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How to Decorate a Mantel

Carolyn Leiter How to's

How to Decorate a Mantel

One of the questions I am most often asked by customers is “can you help me doctorate my mantel?" It looks like it would be so easy to decorate, but many people struggle with it because it's the focal point of the room and they just want to get it right! So, let’s make decorating a mantel easy! Here are 7 easy tips I use when decorating a mantel. 1. Decide on a focal point or anchor piece. An anchor piece is a large object such as a large clock, a mirror, or a wreath that functions as the main...

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How to Style a Coffee Table Like a Professional

Carolyn Leiter How to's

How to Style a Coffee Table Like a Professional

  Coffee tables are often the focal point of the room they're in, and styling it like a pro is easy! Just follow these tips, and you'll have a beautiful designer look for your coffee table in no time.   Start by dividing the coffee table into four quadrants. They do not have to be equal size, but they do need to come together in the center of the table. This is the space you will style by adding different decorative items to each quadrant. Limiting the space to style helps to make it easier when choosing what decorative items...

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Making Your Own Gallery Wall

Carolyn Leiter How to's

Making Your Own Gallery Wall

I'll admit that I wasn't always a fan of gallery walls.  I thought they were too busy, and I'm kind of a minimalist when it comes to my own decorating. Only after helping our customers create theirs, I grew to embrace them, and now I have lots of fun creating one for every season at the store. What I've come to really appreciate about them is that they can reflect your personality and tell the story of your family. It can really say something about the people who live in the home, giving your living space more character.  Your character,...

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Decorating with Tobacco Baskets

Carolyn Leiter How to's

Decorating with Tobacco Baskets

A new season calls for fresh decor.  Tobacco baskets, a farmhouse home decor staple, is one that I personally love. They have a rich history and add a cool country yet modern vibe to any room. Tobacco baskets date back to the 1800s and were used to keep tobacco off the floor when storing the tobacco leaves in the warehouse. They were also used to take tobacco to the local markets. I am not sure who came up with the idea of using them in home decor but whoever did, thank you! They are the perfect pieces to have on...

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The Joy of Patio Herbs

Carolyn Leiter How to's

The Joy of Patio Herbs

Having access to fresh herbs makes all the difference in your cooking, but maintaining a full-blown garden can be extremely time-consuming, costly and labor intensive. And, depending upon where you live, (like here in New Hampshire!)  all that work may only yield a few months of herbs from the last frost to the first frost. How about this - grow a container herb garden on your patio or deck! You can make it small enough that it fits on a table or a small exterior wall. Keeping the plants small reduces the overall maintenance load, and you'll have beautiful fresh...

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