House Beautiful: Giving Your Home the “It” Factor

I am competitive in that I’m always trying to out do myself, especially when it comes to home decor. I don’t want a pretty home. I want a show stopping, head turning, love at first sight kind of home. So, lately I’ve been on a mission to add the “it” factor to my cozy cottage.

The first step in the process was creating this style board.   Putting this board together was very helpful in defining my personal style, which if I had to sum it up in one word, would be classic.  I’m just a traditional girl living in a modern world.

home decor, personal style

It’s comforting to know that I’m not alone.  Just the other day, my friend texted, “Why do all of these house shows offer only contemporary style?  There is never anything traditional.”  To which I replied, “I’ve been lamenting this same thing.”

traditional room by LampsPlus:

Imagine my delight as I discovered the Shop by Trend feature on Lamps Plus, when what to my wondering eyes did appear?  Beautiful, traditional rooms.

traditional living room via LampsPlus:

The traditional room has come a long way, baby.

traditional living room via LampsPlus:

Today’s traditional room is quite the fashionista, resembling the model in my style board: classic, chic and elegant.   And so begins a new series that I’m going to call “House Beautiful.”  Over the next couple of months, I’ll tackle two rooms in my home  with the help of Lamps Plus.   First stop: the teen lounge.   I’ve picked out the perfect crowning jewels to take this room from functional to fabulous.  I’ll be back soon with a sneak peek!

See you in class,

Mrs. Hines




  1. Beautiful rooms…I try and mix my love of traditional with some contemporary pieces..a bit of fun….Actually I love “new traditional”…it’s casual and light style, without all the stuffiness and dark interiors…as in the past…Have a great weekend!

  2. Terri J says:

    Sharon, after seeing your beautiful home, I am embarrased to show you any of mine. You already have tihe “wow” and “it” factor as far as I am concerned!!! Even though, I want a “beach styled cottage”, or at least thought I did, I will trade you anytime, any day. I love your house!!!!

  3. Terri, every home has it’s own “it” factor, unique to the people that live there. I love seeing other peoples homes because I have such an appreciation for the individuality that shines through. I have no doubt that I will love your home too.

  4. Sharon, I am loving that lamp and the whole decor in the neutral tan pic. Wish I could redo my whole house

  5. Sharon…I’m a traditional girl at heart too…Thanks for the tip about Lamps Plus! Don’t you just love that site? You rock! ~Tammy

  6. I do love that site! And thank you for the kind compliment.

  7. Kathy, isn’t that the truth? I’m guilty of wanting to change EVERYTHING in my home after seeing beautiful spaces.

  8. Jean Adams says:

    I found your blog by way of Hometalk there was a post that said thanks for the tips about lamps,love the website…can you help, also there was a decorator that was good at decorating over cabinets,Thanks Jean

  9. Jean Adams says:

    what website is that….thanks

  10. The photos are from Lamps Plus. You can click on the photos and to get to the website.

  11. Hi Jean. Thank you for visiting Mrs. Hines Class. If you click on the “defining my personal style” link in the blog post, it will take you to a post that shares all of the resources in the collage photo. For the other photos, click on the “shop by trend” link to be taken to the Lamps Plus website. The designer who I was referring to about decorating above cabinets is Carla Aston. Here is a link to her post on the topic:

    I hope this is the information you are looking for. Let me know if I can help further.


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