Little Changes Can Reduce Stress

Some wise words from our friends at House Beautiful:
By Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful

Good design can make your home feel like an oasis—but just as easily, something that’s not quite right can make you feel like something’s, well, off. You can’t quite put your finger on it; you just get that feeling like the walls are closing in on you. Or you’re feeling overwhelmed, and you can’t blame your square footage or clutter. Turns out, there may be more subtle triggers to blame. New York designer Carolyn DiCarlo’s spent her career studying—and helping people decorate—spaces that put them at ease. Here are the offenders most people overlook…until she steps in.

1. Your “Memories Are All Right In Your Face.”

Family photos and mementos are great, but cram too many everywhere, and you can quickly find yourself haunted by the ghosts of your own past. “More is more, until you’ve created too much visual chaos,” Carolyn explains. “In terms of how your brain works, it’s just more information to process.”The space becomes overstimulating, and in today’s tech-addled world, that’s the last thing you need. “If you want to destress, really decluttering is the only way to do it. Remove three-quarters of the things that are on view and see how you feel,” she urges. “Or just remove a couple things a month, if you’re uncomfortable with change. Chances are, you’ll feel better.”

2. You’ve Set The (Wrong) Mood.

Color can often be a culprit: You loved the moody, jewel-box effect of a strong color, and now it’s just too intense. “Or you’ve gone completely minimal and white, and it’s too severe to relax in,” Carolyn says. Walk into the room and do a gut check: How do the colors that jump out at you make you feel? That gut reaction is telling.

3. You Totally Ignored Textures.

Even if you love the sleekness of a minimal, mostly white or neutral room, you may find that something still irks you. Take a look at the textures in the room: Do you have a few different ones going on, be it a nubby throw, some shearling pillows, or a paneled wall? “Add it in small steps to soften and warm things up,” Carolyn suggests.

4. Your Cell Phone’s Next To The Bed.

It’s the first thing you reach for when you wake up, and the last thing you look at before bed—and it needs to go. “Keep your bedroom free of electronics,” Carolyn says. “They affect your anxiety levels.”

5. You Won’t Go With The Flow.

You know that adding something green in a room can clear the air and make you feel happier, but this is about more than tossing a fiddle leaf fig in the corner. “Think of the flow of how you move through a room like a meandering river,” she says. “This goes back to feng shui—if you walk into a room and get stopped by furniture or extremely long hallways that go on endlessly, those can make you depressed. … If you physically get stopped by something—it sounds like a really subtle thing, but it has an effect on you.”

6. There’s A Constant Buzzing In Your Ears.

Yeah, that’s a real thing. “Noise, for us, is so real, and people really forget that it has an influence on how you feel,”Carolyn says. Working in a bustling city, like Manhattan, she’s become attuned to listening to clients’ homes, gauging how noisy the neighbors are and how close you are to busy streets. “Maybe you need to get a contractor to put some sound-insulating sheet rock in the wall between your bedroom and that loud neighbor, or you need a white noise machine that you can set to a frequency that’s calming for you,” she added.

Open now!

A lovely garden party marked the opening day of Wilderness Farm, Historic Ellicott City Inc.’s  2018 Decorator Showhouse.  The entire house is lovely!  Tickets here:

Getting close…



Only a few short days until the 2018 Historic Ellicott City Inc. Decorator Show House, Wilderness Farm, opens to the public!  We’ve enjoyed creating the cozy master bedroom; it’s been a treat to work in this beautiful home!  We’ve fallen in love with this property and hope you will too.  Tickets here:



We ❤️ Howard County!

Did you know that the American Goldfinch is the bird of Howard County?  Thanks to Lisa Brown Malveaux you’ll find a few in the master bedroom at Wilderness Farm. The Historic Ellicott City, Inc. Decorator Showhouse will be open September 21 – October 21, tickets here:


Portugal Anyone?

Duralee Portugal

Introducing Duralee’s newest collection with the ever fabulous Tilton Fenwick.  It’s packed with wildly bold colors and patterns inspired by their travels in Portugal. To find out more about the designs and the story behind them visit 

For advice on how you can incorporate these Portugal-inspired bold colors and patterns into your home, contact Woodside Home.  Whether you’d just like to spruce things up a little or you want to design an entire room, we’d love to help you.  Our selection and prices can’t be beat!

It’s Time!

clock The heat and humidity of a Maryland Summer are still very much upon us so it’s hard to think of the holiday season as being “right around the corner”— but in the interior design/home furnishings world it really is.  Many factors add to the amount of time needed between deciding to make a change and that change becoming a reality.  Everything takes time, from planning a layout, choosing fabrics and frames, as well as actual shipping and delivery.  Whether you’d like to purchase a new piece of furniture, update your window treatments, add a new area rug or lighting, or redecorate an entire room, there are several steps involved and they all can take time.  Call us to make a no cost, no pressure, no obligation appointment to discuss your decorating needs.  There is no fee for our design assistance and our prices and quality are unbeatable.  See why so many customers keep coming back to us over and over.

First Friday!

Tomorrow, June 2nd, is First Friday on Sykesville’s Main Street and the first of the Summer Block Parties.  Come down to hear live music, take a stroll, have dinner (and dessert at Norwood Ice Cream Company!), and check out the specials in the shops, all open from 6-9.  Our special at Woodside Home is a raffle.  Stop in and fill out a ticket for a chance to win one of these great framed Maryland map posters.  Hope to see you tomorrow for some summer fun!


This map will help with parking:



Five good reasons to shop at Woodside Home


1.  It feels good to shop local – when you support a local business, you’re also supporting your community.  And our community can’t be beat.  After you visit Woodside Home make sure to check out the rest of the shops on Sykesville’s Main Street.  There’s the best coffee around, a local bookshop, home made ice cream, lovely boutiques, a gorgeous gift shop, a Sunday farmer’s market, town festivals, and more!

2.  Selection – you’re never limited to what’s on the floor at Woodside Home.  Our special order options are endless.  We want your home to suit YOU.

3.  Price – we work by appointment and keep our costs low.  Those savings are passed on to you, enabling you to do much more with your budget.

4.  Personal service – we work with you to find furnishings that fit your taste, budget, and lifestyle and strive to provide personable, hands-on, and memorable customer service.

5.  Design – whether you’re looking for a single chair or a houseful of furniture we spend time talking about your space, listening to your ideas, and helping you plan interiors that make you happy.