Design 101 - Some Uncomplicated Tips for Free

Design 101 - Some Uncomplicated Tips for Free
Feeling cooped up? Here are some Real Tips (free!) for designing major areas in your home.  These are things I learned from mentors and from experience.   To me these tips are  simply put: Logical.  Here’s an overview starting as you enter the front door: 1. Your entryway (or foyer) is the first thing anyone sees. ... Read more »

Why a Blog About Design?

Why a Blog About Design?
“Design Sense” had been around for a while now and I am grateful for all readers.  I’ve tackled general as well as specific topics and events related to my profession and my many surrounding interests and passions. I’d like to educate anyone interested in Design — mostly interiors, but also architecture and other design specialties.  We live in an extraordinary... Read more »

What's an "Interior Designer"? in 2015

What's an "Interior Designer"?  in 2015
What’s an “Interior Designer ” and what’s the difference between a Decorator and a Designer?  How can you figure out “who is what”?  How can you tell? This answer should find agreement within the REAL Design community which includes related professionals such as contractors, architects, manufacturers, showrooms, et al: First, ASK and look for Professional... Read more »
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One More Color of the Year 2015:

One More Color of the Year 2015:
Just about one day after I published my last post, Pantone revealed its Color of the Year for 2015:  Marsala!  It’s named after the “warm” red wine and has been predicted for Interiors, Fashion, Cosmetics, Graphics and anything in the Design world. “Marsala” can work with so many other colors, from blues and grays to... Read more »

2015's Color of the Year....

2015's Color of the Year....
The Color of the Year for 2015 is, apparently, an array of choices depending on whose lead you choose to follow!  Since I have been blogging, I have written about Pantone’s choices (not predictions, they’re chosen by Pantone).  And, though 2015 is less than a month away, Pantone hasn’t presented or announced anything, yet. Paint... Read more »

DIY Projects That Make Great Sense

DIY Projects That Make Great Sense
I’ve spent blogging time discouraging readers from taking on over-reaching Do-It-Yourself projects, but there certainly are home-oriented tasks that can be perfect for a few hours, a weekend or a few weeks’ work. Some of my suggestions may seem more like “maintenance” than decorating or design and they are – but if you do these... Read more »
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My Picture of a Perfect Day

My Picture of a Perfect Day
“A Perfect Day”– an ideal topic for “let’s imagine” so…Here We Go!  & Yes, “some details are left purposely vague”: It’s sunny, it’s bright and I am with my very favorite people:  my husband, our children and spouses, their children and my sweet and wonderful 4-legged barking children are there too. It’s hard to get... Read more »

Design Trends and Your Taste...

Design Trends and Your Taste...
OK…This is a big, wide topic!  I posted this once before, but it’s important information if you want to assemble a successful Design Project. I put furnishings into a few categories, but they meld into: Modern, Traditional, “Eclectic” — or a controlled combination– & “Transitional” — not as modern, but not fussy–). There’s also Asian, Primitive, Country plus various... Read more »

This Reader Misses Reading

This Reader Misses Reading
Once upon a time, I read voraciously.  Before 6th grade, we had no TV and I read whenever I had spare time from school, friends and other activities.  I read “Exodus” in 6th or 7th grade, because I could. Over the many, many years since then, I read for school and read for fun when I would want... Read more »
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Interior Design for Fall 2014: Colors & Cheer

Interior Design for Fall 2014: Colors & Cheer
Lots of new topics for met to share, but this is A-1 Awesome:  Color is truly back in the Interior Design World.  While looking at furniture at Chicago’s venerable Merchandise Mart, it has become more and more fun.  Neutrals are always safe and calm colors.  They can be interesting and very sophisticated (perhaps another blog... Read more »