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Happy New Year In Color

Happy New Year – it’s time to talk about various “Color of the Year” trends. Pantone has named “Living Coral” as its Color of the Year, and this coral is a very happy color! It leads me to think of beaches, sunshine and tropical settings, but it's a great color for...

Braided Rugs

I have a fondness for braided rugs. Growing up in a traditional, rural home with lots of country accents, my parents had several braided rugs in various rooms and I felt like they were the obvious choice for area rugs. My brother and sister and I used to play right on...

Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.
– Frank Lloyd Wright, 1908

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Frank Lloyd Wright Quote

To me, I've always interpreted the phrase "form follows function" as meaning that the shape of something should come from its intended purpose and utility, usually as it relates to architecture, interior design, industrial design and the like. According to what I've...

I Love Pendant Lighting!

Pendant lights add a great finishing touch to kitchen islands, peninsulas, dining areas, bar areas, reception areas and retail counters or displays. They take a lighting plan to the next level by adding lots of interest and pop, and they add a little whimsy or...

Natural Woven Shades

I often use woven wood or natural woven shades for living rooms, family rooms, offices, dining rooms or bedrooms, when flexibility for light filtering and privacy is desired. These shades come in a wide array of natural tones, fibers and textures that complement many...

Dark Sky Compliant Lighting

Although I’m an interior designer, I frequently select exterior items for clients including roofing, siding, doors, decking and exterior lighting. An important category for exterior lighting, especially in areas that are home to wildlife such as sea turtles, is “dark...

Small Bath Solutions

I recently worked on a renovation project at a home in a beautiful coastal setting on Cape Cod. The overall space was open, airy and contemporary, with a large family room and dining room, but with small and compact bedrooms and bathrooms. The bathroom sizes and...

Exterior Color Design

As part of the design team on multiple building and construction projects, I’m often called upon to select exterior colors and materials. I work on a lot of new construction and renovation projects with builders, developers and home buyers. For residential projects, I...

Color is the finishing touch on everything.
– Marc Jacobs

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Color Your World

No matter which project I'm working on, color is a finishing touch. But, it's also part of a conversation and initial concept with clients, and a common thread from start to finish. I help clients discover which colors they're drawn to, and coordinate colors and...

Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

I specify flooring for just about every project that I work on, focusing on the right product or type of material that will look great and prove to be a smart choice. Luxury vinyl flooring has become really popular, and is proving to be a great solution for different...

A Fun Fort Myers Interior Design Project

I’ve been fortunate to work with a new client in Florida for the past six weeks or so, planning paint schemes and furnishings for a move from one very nice home on Sanibel Island to another, equally lovely home in Fort Myers. We started with selecting paint colors for...

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...

The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live. It is about the realities of what makes for an attractive, civilized, meaningful environment, not about fashion or what’s in or what’s out. This is not an easy job.
– Albert Hadley

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The Essence of Interior Design…

A great quote from Albert Hadley, a preeminent American interior designer (1920-2012). Interior design truly is about people and how they live, work and enjoy their surroundings. Interior design optimally supports peoples' needs, preferences and interests, and creates...

Crisp and Bright White Paint Colors

Paint projects large or small often include selection of whites or off whites for trim. If possible, trim paint should be consistent throughout a project to flow from room to room. The wide array of choices can be a bit daunting but can quickly be narrowed down. A...

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...

Wise Design Decisions

One of my favorite reviews from a client is “Anne is not a design diva.” I like to provide a sensible, practical approach to interior design while also using my creative side, and I’m easy to work with. But, of course, I love to hear how happy my clients are with my...

Simply Beautiful Subway Tile

Subway tile is one of those enduring design classics that works again and again as a smart solution in kitchen and bath design projects. The range of products available in the subway tile category is amazing and lots of fun to explore, and the size and scale is often...

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,...