Design Dilemma

Convince Your S.O. to Paint Your Room Any Color You Want!

It’s the last week of the One Room Challenge, and my Artfully Fresh Foyer is all ready; I’m just waiting to get the photographs!!! So two more quick design inspiration posts for the Saturday blog. Today — fresh, classic rooms in every color. Where can you find them? On Home Glow’s Pinterest page. Home Glow’s Pinterest …

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ORC Week 5: Stairway to My Design Heaven, or An Online Source for Stair Runners

Hello All! Week 5 of my Artfully Fresh Foyer for the One Room Challenge, here! The foyer is done (as of 2 nights ago) and I just had it photographed yesterday. I can’t wait to show you the final reveal next week, but today I’ll be talking stair runners and throw rugs, with a great online …

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ORC Week4: If These Walls Could Speak — Silhouettes for Custom Wall Decor

For week 4 of my Artfully Fresh Foyer One Room Challenge, I hit a wall — literally and figuratively. As I was thinking through the whole project in my head — foyer, up the stairs, second floor landing — I realized that I had a whole lot of wall space to fill. BTW, if you’re …

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An Artfully Fresh Foyer: Home Glow’s Saturday Blog, ORC Edition Week 1

It’s time for the new One Room Challenge — and I’ll be tackling my entry and stairs for my first one! For those of you who are not familiar with the One Room Challenge, it is the brain-child of Linda at Calling It Home. Twice a year, 20 invited designer/bloggers and a host of guest participants complete …

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What Comes First — the Interior Design or the Art? Design Dilemma.

A couple of weeks ago, I went to the McGowan Fine Art Gallery in Concord, NH. A reception was being held for Nancy Simonds, one of the Gallery’s long-standing and most popular artists, in honor of her exhibition there. As I browsed and chatted, I couldn’t help but be struck by this work: The above pic does NOT do justice …

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Historically Inspired: Just How Fresh Can an Old House Get?

By American standards, I live in an old, OLD house. It isn’t First Period or anything, but 1790 is about as early as it gets in most parts. Luckily, being built late in the 18th century, our house doesn’t have the low ceilings of earlier saltboxes or Georgians, and the windows are pretty big compared to …

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The Knotty Pine Problem: 3 Alternatives to Painting It All

  Knotty pine paneling has long been a staple of summer cottage/cabin construction and, the 1950s-1970s, was completely ubiquitous in even primary residences. Look around the web, and you’ll find tons of blog posts about why and how to paint over pine, but today we’ll go through when it’s appropriate to keep it and 3 …

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