The many styles of stair railings

September 7, 2023

Stair railings can make such an impression, so why not make it a fantastic image? There are so many different styles of railings. Some railings are traditional, some contemporary, and some are unique! 

Whatever your taste may be, there is something for everyone!



Glass Railings


Modern wood Railing

Clark and Aldine


Traditional Metal Railing



Contemporary Metal Railing



Unique Railing!




Ikea Hacks

August 24, 2023

Lately, I’ve seen some pretty good Ikea hacks. The transformation is impressive. This is honestly thinking outside the box. I love how they took everyday items and turned them into extraordinaire items. 

I’ve always tried to get my clients to “see” the furniture in a new potential. So here are some great ideas. I hope it inspires you to look beyond what the eye sees!!









Furniture Revival by Southern Revivals

June 15, 2023

As a designer, I come across a lot of designer blogs. So many of these designers have great ideas and do justice to their craft. It’s my pleasure to be able to highlight some of these designers.

This one, in particular, does fantastic work with reviving old furniture.

Take a look.









As you can see, she’s very talented at reviving old furniture. However, my personal favorite is the last one. I LOVE that blue dresser!!

Adding Character to Your Home!

May 18, 2023

If you watch many DIY TV shows, you will hear the word “Character” a lot. It is what makes a house one-of-a-kind. Buyers love that, so it’s an excellent selling feature. But what adds character to a place and, better yet, doesn’t break the bank?


Here are some ways to add character to your house without breaking your budget.


Add trim to windows and doors




  Add Crown Molding 


The Molding Company


Use Built-ins

Install A Tile Backsplash


Replace Interior Doors


Beams or Fake Beams

Abella Home Staging

Replace Hardware


These are just some ideas. There are many, many more, and Pinterest is an excellent source.




Creating a perfect Grid Wall

May 4, 2023

Have you ever thought about creating an accent wall? A grid wall is a beautiful accent wall; you can make it yourself, but it requires a bit of math.

Step 1 – Plan out the grid

  1. Measure the wall – measure the width and length in inches.
  2. Choose your material – determine the width of your grid lines. For example, do you want to use 1×4, 1×3 1×2 boards? (That is the width of the boards. I like 1×3).


3. Calculate your squares– The key to a perfect grid wall is to make your grids as close to courts as possible. Since your wall width is unlikely to be the same height as your ceiling, this can be a little tricky. We like to have our squares ideally be about 16-24″ on a side. Anything smaller can end up looking too busy. On the other hand, if the courts get too big, they look, well…too big.

If your wall width or height happens to be an even number, like 8 ft, divide by 2 ft to determine how many squares you will have in either direction. If your wall width or height is an odd number, you will have to get a little more creative. We came up with a handy table to take all the guesswork out of it for you:

Step 2 – Install the frame

Create a frame around your grid wall. It should look like this.

Step 3 – Install the vertical pieces.

Vertical pieces are easier to install because they create fewer cuts than horizontal pieces.

Just a little bit more math…

The distance between the edges of your vertical pieces will not be the same as the square spacing we provided in the table above due to the width of your wood. So, how do you figure out the space between your vertical wood pieces? Here is the formula:

Step 4 – Calculate your horizontal spacing

Use the same procedure you used to calculate the width of the wall. Repeat it for the height of the wall

Step 5 – Create two spacer

Cut two pieces of wood precisely the tiny size. This will help you to ensure that the spaces are exact.

Step 7 – Fill nail holes and caulk

Step 8 – Paint and enjoy your new wall!!

Trick to Repair Furniture

April 20, 2023


Carpenter Trick to Repair Furniture

Why would I shove toothpicks in a hole in my antique cupboard door, you may ask…

Well, an old-timer carpenter taught me this trick, which works fantastic!

What’s the trick? Old Carpenter TrickSuper simple…When you have a loose screw (probably should do a different treatment for the mental sense of a ‘loose screw’… I’m just talking about the literal meaning of a loose screw today) due to the hole it’s screwed into being just a bit too big like I did one day, I realized, when I opened the door of an old cupboard I have in the breakfast room. The top of the door fell off the cupboard, barely holding on by the bottom hinge! Oops, I would recommend fixing those loose cabinet and cupboard doors before it gets to that point, or it can lead to more significant problems. I’m lucky I used the door when it happened, so I could immediately catch it and relieve the tension on the bottom hinge. I’m afraid the door and cupboard could have split if it had let loose when one of my grandchildren opened it.

So here’s how to fix it:

(according to my old carpenter friend that taught me the carpenter trick to repair furniture) too big of hole in doorI removed the door from the cupboard and laid it on a flat surface, (it will need to lie flat overnight, so pick a spot where it can sit for a while) squirt in wood glue

Then I squirted in a bunch of Carpenter’s Wood Glue.

(in this case, I do prefer wood glue, I believe it is more robust and works better for this project) shove in toothpicks

The next thing I did was to fill the hole with toothpicks…

One at a time, shoving the last ones in as hard as I could. A couple of thoughts about this: be sure to try to get the toothpicks to the bottom of the hole; this is important because one of the issues with loose screws can be the gap is too deep. And secondly, try to fill the hole; some of the glue will ooze back out of the spot, but that’s OK. For effect, I showed you all the toothpicks long at one time, snipbut it’s much easier if you snip each one once as it’s inserted in the hole. Getting the top of the toothpick flush with the cupboard door is crucial so that your hinge will lie flat on the door when placed back on it. toothpicks and glue filled hole

Once the holes were filled with snipped toothpicks and glue, I let them dry overnight. It’s hard to define separate toothpicks in this photo, but each screw hole did take several toothpicks to fill.


What you’re creating is a wood-based wood filler that will have the strength to give the screw something to grip onto. carpenter trick repair doneWhen you are ready to put the hinge back on the door,

it’s essential that you pre-drill the holes for the screws.

This always helps prevent the screw from slipping around and not going into the wood in the exact spot we’re aiming for and helps prevent the wood from splitting. Just be sure you don’t go too deep or use too large of a drill bit (but if you do, now you know how to fix it!)

The old screws holding the hinge were in terrible shape, and I couldn’t reuse them, but these new screws work great and hold the door on well.

All done!! tv and primitive cupboard-001
This article was written by Simple Decorating Tips