Tuesday’s Tips: Buy the best that you can afford

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Whether you’re buying materials or furniture, sometimes buying the cheapest will cost you more in the long run if you need to replace it. I am frugal but sometimes you get what you pay for and you need to make wise choices on what you spend on investments and things that need to withstand years. So buy quality mattresses, sofas, and save on decor and little things. By no means am I suggesting live beyond your means but know that cheaper quality furniture may not last in the long run.

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Sorry for the week long absense. My uncle, who was my second client allowing me to decorate his entire condo, passed away. Between the funeral preperarions, pricing everything for an estate sale and spending time with family I haven’t seen in years, I’ve had no time to do much anything let alone blog or check emails. I ask that if you send an email, don’t send a follow up. It will just take me longer to reply. Please be patient as I get back in the swing of things…

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Hotel Indulgences: The Ganesvoort NY

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So I have been meaning to blog about The Gansevoort Hotel in New York ever since watching The Kardashians take NYC. I remember drooling over the ginormous houndstooth chairs and the mix of patterns, textures and the glamorous look of … Continue reading

Tuesday’s Tips: pedestal sink storage

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Pedestal sinks are nice in small bathrooms because it frees up floor space and doesn’t have the bulk of a cabinet. However you lose needed storage so this post has a few ideas to help make the lack of surface space more functional. You can hang a glass floating shelf for daily needs…

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You can squeeze a shelving unit in the space…
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You can hide baskets or unsightly items behind a skirt…

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Bathroom virtual design…

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I know….another bathroom post for the week. My friend in Atlanta wanted a virtual design for her guest bathroom. She already purchased this vanity and a matching cabinet. After consulting with her and finding out the light fixture she purchased was in bronze,  I came up with these options to choose from. I wanted the rest of the fixture and hardware options to be in the same metal as the light. I gave her three potential color schemes to go with. I also advised her to remove the builder basic mirror and replace with a decorative mirror. You can find some sizeable mirrors at Marshalls, Tjmaxx and Homegoods for as low as $24. I also gave her some tile options. Did you know Home Depot has adhesive tile that has an easy installation and can be removed with a hair dryer? The subway tile and mosaic tile in the last design are adhesive. It’s great mess-free update for those who rent and can’t do anything permanent. To help aide in her decision I gave her sources, paint colors and some drawings to show her how to style it. Which design would you pick?

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Bathrooms with black walls….

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You know black is my favorite color and though I wouldn’t want the walls of a lone bathroom black, I wouldn’t mind having one if I had several bathrooms to design. There is something so dramatic about a powder room that’s moody and bold in dark walls or wallpaper. Whether paint or tile, you will see the boldness is in full bathrooms in this post.

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Tuesday’s Tips: from bar cart to bathroom cart

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If you are one of those people with a ton of products you use daily, you may want them in arms reach. Cluttering a surface without a tray is such an eyesore and maybe you have little ones that may accidently drop products styled on the toilet. A repurposed bar cart will comes in handy…

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