Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuscan Colors - Great For Fall Decorating

Tuscan colors bring out the feeling of fall.  Warm reds, greens, browns and yellows invoke that autumn feeling.  Fall colors are also the traditional colors found in Italian decor.  Tuscan, Italian decorating draws on nature for inspiration.  As the leaves change outside, it is easy to incorporate these vibrant colors into your existing decor.  Use one as an accent color.  Accessories such as, placemats, tablecloths, candlesticks, pillows, accent pieces, plant holders and flower arrangements are great places to bring in a Tuscan color.  The warm Tuscan colors will bring an inviting feeling to your space, making you want to spend more time inside. Visit for more great decorating ideas.

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Look For Less- Wine Cabinet

A vertical wine cabinet is an excellent choice for wine storage. The traditional style wine storage cabinet usually consists of open storage for glasses on top, a serving area, several bottle storage cubbies on the bottom and a storage drawer for bottle openers and accessories. The functional design of a classic cabinet like this makes it a great addition for in-home entertaining in your dining room or living room. A piece like this is also wonderful for small spaces as it provides a lot of storage in a small footprint.

The cabinet on the right has a traditional vertical design with an upper compartment for glasses, a drawer and wine bottle storage below. It features sleek styling and a dark colored finish. The cabinet on the right is available at a leading retailer for $1087.20.
The cabinet on the left also has a distinctive vertical design and a dark finish. It also features a storage area on top for glasses, a serving area, a useful drawer and bottle storage on the bottom. The striking vertical wine cabinet on the left is available at for only $559.00.

It is not necessary to spend a lot to get the look you want. Be a savvy consumer. With careful shopping you can find a similar look for a smaller price tag. For more looks for less visit

Friday, September 23, 2011

Inexpensive Tuscan Design Ideas

We are always on the look out for Tuscan design ideas.  I came across this great article on that talks about how to incorporate a Tuscan style in your home inexpensively.  The article lists several ways to bring a Tuscan look to your home, without spending a fortune.  They also cover the basics of Tuscan decor.  Check it out at

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pick of the Week- Casa Christina Centerpiece Display Bowl with Frosted Glass

Bring a new look to your dining room table with a centerpiece bowl. What is so wonderful about using a bowl as a centerpiece is that you can change what you place in it seasonally. Try lemons in the spring, fresh flowers in the summer, colorful apples in the fall and pine cones in the winter. Changing the filler with the season will freshen the look of your dining room. A stylish choice is this Casa Christina Metal Centerpiece Display Bowl with Frosted Glass. This stunning display bowl features a round, frosted glass bowl, square pedestal base, wire scroll accents and an aged oak finish. For more details and other decorative bowls visit

Monday, September 19, 2011

What Your Entry Needs For Fall

Get your mudroom or foyer ready for inclement weather. Here is a list of great things to have on hand.

Coat Tree and/or Hooks- Keeps coats handy and great for guest coats

Umbrella Stand- Better spot for wet umbrellas than the floor

Bench- To sit and put shoes on

Storage Bins and Baskets- Useful to keep gloves, hats and scarves organized

Mirror- Check your look

Floor Mat/Rug- Necessary for wet shoes

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Spruce Up For Fall

As the weather gets cooler, you will be spending more time inside your home. As a result, now is the perfect time to focus on sprucing up the inside of your home. Do a fall cleaning. Go through the house and put those warm weather items and articles of clothing away in storage until spring. Freshen up any paint jobs before it gets too cool to keep the windows open. Change your accessories, such as a dining room centerpiece and accents in your living room to reflect the change in season. I love to bring out warm fall colors in flower arrangements, candles and the throw pillows on my couch. Some people even change their curtains, furniture slipcovers and floor mats with the seasons. Overall, it is a great time to freshen up the interior of your home in anticipation of enjoying more time inside. For more ideas visit

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

How to Size A Mirror

We are often asked how to determine the correct size mirror for a given space. We like to cut cardboard (or paper) to the measurements listed for the mirror you are interested in. You can then tape the cardboard it to the space you want to place it (using painters tape or another easy to remove tape). Don’t estimate, even professionals take the time to cut out a piece of paper or cardboard and attach it to the wall. It is important to make sure the size and shape fit your space. This is an easy way to judge if the mirror will be the right for the space. Also, don’t forget to take the frame into consideration when weighing your options. How heavy the frame is can alter the perception of the mirror’s size. (a thicker more substantial frame will appear to take up more of the wall) For more great ideas visit

