Tag: planning a design project

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

8 Reasons You Need a Professional Interior Designer

8 Reasons You Need a Professional Interior Designer
Here!  These are eight of the many reasons that you need to find and work with a Real Design Professional: 1.  You don’t know really what you need to do to get a project started, but you know it’s time to Do Something. A Professional Designer can–and will–guide you through the project from measuring the... Read more »
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Interior Design and $$ in 2016

Interior Design and $$ in 2016
These are THE questions that arise for anyone pondering the importance of  design professionals.  They are, of course, the money questions. **Note:  there is no commentary here on how I personally feel about all the options.  That would be a mag. article, not a blog post!  I won’t go through that here, but you can ask me... Read more »