Category Archives: decorating

Overcoming Design Paralysis

Do you suffer from white wall syndrome? That chronic state of indecision when it comes to choosing a paint color or buying a sofa. Follow these simple rules to help you make quicker, more confident design decisions.

Take Inventory

Make a comprehensive list of the items you need to design your space. Include everything: wall colors, furniture, fabrics, lighting, artwork and accessories.

Stanley Furniture

Set a budget

After you’ve made your list, apply a realistic monetary amount to each item. Do some online research to see what things really cost before you hit the stores. The dollars will add up fast so you may need to prioritize your purchases.


Review your Pinterest page

Identify your style by examining your shopping and pinning patterns for common denominators. Most likely your gravitating to specific colors, patterns and pieces. Eliminate the “what if” by embracing what inspires you. Have confidence in your design choices and purchase what you love.

Baby Steps

While the thought of designing an entire space or home may feel overwhelming, remember that Rome was not built in a day. Create a step by step timeline for tackling your project. Write each phase down from selecting the wall color to shopping for lamps. Apply a schedule to each step and commit to it so that you don’t spend months picking the “right” curtain fabric.

Eastern Accents

Ask for Help!

An hourly professional design consultation is affordable and could help you save both time and money in the long run. You can get all your questions answered, gain clarity on your project and get ideas that you may never thought of. Make the most of your time with a prepared list of concerns along with images of spaces you admire in order to clearly convey your style.

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Folly Beach Interior Design
J. Rhodes Interior Design

Mr. H says: We shape our homes and our homes shape us-Enjoy!

8 Easy Design Tips for Fall

Bring that Fall feeling inside by adding cozy autumnal touches around your house with these festive and easy decor ideas.

Front porch greetings

Greet family and friends with a Fall themed wreath or porch vignette. Incorporate natural dried materials, gourds, and seasonal flowers into your display for a delightful seasonal welcome.

Fall wreath ideas
Creekside Farms

Faux Fur Pillows

Swapping out lightweight summer throw pillows to more textural ones like faux fur, velvet or chunky knits in darker jewel tones is an easy Fall upgrade.

Faux fur pillows
Grandin Road

Bring the Outside In

Add natural textures to your decor by mixing twigs, hay and gourds with pewter and mercury glass for an elegant Fall theme.

Natural fall decorating ideas
Pottery Barn

Pretty Paisley

A richly colored, set of paisley napkins is an easy way to transform your dinner table for Fall. Add a monogram for a personalized look.

Paisley monogrammed napkins
Donovan Design Linens

Chic Baskets

The warmth of natural woven baskets feels instantly Fall. Pile a basket with fruit in the kitchen or group a few on the coffee table to stash the remotes or hold magazines.

Natural woven baskets
West Elm

Copper Accents

Handcrafted copper items have a rich glow that fits seamlessly into Fall decorating. An occasional polish will keep it looking shiny or allow it to mellow into a verdigris patina.

Copper candles
Akkadian Candles

Tidy Up the Bath

Don’t get caught off guard by holiday guests. Stock the guest bath now with fresh towels, soap and scented candles.

Marrakech towels Matouk
Fine Linens

Cozy Up Outside

Enjoy Fall’s cooler evenings outside with seating arranged around a fire pit. Keep cozy pillows and throws on hand if the weather turns extra chilly.

Mr. H says: Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower-Enjoy!

Six inspiring interior design books

Flipping through a gorgeously photographed interior design book can spark an interest in revamping your own space.  Find six newly released volumes that have all the tips and tricks to assist you in creating the home that fits your unique lifestyle.

In Living with Pattern, Rebecca Atwood demystifies how to use pattern, a design concept that often confounds and confuses, demonstrating how to seamlessly mix and layer prints throughout a house.

Both educational and beautiful, Vern Yip shares his favorite insider tips, and opens his doors to show how he’s made them work in his own homes.  Vern Yip’s Design Wise provides both the inspiration and the clear, essential guidelines you need to create a home that perfectly reflects you.

Good taste is embedded into Aerin Lauder’s DNA.  As the heiress to the Estée Lauder brand and the founder of her own Aerin collection, Lauder’s Beauty at Home is a love letter to the well-lived, well-loved homes of the Lauder family.

