Color Full

Trend Alert!  Coloring books.  Yes, for adults!  Studies have shown that coloring helps lower the blood pressure and reduce stress.  Check out this article from USA Today. We all have those crazy busy days when we can’t think of working in one more task.  So, what do you do to unwind at the end of your day?  I encourage you to consider finding your inner artist and start picking up …

Star Wars

Who’s not attracted to stars?  I am!  Stars of any kind.  I have noticed that I gravitate to stars for my interiors projects frequently. With that said, one can overdo the star thing.  I guess it creates some “Star Wars” and I am not talking about yet another movie coming out this December. My thought is that a wallpaper with stars does not need to be paired with …

Seeking Beauty

I was so inspired by the documentary, Iris, that a friend of mine recommended  I watch the documentary, “Bill Cunningham New York“. Not only was I inspired, but I was fascinated.  Bill Cunningham is a legend.  This New York City photographer rides his bike, at the age of 86, all over the city to capture the best in fashion. His motivation is to capture the unique and …

Burgundy Rebound

It’s back!  That color I never loved as a kid in the eighties that was casting on everything everywhere in the interiors world, burgundy!  I remember how every dining room, every library, every office seemed to have burgundy walls and of course, accented with hunter or teal green! Well, this time it is not just called burgundy, but bordeaux or marsala (pantone.com) or oxblood, and it’s …

Mentoring More

This past week I had the privilege be one of three designers reviewing the portfolios of some local interior design students.  This was their “Student Career Day” in which the students share their portfolios, talk to professionals, and tour the Seattle Design Center as a part of the education process. I am the “black sheep” of my family given that I was the only one that did not …

Tartans and Tatersalls

I have always been crazy for plaids, even as a little girl, and I am noticing this fall season, I am not alone.  I have more than twenty plaid scarves, my sofa houses lovely plaid pillows made of Cowtan and Tout wool, and I use beautiful plaid table linens year round among the other things I cherish in this handsome pattern. A trip to Great …

Make Your House Shine

Over the past few months I have had friends, family and even clients ask me if I had read this book: The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo.  I had not until this past week end.  I found it to be a fast and easy read that resonates with me both personally and professionally. One of the many things that stood out …

Trick or ReTreat

Sometimes on Halloween I like to just snuggle up and not answer the door, eat some yummy stew, and watch a movie.  This would be the perfect time to escape to a retreat home.  I have many clients who own retreat homes and I have worked on many of them throughout the years.  Although I may have worked with the same clients before on their primary residences, their …

Shampoo Stash

Stashing the shampoo and other necessities in the shower is a personal preference, but here are five important things I consider when designing a shower niche. Location: Try to locate niches away from the spray of water. Visual:  Consider if this is something to be seen and accented or to be hidden. Tile Layout: Place the niche so that it will fit well into the tile module and shower wall proportions. Height: Always …

Before Mr. Grey

For my first “Throwback Thursday” post, I wanted to share a project from 2009. I was one of several area designers asked to design one of the unique 29th floor models for the brand new luxury condominiums being built in Seattle.  The new building was called ESCALA. It opened in May of 2010 to rave reviews.  Prior to opening their doors, the developer,and Luxe Magazine held a …