Brass is baaaaack…but in a cool way.

Metallics are popping up all over the place in home decor.  Add a little fun!  An antiqued brass or a burnished brass, above left is called “champagne bronze.”  It just sounds like a party, right?  And on the right you see a touch of copper to spice up regular ole chrome. My daughter, Lily, once…

Think you can’t afford an interior designer? Think again…

So I hear a lot from friends: “Oh, I could really use your help at my house, but I’m sure I can’t afford it.”  Not true.  In fact, my first several jobs, the customers all remarked to me and my husband (Kruft Contracting, Inc.), “So are you sure the design fee was included in your estimate?”…

Wallpaper! or is it a wall stencil?

So I couldn’t commit to wallpaper in the end; I’ve admitted my phobia.  But I got a similar look that I LOVE and I can paint over when I tire of it (which will happen; ask my husband, who recently said, “Do we have to repaint the master bedroom every summer?” and ,”How many coats…

Outdoor curtains – a great solution

When the porch ceiling is super high, instead of buying outdoor fabric and then paying someone a small fortune to sew them, try this instead.  Go to Lowes or your local hardware store, and buy big canvas drop-clothes in the paint section, and hang instead.  This will cost you about $30.  Will they mildew? Eventually,…

Custom without the cost

All matchy-matchy is so boring.  An easy way to give your cabinetry a customized look is to replace one piece or section with an antique, a painted piece, or a handmade piece.  My husband (Kruft Contracting) built these drawers and added old bed legs in order to make our stovetop a centerpiece in the kitchen,…

Commitment phobic when it comes to wallpaper…

I know wallpaper is back, and I know there are some really cool options out there, and I also know it looks great in YOUR home, but I can’t bring myself to do it. There were so many, many hours spent in the last decade or so, tearing it down, scraping it with razor blades,…

Amazing flea market finds…

So in Charlotte, every month we have a giant, amazing Antique Flea Market at the Metrolina.  It has been my go to place for years and years for finding cool, unique stuff.  Like the picture above.  The barnwood state sign is by a guy out of Franklin, Kentucky – company is called Born in a…