Veranda Elegant Entertaining.  Providing the perfect mix of engaging advice and dazzling photographs, you’ll be inspired to take your next Spring party to the next level.

The Four Elements of Design: Interiors Inspired by Earth, Water, Air and Fire.  Interior design icon Vicente Wolf, provides an inspirational guide to designing unforgettable spaces based on the four natural elements. 

Closer to home, Southern Coastal Living is the first book from the award-winning J Banks Design Group.  This beautifully photographed book reveals luxurious but relaxed home and lifestyle design on Hilton Head Island.   Joni Vanderslice, ASID founded J Banks Design Group in 1986. As owner and president, she has built the design company into an internationally firm recognized for the J Banks signature style of timeless design and casual elegance.

Mr. H says: Design is thinking made visual-Enjoy!

Romantic Room Design

If you’re looking to inject some romance into your life this Valentine’s Day then a natural place to start is in your home.  Eschew the gauzy, frilly images the word “romantic” conjures up in favor of a luxurious, modern approach.  A romantic room should draw you in with comfortable furniture, rich tactile fabrics, and other interesting elements that welcome users and entice you to stay. 

Red walls and a delicate tablescape create the perfect setting for an elegant  Valentine’s meal.

The ethereal feel of this light and airy living room begs it’s occupants to slow down and relax with each other.

photo by Sidekix Media

The romantic flower tile and marble top counters create an ideal place to make sweets for your sweet.

photo by Sidekix Media


A romantic, backyard oasis complete with comfy furniture and twinkle lights.

photo by Randy Fath

A romantic getaway may be just a few steps down the hall.   A four poster bed piled high with pillows and a fluffy comforter is an inviting retreat in shades of pale blue and white.

Premier Estate Properties, Inc.


Caramel color walls were found to be the most conducive to amorous bedroom activities in a study conducted by Travelodge.  Red, while the color of love and attraction, was shown to suppress the mood.

Try your own experiment with these wall color ideas!










Regardless of where romance happens, remember that lighting sets the mood of any space.  No one wants to get intimate under the glow of a too-bright light.  Dim the overhead fixtures, light some candles and enjoy Valentine’s Day with the one you love.

Mr. H says: To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance-Enjoy!

Displaying Collections With Style

There is a fine line between collecting and hoarding.  Most of us have a collection of some kind whether it is pottery bowls, milk glass or salt and pepper shakers.  The easiest rule to follow when displaying your prized possessions is to keep them altogether rather than spreading them throughout your home.

Create a focal point with your collection.

photo by Jonny Caspari

Don’t let grandma’s china languish in storage-hang it on display.

photo by Chance Anderson

Group like items together for a bigger impact rather than disperse individually.

Small items such as sea shells, antique buttons, and matchbooks display better in a container.  Choose one that complements the items you are exhibiting.

Photo Clever Visuals

Mr. H says: Every collection is made up of journey stories-Enjoy!

Ten ways to add glamour with gold

Metallic gold continues to be on trend through the New Year.   Bring the golden touch home with these glamorous decor ideas.

Luxurious hand made gold leaf wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries-Deco Leaf in Sunburst.

Phillip Jeffries

Antique gold frame sunburst mirror

Bradburn Home

Pillows are an easy and non committal way to add glitter.  Gold metallic and white printed pillows from Caitlin Wilson.

Caitlin Wilson

Luxury reigns in the Goya collection by Lizzo.  The Abanico print conjures up a vintage feel in this thoroughly modern pattern with gold embellishments.



A starburst of Venetian glass teardrops and high shine gold refract and reflect to create sparkle.


Hand-knotted in wool and silk, Feizy’s Escalante rug in ivory and gold was named “Most Luxurious” by Feizy customers.


Start a party with festive gold Bubble glassware from Tinsley Mortimer












Silky velvet Winchester curtains panels in Coin.

Eastern Accents

Ivory and gold accent chest

Bradburn Home

Don’t forget that dogs like bling too!










Mr. H says: Love is the only gold-Enjoy!

Six Easy Powder Room Updates

A powder room makeover is an easy weekend design project that can create high style in a petite space.  These are six budget friendly tips for transforming a powder room.

Add a new mirror

In a small space, a mirror can be a an amazing focal point if it looks like a piece of art.

