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Ask the Expert: Get advice from Macy's mBlog Interior Decorator!

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CafeMom is excited to welcome Lancy Boyd of Macy's mBlog to The Lounge! He'll be taking your interior design and decorating questions until October 17th. 

Lance is an Interior Designer and Decorator with over twenty years of experience, Lance Boyd brings a glamorous sense of style and a hint of wit to all of his projects. His popular web log,, chronicles his search around the globe for the latest home innovations and style solutions. Among his many clients are House Beautiful, O magazine and Martha Stewart just to name a few. 


Want a little help sprucing up your home? Ask your questions here! We'll post Lance's answers on 10/29. One mom who asks a question will win a $20 gift card to Macy's!

Giveaway rules:

  • The Interior Design Expert giveaway starts 9/30/12 at 11pm (ET) and ends 10/17//2012 at noon (ET) (the "Giveaway Period").
  • Enter by replying to this post with an appropriate comment during the Giveaway Period.
  • Multiple entries are permitted and encouraged, as it increases your chances of winning.
  • One winner will be selected in a random drawing of all eligible entries to receive a $20 gift card to Macy's.
  • The random drawing shall occur on or about 10/19/12.
  • No Purchase Necessary.
  • Open to US, DC, and PR residents 16 years and older.
  • Void where prohibited. Click here for the rest of the Official Rules.
by on Sep. 30, 2012 at 11:01 PM
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by on Oct. 2, 2012 at 8:22 AM

In my previous house, we had a long rectangular room that was a dining room & living room combination.

What are some ways to transition between two areas in one long room?


by New Member on Oct. 2, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I need to redo my whole apartment how can i jazz it up with out making it 2 dark or bright cause i love dark colors and i dont want it 2 be to dark in here?

by on Oct. 2, 2012 at 4:42 PM

How can I arrange my furniture with only ONE real wall that is already filled up?

I'll post pics but essentially it's like this.

  • Walk in the front door - to the right is the kitchen and straight ahead is the living room.  There is NO wall separating the two spaces, though the flooring is different (carpet in living room).
  • So the 'back' of the living room is open to the kitchen...
  • The 'right' of the living room has a short wall (where the piano fits perfectly) then a small hallway heading to the master bedroom and the stairs leading downstairs.  There is a railing in front of the stairs.
  • The 'front' of the living room has a door with a window - fireplace - long narrow window.  There is no wall space at all.
  • The 'left' of the living room is one long wall on which we have our wall unit entertainment center/TV and a few little things.

I hope that makes sense.  So, I can fit one small couch in front of the railing - but what to do with the other, larger couch?  And what to do if I want a coffee table, end table, lamps, etc.?  It's never quite right.

Pics (some are old)

You can see the 'short' wall with the piano - rest of the "wall" is actuallyl a railing in front of the stairs and to the right is kitchen...

Fireplace wall - which is as you are looking left from the pic above

Continuing left we have the ONE real wall

And continuing left again you have the couch kind of "floating" in the room with the open kitchen behind it and looking back at the front door (old pic - that kid's table is no longer there)

I wish I had an overview pic to make it easier but I don't right now.


by Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Whats the best way to organize a home office?  What are the esstionals to have in place so it stays neat?

by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 10:56 AM
How can I update my rooms without spending a lot of money?
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 11:27 AM
What's your best tip to jazz up a tiny bathroom?
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by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 11:39 AM

what are some good tips for arranging family pictures around the house?

by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I have stucco walls in my living room & dining room (My house is from the late 1800s) is there anything I can do to fix them/improve them? 

by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM

My living/dining room is pale yellow, with a warm red accent wall. I have dark wood furniture, with navy leather sofa and love seat, and a yellow accent chair with small red design. Would adding a brown leather chair be too much?

by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Do you advise using a valance with plantation shutters? They always remain closed except for the slats.

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