BASIC BLACK

Black is anything but just basic.  I love black.  I love to see it used in interiors and every time I do I am entranced.  From wall coverings, to flooring coverings, to artwork and textiles, I always gravitate towards black.  A small dose of black can make other colors appear more crisp while a large dose can create drama yet remain classic. Sometimes I will …

Quartzite Craze

I wanted to share my latest experience with quartzite.  Why?  Because quartzite is all the rage!  The properties of quartzite give you the look of marble with the durability of granite in an authentic natural stone…or so it is marketed as such.  I do agree, it is gorgeous material that makes for lovely countertops and backsplashes and even furniture.  I am being asked to specify …

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 …

Gold Digger

I am crazy for anything in a gold metal finish these days ranging from faucets, hardware, lighting, jewelry, and even my latest iPhone. I’ve always loved a “living” finish on metal.  The living finish refers to an unlacquered metal usually bronze or brass that patinas with use and exposure to the elements.  The living finish is unpredictable and that is what is so lovely and intriguing …

PRETTY IN PINK

I typically will not turn to pink as a first thought for projects.  Maybe because it seems so feminine and most of my clients are couples or families and I have to keep that in mind.  But, pink is one of those overlooked colors that I truly enjoy working with when given the opportunity. Soft pink is actually a color that enhances the skin tone. …

MAD ABOUT MURANO

I’m quite smitten with the vintage Murano glass and have been for quite some time. I’ve always admired the work of Dallas designer, Jan Showers, who has given many Murano glass pieces a new life on her forever glamourous projects. Murano glass dates back centuries, but the lovelies that land here in the U.S. are most likely collectibles from travels to Italy or thru the …

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” …

WHY I DO WHAT I DO

I chose the interiors industry because I personally believe that when your surroundings are beautiful and functional your life is much easier and more enjoyable.  And, it helps that I am energized, inspired, and completely passionate about all things design. As a young girl in rural Arkansas, I would observe my mother and her best friend, Miss Peggy, take stab after stab at re-arranging the …

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 …