2014 – The Best of the Best

2014 – The Best of the Best

Oh what a journey it's been. In the year 2014, Taylor Swift ruled the world, despite the haters, LeBron James took his talents back to Northeast Ohio, despite the draw of South Beach, and Guardians of Galaxy ruled the boxed office, despite (or maybe because of) an 80s soundtrack of songs that weren't even that great in the 80s. And trust us, we love songs from the 80s. This is the time of year everybody puts together their bests and worsts, their rankings and tankings. We take 365 days and pick out a few newsworthy moments and a few pop...

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Accessorizing: Knowing When To Stop

Accessorizing: Knowing When To Stop

By Corey Damen Jenkins for Bellacor.com As the old adage goes, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. For example, you could have too much seasoning on an otherwise perfectly grilled steak. Perhaps we have way too much cologne on and our friends want to silently kill us. Or maybe we’re catching every single red light on our way to work—and we arrive safely but very, very late. In like manner, when it comes to decorating, it’s pretty easy to either overdo things or—worse yet—not do enough. This is especially the case when it comes to accessorizing....

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Corbett Lighting and Troy Lighting Star in HGTV’s Candice Tells All

Corbett Lighting and Troy Lighting Star in HGTV’s Candice Tells All

Superstar designer Candice Olson has wowed us with her awe-inspiring interior transformations for years.  In her HGTV series Candice Tells All, she pulls back the curtain, gets down to the basics of design, and reveals the true potential for a home to shine.  To do so in one recent episode entitled “Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen”, she turned to industry-leading manufacturers Corbett Lighting and Troy Lighting to help her bring outstanding light to her exceptional designer environment. In the episode, Candice revamped new dad Brixton’s heritage townhouse kitchen and living room while satisfying the differing personal tastes of his...

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When Designers Behave Badly

When Designers Behave Badly

By Corey Damen Jenkins for Bellacor.com Recently over lunch, one of my clients told me that she had interviewed several interior designers prior to hiring my firm. Of course, each candidate brought something different to the table, but she commented that many possessed a condescending attitude during the vetting process. She got the impression from some that they felt they were doing her a favor by granting the interview. In fact, one designer didn’t even bother bringing a portfolio to the consultation: she claimed that her name and work spoke for themselves. Wow. Really? I sipped my tea quietly as...

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The Design Doctor

The Design Doctor

By Corey Damen Jenkins for Bellacor.com In my humble opinion, Interior Designers are a lot like doctors: people come to them with ailing homes that need to be operated on. Some people get designers involved early, such as during the construction of a new home. But sadly, there are a lot of people out there who would rather wait until their home is in cardiac arrest before calling up a designer. While DIY continues to be “all the rage” the truth is many folks make pretty expensive mistakes when they try their hand at decorating and design. In the end, what should be an enjoyable experience becomes a source of frustration. So...

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