Currey & Company

Give the walls a fresh coat of paint

Welcome guests with a new paint color.  Even the slightest change makes a big impact.

Desert Domicile

Add a rug

This colorful kilim rug turns a neutral bath up a notch.

Room & Board

Change out the lighting

While a powder room need not be over-lit, most powder rooms suffer with only a single bar light above the mirror.   In this bath, a crystal ceiling fixture applied on top of the mirror is all glamour.

Martin Design Studios

Paper the walls

While a more expensive fix, hanging wallpaper can make a dramatic statement in a small space

Thibaut “Maryse”

Include some colorful hand towels

Treat guests to a color punch with these cheerful striped towels.

West Elm

Mr. H says:  Sometimes you can find poetry written right on the bathroom wall-Enjoy!

Holiday Decor Eye Candy

If you are like me and haven’t decked your hall yet, here are some enchanting holiday decorating ideas.

Trees with a theme

Michelle Edgemont-HGTV


Balsam Hill

Front door festive greetings

Jamie Lee

Balsam Hill

Holiday table top ideas

Todd Trapani


Over the top decor can be found in public spaces.

The Biltmore House in Asheville, NC

Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA


The Roosevelt-A Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New Orleans, LA


Dominika Roseclay

Mr. H says: Christmas is a tonic for the soul-Enjoy!

Lacquer Looks

Lustrous. Dramatic. Shimmering like a mirage, lacquer walls transform the most staid rooms into an unforgettable space.  Layers of high gloss paint, water based varnish and a good painter is all that is needed to achieve this glamorous look.
A glossy kelly green is a dazzling in this New York hallway by designer Thom Felicia.
Cocoa lacquer walls create depth in this relaxed living space by Muse Interiors.
The ceiling is a great surface to add shine as it reflects light making a room brighter. Designer Tobi Fairley used a navy blue in this glamorous bedroom project.
Wallpaper is a short cut to getting the lacquer look.  Phillip Jeffries offers a Vinyl paper with a shiny finish in a variety of fabulous colors.

Phillip Jeffries

Lacquer furniture is a simple way to introduce a touch of glamour to a room.  The shiny cobalt blue of this Jonathon Adler desk puts a non traditional spin on an otherwise classic piece.
Jonathan Adler cobalt blue laquer desk
Worlds Away cherry red lacquer stools
Worlds Away "Biggs" red lacquer bench
Lighting such as Arteriors Home “coral” inspired, white lacquered resin chandelier, inserts a bit of whimsy and glitz into a space
Arteriors Diallo white lacquer chandelier
Magenta and Citrus lacquer lighting from Wildwood Lamps

  Wildwood Lamps Astrid magenta lacquer lamp     Wildwood Lamps Lauren yellow lacquer lamp

Your pooch will dine in high style with these lacquered stainless food bowls.

Lacquered stainless steel dog bowls

Mr. H says: There is not a thought in our heads that has not been worn shiny by other brains-Enjoy!

Five Festive Christmas Tabletops

The countdown is on before the big Christmas meal.  Find inspiration for your holiday table decor with these elegant and unexpected design ideas.

North Carolina interior designer Kathryn Greeley, is no stranger to creating a luscious table top having authored the eye candy packed book The Collected Tabletop.   Layering china patterns with hand blown martini glasses and beaded holly place mats hit all the notes for a lavish Christmas party.

Kathryn Greeley The Collected Tabletop Christmas

Better Homes and Gardens TV host, Tara Dennis is well known for her decorating, style and craft ideas.  Keeping things fresh and simple she crafted this beach inspired Christmas tablescape with just a few basics.  Natural linens, solid plates and plain glassware, along with a scattering of shells, is sure to transport diners to a tranquil beach.

Tara Dennis Beach Christmas tabletop

Tara Dennis Beach Christmas centerpiece

Red, green and white elements set a simple yet classic holiday table.

Pottery Barn

Sweet Peach featured this playful, kid friendly Christmas table by Beth Lord.  Utilizing vintage ornaments under glass, wrapped “gifts” and mismatched table ware, she sets the stage for laid back holiday supper.

Sweet Peach holiday table top

A mix of Waterford and Lenox “Holiday” china sets a gorgeous holiday table.

Mr H. says: The best memories are those made gathered around the table-Enjoy!