DIY and Trade Tips

How to create a beautiful container water garden.

via Aquascape Inc on Pinterest

Water feature are becoming quite popular and a favorite landscape trend of mine. To learn more about these water features, check out my blog post:  Waterscapes Create Beautiful Backyards.

A new trend that I have fallen in love with is painting the window panes black. It’s creates a dramatic, stylish, up-to-date home.

Below are a few photos using black paint on the window panes:

Exterior Black Window Panes

design renovation modernizes a classic tudor.
Contemporary Bedroom by Montreal Interior Designers & Decorators Esther Hershcovich
Check out for great exterior and interior rooms painted with black windows panes.

A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi: A Designer's Home in Sharon, Ct.

Amy Beth’s, ABC Dragoo Designs, country home was featured in the Winter of 2014 issue of New England Home Magazine. Check out the black window panes through out her home in the article here: A Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi: A Designer’s Home in Sharon, Ct.

House Beautiful Published ~ 101 Decorating Secrets from Top Interior Designers

The experts — Christopher Peacock, Myra Hoefer, Carleton Varney, and 97 other inspiring designers — share words to live and design by.

There a many great tips! I chose four to post:

Velvet on sofas & chairsThis is a great tip by Susan Ferrier. My shop carried it’s own private label 100% laid-pile mohair. Perfect for upholstery. As velvet ages the color softens and, like leather, it develops a beautiful  “patina”; classy look when worn in.
Wallpaper TipsAlso, patterned wallpaper strengthens a room while no pattern paper softens the space. Use wallpaper without a pattern to soften strong design furnishings and accents.
Wall paint and fabric ~ decoratingHere’s an excellent tip from Sallie Giordano! You never want to match your walls to a color in one of your fabrics… too strong. Have you ever looked closely at a textured chenille? The colors are usually much brighter than the overall look; the colors blended together become much more subtle. Step back from your fabric and choose a color that blends nicely for the walls.
Decorating - coffee table heightScandinavia’s have been using higher coffee tables for years. Perfect for family and small gatherings. Pull up a couple of foot stools for the other side of the sofa to dine together. You can also leave footstools under table and pull out to eat.

Brass is making a comeback!

Winter 2014 Larger Than Light, A Guide to Illuminating Design, has a great selection of brass lighting. Check out the lighting for 2014 as well as the Trend Watch on Page 8: Winter 2014 Larger Than Light.

Mixing metals is also a new trend. You can find all kinds of ideas for brass home designs on  Above photo can be found at

2014 Style and Pantone Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid

Eclectic Bedroom by Little Rock Interior Designers & Decorators Tobi Fairley Interior Design has some great room designs using 2014 Pantone Color of the YearRadiant Orchid.

2013 Style and Pantone Color of the Year – Emerald

2013 Style and Pantone Color - Emerald

Emerald- Pantone/Color of the Year 2013

2012 Style and Pantone Color of the Year – Tangerine Tango

Color of the Year Tangerine Tango - 2012

Tangerine Tango – Pantone/Color of the Year 2012

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