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Go Big

My friend, Dawn, always says, “Go Big or Go Home”! It so reminds me of a researching excursion this week of large format tile for a current modern interiors project. The trend has been porcelain tile that resembles a hardwood visual.  The planks range in sizes of 4”  or more wide to as long as 36” on average.  It has been a nice solution to warm up a …

Moody Blues

My eye has noticed a shift to blue. Mostly that dark rich version that some refer to as navy or indigo. I am seeing it in interiors, clothing, jewelry, cars, and as well as home exteriors. On a recent trip to Chicago, I noticed store windows with loads of product in this rich hue paired with whites and an occasional pop of orange. It was the …

Purrrrrrfect Palace

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

Fabulous Finds

Anyone that knows me well knows that I love jewelry.  Scouring flea markets, antique malls, estate sales, and the occasional thrift store has been a favorite past time for me for many years.  It is not uncommon for me to go off track in the antique shop looking over jewelry displays when I am supposed to be researching and shopping for my own projects!  Nevertheless, jewelry brings me …

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 …

Two for One

Pantone is know for its “color of the year” that forecasts the trends in fashion, floral, interiors and a whole plethora of products.  This is the first year they have chosen to select two colors.  When I first read about the two colors, I was hesitant, not only because of the color choice, but the idea of a two-for-one designation they call a “blend”.  This year, …

Smarter Than Smart

I am constantly amazed at how quickly technology changes and how many talented innovators exist in our world.  Recently, I discovered this company that describes themselves as “part innovation lab, and part design studio”.  Their latest introduction of smart jewelry is not only intelligent to one’s desires to be contacted and informed (or not), but is also attractively classic in its design. I think their many concepts and calculated studies to connect product …