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 …

Good For Plenty

The small house movement (also known as the “tiny house movement”[1]) is a famous description for the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. I’m sorta kinda somewhat intrigued by the popular tiny house movement. It is fascinating to see these adorable little structures. The lay out of the spaces or shall I say the layering of the spaces is quite …

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 …

Seasons In The Sun

As we transition our wardrobes in to fall, we transition our homes as well. The changing of the seasons is one of the biggest pleasures in life.  Every year, I savor it. I must admit the change from the hot summer sun to the cool autumn air is my most favorite time of the year.  I love the Indian summers of September where the sunsets …

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 …

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 …