Category: Home Decor

Home Decor, House Design, DIY

How to Paint Bricks and Make them Look AMAZING

Painting Bricks………

        ………not a faux pas any more (if done decorously)

Painting bricks used to be considered such a faux pas!  Not so much any more, or maybe it’s just the part of the country you’re from.  But I love white painted bricks and this deco-form seems to be the trendy one right now.  Painted bricks, especially white, can successfully bridge that gap between elegant and rustic.  However, you have to know going into this that restoring brick back to its original form is near to impossible, so before you pick up that bucket of primer/sealer be sure….be very, very sure!

How to Mix Different Flooring Styles Throughout Your House


…………..It’s not the same old matchy-matchy anymore

As I stood in a marvelous “parade of homes” home the other day I looked down and counted FOUR, yes 4 different types of flooring all coming together in a medley of color and texture.  Two types of wood, carpet, and tile.  And guess what?  It looked GORGEOUS! YAY!  Even more endorsed flexibility in design.  Yes! Yes! Yes! Decorating becomes more and more fun as we go!

Now, that being said, there was a common theme color in those floorings.  They were all neutral shades.  The wood tones were DULL (a new thing) not shiny, in a soft chocolate and another in a light tan with darker knot holes.  The carpet was a great shade of taupe-ish, and the tile was another earthy tone.  It worked!

Back to the “dull” thing.  It was fabulous.  I really can’t say what type of finish was on the wood and I didn’t think to ask anyone, but it looked as though there was no finish at all.  In fact, it looked dusty.  Isn’t that perfect?  A floor that is supposed to look dusty?  My daughter would kill for that.  She has a beautiful dark, shiny floor that is the bane of her existence.  It’s like owning a black car (ask me). Nothing looks better when it’s clean and nothing looks worse when it’s dirty.  Not so with these cool floors.  Wide planks, tongue and groove (I know…a sweeping nightmare, but gorgeous none the same.)

So if you are in the throws of remodeling, redecorating, or even buying/building a new home, remember that flooring is once again an almost anything goes (as long as it “goes”) designer’s choice (the designer being YOU!)  Shop around, create your portfolio ala Candace Olson style.  Take your time and enjoy!

How to Mix and Match Styles in Your Decor

Mix & Match………

It’s a wonderful thing!

In not too long ago memory, furniture simply had to match.  Thank goodness that old decorating wive’s tale has been debunked!  I am so glad!

I love the deco-philosophy that if you have it, use it!  Add to it, tweek it, move it, paint it, stick something else on it, or whatever.  But there’s a lot of fantastic re-purposing stuff just hanging around your house.  Trust me!

Whether you have to or want to mix and match keep a few tips (and these are just a few) in mind from House Beautiful. I love a beautiful house and I love House Beautiful.

  • All matching wood can look too perfect. Mixing woods can make a room more interesting and personal, like it took shape over time.


  • Tiny rooms are great for dramatic decorating. “Put a large-scale printed fabric or wallpaper on the walls and even the ceiling. It’s easier, safer, and less expensive to be dramatic in a small space. You might get tired of a bold print in the main living area, but it can make a smaller, less-used room an exciting space to spend time,” says designer Victoria Neale.


  • It’s true that rugs anchor a space, but that doesn’t mean they’re required. Removing them can really open up a room. “Bare wood and stone floors can be just as beautiful,” says designer Eric Cohler. It also makes sweeping up easy, particularly helpful in a kitchen that doesn’t have a rug in front of the sink.


  • “If you layer a space with color, texture, and array of styles, your decor choices will have a much longer life,” says designer Vicente Wolf. Accessories are an affordable way to make sure a space doesn’t get locked into one period or thematic look.


  • The most versatile coffee table you’ll ever own is an ottoman topped with a tray. Not only do you get extra seating, the tray also helps corral drinks, remote controls, and other accessories.


  • Don’t be afraid to paint a vintage piece. GASP!!  Every piece of furniture can’t be brown or golden oak!


  • Small-scale furniture only makes a small bedroom look smaller. What?!  Try a high bed and a tall headboard.


  • Kids’ paintings and drawings ARE NOT JUST FOR THE REFRIGERATOR DOOR!  They can bring color and whimsy to an otherwise unimaginative space. Display drawings in a colorful frame, or in a white frame with a colored mat. Hang them in an otherwise unimaginative space.


So, whether it’s done because you have to or to create an eclectic flair just have fun and mix it up!

mix and match decorating ideas

How to Paint Vintage Furniture


………to paint or not to paint (that is up to you!)


Would you have ever thought that someone would dare suggest painting a vintage piece of furniture??!!  I remember sanding, stripping, scraping, stripping again, buffing, and more buffing pieces of furniture to get all the paint OFF to restore the originality, and now it’s okay and even chic to paint some of these old classics.  But wow, what a way to incorporate memorable color to a dining room, a girl’s bedroom, or a corner in the kitchen.  What’s more it seems that the sloppier you are the chic-er it is.  The jury’s still out on that for me.  But I have noticed on some of these great re-done pieces that the “restorer” hasn’t even taken off or taped around hinges or hardware. I guess I need to embrace it and be grateful! J

Just yesterday my hubby picked up an old school desk from a thrift store which we will paint a cool color and not feel a bit guilty.  Are we going to put it in an office? Nope.  Are we going to put it in a kid’s room? Nope.  We’re going to put it in a little out of the way hallway that needs some brightening up.  This little place has no natural light so I’m thinking a shiny silver or a lemony yellow.  But you know what’s great?  If I paint it silver and don’t like it then paint it yellow, all it takes is a piece of sandpaper and 3 minutes and I can have a fabulous distressed piece of yellow with silver slivers.

Don’t you love trying new stuff?