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Double vision

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

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

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 …

CREATING THE FLOW

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 …

PERSONALIZING YOUR SPACE

Lately, I’ve been experiencing a complete “bog down” of stuff.  Personal junk I keep hanging onto that I don’t use, I don’t look at, or even open or wear. It’s ridiculous, really!  Have you ever heard the saying, “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure”? Well, I have lots of treasures for some other somebody that’s for sure. I suppose I should “practice what I preach” …

LIFTING THE LID

One of my favorite design tricks when a client is feeling nervous about introducing interest on the walls is to introduce interest on the ceiling. The ceiling can be bold or subtle, it can dark or light, it can be sleek or rustic. It can be almost anything. The ceiling is often referred to as the “lid” when talking to contractors such as electricians or …

IT’S ALL ABOUT THAT SCALE

One of the most common stumbling blocks I see with clients is scale.  Scale, to me, is having the furnishings in proportion to the scale of the space they occupy.  Much of this, I suppose, is a subjective opinion, but I find it glaringly obvious when it’s “off”.  I usually see this when a client has too many small objects and not enough larger items …

THE INFLUENCED ROOM

Often times I am asked to do a “theme room” and I usually decline.  Instead, I encourage clients to consider a room that has an influence rather than a theme. If a room is “over designed” with a theme, it is a room you will most likely outgrow or tire of quickly.  I prefer a room with a nod towards a particular style or collection.  I refer to it is …