Tag: shopping?

Play and Shop Like Summer's Here!

Play and Shop Like Summer's Here!
What better on a gorgeous, sunny day than to write a blog post about “favorite summer things”?  Since I want to get OUTSIDE, here we go: At this time of the year, many of my clients and I want to get quick fixes and easy (er) solutions, or zippy ideas that can brighten their summer. First:  If you want high-end... Read more »

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 »

So..What's "IN" These Days?

So..What's "IN" These Days?
What’s ‘In”?  Nearly everything.  It’s pretty hard to look at a magazine (that I trust) or look through showrooms at the Mart or take some time to peruse photos in the many unsolicited manufacturer and furniture e-mails and come up with a reponse to that query.  It really seems that for one of the only... Read more »
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DIY: Questions to Ask -- Yourself

DIY:  Questions to Ask -- Yourself
What?  You’re going to save money by doing it yourself?  All those professional Designer ideas and specialized resources aren’t really very important and you can get better prices on your own.  NOT.  Can you find good prices on your own?  Certainly.  If budget is the only or markedly major concern you have for remodeling, completing... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »