Posts tagged "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 »

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 »

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 »
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5 DIY Projects to NEVER take on yourself...

5 DIY Projects to NEVER take on yourself...
This is my first Guest Blogger!  Welcome Michelle Ortiz Dunbar from Arizona (and originally from New York which she calls the “Design Capital”– which I agree).  This topic is near to my heart, as my readers already know.  Thanks, Michelle for being informative and articulate! I remember a time when homeowners who were able, paid... 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 »

Design Week Is Now

Design Week Is Now
For some reason, actresses can become “Designers” on widely-watched TV shows because they can sew curtains.  OK, I guess?   On the other hand, this week, highly professional representatives of the Interior Design industry in Illinois are spending time talking to legislators in Springfield  about new legislation.  New regulations would separate and license qualified Interior... Read more »
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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 »

Interior Design, Cost/Value and Shopping

Interior Design, Cost/Value and Shopping
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 »

Furnishing Your Home? Shop the Sales Now!

Furnishing Your Home? Shop the Sales Now!
Yet another “Save More! NOW” commercial popped up during local TV programming 2 seconds ago.  Talk shows and newscasts have gone on and on about Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the After Christmas and White Sales.  Online or on the street, it does seem that anything that was cheaper for the Holidays is even cheaper... Read more »
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Shop in the Neighborhood or Shop in (Cyber) Space

Shop in the Neighborhood or Shop in (Cyber) Space
For the past few years we have been encouraged to support our local businesses … and this is a wonderful idea for all sorts of resources in the world of Interior Design.  We can hardly walk or drive anywhere and not see closed stores from Restoration Hardware in a local suburb to small specialized accessory/gift... Read more »