Family Organization Ideas All Around The House

Getting (and keeping) the family organized is something I know most households are constantly trying to improve, and ours is no exception! So when we decided to do a post on family organization all around the house, we coincidentally got contacted by this great company in Seattle, 'Three by Three'. We don't do a lot of sponsored posts or reviews, (we're picky!) but this was timed so perfectly, and … [Read more...]

9 Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips for your Bedroom

Most of us don't give much thought to cleaning our bedrooms beyond picking up the dirty socks and making the bed. But since we do spend so much time in our bedrooms (albeit asleep!) we should consider what we use to clean with! Using harsh detergents and cleaners might not be the best option when we lay our heads on those sheets and breathe the air in that room for more than 8 hours each day. We … [Read more...]

Clever Ways to Decorate Your Hallway

The hallway is way too often ignored when decorating... it is a space that is passed through so often, it deserves to have some attention! Since hallways tend to be small spaces, you don't want to clutter or close it in, but you do want to add interest. It doesn't have to be a boring, utilitarian space! Make sure you and your loved ones enjoy passing through... After all, isn't life the journey, … [Read more...]

The New Neutrals!

When decorating a small home a really common bit of design advice includes decorating with neutrals in order to keep the space looking larger visually. While you gotta love what neutrals can do for a small room, they can get a little boring, especially if your idea of neutrals means beige, beige and more beige. In the last few years, designers have opened the way for a more adventurous use of the … [Read more...]

7 Tips on Decorating a Small Kitchen

Even though small kitchens are a challenge to decorate, storage and display areas are of prime importance. Here are a few home decorating ideas for decorating a small kitchen to make it both beautiful and efficient. Visually increase a small kitchen’s size with glass cabinet doors. Paint the insides of the cabinets the same color as the walls for a fashionable, well-designed update. Solid-door … [Read more...]

Top 6 Home Decorating Apps You Need Today!

We recently did a post for TGG on our picks for the top five gardening apps, and it was so popular we decided we would do one for decorating apps as well! Keep in mind, there are a crazy amount of apps out there, and many of them very good. These are our top decorating apps this week... :) Next week, who knows? However, if you know of a great app, please share with us in comments! Not only does it … [Read more...]

DIY Wall Art for Small Rooms

Sometimes when we are decorating a small room we are tempted to keep the art we place on the wall small as well. While this seems to make sense based on the properties of scale, what it actually does is cause the eye to stop many times, thus making the room appear even smaller. Creating one large piece of wall art makes much more of an impact with a cleaner look! And of course then you get to … [Read more...]

How to Use Color in Small Space Decorating

The most common myth in decorating small spaces in your home is that you must use white on the walls. Nothing could be further from the truth! Here are some easy guidelines to using color in your small rooms or homes! It is true that lighter tints of your chosen color scheme on the larger surfaces of a room, such as your walls and floors, do help a room look larger and brighter. But this … [Read more...]

Small Kitchen Organizing Ideas

  Small house, small kitchen...they pretty much go hand in hand. (Unless you are one of those very lucky few, in which case pour yourself a glass of wine and celebrate that you don't need this post.) The biggest problem in a small kitchen is that we all need a certain amount of kitchen stuff, and we gotta have a place to put it. In comes small kitchen organizing ideas... the steps to … [Read more...]

Kathy’s Flower Arranging Tips

I love fresh flowers in any room, and I know it seems like a big mystery how to arrange them. Well here is the big secret... the less complicated you get, the easier, and more elegant it is. And it doesn't matter where your flowers come from... the only two places I have ever gotten flowers to arrange is either my garden, or the grocery store! But I'm going to try to bring you a few tips from some … [Read more...]

How to Paint (Almost) Anything

It's no secret that paint is the number one weapon in any DIY'ers arsenal, I've been saying it for 15+ years to readers, clients and loved ones. But did you know that today, it's possible to paint, and therefore remake, almost anything? So I decided to do a quick primer on how to paint almost anything, to get you all thinking about the possibilities here. After your done, hopefully you won't see … [Read more...]

