Wallpaper, wallpaper, wallpaper Saturday, Jul 8 2017 

Wallpaper has grown and changed over the years. The materials used are different, textures are gallore and they are like pieces of art. So I thought I would show you some of my favorites.

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Moroccan style

Watercolor design

Seagrass

Printed seagrass

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Seagrass with metallics

Elegant design

Style and texture

Wallpaper can be scary because there has been so much bad press about installation and removal. But here is the thing, what you can do with wallpaper you simply can’t do with paint, for a reasonable price. Look how these spaces just dazzle with wallpaper.

Old world meets new world

Tile mosaic wallpaper

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What amazing depth and style that these papers add! So when you want to transform your space think wallpaper. Want to see more? Check us out on ABC’s Morning Blend Tampa Bay Monday at 10am. And remember it’s not your Grandma’s wallpaper!

Lighting – Is it Time to Update? Tuesday, Feb 2 2016 

In January there is such a huge push for the new year new you, but by the time we get to February there is a tendency to have fallen behind in all the things that you were going to do. So let’s look at updating your home in small bits, little things that will make a huge impact. One of those areas is lighting. The right lighting will be like a facelift for your home. There are many places where you can update your lighting.

The first are your hanging fixtures. Maybe you still have the builders fixtures in your home. Maybe you selected lights when you first moved in but haven’t thought about changing them in years. Maybe you still have the capped plate at the box where a chandelier is supposed to be hanging. Here are some great newly released hanging lights that will update your home.01193-default 07951 08367 06228 06923 07661 08539 08545 (2)

How fun are these lights? There are lights for every flavor and many, many more whether you are contemporary, traditional or transitional there are the right hanging lights for every home.

Do you have places where you were going to hang sconces but never got around to it? Or maybe you have a room that could use more light but are not sure where to get it from. Sconces can be a great place to add more light and change the feeling of the room. Here are some new sconces that would really change the design of the space.

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Can you see your room changing?

The last area where lighting will change the design of the room are in your table lamps. There are many different styles and compositions of table lamps. So no matter what you love there are great options. Here are some of the new lamps that have been released recently.

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Living Rooms Sunday, Jan 31 2016 

So for many years now the trend has been open concept. This is the floor plan where there are very few walls though the interior main rooms of a home. There aren’t any walls blocking the kitchen from the great room and the main areas used by the occupants. In this floor plan the living room went goodbye. The living room became the unused room. So it became the room that was no needed and then eliminated in many of the new home designs.

Well, when we eliminated the living room we got rid of the technology free room. The room that was used for actually talking to the people in the home. The room where you sat and visited with your company instead of sitting on a sofa with a TV going. When we went to the great room design, rooms began to be designed around TV viewing not the occupants of the home. But guess what, the living room is coming back. People are realizing that it is nice to have a quiet room. It is nice to have a room where the TV is not the dominant force in the design. So how about a view of some great living rooms that don’t have a TV.

A great conversational area created with pops of bright colors.

A great conversational area created with pops of bright colors.

A transitional living room, warm and cozy inviting the occupants to converse.

A transitional living room, warm and cozy inviting the occupants to converse.

Traditional with light earth tones all about conversation.

Traditional with light earth tones all about conversation.

Beach living made to invite conversation.

Beach living made to invite conversation.

Traditional design from top to bottom reminiscent of the colonial styled home.

Traditional design from top to bottom reminiscent of the colonial styled home.

Traditional mixed with a touch of mid century design, bringing back conversation.

Traditional mixed with a touch of mid century design, bringing back conversation.

Modern and contemporary but still all about the conversational space.

Modern and contemporary but still all about the conversational space.

So how fantastic are these rooms that hold no technology and are inviting. These rooms are all about the users and remind us that we need to have quiet time. These living rooms allow for conversation, quiet time and simplicity.

