Tips from a Pro for Smart Shopping

In the July issue of Better Homes & Gardens, designer and host of DIY Network’s Fresh Coat Shannon Kaye shared tips for keeping a “fresh perspective” while shopping. We agree wholeheartedly, and thought we’d throw in some of our own thoughts on the matter:

1. Consider scale and function more than official use. A sideboard can make a gorgeous dresser.
It definitely helps to shop our stores with an open mind! This piece could make a great buffet, TV stand (store media and consoles in the bottom) or dresser (underwear in the top drawers and stack-able things  like jeans or even shoes on the shelves below).

glass door sideboard
NR074 – $518

2. Look at shape more than finish. A dated wood grain disappears with a smooth coat of paint, but gorgeous lines last forever.
Definitely good advice. Our pieces are real wood, and many can take a sanding and repainting with relative  ease. So if you see something you love but it’s the “wrong” color…consider getting crafty.

3. Think in contrasts. Brightly painted chairs around an old farm table blend old and new with grace.
We love our colorful furniture! Try these painted carved chairs, shown around our 58″ rosewood dining table, or go industrial with these fun red metal chairs!

dining table with white chairs
HW1105 – $833 C023pl – $125
red metal chairs
HW6029 – $84 each

Read more in the July 2012 issue of Better Homes & Gardens.

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