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How Do I Combine Elegant and Cozy Styles?

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ANSWERED BY ASHLEY MECHAM • SEP 27, 2019

Hi Chantel,

You've got some color in the space and blue is a great option with the curtains and artwork you already have. So if you wanted to go in that direction I think it is a ...

Hi Kristy,

With a rustic table you can add in a more modern chandelier with clean lines to give some relief to the heaviness of the table. A modern globe chandelier...

Hi Peris,

Because of the height of your headboard and the size of the mirror leaving no breathing room it just doesn't feel right to place above your bed. I would s...

Hi Kacey,

You've got some interesting shelves, but you've done a great job of styling them, adding in something to the sides is just what you need or a finished loo...

Hi Jeanette,

I love the texture and depth natural materials add to a room, but perhaps your new barstools mixed with the pendant light was too similar a material yo...

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Updating Foyer Lighting

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ANSWERED BY ASHLEY MECHAM • AUG 9, 2019

Hi Liz,

How unfortunate you had a flood, but updating a light fixture is a way of getting a positive result out of a terrible event. With your space, choosing something that is tr...

Hi Mitch,

What a great space you have, there is so much potential to create your own touch! That being said there is a lot of work ahead so starting with something ...

Hi Brittany,

This can be a tricky question as it depends on if the upstairs is open to the downstairs. If you have a foyer that is open and can clearly see the hallway upstairs or even lights upstairs I would suggest to keep the lights the same for a cohesive look. 

Now if there is a d...

Hi Brittany,

Depending on the tone of your floors will determine if space will feel darker or lighter. With darker cabinets and counters adding in some contrast like your white backsplash help to brighten up space and break up the dark tones. This can also be said for floors. Lighter floors ar...

Hi Julie,

Hanging lights should not be difficult but when you get into the specifics of it, it can seem overwhelming with all the suggested dimensions on how high, apart, and how many to hang.

But you've got the basic general sense of it. However one factor to take into consideration is the...

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