Wendy has been a freelance writer covering interior decorating for the past few years. Her love of design, entertaining, cooking and fashion inspired her to launch her own lifestyle blog, Cultured Civility, a title inspired by her grandmothers. She believes beauty and inspiration can be found everywhere if one slows down enough to look for it. She is a certified interior decorator with a degree in communications and a background in marketing. When she’s not experimenting with a new recipe, or refinishing an old piece of furniture, she enjoys antique shopping, exploring art museums, and spending time with family and friends.

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How To Confidently Buy an Area Rug

Area rugs serve several wonderful purposes. They provide warmth under our bare feet, create another layer of design, tie a room together and absorb sound in spacious rooms.  Often thought of as art for the floor it can set the design scheme of the room allowing for wall color and accessories to play off it. Starting with the area rug…

20 Creative Color Schemes Inspired By The Color Wheel

An empty room is a blank canvas for any decorator to fill with color, pattern and texture. While decorators have a handle on color schemes that work, choosing color schemes can be a scary proposition for others. Fear not, there are a few easy guidelines to follow that will have anyone picking colors like a pro.  There are five basic

10 Unexpected Buildings Architects Turned Into Homes

When buying a home most of us consider residential neighborhoods with traditional housing. Few would consider the idea of converting nonresidential structures into homes but there are those who are more adventurous. The range of unusual structures is broad; from grain silos to old fire towers architects have stretched their imaginations to create truly unique homes for their clients.


10 Simple Secrets To Successful Holiday Decorating

Can you believe the holidays are just around the corner?  It’s time to think about how you will decorate your home for the season.  Don’t be overwhelmed with the thought of decking out your whole home, plan it out, start early and follow these tips to a stress free holiday season.   Your home will be welcoming and festive.

1.Don’t Be…

10 Budget Friendly Tricks Interior Designers Use to Create Luxurious Looking Spaces

Dotted throughout the United States are master planned communities made up of homes that are identical to each other.  As each home resembles the one next to it, it becomes more desirable to have an interior that is unique and offers a perception of affluence.  We all want to have our homes look like that of high end professionally decorated…

10 Simple Steps To Picking Your Ideal Coffee Table

A living room without a coffee table is a lot like a supermodel without lipstick, undone. Just as lipstick is one detail that can complete a look, so too can the perfect coffee table. Coffee tables serve several purposes; from completing a look, to storage and display they are much needed in a space. The question is which style will…

10 Wise Ways To Save On Winter Home Heating

Winter is dark, cold, long and, well, expensive at least where heating a home is concerned. The cost of heating oil climbs each winter and electricity is not cheap. Each year people everywhere begin to contemplate the best ways to save money and still keep the house at a comfortable temperature. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to curb…

10 Easily Avoidable Factors Real Estate Professionals Say Devalue A Home

Buyers have an upper hand when purchasing a home in a down market with limited inventory.  As they survey the market, it’s important, as sellers to have the best possible product available.  In order do to that, you need to avoid factors that will devalue your home.  Many times, it is the buyer’s perception that influences whether they walk away…

10 Creative Illusions Interior Decorators Use In Small Spaces

Small spaces can be a challenge to decorate.  The wrong color can feel claustrophobic, too much furniture can feel chaotic, and the wrong patterns just feel too busy.  Professional interior decorators are master illusionists when it comes to meeting these challenges. Using ten of their favorite tricks, you, too, can make a small space look larger than it is.


10 Daring Decorating Trends Interior Designers Love

Some trends come, some trends go, and others enjoy repeat performances. This year’s top trends include many classic motifs and patterns that have been around for a long time. They are reemerging with modernized color schemes and fresh materials, giving interior designers a range of classic yet modern elements to work with.  The biggest influence this year is definitely pattern…

10 Hot & Trendy Colors Decorators Adore

Each year Pantone…, the authority on color and color trends, makes their prediction regarding the latest hot colors. Both fashion and interior designers clamor for their latest selections as they are regarded as the foremost influencer of color trends.  This year’s trends consist of 10 amazing hues. They run from soothing neutrals to bold jewel tones and they can

10 Most Popular Eco-Friendly Flooring Solutions

There was a time when the term eco-friendly evoked images of bland, boring and blah materials. Thankfully, that is not the case today.  As more and more designers are seeking out eco-friendly materials for their environmentally savvy clients manufacturers have stepped up and given the design world many beautiful options to pick from.  I have assembled a guide of the…



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