DESIGN YOUR HOME
17 Ideabooks by Vanessa Francis
Guest Picks: Ideas for a Bold Kid's Bathroom
Many newer homes in the suburbs come with a bathroom meant just for the kids in the family. And I think these spaces should be decorated slightly differently than the adult’s bathrooms. I like to keep all the fixed elements neutral, but bring in bold...
Guest Picks: How to Bring Shades of Radiant Orchid Into Your Home
Like many, I haven’t ever been a huge fan of purple. But I must say that I’m slightly drawn to the dusky, grayed-down shades of amethyst, lilac and lavender these days. Pantone’s color of the year for 2014, Radiant Orchid, is a brighter, pinky-purple...
Guest Picks: 20 Outdoor Fabrics With Indoor Style
Outdoor fabrics have come a long way. Color options were once limited, and the only patterns available were typical stripes or shell motifs. Today, you can find a wide range of colors and patterns that are even stylish enough to use indoors. Most importantly,...
Guest Picks: 20 Duvet Covers to Suit Any Decor
Everyone has their favorite bed covers. I have always preferred duvet covers over quilts, blankets or comforters. I have a lightweight duvet in the summer and I double up the duvet covers in the winter. The fun part of using a duvet is picking out the...
Guest Picks: Lighting to Perk Up a Powder Room
Choosing lighting for a powder room gives you a chance to select fixtures that are little prettier than what you would choose for a main bath or en suite. After all, guests will be using it. As powder rooms sometimes don't have any natural light, a combination...
Guest Picks: 20 Pitchers Worth Pouring From
For pouring drinks, displaying flowers or holding kitchen utensils, there's always a reason to keep an extra pitcher on hand
I was recently at a friend's house, and she poured lemonade from a beautiful handmade stoneware pitcher. It certainly made the occasion feel more festive and special. Pitchers lend an air of celebration and are a stylish accessory when adorning a shelf....
Guest Picks: 20 Finds for Staging Your Home
Clean, declutter, then incorporate a few simple accessories to give your home the fresh look buyers love
Sometimes all it takes is a colorful accessory here and a textured basket there to make your home feel fresh and organized — just the perception you want to relay when selling your home. I have rounded up some inexpensive and stylish items that will...
Guest Picks: Creating a Patio for the Whole Family to Enjoy
Now that summer is in full swing, I thought I would round up some of my favorite things for the patio and garden. Adding color, pattern and whimsy will provide a fun vibe and be welcoming for family and friends, young and old! — Vanessa from
Guest Picks: 20 Stylish, Comfortable Sectionals
I have been on the hunt for comfortable and stylish sectionals for a few clients. Sometimes they are the perfect solution for a room design to maximize seating and create a welcoming space. The key to making it work is to draw a floor plan so you can...
Guest Picks: Small Pieces Of Art Big on Personality
There is nothing like art, whether an original or a print, to bring character and soul to a space. Try to avoid buying mass produced art at a retailer. I have rounded up some small paintings and photographs (less than 12 by 16 inches) to get you started...
Guest Picks: Storage and Styling for a Child's Bookcase
I recently completed decorating my daughter's bedroom. The final area to tackle was a much-needed bookcase to house all of her stuff. Tween girls (well, my daughter anyway) tend to amass piles of it. I made a linen bulletin board to display her...
Guest Picks: Creating a Child's Room to Last
I love decorating girl's rooms — all of the pinks and florals have me at "hello." Still, there's no reason why a boy's room can't be colorful, stylish and personal as well. Inspiration or a jumping-off point for the design and color scheme can come...
Guest Picks: 20 Beautiful Wallpapers to Elevate Your Room
I still find clients pretending not to hear me when I mention that "wallpaper" word. I think they're remembering the small-scale florals or the textured vinyl with the matching border from years ago. After I show them a few inspirational images and...
Guest Picks: Art and Accessories to Revive Your Mantel
A simple way to revive a room is to style the mantel. Try one striking piece of art or a layering of mirrors, art, foliage and accessories — the possibilities are endless. Not sure what sort of accessory would work best with your decor or where...
Guest Picks: 20 Sofas for Every Budget and Space
A sofa is one of the most used pieces of furniture in a home, especially in the family room where comfort is key. In a living room used infrequently, a more formal, elegant sofa may be in order. Sofas come in all sizes, shapes and styles, and there are...