Thursday, February 17, 2011


When I enter a room one of the first things I notice is the balance (or lack of it) in the room.  I see so many area rugs that are undersized or that the furniture is not positioned properly on the rug.

When choosing a rug for under a dining table the rug should be wide enough so that when pulling out a
chair the chair should remain on the rug. This will also insure that when seated all four legs of the chair will remain on the rug. A rug allowance of 24" beyond the width of the table is usually sufficient.

For example: If your table is 44" wide, allow 24" on each side of the table for the chairs. That gives you a rug width of 92" or approximately 7 1/2 feet. Your calculations may fall in between sizes. Since rugs come in standard sizes, unless it's a totally custom cut rug, remember it's better to go larger than smaller.

Use these same guidelines to determine the length of the rug.

When browsing furniture stores and/or magazines sometimes you'll see furniture angled on a rug with one or two of the front legs on the rug and the other legs resting on the bare floor. In some instances this may be acceptable, but, generally keep the entire piece of furniture on the rug or totally off the rug. It looks a little more pleasing and it keeps the furniture more stable.

Monday, February 14, 2011

8 1/2 Steps to a Romantic Bedroom

Happy Valentine's Day!  A designer friend of mine wrote a blog post for this special day.  The 8 1/2 steps caught my attention and who wouldn't want a romantic bedroom.  I'd like to share her post with you.

Last year I posted some pictures that captured the feeling of this day.  Everyone seemed to enjoy them so here they are again.  I hope you keep love in your heart not only today, but, everyday.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Flowers Displaying Color of the Year

Here I am thinking about flowers again.  As I was shopping for groceries the other day I passed the section where they display loose bouquets of flowers.  It was a dreary day and seeing them made me smile.  I decided to buy some.  First, I had to decide where I wanted to place them and that would help me choose which flowers to buy.  As I glanced over them one really stood out.  It looked like an over sized daisy and I liked the large flower heads and long stems.  I immediately decided it would be perfect in a tall vase on my bathroom vanity.

The color of the year is honeysuckle and the color of this flower looks just like the color of the flower that was published when the color was announced back in January.

Because it's on the bathroom vanity it's one of the first things I see in morning and one of the last things I see at night and that makes me happy.