5 Things to Know Before You Buy a Sofa

5 Things to Know Before You Buy a Sofa

Sit on it, lie down on it, hang your feet over the arms. This means NOT to buy it online unless you have been in person to that very model number you see at a super price in an online store. There are great buys out there that you can see in person! Buy Made in the...
Little Red Toolbox

Little Red Toolbox

Holding my sleeping, sweet baby girl, I read an article that has stayed with me for many years.  I read that piece over thirty-four years ago, actually.  The article, in a women’s church magazine, was by an interior decorator, who decided to use her...
Proceeding with an Overall Plan

Proceeding with an Overall Plan

Formula: Paint the bedroom a fabulous color. Hang sheers at the ceiling. Add a pop of color in an occasional chair.  Boom!  You have a recipe for a great design scheme—-right?  Only maybe…designing a beautiful home doesn’t come in the vacuum of decorator tricks...
Babies and Design

Babies and Design

I just returned to Virginia from the NYC area where I spent a week with my dearest daughter in law Laura and her new baby…and her precious preschooler, 2 cats and her husband (our son). They live in a typical NYC area apartment that is smaller than they would like and...
Crazy Over Collections

Crazy Over Collections

My favorite thrift store is 9 miles from our house and I love to stop by every two weeks to see what is new. I have definitely found some treasures there—an antique Biedermeier Austrian wardrobe for less than $200 and a graceful marble sculpture for $40. But...