The Right Piece Tuesday, Jun 9 2015 

There are many times that I am asked what piece must every room have. And yes there was a time in which it was true in design that there were specific layouts and pieces that were required in rooms to complete a style or design. Today, I don’t feel that this is really true. There are some guidelines that I tend to go by when designing a space. These include adding a touch of black to every space, mixing elements such as fabric, leather, wood, metals and glass, and having a natural element in each space. So I thought that I would post some pictures of items that I love to use. They are not all meant to be used together and they are meant for many different styles. I have found that over the years I have learned to appreciate and love many different styles so that I can truly create the space of my client’s dreams.

Here are some great light fixtures that bring drama and sophistication to just about any space. The right light, chandelier, pendant or ceiling mount will define the space and add an insight into the owner.

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Here are some of my favorite furniture elements at add to a space. Furnishings with the right curves and angles will add interest to a space while helping to define the use of the room.

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Accessories can make the room. Here are some accessories designed to create the perfect image and feel for a space. Use them and remember it Si better to have one big awesome piece than a bunch of small ones.

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Creating the perfectly designed space is about creating around the people that will be using it. The right piece can change everything just as a wasted piece can ruin it. I don’t use a piece just to use it. There has to be a reason to add an element to the room, and it is ok for the reason to be that you love the piece. Not sure how to make it work for you? Call us or check out the website to shop from our favorite things.

Roman Shades – Function and Design Tuesday, Feb 24 2015 

One of the areas that I am asked questions on regularly is on window treatments. There are so many companies that claim to do window treatments, everything from the big box stores to the handyman but there are very few who really know and understand the use of the right window treatments. So I thought I would spend a little time on one type of window treatments. Roman Shades. This does not mean that there is only one style of roman shade just that it is one option when looking at how to design an home and the proper function. It is also one that I like a lot because although it can run a higher price for a single item it can be a money saving option since you do not need a second decorative treatments when using a roman shade. You can add a second decorative treatment, such as drapery or a cornice, but it is not required. There are other treatments that I would almost never do without a decorative addition.

So roman shades come in a few styles. The most common styles are flat and hobbled, but they can also be relaxed, dog eared, balloon or Austrian. So confusing with all the different names? Well don’t be confused or overwhelmed. Most of them look as they sound to their name. A flat roman means that when it is down the shade it completely flat. Hobbled means that even when completely down it as a soft billow at the fold points. Relaxed roman shades have a soft curve to the bottom. Dog eared is a relaxed shade with ends that look like floppy dog ears. Balloon and Austrian styles are soft and billowy with multiple curves and seem like they are multiple shades in one. If I break that down to a type of shade for a type of style your flat and relaxed shades will be a more modern or contemporary style, the hobbled, dog eared and relaxed are more country, the balloon or Austrian is very traditional and the your transitional style would lean toward flat, relaxed or hobbled. How about some visuals? Here are some romans shades of all types in different settings.

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See all the different ways that roman shades can be used. This is why I love them as one of my favorite answers for window treatments. They are great alone or with additional elements. So the next time you are looking at how to complete your room think about roman shades. And call a specialist in window treatments not just that big box store or the person who bought a franchise. As designers when know how to properly incorporate you into the space and get you the right treatments for your room.

Start the Year off Organized Monday, Dec 29 2014 

So it is just about the start of 2015 and if you are like most people you have decided to get organized this year. This also tends to be an intimidating task for many. There is the question of where to start, how to implement, and of course cost. So I thought I would give you some of my favorite ideas for organizing. These can help with everything from daily tasks like mail and chores to closets and mud rooms.

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When it comes to organizing start small. Little changes make big impacts. So start with one space, complete that and then move on. Don’t have time to do it yourself?  Call in a professional, designers usually have access to products others don’t and can make sure the project flows properly for your home and how you function.

So start the year off right by getting your home in order.

Color of the year 2015 Wednesday, Dec 24 2014 

It’s that time of year when Pantone announces the color of the up coming year. And this year the color is marsala. This is a rich deep tone between red and brown. Think of the wine itself for a good idea on the color. Marsala takes the purple hue from last year in radiant orchid and turns up the maturity and elegance. This is a color that speaks of affluence and grandeur.

