Archive for 2013

Busy Season, Being There & Getting It Done

Busy Season, Being There & Getting It Done
“My life is so much less complicated because I am reliable.”  I actually posted a version of that very sentence on Facebook early this morning!  Period—end of blog post. Not really, not until I explain why I say that. It’s an amazing feeling for me to know that I’ve noticed that in life, and especially... Read more »

"Radiant Orchid" is 2014's Color of the Year

"Radiant Orchid" is 2014's Color of the Year
And… it’s Purple!  Yes, it’s a lighter purple that’s cheerful and playful, but it’s definitely purple. For the past few years I’ve blogged on Pantone’s “Color of the Year” in the Interior Design world and this one will be fun to watch!   It will certainly turn up in paint colors, some textiles, some ceramic tile... Read more »

Veterans' Day: Time to Reflect

Veterans' Day:  Time to Reflect
It’s November and Veteran’s Day is here!   Along with Memorial Day, it’s one of our two holidays that recognize the service of soldiers in defense of our nation.  In 1971, Memorial Day was changed from May 30th to a Monday in late May.   That same law changed Veteran’s day to a Monday, but not for... Read more »
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Designer: Plan It and Feel It, too

Designer: Plan It and Feel It, too
I’ve decided to stop, breathe, and slow down for the next few days. Our extended family is getting together in Chicago this weekend for a joyous event and my design clients are pressed with deadlines.  They want things completed yesterday so they can move into homes “ready to go”.  It’s been a crazy week.  Everyone... Read more »

Your D.I.Y. Project -- or Not

Your D.I.Y. Project -- or Not
DIY is everywhere.  Do It Yourself.  But will it work?  I’ve written on this topic before…  and it continues to deserve Much Attention. First, I consulted my resident architect (husband), looked at some current magazines,  looked up web sites and checked out  Phone apps to help with your Dream Home. Well, the Dream Home phone app... Read more »

Be True -- To You

Be True -- To You
Design is creative and varied and new topics for this blog are beginning to avalanche (is that a verb?). After deciding that designing, re-designing or just rearranging your physical environment is now inevitable,  you have to think about what to do and how.  I’ve written on that and continue to think about it, and one... Read more »
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Starting a Design Project -- Properly

Starting a Design Project -- Properly
Reload!  This is important if you are entering the world of  Interior Design Projects, so yes, I am re-posting! OK… You know you can’t properly do this design project alone.  You kind of know what you will need, so what are your options? Referrals are best… and hopefully from personal experience. If you are looking... Read more »

Loving Your Home

Loving Your Home
I’m B a a a ck!! After meeting some heavy project deadlines, here I am again! with some (comparatively) soul-searching considerations… 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... Read more »

Planning a Home Project? Start Here

Planning a Home Project?  Start Here
Here are a few pointers and reminders if you’re improving your office or your home.  Any of these items will make the process easier: 1.  The most important reminder:  Get some help when making costly decisions.  There are professionals all around, and there is no question that they will save you what they cost you. ... Read more »
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Color in Interiors…It's Back and Happy

Color in Interiors…It's Back and Happy
Pantone—the arbiters of color choice and trends—claimed “Emerald Green as the “Color of the Year” for 2013.  But I am finding that it’s blue, gray and even a bit of gold metal color – as in brass—plus many more.   Nickel finishes on hardware (especially “brushed”) are  the most popular, but almost anything can be found... Read more »