shine never gets old…

Dear Silver,

Don’t go changing, to try and please me. You never let me down before. Don’t imagine you’re too familiar, and I don’t see you any more!

Forever yours,


Some things just never go out of style, and silver is on top of the list! I always follow trends with interest, but I don’t always go along when things are declared “over”. Although the design pundits declare it “in” and “out” regularly, it really never goes out of style. I figure, if you love it, then it’s in style…at least at your home it is!

(Nobody panic! Silver has not been deemed “out”. I’m just sayin’, if that were to happen, I’d have to deem “them” stupid.)

photo courtesy Coburn Architecture

photo courtesy Laura Hardin via Houzz

photo by Designs by Shoshana via Houzz

photo courtesy Country Living

photo by Amoroso Design via Houzz

photo by Celia James via Houzz

photo courtesy Apartment Therapy

Call me crazy, but I doubt everyone is going to freak out and change all their fixtures to bronze, just because someone decides chrome is so “last season”. In my opinion (and really that’s all that matters, right?), I think silver is a versatile neutral that packs a style punch!

front door makeover…

Does your front door say “Hi..come closer…knock on me…there are fabulous people inside.”?

A hundred years ago, I was a realtor, and by the end of the walk to the front door, I could usually tell how well a showing would go. Surprisingly, a lot of people don’t realize the impact that their walkway, porch and front door have on visitors. A Santa doormat isn’t cute in February!

Your front entry doesn’t have to be grand, it just has to be really tidy and have elements of impact. I’m guilty of not paying enough attention to my front entrance. The sandblasted angel in the oval glass panel on the door just isn’t doing anything for me anymore. It was actually the selling point for a TV production company that shot an episode of a series at my house, but it has got to go. I think the angel is actually whispering to me, “Help. I’m stuck in the 80’s and I can’t get out!”

If you’re considering fixing up your entry, I think the door is the most important feature (as long as you’ve fixed the potholes in the sidewalk and the exposed wires on the doorbell first). A new door or a lick of paint can instantly add curb appeal. Unless you hate your neighbours, choose your colour carefully–purple is rarely a wise choice.

This makeover is featured on Country Living Magazine’s website, and it’s a good example of how much impact a simple change can make (try to look past the Christmas decor). I am madly in love with the red light fixtures.

Here’s another good example from Apartment Therapy. Red packs a punch, even in really small doses.

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