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Jim Courtney CTS


Interior Design Consultant (11 years experience)

Interior Design


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Nurseries by Stephenie Avila

Stephenie AvilaDecorating a nursery can seem like an intimidating task, especially if it's for your first child. There are so many things to consider and so many choices, it's no wonder that many parents feel confused and don't know where to start.First thing to consider is childproofing the room.Think about it all the way through the design process - safety should be your primary concern.Next to consider is your budget. Keeping within your budget will ensure a stress free room make-over. Remember that children grow quickly, so spend your money on functional items that you will be able to use in a re-design for years to more

How to buy leather furniture

IntroductionLeather furniture gives a room an elegant yet inviting feel. It's a great investment because leather actually gets better with age and will outlast most upholstered furniture. Buying leather furniture can be a big investment so it's best to think carefully about what type of furniture and leather will fit your tastes and lifestyle.When choosing leather, consider that it is a natural material and nature's signatures will be incorporated into it. These signatures may be in the form of healed scars, blemishes or other markings that should be considered natural beauty marks. Color variations also occur in aniline leathers........ read more

Hardwood characteristics

Which wood is best for furniture, mahogany, maple, beech, cherry, teak, pine or oak?Available in a variety of colors, grains, and hardnesses, solid wood has always been a preferred material for fine furniture. Shock-resistant and durable, it's also a sound investment, increasing in value over generations. Different parts of the world produce different types of woods, each with its own set of characteristics. And because each tree yields lumber with its own grain patterns and markings, each piece of genuine wood has its own unique personality......... read more

Mattresses- What's the difference?

In brief* Buy on comfort and price, and make sure you can return the mattress if you find it's not as comfortable as you expected.* The only way to choose a new mattress is to lie on as many as possible. We give you tips on what to look for and how best to test when you hit the shops.* Replace your mattress every 10 years. Using the same one for too long can cause back and neck problems, not to mention hygiene risks........ read more

Painting with Stripes by Stephenie Avila (Home Design Network)

Stephanie Avila I am sure that most people are aware that the quickest and most cost effective way to revitalize a living space is with a new paint color. If you're looking to make a bold statement, take it a step further by adding a paint stripe to a hallway, office or bedroom. This is a way to create a sense of drama and really draws your eye around the room. Depending on the width and quantity of stripes you use, stripes can act as artwork on your walls, keeping the money in your pocket that you might otherwise have spent on art prints, frames and matting. The possibilities are endless when striping a wall so I have added a few photos as a source of inspiration for those of you wanting to have some fun with stripes! more