Pet Proof Rugs – Solutions for Resistant Rugs

Pet Proof Rugs - Solutions for Resistant Rugs

(Pet Proof Rugs – Photo by Life in Jeneral

Most of us just love our big and little pets, but what we don’t love is the maintenance it takes to keep flooring and furniture looking and smelling good. If you own a dog or cat, then you know exactly what I mean. Between the regular doggie sweat/odor, the occasional hacking up something that shouldn’t have been eaten in the first place, or the (hopefully rare) piddle spots that they so lovingly leave behind….. is it any wonder that there is a constant search to find the perfect pet proof rugs? Well, friends I am here today to help. I will explain the different types of rugs, the pros and cons for each. Then, I will tell you how I manage to keep my favorite rugs looking good. (Keep Reading…)

Open Shelving – Pros and Cons

Open Shelving - Pros & Cons

(Open Shelving – Photo by Erotas Building Corporation)

Have you considered having open shelving in your kitchen? Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that open shelving has become the “thing” to do. What with HGTVs Fixer Upper using them quite frequently to achieve Joanna’s signature farmhouse look, and the rise in popularity for the Rustic Industrial look, open shelving seems to be just about everywhere. But before you take that leap, let’s look at both the Pros and Cons of this design choice. (keep reading…

Cement Tile – 2017’s Tile Trend!

Cement Tile - 2017s Tile Trend!

(Cement Tile – 2017s Tile Trend! –  Photo by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design)

If you have been paying attention to any of the home remodeling TV shows, then I am sure that you have seen some form of cement tile being installed. These are sometimes referred to as pattern tiles, and are reminiscent of either a Mediterranean or New Orleans style (depending on the design). However, these tiles are making a comeback in a big way. So, if you enjoying keeping up with current trends, then you should really check these out. (keep reading…)

Bell Jar Pendant Lights (and My Love/Hate Relationship)

Bell Jar Pendant Lights

(Bell Jar Pendant Lights – Photo by Steven Cabinets)

Back when I was designing my home, I decided early on that I was going to put bell jar, pendant lighting above my kitchen island. I have always loved the way they look – a little bit medieval, a little bit elegant. However, if you are in the market for lighting and you are considering bell jars, you are going to want to read this article. (keep reading…)

10 Terrific Cosmetic Storage Ideas!

Organized Bathroom - Richmond, VA

(Cosmetic Storage Ideas – Photo by Abundance Organizing)

Who doesn’t just love to have all of their makeup perfectly laid out and organized? I know that I love to be able to see all of my brushes, lipsticks, and what nots beautifully displayed and easy to visually locate. But sometimes, we just don’t have all that wonderful space to create such  organization. However, I have found the following ideas to be great for adding storage space or for better utilizing what is already available. These 10 cosmetic storage ideas are sure to help you get your makeup (and what nots) better organized, too! (keep reading…)

2016 Year End Review!

2016 Year End Review! (2016 Year End Review!)
Wow! What a year this has been. I am so very grateful to all of the people that have taken the time to visit my site. I hope that you all found at least a little something to inspire you. I am really looking forward to the upcoming year. (Hint: I have a LOT of great projects in the works). But in the mean time, I wanted to take this chance to offer you a look back at the top 10 posts for the 2016 year – made popular by you, the viewer. (Keep Reading…)

Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year – Greenery!

Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year

(Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year – Photo by Barker O’Donoghue Master Builders)

Well, the decision has been made, and the choice for Pantone’s 2017 color of the year is (drum roll please…) Greenery! While I am not yet sure if I am a fan of of this color choice, I must admit that it certainly makes a statement. So, I went searching to find a few rooms that have used this color with great success, and this is what I found. (Keep Reading…)

8 Wonderful Niche Ideas

8 Wonderful Niche Ideas

(8 Wonderful Niche Ideas – Photo by Jill Shevlin Design)

One of the things I find that I often do is to look through a wall rather than at it. That is, every time I see a blank wall, I ask myself, “what can I do inside that wall?” I guess because I am a space hog, I hate to ignore those 4-6 inches of space that are just sitting there being wasted. (an obsession that I am sure my dh really wishes that I didn’t have) 😉 But today, i invite you to join me with imagining how that space can be used add that something extra to your home with these 8 niche ideas. (keep reading…)