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2019 Paint Color of the Year

Carolyn Leiter How to's

2019 Paint Color of the Year

Let's talk about color...paint color!Every year all of the paint manufacturers come out with their Color of the Year, and this year I must say that Benjamin Moore's choice of Metropolitan gray is one I am very excited about. It is a beautiful neutral gray that is not too cool, nor too warm. Choosing furniture and accessories to match will be much easier for the DIY decorator and for others like myself who struggle with the plethora of color choices.Benjamin Moore went one step further and included their 2019 Color Trends Palette which includes fourteen complementary paint hues that create...

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How to Decorate With Books

Carolyn Leiter How to's

How to Decorate With Books

Decorating with books is one of the most common methods of styling open shelves and cabinets that you see in magazines and on design shows. It's often the easiest way to quickly introduce some life into a plain room. It is fun, adds texture and dimension to shelving, coffee tables and more. It also is a great way to experiment and show your own unique style! I use books around the store to give customers ideas on how to decorate their mantles, bookshelves, side tables and more. I've displayed them in groups by binding color and also faced them with...

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How to Season a Chalkboard

Carolyn Leiter How to's

How to Season a Chalkboard

Are your chalkboards haunted by the ghosts of writings past? Ghosting is when an outline or ghost of your previous artwork remains even after erasing. Whoops!  Nobody wants that! Modern chalkboards are no longer made of slate but instead are made of MDF, wood, metal, or any smooth surface that can be painted. Most chalkboards, like the ones we carry in our store, are porous and therefore need to be seasoned to prevent ghosting. To season your chalkboard and ward the ghosts off, there are just a few simple steps to follow before you write on your new chalkboard for...

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Storage Solution - Cookhouse Towel Rack

Carolyn Leiter How to's

Storage Solution - Cookhouse Towel Rack

Need more storage options that are as functional as they are attractive?  You're not alone! One of our most popular items is back in stock, and if you have a small amount of wall space, you can put it to work with our Cookhouse Towel Rack! Your kitchen doesn’t have to look like an old army cookhouse to enjoy this metal shelf with a built-in towel rack underneath. This shelf is reminiscent of the racks used in military cookhouses back in the 1700’s and this reproduction fits in perfectly with a 21st-century farmhouse kitchen. With its great patina, functional towel...

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How to Determine What Height to Hang Wall Art

Carolyn Leiter How to's

How to Determine What Height to Hang Wall Art

Many times, I am asked by customers what is the right height to hang pictures, large art pieces or large clocks. While there is a rule of thumb, I have found that there are times when “The Rule Of Thumb” does not apply. In this post, I am going to explain why this rule sometimes does not apply and when it does. Using this tip when decorating your home will help create a beautiful space like you see in magazines. So what is the rule of thumb? Many interior design experts say that the midway point of the piece should...

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