Posts tagged "furniture shopping"

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 »

Notes For Your Spring Design Project

Notes For Your Spring Design Project
Hey Everyone:  It looks like there’s a buzz in the construction industry again!  Yay!  It’s fun, and exciting and I couldn’t be happier for all the wonderful showrooms, tradesmen and manufacturers that are starting to breathe comfortably again.  I’ve missed my sometimes daily connections to them and the smiles on my clients’ faces when they... Read more »

Made For You Is Worth It

Made For You Is Worth It
Are you finally looking to redesign (redecorate) or finally complete buying furnishings for yourself?  That’s awesome!  Hate the wait?   Before the collapse of 2007, furniture took 10-14 weeks to complete.  Now it takes about 12 weeks to have something made.  Um…..whassup with that?  Shouldn’t you just walk in somewhere (anywhere) and buy the first... Read more »
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Emerald Green!! 2013’s Color of the Year!

Emerald Green!!  2013’s Color of the Year!
This year is going to be great fun!  For about ten years, Pantone has predicted/anointed/selected one color as the “Color of the Year” in fashion, interiors, products, even cosmetics:  “Chili Pepper” in 2007, “Blue Iris” in 2008, “Mimosa” in 2009, “Turquoise” in 2010, “Honeysuckle” in 2011 and “Tangerine Tango” in 2012.  Then, or in retrospect,... Read more »

Shopping for Cost and Value

Shopping for Cost and Value
Most of my job is working with clients who buy– and manufacturers, tradesmen and artisans who sell their products and their services. When any client or “friend/family” person asks for my input, the better someone knows me, the more unnecessary the “should I do this to save money?” question is.  My answer?  “It’s up to... Read more »

D. I. Whine (ing)

 D. I.  Whine (ing)
SURE, you can Do It Yourself!  I am not sure why you want to, but if you like, you can.  You might also make a mess and/or spend good money to end up with less than good choices in your design and decorating.  Since I’m a serious Design Professional I’m (of course) more opinionated (and... Read more »
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Loving Your Home

Loving Your Home
Why does loving your home matter?  It matters because if you are happy in your home, you feel settled, you’re calmer and that extends into other aspects of your life.  I was noting Sunday that I have lived in this house longer than anywhere else.  When I was a little kid, and my parents acclimated... Read more »

For You & Your House -- on Sale

For You & Your House -- on Sale
So, who’s on vacation?  Mostly kids, I guess… but if you have time now, and are wanting new things for your home, go shopping! There are many places selling things to finish your house that are having sales, sales, sales.  This past week I’ve noticed signs and ads everywhere…and (always) commercials, too.  Sales for home... Read more »

"Design in a Day"

There are LOTS of quirky and ridiculously unrealistic Home Design shows on TV–aesthetically bizarre (that means either unlivable in product or layout — or visibly stupid), financially unaffordable and/or impossible to complete (virtually) overnight.  One Designer friend said that he would say to a client asking for that kind of result:  “IF you are willing... Read more »
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Q & A: Design/Decor Within a Budget

Budget?  Pretty much everyone has a budget, even if it’s a substantial one. How do we set and stay within our limits when we “do” all or part of a design project? Start with a list of what you WANT to accomplish within your project and then decide what you NEED to accomplish.  A Design... Read more »