Define Your Style: Country 101

In order to achieve the country/cottage style home comfort is key!  Country houses are overflowing with charm and personal style.  Furnishings might include family heirlooms or hand me downs mixed with flea market finds. One might also find a room filled with painted wood furnishings, overstuffed upholstery pieces and slipcovers.  Wall colors tend toward a […]

Define Your Style: Eclectic 101

People with eclectic style are not driven by trends and are comfortable in any number of settings.   Living spaces will invariably include an offbeat mix of furnishings- a Victorian sofa reupholstered in linen, alongside two modern chairs. These spaces may include a mix of modern art with antique furniture, or they might be styled with […]

Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring cleaning not only means giving your home a deep cleaning but de-cluttering and organizing your space to welcome the warmer seasons ahead. Relieve your senses and reinvigorate your space with these simple tips. Focus Focus on one room/space at a time. Don’t stop until one room is finished. Make sure everything has a place […]

Freshen Up with Paint

One of the easiest and least expensive ways to give a room a fresh new look is by painting the walls.  Choose hues that appeal to you!  If you are considering selling your home, stick to neutrals, such as white, ivory, beige or soft classic hues with great appeal, such as light grey-blue, tan or […]

Define Your Style: Casual 101

Comfortably informal, warm and inviting completely describe casual style.  Casual homes use simple details, plush upholstery, textured fabrics, low luster surfaces and natural materials. People are generally selective about what they bring into their homes and will only settle for well made furniture with clean lines, such as Shaker or Mission style pieces.  Furniture pieces […]

Six Quick Tips for Decorating On a Budget

Who says you have to spend thousands of dollars decorating your home?  It is possible to repurpose existing furnishings and update your interior with a few simple decorating tips!  Followed, are six specifics that should be given a lot of thought and attention in order to achieve remarkable results! 1.  Organization and De- clutter!  So […]

Who Said Wall Paper is Outdated?

Wall paper was once considered boring and old fashioned.  Not anymore- wall paper is back in a big way!  No longer a blast from the past, it is an outstanding way to add dimension, texture, style and color to a room.  Today’s papers may feature metallic, cork, silk, sisal, hand-painted, bamboo, murals and much, much […]

The Art of Display

Decorating Built-Ins does not have to be a daunting task, nor does it have to be bland and boring!  Transform ordinary bookcases and wall shelves into spectacular, showroom quality displays, with a few quick and easy decorating tips!  Keep it simple!  Less is more- a basic design concept that safeguards carefully chosen items will have […]

Define Your Style: Modern 101

Fans of the modern style are drawn to open spaces that flow into each other, minimal architectural enhancement, furniture with clean lines in asymmetrical spatial arrangements, machined materials such as chrome, Lucite, metal and smooth wood.  Fans of modernism might be drawn to a home designed in the mid 20th century or a condo designed […]

DIY- Faux-ing Furniture

Out of sheer boredom and the desire for change- I decided to faux paint my kitchen island late Sunday night; luckily I had everything I needed to get started in my collection of paints!  I saved hundreds of dollars choosing to do the job myself vs. hiring a faux painter and it was simple to […]

Today’s Kitchen Trends

The kitchen is the heart of the home and a great room to invest in. Today’s kitchen is more than a place to prepare a meal, it is a place for the family to gather, entertain friends and extended family, as well as share a meal. One of the most important aspects in any kitchen […]

The Calm of Nature

Once you escape the crowded environment of towns and cities, you experience an apparent relaxation and uplifting mood as nature consumes your vision.  When I dream of vacation the first image that comes to mind is the beach!  The yellows and blues of the seaside have the ability to revitalize our energies, helping to restore […]

Designing For the Senses- Quick Tips

Create a sense of harmony- Design with pairs, such as lamps or side tables.  Smaller accessories can be placed to counterbalance and keep the room from becoming stagnant. Use contrasting textures to stimulate senses- Try combining the use of hard and soft surfaces- mix granite with un-honed travertine, hand scraped hard wood floors with silk […]

Designing For the Senses

Designers are responsible for creating an overall sense of calm for their clients, and successful design takes into account all details for an absolute pleasing experience.  In order to create a cohesive, meaningful design it is important to consider each of the five senses. Engaging the five senses makes a house a home and creates […]

Second Chances

I love the idea of combining the old with the new in interior spaces.  Everything is worthy of a second chance and I cannot think of anything more deserving than wood.  Reclaimed or salvaged wood might be found on a number of things, such as, floors, ceilings, walls, doors, architectural details, furniture and much, much […]