Tag: decorating

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 »

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 »

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 »
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Design and "Design Sense" Renew for 2017

Design and "Design Sense" Renew for 2017
I am starting this year with basic questions for myself, what’s happening?  This:  a “better set up” office (which was OK before, too) plus a plan to learn additional new professional skills to present my ideas and visions (that’s the techy stuff). And,  I’m reintroducing some basics on “Design Sense”, too: The Most Basic Question:... 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 »

A Design Project: Where & How to Start

A Design Project:  Where & How to Start
WHAT OK!  You’ve pretty much decided that you need to fix up your house, or redecorate or repaint, but think that perhaps you can’t properly do this alone.  WHAT now? Get referrals – hopefully based on experience.  If you are looking for a single product type (shades or some other non-drapery window covering) or a couple... 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 »

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 »

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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Color and Me

Color and Me
It’s always comforting and rewarding to do what we are best at, right?  I can make this kind of esoteric, but I’ll be practical and direct: I am good at Interior Design-ing.  And my sense for color has been a gift.  A Home Furnishings editor for a major magazine once told me I have “perfect... Read more »