1. Dining Room Table

A 36-inch-wide rectangular table is perfect for conversation. A round table with a diameter of 48 inches seats six; a 60-inch round will handle eight standard dining chairs or 10 ballroom chairs.
—Charlotte Moss

2. Light Fixtures

How big should an overhead light fixture be? Just add the length and width of the room in feet, and whatever number you come up with is, in inches, your guide for the fixture’s diameter. So a 15-by-20-foot room would need a 35-inch-wide chandelier.
—Bunny Williams

3. Paint Coverage

One gallon of paint will cover about 400 square feet of wall.
—Alexa Hampton

4. Curtain Height

Mount curtains as high as possible to give the room more height, and let them break 1½ inches on the floor.
—Miles Redd

5. Kitchen Island

A kitchen island should be about 38 inches high—a little taller than the countertops—to be comfortable for prep.
—Thomas O’Brien

6. Window Treatment Width

Curtains should be 2½ to 3 times the width of the window. So if you’re doing two panels, each should be 1¼ to 1½ times the window width. Buy a rod that’s 20 inches wider than your window so it extends 10 inches on either side. Your window will seem much wider than it really is.
—Libby Langdon

7. Dining-Room Chandelier

The bottom of a dining-room chandelier should hang 36 inches above the table.
—Thom Filicia

8. Light Switches

Install light switches 36 inches above the floor and 1½ to 2 inches to the side of the door trim.
—Gil Schafer

9. Fabric for a Sofa

For a standard 84-inch sofa with exposed legs and a tight back, you’ll need 14 yards of plain 54-inch-wide fabric. Add two yards for a skirt.
—Madeline Stuart

10. The Golden Ratio

From classical times to today, the golden ratio has always been the perfect proportion: 1 to 1.62.
—Eric Cohler

Moving is not an easy thing to do much less even think about doing. But, if you are planning on taking that very big step, then start with RESA’s Home Prep Guide first and set the momentum in the right direction!

Home Staging RESA Infographic


Spring is definitely here and that usually makes us eager to refresh the appearance of our yards with beautiful flowers and plants! There is nothing as eye appealing as vibrantly colored flowers that represent a personal “welcome” greeting.

This outside appearance carries over to the inside as well. After months of cold weather and being indoors, it’s time to open up windows, clean out closets, garages, basements, cabinets…shall I go on…and refresh our interiors. The hardest part is where to begin, which can be a daunting task BUT if you make a plan to get busy and “just do it” then things will fall into place. Perhaps simply start by rearranging the furniture for a new look. Below are a few thoughts in furniture placement that I hope will get you thinking…

  • Is the sofa currently positioned along a wall? To change it up why not put it on the diagonal in a corner? Arrange side chairs facing each other to create a “seating arrangement.” Perhaps place a sofa back table behind the sofa…add a lamp or two for lighting and a few accessories such as a vase with fresh cut spring flowers for color…
  • Is there too much space in the seating arrangement? Keep in mind chairs should be no more than 8′ apart for conversation.
  • What is an appropriate distance for coffee table placement?  Generally a comfortable distance between the coffee table and sofa is 14″ – 18″.
  • Is there enough light in the room? Remember to practice the “rule of three.” There should be three sources of light in a room. Ideally lamps…table and floor… should be placed in a triangle pattern for adequate lighting. 
  • Is your TV at the correct viewing distance?  TV viewing distance should be 3 times the size of the screen. For example…a 42″ screen multiplied by 3 = 126″ divided by 12 feet = 10’5″ viewing distance. Seating arrangements should be placed at this distance away from the TV.

I hope this information is useful and has you motivated to refresh your surroundings this spring!



Hi this is JoAnn… Welcome to my new website! I will be posting decor tips from time to time, so please check back often…

The warmer months draw us outdoors for fun in the sun where everything is in bloom with beautiful color. Why not make this the season to bring beautiful color indoors as well and freshen up your interior with paint? Adding wall color to your living space is the most cost-effective way to add impact to your home. Selecting the right paint finish for a space can be a daunting task; the following guidelines will help you make the right choice!

  • Flat Finish – Use on ceilings because it does not reflect light. This finish is not washable.
  • Matte – Lowest sheen finish that is washable. Not good for use in kitchens or bathrooms.
  • Satin – Sheen finish that is washable and moisture resistant. Good for all rooms, including kitchen and bath.
  • Semigloss – Glossy finish that is washable. Great for painting doors and trim molding.

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