Interiors Category Archives

Jewelry Of The Home

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

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

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

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

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

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 …

Put A Cork On It

cork |kôrk| noun “the buoyant, light brown substance obtained from the outer layer of the bark of the cork oak.” I think I have underestimated the importance of cork in my life.  How about you? Cork is used for many more products than we think.  Beyond wine bottles and bulletin boards, cork can be found in baseballs, fishing floats, shoes and all sorts of accessories.  Because it …

Rollin’ With It

Very often I am challenged with interior door swings.  Sometimes they just take up too much valuable wall space.  Thus, my solution many times is a rolling door. A rolling door can save that space on the interior of the room and can be an added feature of the entrance to the room. The rolling door and hardware can be a contemporary style (as seen below), a …

Amen to Amenities

This past week I had a meeting with a builder and a client.  A few minutes into the meeting, the client asked us to list some of the top amenities that new homes in the Pacific Northwest must have.  The builder and I recalled past projects and immediately came up with our top five list.  I thought I needed to share this list.   Just a bit …

Setting The Stage

Art is subjective just as its placement is subjective.  I am intrigued by art and how its interpretation changes as its setting changes. Influences such as the architecture, lighting as well as the wall color and furnishings can manipulate the perception and interpretation of even the most distinctive piece of art. Have you ever seen the same art exhibit in two different galleries or museums?  Try …