Interiors Category Archives

Grout Shout

Most of the time, I specify the tile grout color to blend with the tile.  This ensures that the overall color of the tile is what your eye reads when it encounters the material.  It is almost always the safest design solution.  However, making the grout color “shout” by selecting a contrasting color has been on trend for a couple of years and I like it! …

To Accent Or Not

All designers being human have opinions.  A lot of designers have strong opinions about what is appropriate or tasteful or not.  One of the big differences in opinion among designers lies with the accent wall. Many designers don’t like them, won’t think of installing them.  They feel that the accent wall represents an unfinished or inexpensive fix-it solution.  I, on the other hand, feel there …

Oh Ombre

I think an ombré effect is one of the most beautiful and interesting uses of color. Ombré describes the gradual blending of one color hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark. The technique is commonly seen as a surface treatment in fashion and art. I am particularly fond of using this technique in textiles as seen in the images below, in which the color graduates through a more blended approach.  However, the ombré technique …

Drop it

The flexibility of using pendants at a bath vanity is undeniable.  I opt to use pendants when there is an ample amount of vanity space, but mostly when we are space challenged.  By just dropping in a few pendants, you can expand the mirror size or shrink it depending on the aesthetic and overall function of the room. I particularly like to shrink the mirror and …

Treading

The number one reason I recommend a runner on stairs is safety!  The traction gained from a carpet runner on stairs saves pets, kids, and adults from slipping.  I usually prefer a stair runner that has texture.  Patterns and colors are a bonus, but the texture not only gives more traction, but shows less wear.  All in all, most textures and patterns are a bit …

The Good Light

As the days get shorter, I find myself taking client appointments earlier and earlier in the day.  Why?  We loose light! It is essential that we have good light when reviewing any surface samples.  Not only is it important to have good light to select paint, it is also critical when choosing flooring, wall tile, wallcoverings, and any textiles. I always encourage my clients to …

Pattern Cocoon

Approaching a room with the use of a single pattern can be very interesting.  In fact, is it a traditional European technique.  I typically do not propose this look on my Pacific Northwest projects as I find it looks best in the older East Coast and Southern Style homes.  However, I appreciate it. A beautiful print that can translate from wallpaper to fabric enveloping the space creates that feeling …

Freeze Frame

I have clients ask me all the time about framing their family photos that they want to hang together all in one space.  Many times I will accompany a client with their millions of photos to the frame shop, but if they want to tackle this project on their own, I offer up this one rule of thumb.  Color consistency.  Freeze any and all other …

Hall Pass

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

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 …