Hall Pass

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When my husband has a free evening, we refer to it as his “hall pass”, but what I am referring to today is the experience in your home.  Walking thru the hall on the way to another room in your house should feel intimate.  After all, the hallway is usually the one of the most narrow of spaces in most homes. Beyond just hanging artwork …

Smoke and Mirrors

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Urban dwellings are often small.  The conveniences of living in the city are challenged by the lack of space.  Recently, I have been engaged to work on some of these small spaces. In both situations, the clients are requesting that I make the spaces look larger.  With this challenge, I am proposing the use of mirrors and/or mirrored tiles on the walls and clear acrylic in the furnishings. The mirror …

Double vision

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I like to install pairs.  Some times to follow the symmetry of the architecture that is already established, and some times to create a sense of balance and rhythm that does not already exist. Interior designer, Victoria Hagan, is one of the best at using pairs in her tailored interiors projects as seen in the above below.   I refer to this as ” double vision” and …

Avoiding Angst

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Remodeling a home can be one of the most stressful experiences, but it does not have to be.  Planning ahead and getting in the right frame of mind will help so much.  I, personally, prefer new construction or furnishings jobs over remodels because of the angst the remodels cause the clients.  I end up providing more hand holding than design work. And I agree, it is quite unnerving …

Chain Reaction

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I am currently working on some extremely interesting interiors projects.   A few require custom light fixtures while another requires restoration of some antique and vintage fixtures.  Light fixtures can truly be the jewelry in the room and we all know how I love jewelry! As I continue to work on these projects, I find myself completely obsessed with the chains on which the light fixtures hang.  This is causing a …

BASIC BLACK

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Black is anything but just basic.  I love black.  I love to see it used in interiors and every time I do I am entranced.  From wall coverings, to flooring coverings, to artwork and textiles, I always gravitate towards black.  A small dose of black can make other colors appear more crisp while a large dose can create drama yet remain classic. Sometimes I will …

Quartzite Craze

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I wanted to share my latest experience with quartzite.  Why?  Because quartzite is all the rage!  The properties of quartzite give you the look of marble with the durability of granite in an authentic natural stone…or so it is marketed as such.  I do agree, it is gorgeous material that makes for lovely countertops and backsplashes and even furniture.  I am being asked to specify …

CREATING THE FLOW

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When I am working on a project, I always consider the “flow” from space to space.  I consider the entire house and how each space relates to one another. I try to find the one or two elements that create a commonality so that each room relates to the next in some way.  One of the easiest and most obvious ways to accomplish this is …

Gold Digger

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I am crazy for anything in a gold metal finish these days ranging from faucets, hardware, lighting, jewelry, and even my latest iPhone. I’ve always loved a “living” finish on metal.  The living finish refers to an unlacquered metal usually bronze or brass that patinas with use and exposure to the elements.  The living finish is unpredictable and that is what is so lovely and intriguing …

PRETTY IN PINK

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I typically will not turn to pink as a first thought for projects.  Maybe because it seems so feminine and most of my clients are couples or families and I have to keep that in mind.  But, pink is one of those overlooked colors that I truly enjoy working with when given the opportunity. Soft pink is actually a color that enhances the skin tone. …