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Kitchen after renovation Updating your home before putting on the market results in a higher price and less time on market--when done right.

Many of the homes I work with in Colleyville, Southlake and Keller were built in the 1990’s in the style popular at that time.  Darker woods, multiple flooring choices, and earth tones were frequent choices for homes.  Thanks to HGTV, the buyers moving into our area are now seeking a finished look incorporating “light and bright” looks.  They imagine they will be getting a “deal” in Texas and that the home they buy will not need any updating.  MORE

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3 Spring Trends


3 Spring trends




While noble blue is still uber popular, watch for a bit warmth entering home furnishings in coming months. Dashes of red (not your 1990’s shade of course!) will add energy to your spaces.  Try it on a rug!




Watercolor abstracts, pastel palettes and large brushstroke patterns are showing up on everything from fabrics to lamps.  Add an accessory that brings a little Monet into your garden!




After years of seeking the simplicity of straight lines in furniture, curves are returning on everything from ottomans, to mirrors and chair arms.  Softened edges, and more feminine silhouettes feel right at home among transitional pieces.  Antiques are fitting into our homes better than in years.  Try adding an accent table with some curves! is now offering online virtual consultations no matter your location!

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Ann Bridgman of Just the Thing Decorating

Just the Thing Decorating of Southlake, Texas

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2020


The Annual People’s Choice Award from the Houzz Community Highlights Home Remodeling and Design Professionals with Most Popular Designs and Top Ratings


Southlake, Texas, February 17, 2020Just the Thing Decorating of Southlake, TX has won a “Best Of Houzz” award for Design and Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design.


The 18-year old interior design firm was chosen by the millions of homeowners that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.5 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.


The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro's overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2019. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.


A “Best Of Houzz 2020” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.


“Creating beautiful spaces for my clients through exceptional communication and collaboration is my passion!  So honored to be selected.” -Ann Bridgman, Lead Designer of Just the Thing Decorating.


“This year’s Best Of Houzz awards go to an incredibly talented and service-oriented group of home remodeling and design professionals, and we’re proud to highlight the winners on the Houzz website and app,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “This award is particularly meaningful as it reflects the sentiment of the millions of homeowners in the Houzz community who are hiring home professionals for their projects across the U.S. and around the world.”


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About Ann Bridgman of Just the Thing Decorating


Ann Bridgman
Interior Designer Southlake, Dallas-Fort Worth

Over the last two decades interior designer, Ann Bridgman, creator of Just the Thing Decorating has been helping clients create calm and clutter free interiors authentic to their lifestyle. She credits her artist mother with initially awakening the creativity that led Ann to become a successful designer.

“A Texan by choice and here to stay!” This is how Ann describes herself after moving here for the fourth time in 2013 and settling in Southlake with her husband and two children. She was born in Ithaca, New York, went to Hope College in Michigan, has lived in Colorado, Missouri, and Illinois, and is still an avid traveler. Her travel and background have given Ann a great perspective on decorating trends around the country.

Ann holds two design certifications: Qualified Redesign Specialist and Qualified Staging Professional, and is an active participant in the home furnishings industry. Completing stringent continuing education annually for membership in the Interior Design Society, Ann is fluent in current and future trends.


About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz is a registered trademark of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit

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When I take down the decorations, I breathe a sigh of relief at the simplicity. Do you feel that way? But as I am replacing my “everyday” items, I realize the holes in my decor, the “blah” that I have let creep into my home. Time for an edit! Here in North Texas, it’s easy to embrace our early spring, so I recommend shuffling what you have, getting rid of things, and adding a few key items to refresh your home as a prescription for the post holiday season!


Ann Bridgman of Just the Thing Decorating combines patterns with natural antique elements for a unique shelf display in Southlake, texas

Pattern mix

1) Remove all items from your shelves and other horizontal surfaces. Get rid of the ones you’re done with (never liked it, kept it because you felt you “had to”, have just had it forever and never thought about how dated it looked!)

2) Sort the remaining items by metal finish, type, color, etc. Consider keeping collections together rather than spreading them all over the house. Clean all items.

3) Pick 3 of these groupings for each area keeping the contents as simple and uniform as possible. Keep each surface 1/3-2/3 empty.


Check your pillows: remove ones whose color schemes don’t fit with your current look. Consider buying a little fabric and having them recovered! I think you need some pillows on your couch, but even 3 will do the job.


1) Is your bed quick and easy to make in morning? If not, edit the layers and pillows to a manageable level. I’m all for layers, but if it’s too hard to put it all together, it may start going unmade!

2) Build your bed to cover the “real people” stuff. This usually means having decorative pillows over the ones your head touches, and a cover over the blanket or duvet you sleep under. Adding these will really neaten things up.

3) Mix up the textures. A bed that is all cotton is boring. Add linen, fur, velvet, matelassé for interest.

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Lighting makes a difference


1)Walk you home for lightbulbs that are out and replace with LED Soft white bulbs. Not only will everything look brighter, but they will last longer. This goes for table and floor lamps as well. Consider having your handyman or electrician replace your existing recessed can lights with LED as well.