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So what does this mean for the interior design and furnishings industry? It means lots of great fabrics will be coming out with real depth. This is a move away from the light and airy looks we have been seeing over the past few years. You will start to see darker colors on walls, craftsman styling will see a bit of a resurgence along with deep jewel tones. And all those gold accents you have been seeing recently will go perfectly with these deeper hues. This doesn’t mean you have to change your whole look little changes can make a huge impact, especially when working with this color.

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Light blue walls become ultra rich when marsala is added.

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Updating with marsala walls gives real depth.

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Change out some of your dining chairs to update your look.

Are you feeling it? See how this color makes a space feel warmer and richer? Not your look? That’s ok you can add this color in accents and artwork. Or for something less permanent go for the floral arrangement. 

So as you go into 2015 take a hint from pantone and make this year deep and rich for you and your family.

Holidays Are Coming! Wednesday, Nov 12 2014 

It’s that time of year again, holiday times. That means company and parties and sometimes lots of stress over how to get it right. This year I thought I would give you some tablescape ideas centered around three items. These three easy to find and use items are ornaments, candles and flowers/greenery. These items are all around this time of year which means you can get them inexpensively and have many to choose from. Remember when you are designing your table to have fun, be unique and don’t be afraid to be different.

Here are some great starting points to begin with and then make your own.

Candles mixed with crystal and greenery.

Candles mixed with crystal and greenery.

Candles and crystal - elegant and simple.

Candles and crystal – elegant and simple.

Candles and flowers - have fun with the colors.

Candles and flowers – have fun with the colors.

Traditional candles and greenery

Traditional candles and greenery

Flowers and traditional colors

Flowers and traditional colors

Traditional holiday flowers

Traditional holiday flowers

Succulents as holiday decor

Succulents as holiday decor

Ornaments can make the perfect pop of color

Ornaments can make the perfect pop of color

Have fun! Use all the different ornaments with tons of color for a whimsical tablescape.

Have fun! Use all the different ornaments with tons of color for a whimsical tablescape.

So hopefully I gave you some great ideas to reduce your stress this holiday season. Remember, the holidays are about family, friends and gratitude don’t let a need for perfection stress you out.

What Style is that? Thursday, Oct 23 2014 

I am asked on a regular basis to define a certain interior design style. I believe that this happens so much because many styles of design blend together and of course because us designers love to combine styles. So when I think about interior design styles there is of course the main ones that most people think of which are modern, contemporary, traditional, and country. But inside each of those styles there are many other styles that take bits of each style and blend it together to create a new look. For instance if you are into a beach look you may take bits from country, traditional and modern to achieve that comfy, airy and relaxing beach look. If you love a West Indies look you are mostly using traditional pieces mixed with some modern and lots of texture. How about the ever present Tuscan look that people are still talking about? Well that is traditional pieces with warm color choices and lots of stone and wood accents and touches of country. Creating the right feeling and design in a room, home or office is about knowing the client but also knowing how to mix and match to achieve a great look. So how about some pictures of different styles and you tell me whether you can if you can see where the items cross over and how simple changes take a piece from one style into the other.

English garden country with the traditional table and chairs mixed with floral designs and plaid wallpaper.

English garden country with the traditional table and chairs mixed with floral designs and plaid wallpaper.

Farmhouse, traditional and country combined.

Farmhouse, traditional and country combined.

French garden country.

French garden country.

Mid century modern and contemporary mixed.

Mid century modern and contemporary mixed.

Traditional farmhouse kitchen in a refreshing white finish.

Traditional farmhouse kitchen in a refreshing white finish.

Tuscan design from French styled furniture in traditional fabrics.

Tuscan design from French styled furniture in traditional fabrics.

French country with all of the contemporary colors and traditional styles.

French country with all of the contemporary colors and traditional styles.

Contemporary and modern combined.

Contemporary and modern combined.

Tuscan design created from provincial and traditional elements.

Tuscan design created from provincial and traditional elements.