Monday, September 12, 2011

Pick of the Week- Uttermost Tuscan Kitchen Cucina Chalkboard

Chalkboards are a fantastic way to stay organized. Use them to jot down grocery lists, daily schedules, notes and phone numbers. A favorite of ours is the Uttermost Tuscan Kitchen Cucina Chalkboard. This fun chalkboard features a colorful oil reproduction on the top of the chalkboard and 4 useful hooks on the bottom of the frame. We love items that have multiple purposes and this chalkboard doesn’t disappoint. Use the six included magnets to hold invitations, school notes, or photos. For more details visit

Friday, September 9, 2011

Creative Ways to Decorate on a Budget

The HGTV show Design Star recently had an episode that focused on designing on a budget. The designers had the task to decorate a living room on a small budget. The designers showed how it is possible to design a striking living room decor by repurposing common items in creative ways and through careful shopping.

The designers were creative in their ideas to repurpose items. For example, they used colorful rugs to reupholster stools and used books placed on hooks as bookshelves. The designer’s ideas went out of the box and had wonderful results.

As the designers in Design Star demonstrated, all you have to do is to look around you for inspiration. Discount stores, flea markets and yard sales are great for this. You may find a console or coffee table with a shape you like, but not the right finish. A can of paint is often all you need to turn that piece from a cast off to a striking accent. Changing the hardware is also an easy way to update a piece of furniture. Another smart way to save is to put new shades on lamps you have or great lamps you find. A new shade can completely change the look of a lamp. Refinishing some new finds, or some pieces you already have, will also save you money to spend on one really great accessory or furniture piece.

So follow Design Star’s example and repurpose, refinish and be creative. Careful shopping and a little creativity will result in a fabulous space. For more budget friendly ideas visit

Thursday, September 8, 2011

How to Save Space With Nesting Tables

Nesting tables are a chic way to store several tables in one spot. A nesting table set is designed to look great as a unique side table, while also being able to function separately as individual tables. They are great for small spaces as they store conviently and can be easily retrieved when needed. Nesting tables come in many shapes and styles. From snazzy tiger stripes, to more traditional wood, glass and metal. Most nesting tables come in sets of 2 or 3 tables. Use them for additional serving space when company comes. Some can even be used as little TV trays for that great game or new movie you are watching. Featured here are some of our favorites. Visit for details and to see more great nesting tables.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Great Pairings- Casa Christina Decorative Plates and Plate Holder

Pretty plates in a decorative plate holder are a wonderful way to accessorize a wall. They will add texture, color and interest to any wall. Plate holders also provide a useful place to store pretty plates until you need to use them. Decorate that empty wall in your kitchen, dining room or entry hall with a decorative plate holder filled with interesting plates.

One of my favorite plate holders is the CBK Home Casa Christina Tuscan Iron Plate Rack and Candle Holder featured on the left. Its substantial size will easily fill that large wall in the dining room, and the attached candleholders provide additional interest. I like to use a set of CBK Home Casa Christina Tuscan Plates, shown below, in the holder. Each plate features an olive branch design in the vibrant colors of blue, green, red and gold that will brighten any space. I also love that the plates are earthenware and microwave safe. Just add candles in colors that will complement the plates and you are all set.

I love to decorate using items that are both decorative and functional! Visit for more great decorating ideas.

Friday, September 2, 2011

What is a Fleur-De-Lis?

The fleur-de-lis is an accent often seen in decorating. What is a fleur-de-lis and why is it used in Tuscan decor?

Wise Geek states that, “The fleur-de-lis, sometimes spelled fleur-de-lys, is an ancient symbol, although it has come to be closely associated with the nation of France. It consists of three spikes resembling the petals of a flower rising from a central crossbar, and it is clearly intended to represent an iris or lily.” According to Wikkipedia, “In French, fleur de lis literally means "lily flower".” The symbol is widely thought to be a stylized version of an iris or lily. It has been used by various civilizations for centuries. The fleur-de-lis has also been used on many flags and coats of arms. It is associated with the French monarchy and is also an emblem of the Itlalian city of Florence.

The fleur-de-lis has been used decoratively on things from wall paper, to book bindings to ironwork. Today, the fleur-de-lis is a common decorative element in Tuscan decor. It can be found on everything from candleholders to plates, to designs on furniture and mirrors. Items accented with a fleur-de-lis design are a simple way to bring a Tuscan feel to a space.

Overall, the fleur-de-lis is a symbol that has been used for centuries. It is used in Tuscan decorating due to its ties in history to France and Italy. Bring a Tuscan feel to your space by using the fluer-de-lis as an accent. Visit  to discover more ways to incorporate a fleur-de-lis design into your decor.

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