“word to the wise” wednesday — cathy kincaid

Word to the Wise Cathy KincaidHave you read the latest House Beautiful?  Cathy Kincaid explains how she infused a traditional Dallas home with the feel of an English country estate, the result of which is beautifully featured in the magazine.  What I found even more refreshing, however, was her candid interview!

It takes a village, right?  I am so grateful for the village that makes it possible to do what I do.

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five easy ways to update your bedroom

Did you catch my latest appearance on Charlotte Today?  It’s so much fun chatting with Colleen and Eugene!  This time, I shared easy ways to update your bedroom … and I promise they are easy with a capital E.  Importantly, my tips address both function and form.

It doesn’t get much easier than putting a colorful throw or blanket at the bottom of your bed … plus, the layering is a perfect solution for in-between seasons like these.  Get it?  We’ve added both form and function!

John Robshaw Tie Dyed ThrowsI’m not usually a tie-dye girl — as in, ever — but these John Robshaw throws are fab.  Lucky for my Charlotte girls, Isabella, one of my absolute fave home boutiques, has these in stock now!

Anthropologie Equestrian KnobsPainting a piece or two is a perfect way to break up that boring five-piece bedroom set,  and chalk paint is a DIY Dream Come True.  Hello, no sanding, no prep?!?!  Annie Sloan created the original chalk paint over 20 years ago, and it’s available both online and at Black Lion in Charlotte.  Updated hardware will make those newly painted bedside tables or dresser even more personal and should be as simple as a screw or two!  Anthropologie has a fantastic selection of trendy and reasonably priced knobs and pulls, including the equestrian-inspired pieces I brought on the show.

Caldrea Linen SprayLinen spray infused with lavender is supposed to bring sweet dreams … but, at the very least, it brings fresh smells!  My studio partner Lisa Mende is a big fan of Caldrea’s Lavender Pine Linen and Room Spray.

Kathleen DiPaolo Lamp Finials Exclusive to Studio 202Do your lamps have built-in dimmers? Soooooo much better for relaxing at the end of the evening!   If not, it’s as easy as plugging into a separate lamp dimmer.  After you’ve taken care of the function, back to the form!  Let’s jazz up those plain lamps with decorative finials.  Studio 202 is the exclusive retail outlet for Kathleen DiPaolo’s signature line of finials.  Most of her designs feature semi-precious stones, and I looooooove them.

See?  Told you it was easy.  You’ll find even more tips in the video segment … including the no-fail way to check if it’s time to replace your bed pillows!

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