2) Add lamps. Each room should have 3!

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Relaxing Daybed Relax with a floating daybed for your outdoor space

Summer-ize your home with these tips:

1. Reduce your home’s tabletop items: Where there were 5, let there be 3!

2. Minimize textiles: Remove runners, pull out busy rugs, simplify colors on throws, and fold back busy comforters. It’s like helping your home take off a sweater!

3. Give that outdoor space a thorough cleaning and a fresh set of colorful outdoor pillows. Texas patios get dusty, so clean regularly.

4. Trade out interior throw pillows with white and bright ones.

5. Paint a room in your home a fresh, light color and make yourself a pink beverage with an umbrella to celebrate!

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Stone fireplace before and after gray washing Stone fireplace was updated by gray washing with chaulk paint.


So you've decided to move away from the Gold-Red-Green color palette so popular here in North Texas a few years back, and embrace the soft gray looks you see on HGTV. But what about that pesky fireplace? Does he stand out like an unwanted guest in the room? You love the the texture the Texas river rock or brick brings, but not the heavy color. Try gray washing! Simply put, you are applying a light, watered down paint to your porous rocks or bricks, letting it absorb, then blotting the excess off. The amount you apply determines how much of the natural color variation in your fireplace material shows through the newly applied paint. The stone fireplace look above was achieved with chalk paint, and the brick with a solution of 3 parts water and 1 part paint. While pinterest assures me it is easy to do,, I left my customers' fireplaces to professionals! They found it very easy to do, but it is important you are on hand to determine how much of the original surface color you would like to show through. The result is a fireplace that still holds as the room's focal point, but blends more quietly with soft gray walls, allowing your pretty art, accessories, curtains and furniture to stand out!

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Tub removed and storage added Tub was removed and storage added.

When renovating your master bath, do you need to keep your jacuzzi tub?

"Do I need to keep the tub?"

Because we have so many people moving into North Texas, this question is often asked at my renovation consultations.  If you are a bath taker the questions becomes whether to replace it or just what's around it.

But if you are not a bath taker, do you need to keep it for resale? Will you be staying in the house another 8-12 years? If so, then design for yourself as your bathroom will likely be ready to be renovated again by the time you move. If you may be moving sooner, than ask yourself what you could do with the square footage if the tub was removed. Do you need more storage? Maybe add drawers as the homeowner did in the attached picture. Maybe you could expand your shower?

If there is another tub somewhere in the house, remove the dated tub and gain functional space at the same time. Use that precious square footage to tailor your master bath to how you live. Make it work for your family. For resale, add more luxury to your shower: add another shower head, body sprayer or beautiful tile. Most buyers will accept a luxurious shower if no tub is present.

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Modern Chair from West Elm

As the days get warmer, we start looking forward to spending time outdoors with friends and family.  Take a look at your backyard and ask yourself:  is it ready for entertaining?  In the past North Texans populated their outdoor spaces with chunky furniture full of curvy lines and busy patterns.  Today’s look is lean and low: instead of rocker chairs and puffy cushioned sofas, retailers are selling couches and cushions with simple shapes and angular frames.  Chairs that look hand wrought are popular and the thinner the frame the better.  You can go modern and keep your colors neutral gray or sand, or punch them up with injections of blue.  Either way it’s time to dust off the patio set and spruce it up for summer!


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a cozy bed Layer blankets and pillows to create a comfy haven

Winter is here, North Texas, and it's time to trade your shorts and flip flops for your sweaters and boots. Or maybe it's time to curl up in a cozy bed and enjoy a good movie from under the covers!  Here are a few simple ways to create a comfy haven:

  • Add layers: Add in different size pillows, a fluffy duvet, or a contrasting end-of-the-bed scarf.
  • Add texture: Cover your everyday bedclothes with contrasting layers.  Try a quilted linen coverlet, a velvet bedspread, a cable knit blanket, a pin tuck duvet cover or a faux fur throw.

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What’s on the horizon for home décor trends?  That was the subject at the recent Sherwin-Williams 2017 ColorMix at the Dallas World Trade Center. Megatrends such as national mood, international migration, technology and sustainability are all analyzed and turned into color themes that influence not only big retailers, but ultimately what we crave in our own North Texas homes. The trends of the future for our homes will be:

Noir: Rich saturated color tones like eggplant, jade and midnight serve as a dramatic backdrop for the sensuous luster of gold, and moody neutrals.

Holistic: Cool blues pair with blush rose and browns to create a light airy aesthetic. Sustainable luxury and hand crafted items take center stage.

Intrepid: Self expression is the name of the game with fiery, energetic colors like violet, bright yellow, and acid green.

Unbounded: Global migration has blurred borders between peoples, and this is expressed in earthy mustard, deep ocean blues, and coral.

Pick an appealing idea above and add an accessory or two that brings that aesthetic into your home, and you will be on the cutting edge of home fashion!