On Saving My Creativity

On Saving My Creativity
My daily routine and how my day comes together has bunch of aspects that I truly never looked at in this way before!  First are the chores and responsibilities that are part of everyday life:  feeding the dogs, checking my calendar and e-mail and making the bed are all part of my morning routine before... Read more »

10 Items To Remember When Planning a Design Project

10 Items To Remember When Planning a Design Project
If you are planning an Interior Design project, please read this list! Create a list (or “scope of work”) – complete or even reslistic or not.  It’s a start. Take abovementioned list and prioritize what’s most urgent.  Ideally, what needs to be done is also what you want to accomplish.  If not, keep that discrepancy... Read more »

"What Else Can I Be But What I Am?"

"What Else Can I Be But What I Am?"
“I Gotta Be Me” …right?  Sammy Davis sang this song years ago!  (..& yes, my title is from lyrics of that song!) Being independent is cool.  It means that having your own way of doing things, as long as no one is hurt, is good.  Also, just because everyone else thinks that adopting certain style... Read more »
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"What NOT To Do" -- Explained

"What NOT To Do" -- Explained
Sadly, the Interior Design world is still changing a lot.  But, just because so much is now online plus…many, many Trade Sources will work with anyone who pays, it doesn’t mean you don’t need an Interior Designer to do the job.  With my fingers crossed, I hope this was a “Do It Yourself-er”. Okay…look at... Read more »

Winding, Worthwhile Road

Winding, Worthwhile Road
Once upon a time, I was a little girl living in Hyde Park (Chicago’s) with my mom, dad and live-in housekeeper.  When I was about 4, because my mom was a doctor and was going to be working full time, my parents imported a nanny for me.  This one, however, spoke only Spanish.  Of course,... Read more »

Make It Simple…or Complicated

Make It Simple…or Complicated
This happens so often in almost all parts of our lives, and I hear someone in design, architecture or construction do it almost every day:  Why do so many people assume that they need to make whatever they are talking about complicated and, indeed, perhaps incomprehensible? It annoys me more than almost anything.  I have... Read more »
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Beauty in Another's Eyes...Yes

Beauty in Another's Eyes...Yes
Every day I work with things that are beautiful.  Is not the job of an Interior Designer to collect and present beautiful items and ideas to clients so that their environments are beautiful?  But, realistically, the job is not just made up of the pretty things.  It’s also made up of the practical, technical things... Read more »

Good Night Everyone!

Good Night Everyone!
No more-late night blogging?  NO!  That will be my exception. If I could stop something I can’t seem to stop, I would like to stop working late – no more e-mail, writing or responding to anyone or anything after 9 PM right now.  Is anything really so vital that it has to be responded to... Read more »

Happy New Paint Colors for 2016!

 Happy New Paint Colors for 2016!
No, they’re not really new! Pantone has declared 2 pastel colors as their Colors of the Year.  Pantone has influence on advertising, the garment industry, furnishings and, also paint collections.  But, for the past couple of years, Benjamin-Moore, the paint giant, has named their own colors – unrelated to Pantone.  And, this year, Sherwin-Williams, another... Read more »
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In Order ...and All Together

In Order ...and All Together
In 2015 I decided to get my shit together and – I think its happening! Yay!! Amongst the choices we make to spend money on this or that, or take a major vacation or choose between pizza and stir-fry, this decision I made should (hopefully) have a long-term benefit to my daily existence. Nah.. I... Read more »