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Quick Tips For Creating a Warm, Inviting Foyer

I thought you might enjoy a few tips for creating a foyer in your home that sets the tone for the rest of your house.

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It isn’t hard to do, as long as you follow these simple principles.   Watch this video here from my latest television segment from NBC-13 Daytime Alabama with Wendy Garner and let me know how your foyer evolves.

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Have a great day, everyone.


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The Kitchen

Recently, I taped a television segment on kitchen trends for Daytime AL.   I always enjoy working with them as they are just a really great group of nice, fun people.   If you haven’t seen their show before, catch them on NBC at 11:30 Monday thru Friday, and I promise you will not be disappointed.

Whether discussing kitchens with Wendy or with a client, my number one recommendation for this space is to incorporate natural materials.   They stand the test of time, as there is nothing prettier to me than an old piece of marble or limestone.  Here are a few things that I am seeing and loving lately…

Marble is beautiful and using it in a subway tile makes it even more gorgeous…

Colored appliances are making their way back, but the look is much more fresh and modern than the ones from back when…

My favorite look right now and one I look forward to using soon is unlacquered brass hardware.  I love the fact the patina becomes even more beautiful the more it is touched…

How about you? What are your favorite looks for the kitchen right now? Please share your thoughts with us.

If you like, you can watch the full segment here on Daytime AL for more tips and ideas.   Have a great day, everyone-


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Quick Tips for a Beautiful Home

This past week I had the pleasure of co-hosting NBC-13 Daytime AL with David Lamb while Wendy Garner was on jury duty.   I had so much fun as the Daytime crew consists of just a really great group of people.

Here are a couple of snapshots from a segment I did on Quick Tips for a Beautiful Home.  Yes, a home can be beautiful and practical too.  A few tips I shared and live by…

– Buy only what you love, not just what’s on sale.  It’s not a deal if you do not truly love it.

– Every item should have a place.

– Keep colors cohesive throughout the home (children’s rooms are the exception).  What may be a dominant color in one room may be used as an accent in another.

You can watch an elaboration on each topic and learn more tips here if you like.  Thanks again to Wendy, David, and the Daytime Al crew for this incredible experience, as well as those of you who tuned in to watch!

Have a great day-


* More importantly, my thoughts and prayers go out to those affected in this week’s tornadoes here and in surrounding cities and towns. So hard to believe it happened once again within such a short period of time.  My heart goes out to all of you.

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Home Trends…on the Air

A favorite opportunity that has come my way as a designer are the television segments I do with NBC-13 Daytime Alabama.  It’s a fun way to share tips and home trends with local audiences.  Wendy Garner and David Lamb are the co-hosts and they, along with the crew, are just really great people on and off the air.  If you have a chance to catch their show, do!  You will certainly enjoy their fun personalities.   It airs at 11:30 AM Central and is televised in Birmingham and surrounding cities.

a great team!
David, Wes, Wendy and myself posing for a picture after the last taping.

If you would like some tips on decorating your home, here are a few of my previous segments:

Design on a Budget

Tips on Decluttering (aka Bookshelves)

Serene Spots in the Home

Investment Pieces



In each segment, I try to give helpful, budget-friendly suggestions that are easy to incorporate.   If you ever have a topic for me to tackle, let me know, as I’d love to showcase your idea!    And….if you live in the Birmingham area, tune into Daytime Alabama on October 7th where I will be discussing fall home trends, and then again on October 25th where I will show you how to make an impact in a room in an hour.  These are fun ones!