Contributed by Debbie Travis

House to Home: Step by step — Transform staircase into painted showpiece

Q. What are your thoughts about painting staircases? We live in the country and don’t wear shoes in the house, so I don’t think chipping or excessive wear on the paint will be a concern. Also, what’s the best way to go about the project if the stairs have to remain in use during the … Read More »

September 17th, 2017 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Many of those traditional design ‘rules’ no longer apply to modern home decor

Once upon a time, only white wine accompanied fish, red wine went with meat, and mixing gold and silver in jewelry design was taboo. All that has changed. I broke the rules in my recent kitchen renovation; see what you think. The hottest metal finish around for home interiors at the moment is copper. Copper … Read More »

September 10th, 2017 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Look to paint, stencils to create affordable wall decor

Q. I am redecorating our guest room on a budget. I’d like some sort of design on the walls, but I don’t want the expense of wallpaper. Is stenciling out of date? Are there more contemporary designs? A. Painting and stenciling will always be a great replacement for expensive wallpaper. You can emulate special effects … Read More »

September 3rd, 2017 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Bas-relief designs add artistic touch to home decor

If you are searching for a novel technique that will add a personal touch to your home decor, why not look to artists and one of their many inspiring styles and techniques? Bas relief is a form of decoration that rises slightly off the surface. Cut-out cardboard shapes, string or yarn — anything you can … Read More »

August 27th, 2017 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Custom designs help create elegant spaces for living

There are many differences between mass-produced furnishings and those that are custom-made. Items that are designed for mass production are generally meant for budget-conscious consumers. The styles are simple, aimed at consumption by a large audience, and the materials from which they are constructed are easily found and inexpensive. This is not to say that … Read More »

August 22nd, 2017 at 11:51 am

House to Home: Metal artwork adds visual appeal to outdoor living spaces

Backyard spaces are receiving heightened interest today. The trend to create outdoor rooms that are conducive to relaxed living continues to expand, bringing with it comfort and decor solutions that were once only utilized indoors. Innovative materials and mechanics that can withstand the weather outside give us more options. Outdoor table lamps, area carpets and … Read More »

August 13th, 2017 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Freshen your home with clearance, garage-sale finds

Q. I took advantage of an amazing sale and bought a porch swing. I’d like to paint the swing, even though it’s new. Is that crazy? A. What is it about a porch swing — or any swing, or even a hammock, for that matter — that feels so good? There is just something so … Read More »

August 6th, 2017 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Creative ideas to add extra storage space to small kitchens

Q. Our rental has a small kitchen with very little counter space, and we’re not sure where to put everything. Do you have any ideas for storing utensils and small pots? It’s our first kitchen, so we don’t have a lot of stuff yet. A. Fixing up your first home is so exciting! When you … Read More »

July 30th, 2017 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Updated lanterns offer iconic style for home decor

Q. We are looking for a light fixture for our great room that will hang over the sitting area. We would also like a chandelier over the dining table. Should the fixtures match since the living/dining area is all one space? Our style is mixed, mostly modern with a bit of country thrown in. What … Read More »

July 23rd, 2017 at 6:00 am

House to Home: Concrete panels offer decorative solutions inside and out

When considering how to decorate a wall, the solutions we think of first are generally paint or wallpaper. With today’s creative products and digital imaging, wall murals and custom wallpapers are trendy alternatives that are easy to access and install. But there are more solutions for creative decor. Ceramic wall tiles aren’t just for kitchens … Read More »

July 16th, 2017 at 6:00 am