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A 1980’s Bathroom Updated

Bathroom Remodel My clients in Hammonton NJ moved into their home in the 80’s and they are in the process of updating their home room by room. This is the second bathroom redo we have done together. As you can see, no more harvest gold sink, shower and toilet! A…

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An Ecomonical Way to Stage a Home to Sell

A Solution for Realtors and Home Sellers When the Home You are Trying to Sell Does Not Show Well Problem An empty house = no vision for prospective buyers A cluttered house = not enough space A home in disrepair = a money pit An outdated home = too old,…

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Fix My Room Series: Creating Visual Interest for Rooms with High Ceilings and Walls.

This room was crying out for a lesson in proportion. Problem: Lack of Visual Interest Because Very high ceiling and high windows. Window treatments are too small for the wall. Ceiling fan also too small for the room. Walls seem cold with lack of color. Solution: Create Visual Interest in…

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A Flair for the Fun and Dramatic

Do you yearn to do something different, out of the ordinary, and very unexpected? If you have an area in your home that is a transition space, with its own entrance, and is not easily seen from other parts of your home, you have an opportunity to take experiment with…

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Fix My Room Series: How To Freshen Up a Brick and Mortar Fireplace

BEFORE This project in Hammonton, NJ is not quite finished yet, but I couldn’t wait to share the before and after pictures to show how to freshen up a brick and mortar fireplace. Everyone is familiar with the red brick and black mortar, so dated, dark, and heavy. Should we demolish and start…

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The Holidays are Coming

  The year is half over, and it’s hard to believe that we’ll soon be seeing Christmas decorations in the department stores. Time moves quickly, doesn’t it? Now is the perfect time to plan for your year-end family gatherings. If you’re thinking about updating your dining room, powder room, guest…

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Fix My Room Series: Are You “Living in the Dark?”

Have you purchased new furniture and now that it is in your home you don’t like it, but you can’t figure out why? Are your accessories a little lackluster and not giving your room the oomph it needs? Well, here is my suggestion; turn on a light, or two, or…

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There Comes a Time…

There comes a time when your parents, or grandparents in my case, aren’t able to live on there own. It just isn’t safe to be by themselves or they should live somewhere they can get immediate help and assistance if they need it. It was time for my grandmother Madeline…

Interior Design Reality VS Reality TV Interior Design

By Lenore Spinelli of Lenore Frances Home Interiors Several years ago, when I first started my own Interior Design business, I went to visit a prospective client’s home. The owners wanted to redo their family room. It was a decent size with a fireplace and a high vaulted ceiling. I…

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How hard can it be to select a paint color?

We have all asked that question believing that it is easy, and yet, it isn’t easy to pick the right paint color from a color chip. When you choose a color that “doesn’t work,” you either have to repaint, or live with something that fights with your furnishings, or doesn’t…