Archive for 2010

Where Design's At: 2010 - 2011

For weeks, even months, I have been reading about how the Real Estate and Construction/Architecture/Interior Design markets are certain to recover in this New Year….Since fall, professional newsletters and webmail writers have touted the resurgence of construction and sales these related industries have longed for since the slippage started around 2007-2008. Consumers need to look... Read more »

Time to Brighten Up??

Bored?  C’mon!  It’s Holiday Time, but you can ponder Design choices or even do some painting if you’ve got the time.  Let’s review some basics in case you might want to DO something with your extra days off. I’ve blogged about changing up your stuff.  It’s a wonderful Design change and an emotional lift!  You... Read more »

Furnishings: Trends? Classics? Style?

We’re comin’ up on Sale Time in the furnishings industry.  Even “quiet” Mart showrooms are bringing in new things for the first of the year, so there is a space in the building for remaining samples, too.  So…what if you want to buy something new?  How do you choose?  Frequently, not only clients, but friends... Read more »
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LA, CA Furniture & Design Style

LA, CA Furniture & Design Style
Back from LA for Thanksgiving week and a wonderful (extended) morning of prowling Interior Design Sources.  Since my first visit to The Pacific Design Center (PDC or “Big Blue” or “Blue Whale”) YEARS ago, I am, reminded once more that California has unique style and wonderful local sources and showrooms.  Here’s a pile of pictures... Read more »

The World's 1st Billion Dollar Home

The World's 1st Billion Dollar Home
Happy Thanksgving ! When we count our blessings for family and health and home, we certainly don’t consider  a home like THIS to celebrate or celebrate in.  Here is the most expensive house ever built, with a BILLION dollar price tag.  Designed by Chicago’s own venerable architecture firm, Perkins + Will, it’s owned by the... Read more »

Interior Design and Your Personal Style

Just as I was musing about how to write about the Interior Design of Whoopi Goldberg’s home on “Oprah” yesterday, Barbra Streisand “showed” Oprah HER estate today.  What a contrast, and a great way to discuss personal style in Interior Design. Barbra was celebrating Oprah’s last season, and promoting her new book (which everyone in... Read more »
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A Designer's Delight: SOFA 2010

A Designer's Delight: SOFA 2010
It’s been so long since I missed a SOFA (Sculptural Objects and Functional Art) show at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, that I can’t remember when it was.  There have been years that have seemed to be all glass artists, sometimes too crowded and sometimes too exclusive…meaning that it was for serious collectors only. Searching for... Read more »

The Core of Interior Design: Space Planning

(uh..yep,  redux! new graphics)  “Space Planning” is the division and allocation of interior space to meet code and provide the needs of an individual client.   Unofficially, it seems that this term (although not the work) became part of the Interior Design dialogue in the 60’s, when Contract (or non-residential) Design became a specialty.  High rise... Read more »

Making Your Design Project Simpler

Here!  Make any Interior Design or Construction project you are contemplating much less complicated and – therefore – more fun.   Whatever you are planning to do, whether it’s a paint job, new blinds, a bedroom addition replacing a front door, your decision-making can be simplified.  My clients often have been working with me (their Designer)... Read more »
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Can Anything Old Be New?

“Staging“ is that new buzzword that means improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a place that anyone might want.  It’s a brand new Interior Design “Specialty” that many of us have ALWAYS done!   (& it will likely be a topic VERY soon).  This blog is about “staging“ for YOURSELF or changing things around, de-cluttering and... Read more »