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 …

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, …

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 …

Chair-ish Your Space

I believe, a room with an interesting chair is always more fun!   I have a fondness and a curiosity of chairs.  I always have.  Likewise, I have always used an accent chair or chairs to give spaces a little spark and some personality. Often times these chairs have been vintage treasures or family heirlooms that deserved a little tender loving care and a new leash on life.  Other times, I have …

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

Sometimes all you need is a good mirror.  Something interesting and unique to just jazz up a space.  A mirror reflects light while expanding the space. In the practice of Feng Shui, mirrors are used to create a good energy when strategically placed.  A Mirror also represent the expression of water in this practice and creates a sense of calm.  Although, it is noted that having too many …

MAKING A COMMITMENT

An important feature of any room is the millwork. The millwork consists of all the trim around the doors, windows, and openings.  Millwork also includes any base boards, ceiling moldings as well as interior doors.  Making a commitment to paint your millwork over staining is the first decision.  How to narrow down that color choice is the next. Determining a look or feel for the space can really help …