Budget Blinds: Window Treatments for Energy Efficiency

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 120 million homes older than five years and in need of energy-efficiency updates. The largest portion of a home’s energy demand comes from the heating and cooling of the interior. With as much as 50% of a home’s heating and cooling energy lost through its […]

Dear June: Design Elements

One of the benefits of working with a designer is the endless possibilities available to you as a consumer. Our years of experience have led us to the top manufacturers in the industry who specialize in custom-made furnishings. We spend days at the furniture markets in High Point and Atlanta, searching for the best of […]

Dear June: Sweet Dream Designs for Master Bedrooms

We all deserve a little luxury in our day-to-day lives, and there’s no better to place to start than your master bedroom.  Even when you’re redecorating, the bedroom often slips to the bottom of the list.  So, start thinking dreamy: Don’t leave your bedroom as a last thought.  Do give it – and yourself – […]

A ReDesign of a Different Kind

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”     –Jim Rohn For the past 15 years, Ava Lewandowski’s monthly decorating column has been one of the most popular in Forsyth Woman.  But Ava is looking to lessen her load a bit and, while ReDesigns by Ava – her business and her […]

Dear June: Durability of Textiles and Fabrics

This is a constant question we receive from our clients. We can’t begin to tell you how many clients have asked us for durable fabrics to hold up to their families. Now we all know there is no such material, but we have something close. Sunbrella and Indoor-Outdoor fabrics have become a staple word in […]

Custom Drapes: Hip or Hype?

Curtains were born out of necessity, providing separation from the outside world and protection from the elements.  As architecture styles shifted and building materials advanced, curtains were no longer needed for protection but stayed a staple in the home. Curtains have evolved from cow hides to linen and eventually cotton, silk and lace. They are […]

Dear June

Remodeling your kitchen and or bath seems like a reasonable thing to do these days. There is currently a shortage of houses for sale.  It makes sense to update what you have and enjoy your home.  When the time is right to sell, your home will be up to date, easier to sell, and probably more […]

Clemmons Corner: Our Banqueting Table– Home Decor & Gifts

BY AMY HILL All are welcome to the table! It was a normal, sunny day when the vision for OBT Home Décor came into being. Owner Annie Marion was outside watching her two young children play when the name for the store came to her mind. Though the timing of opening a store wasn’t right, […]

ReDESIGNS by Ava: Picture Perfect

BY AVA LEWANDOWSKI “‘Wow, our HOUSE didn’t quite feel like HOME until the artwork went up.’  Artwork and photography personalize our living spaces.  They offer a reflection of who we are and they bring warmth and coziness to any room.” ~ Lauren Heller This past year I have hung many pictures for clients.  The real […]

Dear June

Summer months are spent with children home from school, vacationing, and catching up on those long overdue projects.  We normally remind our clients that if you are thinking of remodeling a bathroom or a kitchen, you should start early to be able to finish the project by the holidays, and nowadays, supply and demand dictate […]