Countertop Choices Expanding

By Barbara Bussey | September 16, 2010 |

When I was growing up, enjoying the “luxury” of military housing, Formica or poorly maintained tile countertops seemed the norm. Now, decades later, the choices abound. From honed or polished granite, to cement, limestone, quartz, stainless steel or marble, all the way to beautifully grained woods, the options are endless. Wooden countertops seem so daringly extravagant in a kitchen, when I think about potential issues with heat and moisture. Yet, even these obstacles are being met with wood sealants and as you see in the photo, stainless ball bearings set into the wood counter to create a built in trivet.…

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Haus is Moving!

By Barbara Bussey | September 9, 2010 |

Haus, one of Sacramento’s loveliest home furnishings stores, is moving to a bigger and better space this month…hopefully as soon as next week!  Visit, when you have a chance to learn about their furniture lines and design services.  This is David Randall’s “baby” and he has hit a “home run” moving into the former Ivy House location on H Street.  Their old locations is having a sale right now, so don’t hesitate to stop by 2512 J Street, while it lasts!

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Plan Now for Stressless Holiday Entertaining

By Barbara Bussey | September 2, 2010 |

As you stroll home furnishing stores and read your favorite design magazines and blogs, remember that this is the time to start making your holiday to-do list. Do you have any gatherings in your home planned? Want to spruce things up for Thanksgiving and beyond? Think about a new accent color for pillows, lamp shades, window treatments or paint. We’re repainting our front door right now, in a beautiful, deep olive green. So far, it’s looking good! Make sure the entry to your home is as welcoming as you’d like it to be, since it’s the first thing your friends…

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The Harmonious Home

By Barbara Bussey | August 14, 2010 |

There’s more to a beautiful home than pretty things. Most of us know this simple fact, but many tend to overlook or ignore the need for harmony in our lives and the place we call home. First and foremost should be comfort. For me, that means clean, clutter-free order; colors that are in harmony; furnishings that allow for good traffic flow; and furniture that works well together, in scale, color and style.

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Divine Draperies

By Barbara Bussey | August 9, 2010 |

Just like light fixtures or home accessories, beautiful draperies can add a sumptuous feeling of quiet luxury to a room.  I’m not talking about the window panels you can pick up at Target.  (I’m a great fan of Target, but not for draperies.) By sumptuous, I’m talking about custom made draperies, made to order.  They come in all sorts of yummy fabrics, chosen to complement the furnishings in a room.  They feel delectable when you touch them and have a beautiful weight to their lined loveliness, which helps them hang oh-so-beautifully.

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Don’t be afraid to mix patterns.

By Barbara Bussey | July 8, 2010 |

The age old myth to ‘never mix patterns’ may apply when getting dressed in the morning, but it’s certainly not true when decorating your home. As long as the patterns have complementary colors, styles and fabric, you should be in good shape. Just don’t go overboard though. Pillows are a great place to experiment with pattern. So take a chance and walk on the wild side!

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Mini Room Make-overs For $100 or Less

By Barbara Bussey | July 2, 2010 |

Low-budget home make-over ideas for your front entry, kitchen, living area and bathrooms. It’s amazing what you can do for under $100.00!

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