Good Advice


House Beautiful has some great decorating advice in the news letter that came to my email and I found some of them interesting. I have already done some of these without knowing this advice from decorators. Thought I would share some of them with you. I am not saying all these rooms are my style.

Too many chair and table legs can make a room "nervous." A skirted piece or two will make it feel "grounded."  Most of my rooms have a mix of skirted bottoms and open legs.

Mix up the seating at your dining table. You wouldn't have eight identical chairs in your living area.
I just recently added a bench at our dining room table.

Don't be afraid to paint a vintage piece. Every piece of furniture can't be brown.
Well, I guess I'm not one to be afraid to paint furniture!

An open armoire is more interesting than a closed one. Let people into your secret world.
My hutch is open in the dining room, but not so sure about the secret world part. lol

The most versatile coffee table you'll ever own is an ottoman topped with a tray.
I have an ottoman in the sitting room instead of a table.

Gold is back in a big way. A few accents will warm up a room, like this classic living room designed by Kirsten Fitzgibbons and Kelli Ford.  Good thing since I still have my gold chandelier in the dining room. I really want to replace it some time, but Mr. Savvy isn't too keen on that idea. He thinks because it is 24 karat gold plated that it is special. No, dear it isn't.

 Pile on the pillows. One pair of pillows always looks skimpy. Use two pairs, in contrasting patterns, colors, and textures. Amen, I love my pillows and pile them on.

O.K. that is enough decorating 101. 
Do you have any of these decorating tips going on in your home?



  1. Inspirational pictures there! Love the blue couch in the first shot, that room looks so fresh! Don't know that I could have the backs of my chairs exposed like in the dining room shot, that is a different touch for sure :)
    Hope you are having a great weekend!

  2. Kim, a few of these tricks can be observed in our home, but I need to get braver about using paint. ;-)
    Thanks for another inspirational post. ~ Sarah

  3. Hi Kim, I have done some of these things too, like putting a bench at my kitchen table. You certainly have the painting furniture tip down to an art!

    Kat :)

  4. Great ideas! Thank you for sharing these! I use some of them already, but was inspired by the others. I used to have a bench at my dining room table and the kids said it didn't look 'uniform' enough. I think I might have to bring it back in!

  5. Young Lady, I would say "You are already there". You are ahead of the game. Hugs, Ginger

  6. Kim great reminders! There are so many subtle & not so subtle design tips that make all the diference!

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  7. Lots of great hints here, Kim! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Interesting. Some of it I have right. I do have a skirted table, sofa and ottoman and I do love a ton of pillows. No painted furniture and all my chairs match. I do have some gold and yes I do like it still. Maybe I need to work on the rest a little. lol Hugs, Marty

  9. Thanks for sharing all of these tips with us. I think they are all spot-on except the armoire one. No one want to know me that well, LOL!!! But of course, the insides of our two armoires do not look near as neat as the one in the photo!

  10. Those are great ideas. I already incorporate some of them but the one I want to incorporate is the mixture of chairs at the dining table. I really do like that look. These were interesting to read. Thanks.

  11. Such a lovely and inspirational post with those tips...

    Wonderful choice of pictures...

    Enjoy the weekend !!

  12. Great tips! I never realized that my sofa and chairs are all skirted. Bad, bad, bad! I need and ottoman with legs!


  13. Great tips. I need to paint and glaze some furniture.
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    Nikki xx

  14. You're cutting edge Kim! I'm using several of these tips already too. I especially loved the way the opened armoire in the dining room looked. This is one tip I'm not using. My armoire is in my bedroom and serves as storage space for fabric. The fabric in and of itself is lovely, but all piled in there together is NOT something I want to look at everyday!

  15. You know I have no decorating tips! LOL! but, the backs of the chairs in the open amoire shot sure caught my eye! They left the insides of them exposed, too???? Interesting. hugs ~ tanna

  16. Interesting and good advice.
    According to this I had the right mix before the living room redo. However, I like my room much better after.

