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Make a good impression with fabric-covered table

If you have a lot of space, or a just a little in an open floor plan, a nicely skirted table is a designer classic. Don’t worry about this being a stuffy idea either. A well-tailored, just-touching-the-floor fabric-covered table can be luxurious in a large foyer, or coastal-casual with a blue and white look on […]


How to build a gallery wall for your home

With a degree from the School of Architecture at the Pratt Institute in New York, Tracy Ray has a keen eye for design and structure. But the Magnolia Estate resident’s career has been focused in specialty retail visual merchandising and store design. She’s worked with companies like Smith and Hawken, Levi Strauss, World Market, Anthropologie, […]

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The beginning of new year is good time to begin an update

A new year is always a good time to think about redoing a room, a floor or a whole house. Allen Sutton, the founder of Southern Decadence Design in Denver, says there’s no reason to be intimidated. Flooring, art, favorite pieces and upholstery will suggest a direction to go in. Color choices might come out […]


Coastal modern is simple and relaxing all year long

With the lake nearby no matter where you are in Cornelius, coastal modern style presents a timeless look. Defined by natural materials, a cool palette and clean lines, going coastal is bright and airy, sophisticated and casual. Throw out any notions of fish nets, starfish and weathered seafaring types in yellow rain-slickers. The feel is […]


Don’t let rug choices floor you

It seems like only yesterday that beige wall-to-wall was just the right thing for the updated home. Now with hardwood floors, area rugs are the new beige. Color, pattern and texture are important. Rugs are bold. We asked Starr Miller, the founder of Cornelius-based StarrMiller Interior Design, for advice and counsel on what’s under foot […]


5 tips that sell

There are proven staging techniques that we implement in the houses that we stage, and I would like to share some of them  this month. Curb Appeal You only get one chance to make a great first impression so strive for great curb appeal when selling your home. The exterior should be pressure washed. Install […]


50 shades of white? Try Alabaster

Going into 2016 consumers should expect to see “less is more” color palettes with more neutral color tones and less color. Benjamin Moore’s 2016 color of the year is Simply White while Sherwin Williams named Alabaster, another flattering natural white, its color of the year. What is funny is that we’ve been using Alabaster for […]


Home decorating fun with North Meck Women’s Club

The North Mecklenburg Woman’s Club recently held their Over the Tabletop and Sip and Shop at The Peninsula Club. Over the last 100 years, this organization has brought together women to promote and support social, educational and civic progress in our community. Members believe that in creating a better life for people in our communities, […]


Spook-tacular decorating ideas

October is such a fun time of year to decorate your home for Halloween. Each year retailers come out with new and creative merchandise to trim your home for the holiday or you can craft your own decorations using many free resources online to get your creative juices flowing. Here are some fun and unique […]


Time for cool outdoor living

I grew up in Wisconsin and often started getting the winter blues around July 4 because that meant my summer was already half over. Fortunately we have many more months to enjoy the outdoors each year in the Carolinas. With school back in session and new routines in place, now is a great time to […]