Decorating with Colored Glass

I've always LOVED colored glass. I find it beautiful and ethereal. It catches and reflects the light, it adds subtle color, and for small homes, is the perfect accent as it doesn't take up a lot of visual weight. What do I mean by visual weight? Well a colored glass vase and a dark metal vase of the same size are going to be perceived differently by the eye. The metal vase will seem to take up … [Read more...]

Got the “Blues”?

We all know that blues as a palette for a room design is not a new concept. It is, however, one of the most popular and trendy color palettes this year. In fact, Benjamin Moore's 2014 color of the year is "Breath of Fresh Air", a soft, ethereal blue that makes you feel just like that! I think that is one of the reasons the blues and grays have become so popular...they make us feel calm, relaxed … [Read more...]

How to Use Pattern in Small Spaces

One of the old rules of decorating is "don't use patterns in small spaces".... Along with a bunch of other "rules", I think this one has seen it's day. In fact, it's not hard to learn how to use pattern in a small space, and I'm going to show you five easy ways to incorporate pattern without overwhelming your small room. Pattern adds energy and freshness to any room, and small rooms need that too! … [Read more...]

Colors on Trend – What’s Hot for 2014

Color trends in home decorating change from year to year, and sometimes it seems daunting to keep up! The colors being used in the fashion industry also influence home design, and the most respected opinion is that of color authority Pantone. If you missed our post on the 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid, check it out now and find out how to use the hottest hue in the newest way! But if you … [Read more...]

How to Arrange a Coffee Table – 4 Steps

One of the most often asked questions of designers is "how do I arrange my decor?" When is comes to your coffee table, creating a pleasing arrangement seems like an important task...after all, it is the most on display piece of furniture in the room.  Here is a foolproof formula to arranging a coffee table, and inspiring photos to help you get it right. Our featured photo, above, is from The Every … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Tablescape

Valentine’s Day is a special day in my household, and I try to share the feeling of love and romance with all my family! One of the best ways to do that is to set a wonderful Valentine's Day tablescape, and spend time enjoying good food and drink with your loved ones. (Include your kids in dinner, and save a special after dinner and dessert for romance!) Here are some great ideas for setting the … [Read more...]

Pet Friendly Decorating

It doesn't matter what size your home, decorating pet-friendly can be a constant challenge for those of us with furry buddies. Everything we choose in our homes affects our pets...from basics to accessories. In a small home or space, these problems can become even more apparent. Here are some pet friendly decorating tips, tricks, and projects to create a space every member of your family can … [Read more...]

Organize Your Junk Drawer

Everybody has a junk drawer.. Ok, maybe not everybody, but nine out of ten of us can confess to the catch all, throw it in there, the place where lost things go, drawer. Here are the step by steps on how to organize your junk drawer! Dump It! You heard me, dump out the entire thing. Why, you ask? Because that way you are forced to deal with every last piece of junk cluttering up your drawer, … [Read more...]

2014 Color of the Year – Ready for Radiant?

So this year Pantone (THE authority on anything related to color...clothes, cosmetics, home design...) has crowned Radiant Orchid as it's 2014 color of the year. Crowned may be a bit of a played on words, because when it comes to color, purples are seen as "regal". Radiant Orchid, however, has a twist to it I really kinda love. It's warm and friendly, yet elegant and distinguished. A little … [Read more...]

Home Decorating Gift Ideas Under $25

Whether you are a home decorator (and if you are here, you are!) looking for ideas so you can hint to someone who loves you, or are looking for gift ideas to give your friends and family (who doesn't love things for their home?) here is our list of top picks for home decorating gift ideas, all under $25! Remember, small homes need more attention to detail than a larger space, so taking the time to … [Read more...]

Chalk It Up!

So if you haven't seen all the cool things being done now with chalkboard paint (yes, they make that!) then you are missing out. Decorating with chalkboard paint is easy, practical, cool and very now... We've come a long way from just using it in kids rooms! So here is a tutorial on how to use chalkboard paint in your home, and some great inspiration from bloggers across the web in using it in … [Read more...]