Contemporary design mixed with European elegance.

Contemporary design mixed with European elegance.

Modern made from the unexpected high style elements.

Modern made from the unexpected high style elements.

A country design with ultra traditional and provincial elements.

A country design with ultra traditional and provincial elements.

Country design using traditional and beach style elements.

Country design using traditional and beach style elements.

Tuscan and some west Indies combine for a warm design made with all traditional and farm style pieces.

Tuscan and some west Indies combine for a warm design made with all traditional and farm style pieces.

Some Bauhaus elements mixed with traditional that creates a modern feeling.

Some Bauhaus elements mixed with traditional that creates a modern feeling.

Modern and contemporary created with rustic and traditional elements.

Modern and contemporary created with rustic and traditional elements.

A contemporary look using a mix of traditional and mid century elements.

A contemporary look using a mix of traditional and mid century elements.

A clear modern look that has contemporary pieces along with art deco and mid century design.

A clear modern look that has contemporary pieces along with art deco and mid century design.

Modern elements mixed this traditional items to create a beachy feel.

Modern elements mixed this traditional items to create a beachy feel.

A Tuscan design that uses traditional, modern, and provincial elements.

A Tuscan design that uses traditional, modern, and provincial elements.

A beach design with modern and textural elements.

A beach design with modern and textural elements.

So have you found the elements that have repeated throughout the different styles? Do you know which ones draw your eye? Can you see how the same piece can look traditional in one setting, contemporary in another and country in even another? So before you decide that a certain style in completely set but certain specific pieces see how you can adjust them to work within many different styles.

Balance is needed Monday, Aug 18 2014 

As the school year begins I am reminded of how caught up in our lives we can become and that without our homes in balance it can create a chaos in the rest of our lives. So I thought I would talk about the principle of balance when it comes to interior design.

Balance does not mean that everything has to be symmetrical. This is probably the biggest mistake or misunderstanding that I see when it comes to design. Symmetry is balanced but it is not the only way to create a balanced design. Balance can be created through color, weight and placement of pieces. For instance if you do a bright, bold accent wall you will want to balance the other side of the room with heavier or larger objects to keep the room in balance. If the majority of your seating is on one side of the room balance the other side with large artwork, accent table/console/buffet, and large accessories. You want your eye to move around the room and the correct balance will achieve that. Don’t leave the tops of furniture empty, this makes them feel out of place and floating in the room.

One of my favorite things to remember when working with balance is to think in triangles. If you can look around your space and draw triangles to connect things then you are most likely in balance. You will have many triangles that can be created. For instance if you have a table with a mirror or artwork above you want to make sure you have pieces to the sides. The side pieces can be on the table if it is long enough or on the floor by the piece. You can also use a combination of wall, table and floor.

There is no need to over do on accessories. Allow color to move through the space in different ways to balance the room.

There is no need to over do on accessories. Allow color to move through the space in different ways to balance the room.

Different items have different weights so a large piece can be balanced by three lighter feeling pieces.

Different items have different weights so a large piece can be balanced by three lighter feeling pieces.

Another area that needs balancing in your home is usually the work to play areas. What I mean by this is do you have places to put your incoming mail, your outdoor living “toys”, your cookbooks, your kids school work and books, backpacks, and shoes. Do you have an adult only area to unwind? Do your kids have their own spaces? Balance is not just about furniture placement but also how you use it. You need to have places in your home so you are balanced. This does not mean that you have to have a separate room for each of these things, but designated spaces is important. Not sure how to do this, call a designer for a consult. The right space planning will return you to your love of your home and get you on the right path.

Balance a large island and high cabinets with the right light fixtures.

Balance a large island and high cabinets with the right light fixtures.

Balance focal points with the right colors and furniture to highlight the features.

Balance focal points with the right colors and furniture to highlight the features.

Are you balanced? Do you need to re-evaluate how your home and life are working together? If so breathe and take one area at a time. Creating balance is also about learning how to balance need verse want and realizing where your time is best spent.

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