Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Great Find

Home fragrance has never been more popular. Use it in its many forms to layer sweet smells in with your decor. This decorative Madagascar Diffuser from Z Gallerie has a spicy citrus scent that you'll love all year long.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Great Outdoors

As the weather gets warmer and days grow longer, I look forward to finally using the other room in my home -my outdoor room. Porches, decks and patios extend and enhance our indoor living spaces and our lives.

What’s needed to create a perfect outdoor atmosphere? Simply use the same things that you use indoors like comfortable seating, a table or two to set down a drink or a good book, and some well chosen accessories. Spruce up your outdoor living spaces this summer and entertain or relax in style.

Overhead structures such as gazebos and pergolas provide just enough coverage from the elements and add character to ordinary decks. Lattice walls can help mask a bad view as well as provide privacy. A trellis or arbor supports hardy climbers and defines spaces. Deep porches beckon you and your guests to linger a little longer. Take advantage of a fenced-in corner of your yard and claim it as a cozy nook - intimate and inviting when you place an old iron daybed or wooden glider there for quiet conversations or tea.

Today’s outdoor furnishings are so lovely that most people often use them indoors as well. Furniture cast-offs are great for outdoor use too. A few scuffs and dents add to the charm. Don’t be afraid to use plump pillows and fabrics outdoors. Simply cover seat cushions with water-resistant fabrics or take them in at night. Fabric remnants can be used as tablecloths. No need to sew up the edges, just tuck ends under and let them puddle on the ground. Lightweight cotton throws and bedsheets can be used as well, and large dishtowels make great napkins.

Accessorize with garden statuary and antique gardening tools. Hang lanterns from fence walls and use lots of hurricanes for candles. Pot plants, herbs and flowers and place them on steps, on tables and in corners. Old shutters hinged together, make a great screen - perfect for adding vertical interest as well as an added surface for climbing plants.

Mix up the formal with the informal when entertaining, whether you’re having tea in the garden, hosting a neighborhood barbecue, or planning a quiet moonlit supper for two. Hang an iron chandelier from a pergola and dress it up with crystal drops. No need to use plastic plates and cups, use the real thing. Mix-matched china with floral patterns looks especially lovely. Dress your table with low sitting flower arrangements so they won’t blow over and string white lights through trees and along banisters for extra sparkle.

The best thing about outdoor rooms is that there’s no need to re-decorate – nature will take care of that for you.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Excellent Speaker

Robert Middleton of Action Plan Marketing was our speaker this month and what a class he put on for us! If you do nothing else, visit the Action Plan website and sign on for his wonderful newsletter and pick up your copy of The Marketing Plan Start-Up Kit today. Action Plan Marketing Website

The ADE Teleseminar series just keeps getting better and better!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Decorating Plan

Organize & Plan your Project!
Imagine moving furniture and knowing that it fits, having all your receipts and warranties at your finger tips, hands free shopping, and 5 years from now being able to locate the paint chip for the hallway at a moments notice! That's a reality with the Decorating Assistant at your side!

Decorating, building & remodeling can be stressful for anyone. Life is simplified when you're organized. With the Decorating Assistant, organization was never easier! Plan, organize, and shop for your new home or decorating project!

We love our Decorating Assistant! As designers ourselves, we're able to organize our client jobs and stay on track.

The magnetic planning surface makes planning a new room arrangement a breeze and provides a great visual when meeting with clients. The Display page makes color coordination a easy - it's great for presentations and shopping. Storage for business cards provides contractor information at your fingertips and track all expenses by storing receipts in an expandable file.
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