    I don't feel it is too leggy, which is actually one thing I was concerned about when ordering the new furniture. In the end I decided against a skirted upholstered piece. I am considering a skirted chair for the foyer, which is an extention of the living room, if I find the one I am looking for. I think what saves the room is case pieces that go all the way to the floor and the short legs/feet on the sofa.
    I just tend to go with what pleases my eye.

  17. What great tips Kim! I would say I have done most of these things in my rooms, but what I would like to change in my dining room is the two head chairs to maybe parson chairs. Martina

  18. Thanks for the tips Kim, some I already use but now think I need to move my bench that I painted white, to the diningroom table only thing is the chairs are black!
    Glad to know that gold is coming back in a way, I have a picture of a with a gold frame and just hated to paint it because it is pretty they way it is:)
    Have a great day!

    PS. Thanks so much for the sweet comment you left on my blog about body sometimes feels like 60 though.LOL!

  19. This is great...I have a question about the gold coming back. My house is a 1960's 2 story in an older neighborhood. Everything is gold...door hinges, knobs, lights, switchplates, etc. I have started replacing some of it a room at a time. I am going with ORB. I have already started in my kitchen and entry. In your opinion, is it OK to have mixed metal colors throughout your house? This really goes against my usual style. I do like things to match even though it's not always "in." Just wondering what you think...thanks! ~Ann

  20. Kim, this is a wonderful post. I love tips from the "professionals". They've often said a bit of Black anchors a room, my tip is if you're not a lover of stark Black, go with a deep Brown, in a natural element such as rusty metals etc.
    I do use several of the tips you shared, unwittingly ;)
    Thank you my Dear, xxx tami

  21. All savvy words, Kim! I am loving these rooms too..

  22. Great tips and photos Kim!
    I like the dining room tip about mixing the seating.
    The open hutch idea i like but my hubby keeps coming behind me and closing it! You know we might get an earthquake he says!
    That's funny about your hubby and the chandy lol!!

    Love your new profile photo too!

  23. Wonderful ideas and they make sense. I am still laughing about the hubs and the chandy! With the way you paint, I am so surprised you haven't tackled that one yet!

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  24. This was a fun post! I like hearing tricks of the trade and seeing what I could be doing that I'm not or reassuring me of what I'm already doing.

  25. Thanks so much for the tips! But, now I'll have more re arranging to do, my husband was just getting used to how things are now haha!
    Thanks for posting!

  26. Hmmm, I get House Beautiful... how'd I miss that one? In answer to your question yes - I go back and forth with the open and closed hutch doors depending on my mood and how much dust I want to get into it. The dining chairs - I can only handle a different matching 'pair' of chairs for the head and foot of the table...for me, the rest have to match... absolutely do not like mixed up, un-matching chairs all around the table - they talk about 'legs' making one nervous... too many mis-matched chairs at the table makes ME nervous! Yes, I too try to make sure there is a balance of legs vs. skirts in the room. The same rule goes for the bedroom - the bed skirt/dust ruffle does a good job of grounding the bedroom :) Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Hi again Kim, if you'd like to see a perfect example of what a difference a skirt vs. legs makes in a master bedroom tailored bedskirt... check out my newest post called 'Dreamy Master Bedroom' and look at the before and after. All of those exposed legs in the "before" picture made the furniture look like it was just floating in the room!


  28. Great advice, Kim. I especially like the permission I am given to have unmatching chairs in my dining room - love it - much more interesting! Linda

  29. I love touches of gold with whites & taupes or with pale pinks so glad its come back in again. Im also a big fan of lots of pillows in mixes of colours & fabric types makes a sofa cosy & homely im no minamalist me I love ecclectic

  30. Ok that does it, I have been wanting an ottoman instead of a coffee table and this will be the next purchase I hope!

  31. The blue sofa is so pretty but those open back dining room chairs made me cringe. Who wants to look at the insides? Too much over the top for me.

  32. Good hints! I never had thought about all the legs in the dining room but I do really like benches in the dining room!

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