Backgrounds create magic

The right backgrounds are the secret sauce in your kitchen. Dark counter tops make everything you put on them look important, enhance the colors, and give the room a lush aura. Apples look greener, tomatoes riper, and lemons shout their freshness. A matte charcoal back splash would make that redRead More …

Alternative remodel plan

I’ve had several projects recently with really tight budgets and clients for whom builder basics was not going to work. The solution was to do a project with a SBO (supply by owner) feature. That meant that the owner would purchase the finish products like tile, appliances, decorative plumbing, flooring,Read More …

New home products

Zenus Fabrics are bleach cleanable, durable, have a liquid barrier, are green, and can be cleaned with a dry towel. Where were you when the kids were young and came in packs? Crypton now has carpets, leather and wall covering added to their great fabric line. I’ve used the fabricsRead More …

Remodeling a bathroom

Bath remodel #3 Going all out? A massaging tub is hard to beat. Sanijet makes a tub with self-contained jets, each with its own motor. They require no exterior pipes or motors, so no standing water to mold, no access panel, and the jets can be serviced or replaced fromRead More …

Remodeling bathrooms

Bathroom remodel #2 Total renovation: Hire a bath designer and let her handle it all or visit a high-end showroom and evaluate styles and products in person and take that information to the contractor – or a combination of the two. Be prepared – the average cost of a mid-rangeRead More …

Renovating a bathroom

Bathrooms #1 If you just want to do a little touch-up: Replace a lackluster vanity or toilet. As long as sized and locations stay the same, the price will be affordable. If you have a wall to wall plate glass mirror, hang a framed mirror on top of it. TheRead More …

Renovating a bathroom

  Things to do with your bathroom, vol. 1 If you just want to do a little touch-up: Replace a lackluster vanity or toilet. As long as sized and locations stay the same, the price will be affordable. New tile with some accents are a great perk-up. Even easier –Read More …

Design tips 3 of 4

More from House Beautiful: A coffee table should be at least 15” from the sofa. The usual height for a coffee table is 18” to 20”, but a tea table height or 24” to 26” is just right to set a drink on. End tables should be at least 30”Read More …

Designer tips (2 of 4)

The bench at the foot of the bed should be 2” narrower than the mattress. Never use a sconce over the bathroom mirror. It casts unflattering shadows. Put them on either side of the mirror. A 36” high bathroom vanity is much more comfortable. If you use velvet on sofasRead More …

Designer’s tips (1 of 4)

House Beautiful shared these tips from some of their designers: If you are going to paint the walls white, you need art. Hang art 63” on center from the floor. It’s the perfect height for most pieces. If you are hanging a series of pictures, hang them about 2” apartRead More …