Q & A–What Foyer Paint Color Will Coordinate With This Living Room?

reader question - entryway paint color - 3

Victoria is having trouble choosing a paint color for her foyer in her new home and is hoping that we can help her out! Here's what she says: Normally I don't have much problem landing on that ONE color I want to use in a room - and I'm not afraid of color - but I'm drawing a complete blank on this one. We're buying a 1898 Victorian home … [Read more...]

My “New” Green Console Table

green console table 3

When I decided to paint the walls in my living room and entryway teal, it kind of left some things up in the air about the other items in the room. While I had mentioned painting the console table the same green of the credenza, and then using the herringbone lamps on the green console table, I was no longer sure if a green table would work with … [Read more...]

Watercolor Tile Herringbone Table Lamps – Finished!

Watercolor Tile Herringbone Table Lamp

My herringbone table lamps are finished! If you missed it, you can click here for Part 1 of this project, where I showed how I made the boxes for the lamp bases, and then how I made the herringbone pattern out of watercolor paper painted with acrylic paints to coordinate with my room. When I left you on Monday, I had two sides of one lamp … [Read more...]

Scalloped Console Table — Finished!

Scalloped Console Table

My console table is finally finished, and I love how it turned out! Now I'm so anxious to decorate the entryway. I opted for a "less is more" treatment on the table.  I was really leaning towards nail head trim, but once I decided to cut out the ends, I realized that I could be hammering in nail heads for two weeks on this table, and I'd … [Read more...]

Formulating My Plan To Build A Console Table (Sofa Table)

Fabiani Console from Horchow

Good morning, lovely people!  I have another one of those "scattered mind" posts today as I share with you my thoughts on one of my next projects. While I haven't yet decided what I want to do about a sofa in my living room (buy a new one or reupholster the one I have?), I'm quite a bit more certain about what type of console table I want … [Read more...]

Interior Doors – Using A Color Other Than White

Bedroom makeover with black interior doors and board and batten walls

A couple of days ago, I posed the question on the A2D Facebook page, "Would you ever paint all of your interior doors a color other than black or white...or stained wood?" And of course, I'm not just talking about the inside of your front door, or a special door like a screen door you're using on a pantry. I'm talking about all of your interior … [Read more...]

Cottage Style Board and Batten Hallway On A Budget

Board and batten hallway with gallery shelves

Tricia at Simplicy In The South recently gave her hallway a makeover, taking it from a rather neglected 1980s look to a very light a bright cottage style hallway with board and batten walls. Tricia added some cottage charm and character with gallery shelves, wainscoting, new lighting and oil rubbed bronze door hardware. She stayed on budget … [Read more...]

Come Tour The 2013 HGTV Smart Home With Me!

HGTV Smart Home 2013 - home exterior

Yesterday, I just happened upon the HGTV website, and I saw all of these mentions about a 2013 HGTV Smart Home.  I was like "whaaaaat?"  How long have they been doing this?  I knew about the annual Dream Home, and the annual Green Home (which I completely missed this year!!), but I don't think I've ever heard of the Smart Home.  How long have they … [Read more...]

Wainscoting: A Classic Or A Trend?

Small condo breakfast room makeover

A couple of days ago, I had someone ask me on the A2D Facebook page, "How much is too much board and batten in a home? I LOVE the look, and I want to do nearly all of the rooms in my house!"  So I started thinking about the question, and then I started realizing just how much wainscoting (whether it's bead board, board and batten, tongue and … [Read more...]