Smart First Step for an Interior Design Project

Smart First Step for an Interior Design Project

When I’m contacted by a potential client, I mention and offer a complimentary initial consultation as a first step. It’s a great way for the client and me to meet, get to know each other a little bit, discuss the project that the client has in mind, and talk about...
Great Tips for Perfectly Sized Area Rugs

Great Tips for Perfectly Sized Area Rugs

Area rugs are wonderful things – they can be simple and basic, classic and formal, or quirky and fun. I often advise clients on area rug selection and sizing. Although it seems fairly straightforward, getting an area rug’s size right is really important, especially in...
Beautiful Lighting Options

Beautiful Lighting Options

For new construction and home renovation projects, lighting such as chandeliers, pendants and surface mounted fixtures (sconces, vanity lights or ceiling lights) can add a wonderful finishing touch to overall project success. A key to lighting design for interiors is...
Color Forecast for 2018

Color Forecast for 2018

Each New Year brings new color forecasts or “Color of the Year” updates from paint companies such as Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, and Pratt and Lambert. Although I don’t always embrace or follow “Colors of the Year,” I find 2018’s featured colors, color trends...
Gray Still on Top, But Beige Making a Comeback

Gray Still on Top, But Beige Making a Comeback

Gray rules! Over the past few years, and for about 80% of the projects I’ve worked on, gray has been the preferred starting point for color schemes. Gray is everywhere – interior paint colors, cabinetry, quartz and granite counter tops, tile, upholstery fabrics,...
Window Shade Options

Window Shade Options

During these hot summer months, heat and sun control via shades on your windows is key to maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home. With or without air conditioning, climate control via window shades cuts heat and glare, helps reduce the need for cooling,...
The Challenge – Choosing White Paint

The Challenge – Choosing White Paint

Since late last year, there has been a lot of buzz (and a lot of blogging) about Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year for 2016, Simply White. It’s inspired me to write my own blog about white and off white paint selections. Although I don’t spec white colors for...
Happy New Year – 2016

Happy New Year – 2016

What’s looking new and fresh for 2016? Off-whites and soft colors for calm and soothing interiors. Patterned fabrics in light, loose and airy designs. Warm wood tones, exposed beams, craftsman built interiors. Honed or leathered stone for counter tops, fireplace...
Pumpkin Season

Pumpkin Season

Time for leaf peeping drives, mulled cider, mums and pumpkins! What would autumn be without pumpkins and the color pumpkin? It’s actually a great interior color year-round. It makes a beautiful backdrop for gray, beige, brown or black upholstery and accent pieces, and...
Exciting Autumn Colors

Exciting Autumn Colors

Looking ahead to fall, and linking to the current trend in using gray and beige background paint color schemes, I think that plum, purple, russet, deep red and olive green are going to be key this fall. These colors can add beautiful accents via area rugs, pillows,...