Posts in category "Remodeling"

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 »

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 »

DIY: Thinking It and Doing It

DIY: Thinking It and Doing It
DIY is everywhere.  Do It Yourself.  This is a topic I discuss often with clients, friends and vendors and showrooms both wholesale and retail.  I have also consulted my resident architect (husband), looked at some current magazines and even looked up web sites. And, I’ve been looking for apps.  It’s a bit hard to find... Read more »
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Your Own Project: Get It Started!

Your Own Project:  Get It Started!
At some time, everyone needs to redo.  You can call it “refresh”, “modernize”, but it’s actually more like “maintain”.  A project to maintain the quality of the appearance of your home can be intimidating…or maybe Not. First, make an assessment of what you WANT to do.  I specifically said “want” previously because that might be... 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 »

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 »
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Planning A Design Project for 2014

 Planning A Design Project for 2014
Is summer really coming?  Based on today, yes!  It is!  It’s time to look forward and check out what’s happening in the Design World for the new season. Some aspects of the construction/design/architecture industry are on an upswing again.   It seems that folks are recognizing that the projects they have been denying and avoiding are... Read more »

It's Shape Up Time -- For Your Home

It's Shape Up Time -- For Your Home
Is your house falling apart?  Does it look uncared-for and aging?  This actually means:  “Is what’s inside your house falling apart?”  Roof and gutters are not included here.  You may not remember how old your furniture, carpet, blinds, paint job and other products are.  Unless you just furnished your place, can relate the purchases to... Read more »

On Shopping for Style & Stuff

On Shopping for Style & Stuff
There are always sales in the furnishings industry these days.  So…what if you decide to buy something new?  How do you choose?  And where will you buy from?  Frequently, not only my clients, but friends and acquaintances I hardly know ask “what’s new”? Actually, I am always cautious of what’s new.  No one buys furnishings... Read more »
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Teamwork = Successful Design Project

Teamwork = Successful Design Project
It’s been quite a few years since I started working as a Designer and the longer I work, the more I believe this:  it’s all about the Teamwork to get the project done Right. Usually, a Client hires an Architect or a Builder/Contractor, occasionally an Interior Designer, and that person helps to find the other professionals. ... Read more »