Category: Interior Design

"In" or "Out" (for now)?

"In" or "Out" (for now)?
This season has been fun for me because I have seen all sorts of colors and styles.  It’s Spring!  So, what IS the most popular color now?  It is whatever the paint companies choose.  Pantone has named “Ultra-Violet” this year!  I just looked up a Feng-Shui website and they have a whole list of them... Read more »

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 »

"Ultra-Violet" Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year

"Ultra-Violet"  Pantone's  2018 Color of the Year
Oooh!  “Ultra-Violet” is Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year! Interesting… it’s a color that will certainly stand out and can be used in many creative ways. It will work in the Interior Design world as a funky accent color that won’t become “dated” unless it’s overused! Of course, in fashion is kind of a no-brainer... Read more »
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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 »

OK Designer, What's Hip?

OK Designer, What's Hip?
  Many of my design clients do ask (though certainly not all of them):  “What’s ‘In’?” Today I would tell them that I have seen new versions of almost all kinds of styles and so many colors.  Although I would probably not specify a kitchen of complicated dark-stained wood cabinets with brown granite countertops today... Read more »

Designer? Nope. I Can Do It!

Designer?  Nope.  I Can Do It!
Why You Don’t Need a Professional Interior Designer: 1. You already know what you like! OK, but if you go and shop for what you already like, you are likely to miss a lot of what a Professional Designer can show you. REAL Designers have access to “trade only” sources that will be more “forward”.... Read more »
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On Planning a Summer Project

On Planning a Summer Project
Summer seems to be a time that many of us (me too) decide to Get Something Done.  If course, I say this at other times during the year, but summer projects seem less stressful because we are outside so much more and don’t have to live within the upheaval (if there is any) indoors. This... Read more »

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 »

What is Your Design Sense?

What is Your Design Sense?
Back to Basics! Everyone has Design advice for you, and lots people want to offer opinions — in so many areas from the structure you live in, what you put in it, pretty much anything you wear from what’s next to your skin to the small, detailed accessories.  It includes the flowers for a bouquet or your garden — and... Read more »
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So..What's "IN" These Days?

So..What's "IN" These Days?
What’s ‘In”?  Nearly everything.  It’s pretty hard to look at a magazine (that I trust) or look through showrooms at the Mart or take some time to peruse photos in the many unsolicited manufacturer and furniture e-mails and come up with a reponse to that query.  It really seems that for one of the only... Read more »