Author Archives: Cheryl McCracken

Custom Carpeting Your Staircase to Add a Unique Touch

Custom carpeting added to this stairway adds the perfect touch tho the beautiful decor.

Carpeting a staircase or foyer can be a tricky design decision. While there are many colors and patterns available, finding the perfect color or pattern  to compliment your home decor can be a challenge. Custom carpeting may be a better … Continue reading

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Creating Spacious Living Areas for Entertaining Family and Friends

By combining two rooms, such as a living space and kitchen, you can create an inviting atmosphere for entertaining family and friends. Here are two examples of how to create one entertainment area out of two separate spaces : 1. … Continue reading

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Now is the Perfect Time to Create an Amazing Outdoor Living Space

Summer is ending and autumn will soon be here. It may seem like an unusual time to be talking about outdoor living spaces. But, it is actually the PERFECT time to think about creating an inviting outdoor space for entertaining … Continue reading

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Cesar Stone counter tops and glass tile back splash add a modern design to this kitchen.

Welcome to this month’s installment of ASK THE DESIGNER with Cheryl McCracken Interior Design! This week’s question comes from a reader interested in counter top options for her kitchen:  ”We have a modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and hard … Continue reading

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Fabric Choice Completes the Look of a Room

You have painted the walls a perfect color, chosen an outstanding rug and decided on terrific furniture. But, there is still a certain “something” missing in the room. Your room needs depth. And depth comes with fabric choice. From bedding … Continue reading

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Kitchen Transformation from Dated to Dazzling!

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The heart of every home is the kitchen. From entertaining guests to creating delicious meals for your family, the kitchen should be an inviting and functional place. We took this 1980′s style kitchen and transformed it into a stunning, modern … Continue reading

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Welcome to the first installment of ASK THE DESIGNER! This month’s question is from a reader who has a problem with her daughter’s bedroom: Hi Cheryl- My daughter’s room is very small, but has high ceilings (10ft vaulted ceiling). Her … Continue reading

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A Little Fourth of July Trivia!


In honor of the Fourth Of July, here is a little trivia about decorating in the United States: 1. Dorothy Draper was the founder of the first interior design firm in the United States in 1923. 2. According to David … Continue reading

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The Art of Hanging Art

Adding artwork over a sofa can add dimension to a room.

Artwork adds the finishing touch to any space. Here are a few tips on choosing the right pieces for your space: When choosing art for your space try to choose a piece that has colors that work with your room … Continue reading

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BEFORE and AFTER: Living Room Transformation

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We converted this small condo into an amazing and spacious living and dining area. With the purchase of the second condo next door, we were able to knock out the wall between the two smaller condos, creating a large dining … Continue reading

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