Category: DIY

The Season of Self-Expression is Here!

The Season of Self-Expression is Here!
Unlike many seasons past, individualism is working.  So many colors from pastels to strong hues like reds and oranges and aqua are in photographs of today’s interiors.  Psychologically, this can’t be better for me and my clients–or anyone else.  It says that so much is “now”.  It means, from my point of view, that I... Read more »

DIY: & Questions to Ask -- Yourself

DIY: & Questions to Ask -- Yourself
OK!  So, you’re going to save money by doing your design/decorating/remodeling project yourself.  All those ideas from a professional Designer aren’t really very important for this, plus you can get better prices on your own.  “I don’t need professional help!”  NOT.  Can you find good prices on your own?  Certainly.  If budget is the only... Read more »

Play and Shop Like Summer's Here!

Play and Shop Like Summer's Here!
What better on a gorgeous, sunny day than to write a blog post about “favorite summer things”?  Since I want to get OUTSIDE, here we go: At this time of the year, many of my clients and I want to get quick fixes and easy (er) solutions, or zippy ideas that can brighten their summer. First:  If you want high-end... Read more »
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Designer Tips for FREE!!

Designer Tips for FREE!!
Before my list:  There are so many options and so many details and so many sources that I know of and have access to that you probably don’t know, but that’s why I have a job.  Remember that mistakes can be costly, so be fair to yourself and don’t go too far out. Here are some... Read more »

"Greenery" Pantone's Color for 2017!

"Greenery"  Pantone's Color for 2017!
“Greenery” is Pantone’s color for 2017!  Each year Pantone chooses a (random?) color for Interiors, Fashion, and Graphic Design and this bright green shade is “IT” for next year.  I think it was selected to move away from the gray tones that have been rather dominant for interiors for a while, partly because no one’s... Read more »

Interior Design and $$ in 2016

Interior Design and $$ in 2016
These are THE questions that arise for anyone pondering the importance of  design professionals.  They are, of course, the money questions. **Note:  there is no commentary here on how I personally feel about all the options.  That would be a mag. article, not a blog post!  I won’t go through that here, but you can ask me... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

2016's "Color of the Year" Is -- Or Are

2016's  "Color of the Year" Is -- Or Are
Yay! It’s here for the New Year!! For the first time ever, Pantone has declared 2 colors — plural – for 2016. Pinky “Rose Quartz” looks just like it sounds, and “Serenity” is light blue with a bit of lavender and gray. It’s a huge change from the colors that I have written about in... Read more »
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DIY: Questions to Ask -- Yourself

DIY:  Questions to Ask -- Yourself
What?  You’re going to save money by doing it yourself?  All those professional Designer ideas and specialized resources aren’t really very important and you can get better prices on your own.  NOT.  Can you find good prices on your own?  Certainly.  If budget is the only or markedly major concern you have for remodeling, completing... Read more »