National Decorating Month

Apr 16 2013

by Sudy Vance Leavy

The dread of April 15th has passed. My shoebox of saved deductions stood me in good stead, and I found yesterday I dedicated myself to sprucing up my den. An aching back and sore arm attest to my newly created gallery hanging where I used favorite objects in a new way. My efforts are totally in keeping with National Decorating Month,which celebrates the many aspects of home decor while promoting the fun and creativity of DIY decorating.

Another creative resource I use is studying any magazine on home decor.Veranda, Southern Living, Elle Decor– a picture speaks a thousand words, and I find I glean so much. One source of reference is a favorite friend’s monthly contribution to Better Homes and Gardens.

I first met Elaine Griffin, who calls herself the makeover maven, while assisting her as she decorated a dining room for a Christmas House. This Georgia native graciously gave her time and talent to creating a room that was stellar. All who entered were in awe of the lavish use of turquoise, including the elegant peacock tree topper.The dining table was magnificent, and no one was the wiser that the china and crystal had been found at the local Salvation Army store. This ability to blend the expensive with the inexpensive is a testimony to Elaine’s talent.

She proclaims that small changes make a big impact. Her columns and videos as a contributing design editor have focused on a variety of topics from “Choosing a Color Palette” to “Coffee Table Chic.” I concur with her statement: “You are soul of every room in your house.” Additionally, I appreciate her stance that the decorator’s hand should enhance a client’s personality, never eclipse it. With such forthright statements, it is easy to see how her book published last year has enjoyed a wide following. Design Rules: The Insider’s Guide to Becoming Your Own Decorator offers a variety of tips for every room in the house. Fun reading and a way to appreciate Elaine’s talents further. Listed by House Beautiful as one of the Top 100 American Designers, Elaine shares her decorating philosophy at her website:


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