Hang It Up

Porch swing honestlywtf.com

As we continue thru the warm summer days are you wondering if you still feel like your outdoor space needs some help?  If so, ask this one simple question, “Can I hang it up?” This summer finds me working on many outdoor spaces.  Mostly, giving existing spaces a bit of a “pick me up”.  Well, I am choosing, in most cases, to “hang it up”. …

Giving Gives Back

bark art 2016

I had such a fun time at Bark Art, an annual charity event held by LUXE magazine, at the Seattle Design Center earlier this summer. Bark Art is the brain child of Pacific Northwest publisher for LUXE, Debby Steiner.  The annual event includes a dog themed painting and crafts party for charity.  Area builders, interior designers, architects, and landscape designers are assembled into teams to create dog …

Purrrrrrfect Palace

perfect palace dixie stark

In the past when I have interviewed potential employees I have asked, “Are you a dog or a cat person?”  Of course, there was never a wrong answer.  I love all furry four leggers, but I have always had an office dog or two and I wanted to make sure any potential new hire would be okay with that working situation. Because I have dogs, I know just what …

Addicted to Beauty

Lucia Journal

I am a bit old school in so many ways even though I am constantly pushing myself to stay technology savy.  I prefer a catalog to the internet while researching products for clients.  I delight in a handwritten note over an email.  I always look to pen and paper first for conceptual design.  I take calligraphy classes. I often send printed photos to my family in the mail.  And, I still enjoy thumbing …

Jewelry Of The Home

alicelanehome hardware brass

Of course, I relate interiors to fashion.  Many of my clients have heard me refer to hardware, in particular, cabinet hardware,  as the jewelry of the home.  I often explain that the cabinetry is the basic wardrobe or outfit and it simply needs jewelry to complete it.  The hardware is primarily functional, but it can also be a real asset to the room’s design aesthetic at large. …

Under Foot

country living painted floors

For centuries, painted hardwood floors have delivered a colorful, unique, and durable approach under foot.  This smart paint solution was discovered long ago especially for softer species like pine or fir.  I, personally love a painted floor! The beautiful white or soft gray options are reminiscent of the Swedish style while the darker colors take on a more traditional English approach.  There are limitless choices for patterns …

White On White

arts and classy blog white

As I am working on my own projects and searching for new fashion tips for spring, I am realizing this white on white trend is going nowhere fast.  The use of white layered with even more white is here to stay…at least for the near future. I must say, I am not disappointed, but delighted.  Experts in both the interiors and fashion industries recommend a variety of shades …

Wrestling With Reupholstery

Anthropology chair

Many of my clients wrestle with the choice to reupholster existing pieces of furniture or opt to purchase new. When clients are moving into a different home, more often than not, we opt to purchase new as the scale and style will not always translate.  However, if a client is staying in their same location and just desires a refresher of sorts then we strongly consider reupholstery as a favorable option. To help diminish …

The Transformer

tall skinny shade

I am not talking about the comic book character, the transformer, rather the underrated lampshade. I was recently preparing for an install of a few new pieces of furniture that were going to blend in with some of the client’s existing pieces.  Among those existing items was a nice metal floor lamp and a lovely pair of table lamps.  My first reaction was to  “transform” …

Alright with Pyrite

pyrite jewelry round square

Trend Alert……Pyrite!  This beautiful brassy yellow mineral is on trend as I am seeing it everywhere in the interiors and the fashion industries. I’ve always heard of this material referred to as “fool’s gold”, but I am alright with pyrite.  It’s refined and raw at the same time making it incredibly interesting. In the past few years, most large raw minerals and rocks have been carefully mounted …