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.

Good Design Takes TIME!

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Art and Accessories, Color, Furnishings, Space | Comments Off

Good Design Takes TIME!

It’s Summertime—Is Your Home Ready for Thanksgiving? Yes, that sounds like a strange question.  The kids just got out of school, there are vacations to take and barbecues to attend.  Probably the last things you want to think about are the winter holidays.  And, if your home is already furnished and decorated the way you want it to be for indoor entertaining, then you don’t have to think about them now. However, if you are dissatisfied with the way your home looks and/or functions, and would like to freshen or redo or update it for the...

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Treat Yourself to Quality Interior Design

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Art and Accessories, Color, Furnishings, Space | Comments Off

Treat Yourself to Quality Interior Design

Here’s how it works: I interview you in your home.  The questions I ask will help me figure out what your wants and/or needs are for the project at hand.  We tour the space in question and discuss possibilities.  We discuss the order in which different elements of the project might be completed.  We discuss whether you can fund the entire project at once or in stages. Interior Inspiration is an independent design firm.  I have no obligations to particular products or brands; no minimum amount I have to spend with a vendor to maintain my...

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You Can Have Whatever You Want…!

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Art and Accessories, Color, Furnishings, Recent, Space | Comments Off

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....

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Cabinet Hardware Makes a Difference

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Art and Accessories, Furnishings | Comments Off

Cabinet Hardware Makes a Difference

Cabinet Hardware can make such a difference! About 15 years ago, when I was in my “Country/Traditional” mode, I purchased a used breakfront/hutch from a friend-of-a-friend who was moving to California and wanted to change her style.  It’s solid Oak, and fit what was my taste at the time. Now I’m redoing my Dining Room (finally!).  My taste has changed a LOT over the years.  I’m much more contemporary now.  However, the breakfront is in great shape, and I really can’t afford to replace it.  What’s a girl to do? I changed the hardware!  The...

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Embrace Your Uniqueness

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Art and Accessories | Comments Off

A friend forwarded me this quote the other day: “Embrace your uniqueness.  Time is much too short to be living someone else’s life.”  –Kobi Yamada What does this mean with regard to interior design?  Well for one thing, it means that folks should stop trying to make their homes look like their neighbors’ homes.  It’s bad enough that many of us (including me) live in subdivisions that are somewhat “cookie cutter” on the exteriors.  (There are things you can do that make your home different from the others of the same model on your...

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Displaying Collections

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Art and Accessories | Comments Off

Displaying Collections

I’m a “collector.”  Some people equate that with being a “pack rat,” but I collect specific things.  For instance, I collect figurines and images of sheep, mostly the black-faced variety.  (I don’t know why they appeal to me, but they do.  Perhaps it’s the contrast of the dark face to the lighter fleece…) Anyway, I’ve been collecting these things for probably 25 years.  When “country” decorating was popular in the US, these representations were plentiful.  I haunted craft shows and flea markets, looking for additions to my “flock.”  I tried...

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