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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Slipcover Chic Living Room Makeover

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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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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ABC’s of Holiday Style 2011!

Published in South Carolina Woman Magazine By Layla Altman Last year I brought you our Holiday gift ideas to spark some life back into gift giving.  This year I have decided to share ideas on holiday decorating & entertaining! Wishing everyone the warmest of Holiday Seasons and a Prosperous 2012! A is for Angels– A [...]

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Give Your Home a Summer Decorating Makeover

Summer is here, and with it a whirlwind of fun outdoor activities, but that doesn't mean your decor has to suffer. With guests arriving, you may feel your interior could use a little brightening up. Here are some budget-friendly tips to help: Paint an accent wall a bright color - current colors are deep turquoise, [...]

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How To Make A House Into A Home

Really great rooms move way beyond the three fabric combination of retail. Mix in several other fabrics, varying pattern scale and texture, adding fringe to pillows. This is another area where design help can make all the difference. Look at the really fabulous rooms in national magazines and count how many different fabrics populate the sofas, chairs, ottomans, pillows and curtains in a beautifully finished room.

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Formal dining room in British colonial style - exotic toile, flowers and mahogany.

True British Colonial Style

"British colonial style" has become popular in recent years. Mahogany "campaign" furniture, bamboo and rattan, wicker and leather, and design elements such as monkeys, palm trees, and ticking stripes have invaded our homes. But what does "British colonial style" really mean? Where and when did it orginate?

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