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How to Avoid Oriental Rug Overkill: 4 Tips for Coordinating Your Heirloom Rugs

I love beginning a room with an Oriental rug as the foundation. There is no better rug in the world for durability and stain resistance, let alone beauty and craftsmanship. Furthermore, with so many Baby Boomers downsizing (many of whom bought some really nice heirloom pieces) the availability of quality Oriental rugs at auction and on …

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“All About the Ming:” The No-Fail, Non-Boring, Universal Donor Coffee Table

Laurel Bern recently did a post on that ever-fascinating, mind-bending topic — the trick to “the mix” of contemporary and traditional elements. Articles have been written on this topic ad nauseum. Even considering the fact that Laurel has major design creds (she’s a veteran-designer-turned-blogger rather than the other way around, like it often is), I was a little …

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Would You Take a Look at Her Unusual Knockers?! … Door Knockers, That Is.

I forgot to mention it earlier, but my Artfully Fresh Foyer from the Fall 2016 One Room Challenge was featured in this past May’s issue of New Hampshire Magazine! NH Mag is a really well written publication with a huge, sometimes quirky, variety of content. And though it’s not a shelter magazine, I’m actually very excited and glad …

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That’s a Wrap!: Matching Your Walls, Windows & More … and Sources

  The 2017 Southeastern Showhouse, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ second foray into the showhouse circuit, was a stunner, at least according to what I could see on all the Instagram feeds. Knowing their graciously well-heeled and well-mannered Southern audience, designers brought out the beautiful and left the daring at home. Gordon Dunning (I featured GD as one of my designers-to-watch …

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The Best Furniture in America You May Never Have Heard Of: D.R. Dimes

Oh, how I hate to end phrases with prepositions!! But a headline just isn’t nearly as catchy (or as Google searchable) had I written “The Best Furniture Company of Which You May Never Have Heard.” Oh well. My 10th grade English teacher laments. Anwho! Today, I’m here to bring you that behind-the-scenes tour with one of America’s …

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4 Fresh Ways to Use Your Parents’ Formal Dining Room Set

  I have read two articles this week in completely different media outlets (here and here) about how Gen Xers or Millenials don’t want the “brown” furniture that our parents and grandparents bought, that it’s almost impossible to even give away let alone sell. Dining room sets, formal living rooms, bedroom sets — apparently, we …

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Glass Lamp Love: Vintage Murano and Opaline (Plus My Finds for You!)

Much as I love many of the lamps from some of my trade vendors (Visual Comfort, Currey & Co., Bungalow 5, Robert Abbey, etc.), I have a serious fascination-bordering-on-fetish for vintage glass lamps. Were I able to indulge it more, it would be a predilection that could easily bankrupt us. Hand blown Murano lamps from makers …

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Julie Dasher’s Custom Rugs: If You Conceive It, She Can Weave It

I am on a constant search for design vendors that provide artistry, outstanding quality, good value, and fair labor practices. Let me tell you, it ain’t easy. American labor is very expensive. The price might be fair, but it can still be hard to afford! And lots of stuff that comes out of Asia is most likely made …

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Nina Farmer’s Historically Sensitive Style is Hip2Save

Boston designer Nina Farmer has been hot for quite a while now. Her name has become synonymous with Beacon Hill and a sleek, historically sensitive style. And while the design blogosphere has been buzzing with Bailey McCarthy’s big reveal of her home in this month’s House Beautiful (I admit, I’m pretty smitten myself. That DINING …

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Timeless Shaker Kitchen Style You Won’t Hate in 10 Years (and How to Get the Look)

For my first article for New Hampshire Magazine (on news stands now or, if you aren’t local, here’s the link), I had the very general assignment of “The Shaker Style Kitchen.” I was given some pictures of various kitchens I might profile that all had Shaker style cabinetry (more on that later), but it was really up …

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