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Sometimes a piece of furniture is too good to get rid of, but it's just dated.  That described this occasional table my client wanted to use in her family room.

The floral motif was too "country," and the orange color didn't go with any of her current wood finishes. It just didn't fit in anymore.
But the floral motif was carved into the furniture, so it simply couldn't be removed. Instead, the flower would have to be camouflaged. An on-lay would solve that problem. But not this one - it's too flower-y. This one was much better. Wood on-lays come in a variety sizes and shapes ranging from simple to over-the top, and of course the prices vary accordingly!  You can find on-lays at your lumber store, or a store like Home Depot. Changing the color to black was a good decision.
And sanding it lightly to distress the table made it even better. 
We all have pieces of furniture that would benefit from a re-design. Before you decide to get rid of them, think abou…

Chic Niche

You might think that if you lived in an impressively large enough home,  all your design problems magically would disappear.  
They wouldn't.  Grand homes have design dilemmas just like any other home. Here's how a dear friend, and designer, Miss Debbie,
brilliantly solved a problem for one of her clients. Maybe you've seen this quirky, little feature.... 
The Niche. Whatever can you do with it? It's too shallow for a vase. It's oddly shaped for a painting. It's too high for watering live plants.
Nothing ever looks quite right.  With careful thought and planning, a useless niche transformed into a faux window!
The niche was trimmed to match the wood in the foyer and matching doors were built.
But the real statement is made by the wrought-iron scroll work.  I painted the glass to look like antique mirror, which completes the window effect.
The conceit works because this faux window adjoins a real one above the entry door. You can see it in the reflection.
Now this niche is so …