By Nancy Powell

Published on March 1, 2015

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Every room should have something black in it, and better yet, a few black accents to help your eye travel around the room. It anchors the design, gives your eye a resting point, and also gives some depth and contrast. It can be as simple as tabletop accessories, drapery rods, frames on your pictures, or accent pillows.

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I always say rugs are like pictures for your floor. They give visual interest, add elements of touch, texture, color and shape and help to define the seating area or furniture plane.

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I am from a family of artists, and the art in one’s home speaks of the people in it. Whether it is modern, traditional, photography, paintings or drawings, art on the walls gives insight into the lives, journeys and loves of the homeowner. Art is very personal and we believe it should make a statement. Be bold in your art selection or the way you display art by creating interesting arrangements, like this gallery wall of drawings I did of our pets.

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Plants bring the outdoors in and give a feeling of warmth and of living, breathing life. I always favor live plants, but occasionally run across a really spectacular faux arrangement that no one would be the wiser for. Nature is a recurring them in our design work and we love to include organic elements to provide a heartbeat in a room.

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Reflective surfaces add dimension, sparkle and shine to a room.  A room without ‘sparkle’ is flat and listless.  Mirrors give you ‘interior windows’ where other parts of the room are reflected.  Glass in the form of framed art, mirrors and shiny accessories all add to the luxurious feel of a room and lend well to a sense of movement in a room.