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Author Archive: Mary Carol Garrity

Home Style: Fall flourishes for occasional tables

Want to thread the beauty of fall through your home decor? Try tricking up a few tabletops. Whether it’s your living-room coffee table, your dining-room buffet or the little tables nestled between the chairs in your den, occasional tables are a perfect place to add a tribute to this beautiful season. Bruce, one of our […]

Home Style: Have a ball using orbs in fall decorating

A few years ago at market, I happened upon metal orbs and fell hard for these minimalist tools that offer limitless decorating possibilities. They are so simple — just a few straps of metal form the faintest outlines of a globe — but they are bursting with drama. And with their aged patina, they are […]

Homestyle: Juice up home decor with orange!

Orange you glad orange is back in style? Some of you are nodding your heads vigorously because this friendly, high-octane color gives you the energy kick you’re longing for in home decor. Others of you are shaking your heads just as vigorously, possibly having a flashback to your ’70s kitchen plastered in sunset, harvest gold […]

Homestyle: Clearly, glass brings beauty and function to decor

My favorite decorating tools are those that score a perfect 10 in the categories of form and function. Glass delivers on both counts by adding brilliance and beauty to home decor while also serving as a reliable workhorse, helping out with lots of tasks around the home. I fell under glass’s power several years ago […]

Home Style: 15-minute summer mantels

Celebrate the season by giving your mantel a 15-minute summer makeover. Your mantel display is the eye-catching focal point of the room, so trick it up for the season. But don’t spend much time. Light and breezy — and super-simple — is the name of the game when it comes to summer decorating. That way, […]

Home Style: Six ingredients for an instant party

Do you have the basic entertaining pieces you need to throw an impromptu party with friends or a spur-of-the-moment dinner gathering? Just as you keep your pantry stocked with basics like flour, sugar and oil, here are six ingredients you need on hand to throw a great party in a pinch: 1. Vases for a […]

Home Style: Before you say ‘I do’ to a piece of furniture

Before you give your heart to a piece of upholstered furniture, make sure it’s the real deal by asking yourself these four key questions. 1. What kind of relationship are you looking for? The first step toward a happy match is to set some expectations for your relationship with your new furniture. Realistically, how long […]

Home Style: Area rugs add ambiance

I love all the hardwood floors in my historic home. But without area rugs to break up the great expanses of wood, the rooms would feel cold and empty. And it would give our dog one more reason to avoid sleeping on the floor, where she is supposed to sleep, and hop up on the […]

Home Style: Create artful displays with collections

Decorating with your collections is a wonderful way to weave your personality into your decor and make your home a unique expression of your life and interests. Here are tips I use to create displays with my collections. 1. There is strength in numbers. One of my favorite ways to display collections is in, well, […]

Home Style: Unexpected neutrals to liven up your space

When you hear the term “neutral decor,” do you envision a tan-on-tan-on-tan room? If so, you are in for a fun surprise. A space done in neutrals can be much more creative and exciting than just layers of solids so staid they’re almost asleep. The secret is to use a few colors and patterns that […]

Home Style: Let your life inspire your home decor

If your life were a movie, what would it be? No matter what your life story is, how you decorate your home should reflect your personality and experiences. Here are three ways to tell your own story through your home decor: 1. A favorite vacation spot Unless you squeeze your eyes shut every time you […]

Home Style: Four little touches that go a long way

Those of us who love interior decorating are passionate about creating an environment in our homes that is warm and welcoming, fills our senses and reflects who we are. Even though my personal decorating style is ever-evolving, there are a few cornerstones of the look I love. Here are four simple techniques I use. I […]

Home Style: How to update your traditional home

I love it all when it comes to home-decor styles. But years ago, I figured out that a traditional look works best for my own home. I really like surrounding myself with classic furnishings and accents that have stood the test of time, yet I don’t want my house to feel like it’s stuck in […]

Home Style: Mantel makeovers for spring

Scripps Howard ¬†Service Want to freshen up your decor for spring? Do a quick makeover on your mantel. Whether you want to completely redo your mantel display for the new season or just add a seasonal tweak here and there, it takes just minutes to remake this little stage. But the payoffs are huge. Every […]

Home Style: 5 gotta-have decorating tools for spring

As soon as my holiday decor is boxed up and stored away, I’m ready for spring. By the time spring officially starts on March 20, I know exactly how I want to decorate my home to celebrate this season of fresh new beginnings. This year, I’ve zeroed in on five gotta-have tools that I’m going […]

Home Style: Good design doesn’t have to be expensive

Isn’t it fun to flip through the pages of decorating magazines and books and dream about how you would decorate your home if money were no object? I’ve got great news: Good design doesn’t have to be expensive. You can transform your home into a sanctuary that makes your heart skip a beat even if […]

Home Style: New Year’s resolutions to freshen your decor

I love making New Year’s resolutions, and here are a few from me and my decorating team that you might want to adopt to make your home even more lovely in 2013. (Thankfully, none of them involves dieting!) – Do something wonderful with windows For years, I was convinced that shutters were the only kind […]

Home Style: Even when it’s cold, outdoor decor is hot

On New Year’s Eve, the stroke of midnight will find me in bed, fast asleep. But if I had the energy to celebrate late into the night, I would want to be at a grand and glorious outdoor fete like my friend David’s. Come peek in on his stunning winter soiree and be inspired to […]

Home Style: How to pick the bed of your dreams

After a long day at work, there is no piece of furniture in my entire home that I love more than my bed. Even though we spend a lot of our lives snuggled up in bed, too often I see people relegate selecting a beautiful bed frame to the bottom of their decorating to-do list. […]

Home Style: Treat your house to a touch of Halloween

When I think Halloween, I think of my friend Twila, who does it up big. She teams up with Chery, one of the designers at Nell Hill’s, and the two of them have a ball as they make over Twila’s house. Every year, they come up with completely new creations, giggling and cheering as they […]

Home Style: Host a fabulous fall fete

After enduring one of the hottest summers I can recollect, I am so ready for fall. I can’t wait to breathe in the crisp air and to see the trees dressed in dazzling shades of red, orange and yellow. One of the best ways to greet autumn is to throw an outdoor party, dining under […]

Style at home: Mistakes to avoid when choosing a sofa

When you think about it, a lot of life happens on your sofa. This all-important piece of furniture needs to fit you, your home and your lifestyle. To ensure you get a sofa that’s just right, avoid these five common mistakes. 1. Don’t buy a sofa upholstered in fabric you will be sick of in […]

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