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The Forgotten Fifth Plane: Ceilings!

Monday, 17 June 2013 12:23
The Sistine Chapel, The Louvre Museum, and the Vatican are all places that come to mind when we think about beautiful ceilings, but this "forgotten fifth plane" is often neglected in our own homes. Why? It's a blank slate, so to speak, with very little obstruction. There are endless possibilities for this area of your home. Many people neglect their ceilings, because they don't know what their options are. You could start by simply painting it. Painting the ceiling the same color as your walls can make the space feel larger. If you want to define the space with color,… Read more...

Gardening with Love

Friday, 24 May 2013 13:35
Spring is in the air—and for many, so is garden fever! Mary Romence graciously offered West Michigan Woman some of her spring gardening insights. We hope you’ll learn as much from her as we did.  One important rule about gardening: There are no design rules that cannot be broken! Gardening should simply be fun, and should create a more beautiful and healthier life.    If you’re new to gardening, start in the spring by choosing the best spot for your new garden. Figure out where you will most often see it. Plant your garden where you—not just the neighbors—will enjoy… Read more...

How to Hang Pictures

Monday, 06 May 2013 12:51
Following these five simple tips on how to hang pictures will help put the finishing touch on a well-designed room. Always hang a picture or portrait at eye level. Hanging pictures above eye level takes the eye to the wall; creating a disconnection from the rest of the room’s décor’.  Group pictures and family portraits, either on a side table or on the wall. Photos scattered throughout makes a room look cluttered. Groupings of pictures or photos make a larger impact, and you can be sure that visitors will look at each one of them in this arrangement.  When grouping… Read more...

Move Over, Tangerine Tango!

Monday, 15 April 2013 14:25
Pantone, the leader in color trending for everything from fashion to interior design to product development and advertising, has chosen its hot color for 2013. It's quite a change from last year's color, Tangerine Tango. This year, as the luck of the Irish would have it, the hot new color is Emerald Green.   "Lively. Radiant. Lush ... A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance, and harmony" is a pretty good description of this color, in my opinion. Green is the color of nature, and known for having a calming effect. Psychologically, green is an emotionally… Read more...
The number one question I get asked as an interior designer: “How do I know if this piece of furniture will fit in my space?” Properly measuring and space planning your home is important to not only how the rooms look, but how people flow within and through the spaces. First, pick up some graph paper. It’s an easy way for beginners to measure their spaces. Then measure your room’s length and width. Use each square on your graph paper to represent one foot of length. Make sure to take careful measurements of all walls and draw them accordingly on your graph paper. Be… Read more...
For more than thirty years, Belden Brick and Supply has been the local leader in providing quality masonry, hardscape, and hearth products. As part of the Belden Brick family, we offer a unique advantage in experience and service as we gain knowledge firsthand from our 128-year-old family company.  The product lines Belden offers are expansive and include clay brick, natural stone, manufactured stone, pavers, high-end fireplaces and stoves, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, pizza ovens, and appliances, along with installation supplies. Our showrooms, both indoor and out, offer one-of-a-kind displays of inspiration for your project needs.  Be sure to visit our… Read more...
If you’re just beginning a home renovation—or even just sprucing up one room in your home—you’ve most likely been looking on Pinterest for ideas.  Pinterest is an invitation-only social image bookmarking system (also known as a virtual pinboard) that allows users to find images online, “pin” them to a board (similar to a bulletin board), and share them with their friends.  Pinterest was first created by Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra, and Evan Sharp, in 2009.   With so many images and styles available to you on Pinterest and on the Internet in general, it could be hard to sift through it… Read more...
It flies in the face of all the advice I like to give, but when it comes to your kids, let them be hoarders. Within reason, that is. There is something in human nature that makes us cling to things. Things make us feel safe, make us feel happy, make us feel worthy and fulfilled. This is demonstrated at a very early age, with our children hoarding rocks, buttons, pencils, you name it: If it fits in their little hands, they are likely to hang on to it. Let them. Let them discover what intrigues them. Let them think for… Read more...

How to Select the Right Wall Color

Monday, 10 December 2012 15:46
Color strikes an emotion, and could make us feel good or bad. Often I am asked, "What color should I paint my walls?" One sector of the populace is reluctant to paint walls with color, leaving walls a boring beige or white. The second sector of the populace goes crazy with explosions of wall color that make the space look confusing. The third sector of the populace gets it right, with the perfect meld of colors. If you are not sure what wall color to use when preparing a home for sale or redecorating your existing space, follow these tips:… Read more...

Warm Up Your Home With a Colorful Fireplace

Thursday, 15 November 2012 15:15
Decorating your house for the holidays is a fun but sometimes overwhelming task. When putting up your fall décor in time for Thanksgiving, don’t forget the fireplace mantel. The key is keeping it simple. First, clear off your mantel and look for things around your house that have a fall feel. Warm colors such as gold, yellow, orange, green, brown, and red will help give the mantel a cozy look. This should also match the decorating in the room. If you have a few blues, include a small blue item or two on the mantel as well, to draw the… Read more...