Fabric Shades – Practical and Beautiful

By Reba Byrd and Kathryn Mayer Commercial window coverings, such as woven woods, wood blinds, or the various pleated and cellular shades are wonderful choices for the basic needs of privacy and light control. Often, however, a splash of color is required to pull a room together and fabric side panels are needed to provide a finishing touch. If the added expense of window dressing is prohibitive, or the scale of the room doesn’t allow for the panels, a custom cloth shade should be considered. Cloth shades are available in …

Advancements In Window Coverings

Explore the art of covering your windows with shades or blinds and today it truly is an art. If you have not explored window coverings lately, check with a professional. There are so many options available and they can help you choose the right solution for your You can add warmth and depth to any room by adding shutters or blinds. The choices between wood and composite give you options to make your shutters or blinds uniquely yours with a wide range of finishes and colors. Composite blinds and shutters …

Picking The Perfect Area Rug

BY REBA BYRD AND SHERI WISDOM Do you want to add a little style to your floor? Area rugs can quickly and easily give rooms character. They add warmth to a room, not only taking the chill off cold floors but also producing a mood of intimacy. Questions like how large or small, what color to choose, or how a particular design will fit in with the rest of the décor are usually just a few of the basic questions to take into consideration when shopping for a new rug. …

Check Out Our Friend, Amy Howard

Amy Howard is proof that following one’s dreams with passion and hard work can lead to a life of success and happiness. With the help of her husband, Gene, Howard owns and manages Artisan Studios, which is where the Amy Howard Collection is produced. The upscale, hand-crafted and hand-painted interpretations of fine antiques produced through Artisan Studios are inspired by styles dating back to the Renaissance and 17th and 18th Century France. Visit Amy Howard’s Blog

Chalk Paint Is The Craze

Chalk paint is the newest secret in today’s world of Shabby Chic and modern design and it has taken the DIY world by storm. If you lean more to the softer, low sheen finishes or if you want to have more control with the finish that is best suited to your décor, chalk paint is the way to go. This is a great way to take a tired old furniture piece from drab to fabulous in a very short time. This paint and technique eliminates the need to sand, prime …

Retro Toy Revival

Wanted: Active Imaginations. Once again, retro toys were a top trend at Toy Fair this year. This trend started last year and has grown exponentially as more manufacturers realize the strength of this new market. This re-emergence of vintage or retro style toys is occurring in one of two ways. Manufacturers are either making new versions of toys from years’ past or marketing new toys with a vintage look. The force behind this new trend is due to a new generation of parents and grandparents, who remember how much they …