News RSS



Home Decor Splurge vs Save

We all struggle with where to splurge & where to save. Dressing your home is much like dressing yourself. You likely have trendy pieces of clothing from Forever 21 or Zara & investment pieces from higher end designers like Tory Burch or Chanel. Fashion designers have this down to an art. Your home should be an artful mix of high, low, and in between pieces. The secret is in the splurge! A luxurious rug (even if you bought it at an estate sale) can make an inexpensive sofa look high-end, while vibrant art will make those functional curtains seem less simple. It's all about balance. "I believe your home should tell your story. The best interiors reflect who the owners really are – where...

Continue reading



Centerpiece Tips & Tricks

You are the builder of your future & if your future includes a new centerpiece I'm here to help! I recently posted a question about centerpieces. "Do you prefer centerpieces that are one sided (meaning they look great from the front but not the back) vs a circular display that's styled from all sides". I'm tackling the question head on in this blog post. The key to choosing which type of display works best is based on the table you're styling & it's location. Dining room tables, coffee tables, some sofa tables & some end tables are viewed from all sides & should look good from all sides. If your display backs up to a wall - you're golden & a one...

Continue reading



Decor Styles & Trends For The New Year & Beyond

Happy New Year! 2020 is going to be a fun year in decor & design. We're kicking off a new decade & I know you'll love what's in store. I've spent a couple of months researching stylists predictions. Remember these are predictions & trends that can be included/excluded & incorporated into your home in numerous ways. Before we get started, let's define a couple of terms: TREND: A general direction in which something is developing or changing. It's also considered the latest style of popular culture.  PREDICTION: A forecast for things to come. Usually based upon experience or knowledge. I'm so excited, let's have some fun!!! First, the easiest prediction - Color! Sherwin Williams introduced Naval as it's 2020 Color Of The...

Continue reading



Easy Holiday Tablescapes

Tis' the Season for entertaining & serving special meals with friends & family. If you're this year's host....No Fear! I'm here to help you create the "Perfect"ly Easy Tablescape for your event. A Tablescape is meant to enhance your dining experience. To show your guests you care but it needn't cost a lot or take a lot of time. Some of the prettiest tables on Instagram are created from the garden & produce section of the local market. Let's get started! Step One - Get inspired.....Pinterest & Instagram are great places to start. I"ve posted several ideas to Spruced Up Dining on my Pinterest page to help out. Step Two - Gather your goodies. Hit your storage closet, dollar store, Greenhouse,...

Continue reading



Transitioning From Fall To Christmas

With a short holiday season this year, you'll notice many of us are "Fall-ing" into Christmas early. That doesn't mean we're skipping Thanksgiving, it just means it's going to have a twinkling light vibe. Transitioning is more of a gradual change from seasons. If decorating for Christmas stresses you out, this might be for you. No Christmas "throw-up" all over your house; it's a simple transition that will allow you to enjoy the Christmas season just a little bit longer. First - if you haven't, remove Halloween. Jack O'lanterns, bats & witches hats need to be tucked away or pitched. Keep your solid, un-carved pumpkins as decor for a bit longer. I'll likely keep mine until Thanksgiving, so I placed...

Continue reading