25 Easy Decorating Tips For a More Beautiful Home


I am sure you’ll agree with me when I say:

Decorating can be daunting…

…it’s not easy to take that first step as a Do-It-Your-Selfer.

There are countless choices and lots of steps in the process.

It is easy to make costly errors if you are not careful.

That’s why in today’s article I am going to share 25 home decorating tips (interior and exterior) you can use TODAY, as well as a SlideShare + a bonus PDF.

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Back From the High Point Show

Photo Apr 22, 3 35 40 PMLast week, we attended the home furnishings market in High Point, North Carolina.  What a show!  Miles of buildings with many showrooms within.  Many shoe changes along the way (and lots of Advil) but we managed to visit 55 showrooms in order to stay ahead of what is new and to bring fresh ideas to our own clients and their projects back home.

Interestingly, it seems that the urban loft look that was all the rage only last year has now been eclipsed by a more chic and glamorous style which echoes the 1940’s Hollywood apartment. BUT… with a fresh new twist.  Lots of blush colored fabrics, mirror, crystal and gold took center stage throughout the show.

That said, while it is interesting to see what is “trending” in the market today, these trends may not be right for you.  Your home should reflect your own style and one that makes you feel comfortable and at ease.  After all, you’ll be living with it for years to come.  Trendy is exciting but not always practical.

The vendors who impressed us the most were:  Palecek, Chelsea House, Robert Abbey, Stanley, Seasonal Living, Left Bank Art, John Richard, Thibaut, Henredon, Anna French, Pearson, Eastern Accents, Feizy Rugs, Hickory Chair, and Kravet.

Here are some of our own favorites we spotted along the way and thought we should share them with you.

Photo Apr 21, 10 34 15 AM (1)Photo Apr 23, 12 29 34 PMPhoto Apr 23, 12 24 05 PMPhoto Apr 23, 11 10 16 AMPhoto Apr 21, 2 33 25 PMPhoto Apr 22, 2 32 51 PMPhoto Apr 23, 10 32 29 AMAlden Parkes DeskThanks for visiting.  We’d love to hear from you soon!


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3 Reasons to Choose Wool

Ever wonder which way to go when selecting your wall to wall carpeting or area rug? In this article, we’ll take a look at the features and benefits of natural wool.

(To read the entire article from Wools of New Zealand, click here.)


NATURAL FILTER-traps unwanted particles from the air, keeping them away from people with respiratory problems.

HUMIDITY MODERATING-absorbs up to 1/3 its own weight without feeling damp. Releases back into the atmosphere when humidity drops.

TEMPERATURE MODERATING-a natural insulator keeps warm in the winter and cool in the summertime.

LOW VOC EMISSION-does not give off harmful gasses, which can cause eye, nose, throat irritation, and even aggravate allergies and asthma.

  1. SAFE

SLIP RESISTANT-natural friction makes it safe to stand and walk on for people of all ages.

CUSHIONING FOR FALLS-naturally springy in nature. Keeps its shape and wears well.

FIRE SAFETY-fire resistant. Will form an insulating char layer, which inhibits fire.

STATIC RESISTANT-the natural moisture in wool prevents the build up of static

HEALTHY POSTURE-promotes good posture and gate due to the natural springiness.

SAFE FOR BABY-traps bacteria and allergens, keeping them away from the play area where baby is breathing. Its springy nature protects baby from injury when falling.

SAFE FOR SMALL PETS-does not promote the growth of bacterial, dust mites and does not give off harmful emissions.

NATURAL AIR FILTER-non-allergenic and does not provide nutrients for bacteria or dust mites, and does not promote the growth of molds.

NON-IRRITATING-fibers are too long and thick to be inhaled. Will not irritate the respiratory system.


EASY CARE-easy care with vacuuming and occasional professional cleaning. Naturally elastic so it stands up to everyday wear and tear and resists crushing.


  • Scoop up solids before cleaning.
  • Blot out as much liquid as possible with a clean white rag.  DO NOT RUB.
  • Clean with correct cleaning agent and remember to apply agent to towel and not carpet.
  • Rinse with cold or lukewarm water.
  • Air dry with cool-air fan.

Ask us about a wonderful new line of wool carpeting from Masland Carpets, one of our favorite vendors. This line is made from New Zealand Wool, the finest wool you will find.

Please call us and we’ll be happy to send you a copy of the Wools of New Zealand Cleaning Guide. 

(626) 836-2935


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The Art of Transitional Design

Our newest eBook entitled The Art of Transitional Design has been published and is available as a FREE download on our RESOURCES page here on the site.  If you are looking for fresh ideas for creating that calm, casual and elegant space to call home, please enjoy.  And share with your family and friends if you like what you see.

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5 Tips For Mattress Shopping

A Mattress Shopping Guide from our friends at Custom Comfort Mattress

Family and many mattresses

1)  Buy Double Sided. Your mattress will last longer and provide the support you need. Remember to flip and turn it regularly!

2)  Look for Honesty. Ask the company to show you what materials are used in their products. Seeing is believing. Also, if the sales representative seems a little too pushy, he/she may be working on a commission and not necessarily in your best interest.

3)  Seek Quality Materials. If you are spending more than $1,000 for a queen set (mattress and box spring) the bed should be double sided. Ask what the foam is made from and how many layers are used in the mattress. More layers of foam increase the potential for the mattress to “hammock”. This is not good for your back.

4)  Take Your Time. When shopping for a mattress, wear something comfortable. You’ll want to lie down on the beds and in your different sleep positions. The sales staff should be willing to give you 15-30 minutes on each bed to help you decide if it is a good fit for you. Remember, you spend about 1/3 of your life in bed. It is an important choice so dedicate some time to the process.

5)  Shop By Feel, Not The Deal. Choosing the right fit and not because of it’s reduced price is the way to make the correct selection. You might think you are saving money but in the end, if it does not last or is not the right fit, you could be purchasing another mattress before you need to.

Your mattress can improve your sleep quality, your energy level and your overall health. Be sure to make the right choice! For store locations for Custom Comfort Mattress, please visit www.customcomfortmattress.com


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