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DIY Painted Furniture Just Got Easier — There’s a “FAT” New Kid in Chalk Paint Town

So, I know that I said that my DIY days died with the cry of my firstborn child, but here I am, eating my words (and some seriously yummy brownies. I’ll get to that.) A number of months ago, I wrote a blog post on How to Freshen Up Your Parents’ Formal Dining Set that’s been […]

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Jess Franks, Floral & Landscape Artist and Instagram Sensation

    I am so pleased to bring you today’s post! I’ve become a bit of an art monger in recent years, and one artist who has caught my eye (along with an enormous following on Instagram) is Jess Franks. Stick around to the end of the post for a nifty little giveaway! (All photos

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The 10 Best Design Blog Posts You May Have Missed

June 24 marked my blogging anniversary — I have been blogging every Saturday now for 1 year! That’s 58 original long-form posts, along with 8 stories for New Hampshire Magazine, 3 stories for Around Concord Magazine and a couple of guest posts. Not to mention, my design work has gotten really busy thanks to my lovely clients!

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How to Avoid Oriental Rug Overkill: 4 Tips for Coordinating Your Heirloom Rugs

    I love beginning a room with an Oriental rug as the foundation. There is no better rug in the world for durability and stain resistance, let alone beauty and craftsmanship. Furthermore, with so many Baby Boomers downsizing (many of whom bought some really nice heirloom pieces) the availability of quality Oriental rugs at auction

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“All About the Ming:” The No-Fail, Non-Boring, Universal Donor Coffee Table

Laurel Bern recently did a post on that ever-fascinating, mind-bending topic — the trick to “the mix” of contemporary and traditional elements. Articles have been written on this topic ad nauseum. Even considering the fact that Laurel has major design creds (she’s a veteran-designer-turned-blogger rather than the other way around, like it often is), I was a little

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Would You Take a Look at Her Unusual Knockers?! … Door Knockers, That Is.

I forgot to mention it earlier, but my Artfully Fresh Foyer from the Fall 2016 One Room Challenge was featured in this past May’s issue of New Hampshire Magazine! NH Mag is a really well written publication with a huge, sometimes quirky, variety of content. And though it’s not a shelter magazine, I’m actually very excited and glad

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That’s a Wrap!: Matching Your Walls, Windows & More … and Sources

  The 2017 Southeastern Showhouse, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ second foray into the showhouse circuit, was a stunner, at least according to what I could see on all the Instagram feeds. Knowing their graciously well-heeled and well-mannered Southern audience, designers brought out the beautiful and left the daring at home. Gordon Dunning (I featured GD as one of my designers-to-watch

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The Best Furniture in America You May Never Have Heard Of: D.R. Dimes

Oh, how I hate to end phrases with prepositions!! But a headline just isn’t nearly as catchy (or as Google searchable) had I written “The Best Furniture Company of Which You May Never Have Heard.” Oh well. My 10th grade English teacher laments. Anwho! Today, I’m here to bring you that behind-the-scenes tour with one of America’s

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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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