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4 Fresh Ways to Use Your Parents’ Formal Dining Room Set

    I have read two articles this week in completely different media outlets (here and here) about how Gen Xers or Millenials don’t want the “brown” furniture that our parents and grandparents bought, that it’s almost impossible to even give away let alone sell. Dining room sets, formal living rooms, bedroom sets — apparently, […]

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Glass Lamp Love: Vintage Murano and Opaline (Plus My Finds for You!)

Much as I love many of the lamps from some of my trade vendors (Visual Comfort, Currey & Co., Bungalow 5, Robert Abbey, etc.), I have a serious fascination-bordering-on-fetish for vintage glass lamps. Were I able to indulge it more, it would be a predilection that could easily bankrupt us. Hand blown Murano lamps from makers

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Custom Look Patterned Lamp Shades for Less

    Every great outfit needs fabulous accessories to make it really feel finished. Consider gorgeous custom lamp shades to be the “jewelry” of a room then — with great shades, a room can go from “good” to runway-worthy. I have some awesome sources for beautiful custom (and custom-look!) lamp shades for less than the usual suspects

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ORC Week 2: The Plan, the Plaster Master, and the Myth of Mega Framing Sales

So, a lot of One Room Challenge work has been going on, and the results are going to be fantastic. This is lengthy post, with an update as to the work going on first and then some investigative reporting matching up one of America’s most popular Big Box arts and crafts shops against small framing businesses as

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How Far Would You Go for Cheap Upholstery? — My Secret Source

When we decorated the library, I originally had a second-hand, sorta wobbly chinoiserie tea table in front of the fireplace. The price was right and our budget was gone after paying for upholstery and built-ins, and it looked nice from a distance. However, with two rambunctious boys (even though they had to be on good behavior in

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Discount High-End Designer Fabrics: The Best Sources Online

This week I will begin a series for the intrepid champagne-taste-beer-budget homeowner/decorator, those who know their taste and are willing to try it on their own. Today, we’ll go through my favorite online sources to find to-the-trade-only fabrics, and then, in future weeks, where you can send those fabrics to upholster the pieces you have,

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Home Style Compatibility QUIZ!

Have you tried decorating your home with that all elusive “mix”…

yet nothing seems to work?