Posts tagged "planning"

Independent...Or, Dependent, Right?

Independent...Or, Dependent, Right?
What is it that I truly depend on – other than my nearest and dearest?  I mostly depend on myself; don’t most of us?  If I mention my “nearest and dearest”, they are there to be supportive, but not to be responsible for anything that’s mine now that I’m grown up.  Others can help, but... Read more »

If I Could Do It Again...What Would I Redo?

If I Could Do It Again...What Would I Redo?
            Gee…what would I do better: “Be a better daughter”…or…” a better parent” — or “Make more money”?  These would be the most impulsive answers, right? But guess what?  My answer is “Be a better student”.  This is my answer, hands down.  Why?  Because unless you are a really negligent... Read more »

In Order ...and All Together

In Order ...and All Together
In 2015 I decided to get my shit together and – I think its happening! Yay!! Amongst the choices we make to spend money on this or that, or take a major vacation or choose between pizza and stir-fry, this decision I made should (hopefully) have a long-term benefit to my daily existence. Nah.. I... Read more »
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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 »

Interior Design and $$ in 2015

Interior Design and $$ in 2015
The cost of an Interior Designer is the #1 topic my readers search.  Here’s the 2015 version which has taken a while to put together.  The industry has changed a LOT since I started blogging 5 years ago, and I want to be informed as well as helpful! If you are considering working with any... Read more »

Just Do It – In My Design World

Make a commitment, don’t follow through and then what?  In daily life, people will move away from you and hesitate to hang out, since you might not show up or cancel at the last minute.  But somehow, in my professional world, it may not involve not showing up at all, but rather showing up late,... Read more »
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Cost/Value & Design/Decorating

What is the bottom line in a design (or decorating) project?  Is it simply the cost of all the items purchased?  Or perhaps that plus what you pay for “design help”? What is the value of that help?   A number of years ago a client presented me with his views on “cost and value” and,... Read more »

Get Design Problems Fixed With "Honey & Vinegar"

Get Design Problems Fixed With "Honey & Vinegar"
A client once  said to me (famously–because I paraphrase it so often):  “I don’t really expect everything to be perfect the first time.   I just want the person who’s responsible to come back and take care of it till it’s right.”  The expression is: “you attract more flies with honey than vinegar”,  but I... Read more »

On Finding Your Decorating Style

On Finding Your Decorating Style
This is a HUGE topic, so let’s just start!  I can put furnishings styles into several categories, but they merge to Modern, Traditional, “Eclectic” — or a controlled combination of styles and “Transitional” — not modern, but not fussy).   There’s also Asian, Primitive, Country and various specialized styles of serious antiques.  There is also very customized... Read more »
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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 »