterns evoke some of the many places she’s been fortunate enough to visit – France, Italy, Fiji, England, Australia, California. Perfect for any lived-in home – beach house, resort, or traditional. The line is made in North and South Carolina, and includes recycled cotton fibers.

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Renovating Your Home Now for Added Value Later

The current slow real estate market may have some homeowners feeling trapped in their current property, and others looking to purchase finding their buying power diminished.  How can we enjoy the home we live in when it is not our dream home? Tackle those small and medium sized renovation projects while the market is slow, […]

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Tips for Decorating Resort Rental Property

Beachfront income properties have their own particular set of concerns when it comes to interior design.  Condo packages may meet budget goals, but often contain inferior quality pieces that don’t last.   Vacation renters inflict heavy use; they track in sand, walk on carpets dripping wet, sit on furniture in wet bathing suits, and set drinks […]

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What Style Sofa is Best?

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Furniture shopping can be a real challenge, especially when so many sofas and chairs look alike in showrooms- it’s difficult to know what style of sofa is best for you.  Most shoppers tend to look at the color of the fabrics, rather than the style of sofa frame.  The frame, however, is very important.  The […]

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Design Your Home for Organization

When a home is truly organized, it allows the homeowner to function smoothly and handle all the things on her plate each day. When everything has a place, the home is easy to keep clean and everyone in the family can help keep things running. Use interior design to incorporate the items you use often into furnishings that are part of daily life.

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Why Antiques?

INTERIOR DESIGNERS are fond of antiques; we often collect them ourselves, and are quick to recommend them to clients. Some of our clients love the idea. Mention antiques to some, however, and they cringe, recalling dusty, depressing, cluttered houses of days gone by. What is the reason for a designer’s obsession with incorporating antiques into […]

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Designing An Eco-Friendly Medical Office Waiting Room

When SC Pain and Spine Specialists decided to open a new location in Murrells Inlet, Dr. Jason Rosenberg asked me to help with a reception room layout and furniture that would be appropriate to a busy waiting room area. Since the office is shared with Dr. Brian Kinmartin and Professional Rehabilitation Services, the waiting area […]

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Surfside Beach Oceanfront Condo

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In this project, a condo in Surfside Beach was completely remodeled – we selected handmade tile, durable Pergo floors and new finishes in the kitchen. Walls were moved and a door relocated to add space to the Master Bath. New furnishings and window treatments make the oceanfront space comfortable and bright.

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Timothy Corrigan and the Chateau du Grand Lucé

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I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of talented designer Timothy Corrigan’s new book, An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Lucé – as an avid Francophile, how can I resist the opportunity to while away a Sunday afternoon with fabulous images of Chateau interiors?  I was planning this little treat for myself, and the universe obliged.  While […]

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What Kind of Sofa or Chair Should I Buy?

If you like to sit up and read, or entertain more formally, choose tight-back furniture. Dressed-up guests don’t want to be flopping back into a sloppy pile of pillows, and if you really need back support, Scatter-Back down pillows are wrong for you. A tight back sofa is one with springs in the back, rather than loose cushions. Most common are Camelback style sofas, although nowadays there are many other classic tight-back styles being reproduced.

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Slipcover Chic Living Room Makeover

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The beautiful rug was to become the center piece. First, we chose a neutral paint color that’s a much cooler, oyster shade to eliminate the gold and lighten the space. The client decided that tailored slipcovers would add a comfortable linen look that would still be formal enough. The Bergere would be treated to new upholstery with ticking stripe trim and cotton fringe to add a bit of French country charm.

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Express Your Style with Unique Window Valances

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Valances are a stylish, tailored and less expensive alternative to draperies, and as you can see, creative ideas are plenty. Update your valances by getting rid of those swags, jabots, and ruffles, and choose a more tailored style. An interesting fabric with a bold design is the modern way to personalize your space.

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What Kind of Fabric Is It?

Knowing your fabrics can be very helpful when shopping for your interior decorating project. If you’re familiar with styles and qualities of fabrics, you’ll know what to ask for or how to describe what you’re looking for at the fabric showroom. Here’s a helpful list of the most common types of decorating fabrics:

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Emerald – The Color for 2013

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Pantone, the color standards provider for the design industry, has selected a lush, vivid green called “Emerald” for the 2013 Color of the Year. Already appearing on fashion runways, Emerald is set to take off in interior design as well.

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French Shabby Chic Master Bedroom Makeover

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The bedroom had to be practical and comfy, but also beautiful – they were ready for a romantic retreat. They already had a beautiful wool carpet with a trellis of ivy in shades of taupe, and a slipcovered loveseat in khaki cotton I had done for them years ago. One of the problem areas was a bank of large windows, wonderful for letting in light but also a problem with summer heat.

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Tiki Restaurant Interior Design – Sneak Peek

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Since this will be a nice restaurant as well as a fun bar, the goal is to include many of the nostalgic elements of an old Tiki Bar to give the place a sense of fun. But, they want to keep the kitschy elements from overwhelming the interior to give diners a quality, modern restaurant experience

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Sofa and Chair Shopping – The Quality Is Under The Cover

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When you shop for upholstered furniture, what are you really getting? If we listen to manufacturers and sales clerks, all of the sofas are wonderful and they’ll last forever. So many of us have had the experience of buying a new sofa only to be disappointed a few years later by flattened cushions, sagging springs […]

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What Kind of Rug Is It?

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Most Americans refer to any wool area rug with geometric designs and flowers, as an “Oriental Rug” or “Persian Rug”.  At one time the ancient Persian Empire extended from North Africa to India, and included Turkey and Armenia. The world of rugs and carpets includes over 10,000 different types, identified by the patterns of the […]

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