Small Home Entertaining Tips

This coming Thanksgiving I will be entertaining in my small home (less than 1400 sq. ft) for the first time in a few years, and I am really looking forward to it. Raised by a Southern family, there was never such a thing as "not enough room"! However, I love my decorating, and I love the feeling of luxe, if not the price tag, so I am figuring out some great ways to fit my family and loved ones … [Read more...]

5 Ways Small Items Can Pack a Big Punch!

Sometimes the best home decor comes in the smallest packages! Home decorating isn’t always about large pieces of furniture and expensive things. In small homes, details do make a difference. Here are some fantastic decor ideas for using details in your decorating to make big impact in any small room.   Use Flowers Flowers don’t have to be expensive; you can pick up a bunch at the … [Read more...]

Today’s New Cottage Style

Cottage style decorating has always been a relaxed, casual way to decorate a home, originally meant to  dress up a beach or vacation house. But it's charm and bright fresh feeling has made it a popular decorating style for any home over the years, in part thanks to the shabby chic movement of the '90's. But today's cottage style is a touch more refined, though equally pretty and made for families. … [Read more...]

DIY Halloween Decorating (for small homes)

Just because you have a small home doesn't mean you don't have room to enjoy a little Halloween decorating fun... In fact, having a small space can be less overwhelming when decorating for any holiday. It's easier to keep a theme pulled together, and you require fewer decorations to make an impact on the room. And when you find a really cool over the top decorating project that you just can't live … [Read more...]

9 Amazing Tips To Transform A Small Space

You don't have to knock down walls to make a room seem bigger. Sometimes it takes a little imagination and a lot of know how to create that spacious space you crave. Here are 9 easy ideas that you can do right now to make your room appear larger. 1. Use light colors on your walls. Light colors on your walls will give a more open, spacious feeling to your room. Light colors on your walls will … [Read more...]

How to Choose and Use Wall Mirrors

Adding that special design element with a wall mirror or wall mirrors can be a great way to elevate your indoor spaces from ordinary to extraordinary. Wall mirrors serve as both decorative and functional aspects of home décor. Whether you’re working with a small sized room or a grand, palatial room, a mirror can do wonders to liven up your décor. Wall mirrors are also a great way to brighten up … [Read more...]

8 Tips for Decorating Your Apartment

Here are some easy tips to decorate your apartment home. Taking a few moments to think about your home will help you fully enjoy it. Think about your home, and answer these questions: 1. What do you want it to be? If you want your home to be a tranquil oasis in a busy world, are your colors soothing or do they shout? If you want a fun place for friends to gather, do you have plenty of … [Read more...]

Small Space Style: Budget Decorating for a Small Home

Having recently downsized to a house half the size of my previous one, I know a bit about decorating a small home! As an interior decorator, having my home present itself as a showcase for my personal style is important to me. Here are some of the best ways to add small space style to any home decorating project! Don’t look at having a small home as a handicap. Not having a large space to plan … [Read more...]

Small Space Storage on a Budget: Collections

One of the biggest problems for people when "small space decorating" is storage. Even for collectors it can easily become a problem, no matter what size space they are working with. I try to do two things with collections: 1. Use them in "new" ways to create storage 2. Store them in new ways to be able to use them as decorative accents AND for their original use. Here are some things I … [Read more...]

5 Quick and Easy Ways to Make Small Rooms Feel Bigger!

Decorating small rooms can be quite a challenge, but there are some simple things you can do in a weekend to make the space seem to expand before your eyes! Go buy the largest mirror you can afford, and place it in a focal area of the room, such as over a mantel, or over a sofa. Hang it a little higher than eye level to avoid reflecting clutter if necessary. If you can’t afford a large mirror, … [Read more...]

Small Space Window Treatment Tips

Decorating a small room is hard enough, but choosing window treatments for small rooms can be maddening. Here are some great small room decorating tips to help you choose just the right window treatments the first time. Remember the windows are an extension of the walls, and cover a large decorating area. Keeping that in mind, when decorating a small space the first thing you must know is … [Read more...]