“Bigger” doesn’t always mean “Better.” Think outside the Floor Plan room labels. Your Dining Room can be used for something else if you don’t need a Dining Room!


The items you want to keep in a room will determine your color palette, as will the flooring, AND the contents of adjacent rooms.


What works best for you may not be how the furniture is “packaged” at the store. Many furniture stores want to sell you groupings that make it easy for them to sell, but may not be the pieces you need, or that will fit in your room. Contents and layout are particular to each family. There is no “one size fits all” in Interior Design!

Art & Accessories

You have a collection you’d like to display, but don’t know how to maximize its beauty. Or you have empty walls and don’t know what to hang on them. Do you have framed art that looks “tired?” It can be refreshed by changing the matting and/or frame. And remember: “Art” doesn’t have to be a signed original—it can be a $10 poster or a painting your child created. Accessories can be silk plants, knick-knacks, mementos from your travels, sculpture, figurines, or anything else you like to look at.

"Making ordinary rooms EXTRAORDINARY!"

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Apr 13, 2015

You Can Have Whatever You Want…!

There’s a commercial on TV these days, for the VistaPrint Company.  This company helps people without graphic design or marketing experience create business cards and other advertising materials for their own companies.  One of the “actual users” in the commercial praises VistaPrint for being able to provide him with “anything he wants,” relative to his business materials. This commercial and others like it seem disingenuous to me.  They tout being able to “get whatever you want” as a great benefit.  The problem with that is MANY PEOPLE DON’T KNOW...

Mar 25, 2015

Paint Issues

“Pretty Color” Syndrome •    You may look at a paint chip and think the color is pretty. •    It may be pretty, but does it work with what’s in your room? •    “Prettiness” really doesn’t matter! •    Coordination with contents of room (and adjacent rooms) matters. •    Some rooms are painted with colors that are downright UGLY by themselves, but are perfect with the other things in the room. SELECT PAINT COLOR LAST!!! •    Paint color selection is INFINITE! •    Everything else that goes in a room is FINITE....

Mar 25, 2015

Furniture Planning

Sofa/Loveseat/Chair-with-Ottoman:  BORING!  IMPRACTICAL! •    Retailers sell that combo because it’s EASY. •    Few rooms can handle that combination comfortably. •    Few families NEED those pieces in that combination! •    Review how room will be used (and by how many) to determine which upholstered pieces are needed. DON’T ‘MATCH’—COORDINATE!!!  MIXING PATTERNS IS OK!!! •    Same fabric on all upholstered pieces is BORING. •    Mix patterns and scales of fabric. •    As long as colors coordinate with each other, mixing is GREAT. •    Fabric patterns should be different levels of “power.”...


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