There are many different shapes and sizes of windows, and some present more of a challenge than others when it comes to treating them. With any window, you first need to know what you are trying to accomplish - adding softness and pattern to a room, framing a view, providing privacy or light control or all of the above! Transom windows, arched windows, Palladian windows, dormers and cathedral ceilings and unusual rooflines all add to the conundrum.Read More
Black is the newest darling in decorating trends, but is it a fad or a classic? And why did it crash onto the decorating stage?Read More
All home decor cycles through trends. Some are fun, but short-lived, some we hope will be short-lived, and some are trends that turn into new classics. Hindsight is 20/20, of course, but when you aren’t sure if a trend will be dated down the road, what should you do?Read More
I received an email recently asking about cabinet hardware and what finish she should choose and it got me thinking about the art of mixing metal finishes.
Generally speaking, you have two choices:
Match everything to death, *YAWN*. This isRead More
Curtains, or window treatments, which encompasses shades and hard treatments like blinds and shutters as well, are the finishing touch that makes a room feel complete. There are many compelling reasons to add them.Read More
Whenever you are designing a room, whether you are accessorizing, redecorating, remodeling a room in your house, or moving to a new home entirely, the number one route to a successful outcome is to have a well thought out PLAN.Read More
In February, with Valentines Day approaching, red is unavoidable…red roses, red hearts, red candy boxes….and frankly, it is a nice relief from all the gray of this dismal weather month. Red is a great color for interiors. It has been said that every room needs a touch of red,Read More
Lamps. We all need them. Overhead lights, if they exist in a room, are not conducive to reading or creating a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere. For spaces where the furniture arrangement may be flexible, and light is needed at eye level, lamps are the only option. And it is not that easy to find a good one!Read More
As promised, here are some practical tips for styling a mantel, and I’ve included inspiration boards to illustrate a few possible suggestions which can be adapted for your particular style and colors. There are an endless variety of ways to style a mantel, but they all fall into 2 main categories: symmetrical and asymmetrical, or balanced.Read More
Fireplaces. There is nothing more gracious or appealing than a room with a fireplace. It gives the room a focal point, a mantel to decorate, and an instant air of home…home and hearth go hand in hand, after all. In my fantasy, I have fireplaces in multiple rooms in my house. And it IS possible to have this even if your house is currently lacking the charm of a fireplace or has a fireplace that is lacking charm…whichever.Read More
Whether you are planning to sell your home in the next few months or the next 5 years, now is the time to start getting it ready so you can enjoy it AND have it ready to list when the time comes. There are some things that can be done ahead and some that should be revisited closer to listing.Read More
After the holiday season filled with light and décor, does your house, in these dark days of January, feel a little drab by comparison? This is a great time to take a critical look at your light fixtures and update them where needed for a small change with big impact. There are great new classic options right now that include natural brass, gilded iron, champagne metals, colorful painted finishes, and natural materials like bamboo, but once you have selected some great new fixtures, what is the right height to hang them?Read More
There are a lot of things to think through when designing a home office. Whether you use the space to work full time from home or just as an organizational hub for volunteer and household activities, it needs to be functional. BUT it also needs to be attractive - especially if it is adjacent to the public rooms in the house.Read More
With the new year around the corner, the possibility of new beginnings always feels like the color green to me. Green brings to mind the promise of spring with its life and growth, as well as the vitality of the evergreens that gracefully stand strong all through the winter. Green is nature’s neutral. If green had a report card it would say “plays well with others”. Green is such a versatile color it is no wonder it is so enduringly popular in interiors.Read More
If there is a suspiciously large, flat, rectangular TV-shaped package under your tree, you may be about to encounter a new decorating dilemma for Christmas. OR maybe you finally caved and purchased one for a family member who wants to watch the Super Bowl in gloriously large detail. You are not alone. Nearly every household these days has more televisions than occupants, and how to integrate them into the décor is always an exercise in creative problem solving.Read More
We did 3 commercial Christmas decorating projects this past week (I’ll share some more before and after photos in another post). We used 1200 yds of ribbon, installed over 230 ft of garland, decorated 15 wreaths, hungRead More
Vanity stools, Counter stools, bar stools…which one do I need?
Stools are a great small way to change and upgrade the look of your room. These seats can go a long ways toward furthering the design details of the room – they are an opportunity for a splash of color in a monochromatic sea of cabinetry, or a place to add some softness and texture with a fabric and upholstery details. There are many choices – fabric, leather or wicker, wood or metal, swivel or not, legs or pedestal, casters or not, backs or not and if so how tall…but by far the most important thing to get right for functionality is the seat height. Too low and your chin will be resting on the counter and too high and your legs will be wedged uncomfortably beneath it!Read More
The color Blue can evoke so many moods and images from calm sea glass and spa colors to inky night sky shades and all the water and sky colors in between, and decorating with blue can be tricky! A paint that looked like a perfectly innocent sweet blue on the 1” chip in the store can transform into a crayola crayon nightmare when multiplied out on your walls.Read More
Throw pillows often seem like an unnecessary extra, but they are sometimes the glue that holds the whole design scheme together. And while you might find ready made pillows that fit the bill, sometimes custom pillows are the best way to get exactly what you need.Read More
What do we mean by performance fabrics? Do they sing and dance? Twirl a baton? Do magic tricks? DO THEY ACTUALLY PERFORM??
For the premium price, maybe they should…and maybe they do perform magic tricks, in a manner of speaking…Read More