Backseat Backsplash? Not.

Backseat Backsplash? Not.
Having selected the granite for our Fairview kitchen remodel (see last post), our next step was to find a backsplash material. In general, I think simple works best. The two materials that made it to the top of our list were both small mosaics from IMC. We decided — whichever mosaic we picked —...

Granite Selection

Granite Selection
When the Fairview homeowners decided it was time to upgrade their kitchen they called me….since we already shared a delightful history in paint, furniture, curtains, art and accessories! Where to start? Granite. We knew already that we did not want the countertops to be too dark. We also wanted...

Lights, Camera…Blog!

Lights, Camera…Blog!
                    This far North Dallas home is being gradually personalized. It was a great spec house in a great location and a great neighborhood, with a great floor plan and a great yard. And it was available quickly without a lot of custom build...

Paint: One Powerful Ingredient

Paint: One Powerful Ingredient
  Make the Ho-Hum go away. Paint What? Fairview home owners hired Decorating on a Shoe String to add some “punch” to their still rather new home. The first and second remarks made upon first entering this house  (besides, “Glad to meet you” & “We’re here to...

Patterned Carpet

Patterned Carpet
                        Stairs take a beating. The carpet on this Frisco staircase needed replacing. As the stairs are also right off the entry, a dressier carpet seemed appropriate. This dressier patterned carpet is also quite camouflaging. And...

Move-In Arrangement: Rearrangement

Move-In Arrangement: Rearrangement
BEFORE BEFORE New homeowners in Allen had finished unpacking and set up housekeeping. They had accomplished an amazing amount the first four weeks in their new home but had run up against a hard time-and-health deadline. Decorating on a Shoe String was contacted to finish up. We were to hang art/certificates...

Kitchen Cosmetics: Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Cosmetics: Kitchen Remodel
BEFORE AFTER Happy surprise! A nice tray ceiling was underneath the florescent plexiglass panels. Bye-bye Plexiglass! The fir downs over the cabinets were also eliminated. The cabinets, well-built but tired, needed both functional and cosmetic tweaks:  The top row of pantry cabinets became usable when...

Rearrangement Possibilities: Accessories, Furniture Arrangement

Rearrangement Possibilities: Accessories, Furniture Arrangement
AFTER   The night before our scheduled Rearrangement, a Frisco client and her husband sat on the couch talking. And asking. “What could Decorating on a Shoe String possibly come in and do?” The house was not cluttered, accessories were  sparse and every conceivable furniture arrangement had...

Painting: Remodeling & Interior Design

Painting: Remodeling & Interior Design
BEFORE painting woodwork, ceiling, walls AFTER painting woodwork, ceiling & walls Before you paint, it might be worth and interior decorator’s advice on what to paint. And which color to paint. And which (new?) paint product might be most suitable. This project began as we considered...

Carpentry Tweaks: Remodeling & Interior Design

Carpentry Tweaks: Remodeling & Interior Design
                    Before we painted the walls and much of the woodwork in this Plano Living Room we had Lenny Bean, our favorite carpenter, add a decorative header to the  Entry doorway. Lenny also constructed a crown-molding-style cornice  and added...

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