One Day Redesign Wednesday, Jun 13 2018 

So you have all the right main pieces in your home but yet you want some updating. So here are my thoughts on items that will give you that quick update and get done in one day.

First, how organized is your home? If your closets are not organized or you don’t have places to put your mail and other paper items you may be feeling stressed. So get those closets organized. Make sure you have places for your shoes. Add places for your belts and ties. Make sure you have a system for bags. Remember when organizing a closet you want to be able to see and easily grab items.

Map it out and plan your closets before you start. Don’t know where to start, consult a designer or organizer. Start making notes of how much hanging you need, how many pairs of shoes you have, what you want to spend on the project. These will direct you as to what is the best solution for your lifestyle.

The right entry or mud room storage can help you feel so much more organized. I personally hate paper. So if it were up to me I would through all mail away. But reality is we can’t do that but we can make sure that things are organized properly. Here are some of my favorite entry or mud room pieces that will make you feel so much more pulled together. No more hot mess express!

Don’t forget to refresh your bookshelves, family rooms and living rooms. To give a quick refresh regroup items on your bookshelves using great bookends. Remember to add decorative items in between the books to give some optical differences. Pick up some great boxes and magazine holders. Group items on pretty trays for decorative and functional looks. These are simple items but they add organization and a refresh to your home quickly. Here are some of my favorites.

 

So are you ready to give your home a one day refresh? Or if you just want the update without the work give us a call we would be so happy to help you to love the space you are in!

Design Undefined Wednesday, Sep 27 2017 

Have you seen the Huge Announcement? Our Design Undefined segment is running every week on ABC’s Morning Blend Tampa Bay. So if you missed them I am going to put them up for everyone to see. We are talking lighting here in this segment. Do you have the right lighting for your home?

 

Here are some tips on storage for your home.

 

Do you have flowers or greenery in your home? Are you sure you know how to use it and clean it? Let us explain when to us fake flowers and when to have real.

 

Keep checking us out for more great tips for you home and how we work as designers! And if you are in Florida check it out during Morning Blend! Thank you ABC for this great platform to talk about design!

5 Rules for Your First Home Monday, Jun 9 2014 

One day it happens you are realizing a dream and owning your first home. This is the time that you get to really do things how you want them, you don’t need to follow a landlords rules about paint color, you can have built ins, you can make changes that work for you and your lifestyle. It also means that without thoughtful planning there can be many mistakes. Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind when you are designing your first home.

Rule number 1: do not rush things, just because something is a trend doesn’t mean you will still love it in 5 years. This also goes for how you spend your money. Just because you can buy an inexpensive piece now many times it is better to save your money and buy the right piece that will last. Good furniture should last as long as you want to keep it. Cheap furniture needs to be replaced regularly meaning over time it costs a great deal more. If you want to know more about how furniture should be constructed read threw this blog there is a detailed post about construction.

Rule number 2: Find unique pieces that fit your personality. When you have a space that is designed for you it will give you a hug every time you walk through the door. When a space is perfectly designed you won’t get tired of it you will simply feel comfortable. I love using natural organic pieces or antique pieces for those unique touches.

Antique painted chest, great for hallways entries, and bedrooms.

Antique painted chest, great for hallways entries, and bedrooms.

Antique truck, perfect for cocktail tables and end of bed benches.

Antique truck, perfect for cocktail tables and end of bed benches.

Driftwood cocktail table, adds uniqueness and texture to any design.

Driftwood cocktail table, adds uniqueness and texture to any design.

Driftwood console table, perfect for hallways, entries and behind sofas.

Driftwood console table, perfect for hallways, entries and behind sofas.

Rule number 3: Keep you big items neutral. When purchasing furniture think neutral for your large main pieces. This gives you the ability to change other smaller elements in the room for an updated look over time. When you do your largest pieces neutral you also make the room feel larger. This allows your eye to move around the room and not be stopped, which makes the room feel larger.

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Rule number 4: mix textures. When designing a space it is not just about different colors but also about the textures. The same color will look different on different material, so think about mixing cotton, linen, silk, natural grasses, metal, wood, and glass into the same space for depth and dimension.

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Rule number 5: Find places to add functional and unique elements. Have a funky nook space it could be perfect for a bench seat. Use every bit of space in your home, after all you paid for it. Don’t be afraid of built ins, when done properly they function well and give you much needed storage.

A great reading/entertaining corner to take advantage of the view.

A great reading/entertaining corner to take advantage of the view.

Breakfast nook with storage and design.

Breakfast nook with storage and design.

A library with a view

A library with a view

A great seating space to read and take in the view, while working with a space that would normally be empty.

A great seating space to read and take in the view, while working with a space that would normally be empty.

So slow down, think about how you want to use your space and make the most of your budget by buying right!

Small Space Designing Thursday, Apr 3 2014 

Let’s be honest one of the hardest spaces to design for are small spaces. These spaces usually need to be multi use rooms and require special furniture to function properly. They also tend to be the spaces that end up cluttered and stuffed feeling. So I thought I would post some great furniture options that make small spaces function without felling cluttered and too tight.

Family room that doubles as bedroom with hidden storage bed.

Family room that doubles as bedroom with hidden storage bed.

Bookcase storage doubles as sofa table.

Bookcase storage doubles as sofa table.

Loft bed allows for desk and bookcases below.

Loft bed allows for desk and bookcases below.

Bunk bed with desk and drawers in stairs.

Bunk bed with desk and drawers in stairs.

Desk that can double as dining.

Desk that can double as dining.

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So as you can see once the right furniture is selected any space even small ones can have both function and form. Don’t know how to find these furniture pieces? We can help as we deal directly with the manufacturers and craftsman to create these great pieces.

Designing for Your Lifestyle Monday, Mar 10 2014 

Over the years as a designer I have worked to create designs that make my clients lives easier. Part of being able to do this is to get to know my client and how they live. One of the most important thing is to be completely honest with your designer. For instance if your lifestyle is in need of organization make that perfectly clear to your designer. If you live a life that requires washable fabrics don’t be afraid to tell your designer. The last thing that I want to do as a designer is to create a design that will not work for your lifestyle.

The most common places that good design really comes in handy and is asked for on a regular basis are the kitchen, office, playroom and entry. So I thought I would post a few images of those areas and items for those areas that can function well in your home or office. I am also including some looks for rooms designed with slipcovers. These are great for families and those that thought they couldn’t have function and design when it comes to kids and pets.

Office designed for two.

Office designed for two.

Storage selves that can hold baskets or books for great function.

Storage selves that can hold baskets or books for great function.

Don't forget the walls when organizing your office.

Don’t forget the walls when organizing your office.

Your most used kitchen items right at your finger tips.

Your most used kitchen items right at your finger tips.

Library walls for offices.

Library walls for offices.

Multi-use drawers for kitchen items.

Multi-use drawers for kitchen items.

Great storage options for entries.

Great storage options for entries.

Have a place for the mail, bags and seating right at your entry.

Have a place for the mail, bags and seating right at your entry.

Pan drawers

Pan drawers

Playroom organization and comfort

Playroom organization and comfort

baskets and seating all in one.

baskets and seating all in one.

Classic and cleanable

Classic and cleanable

Elegant and functional with great cleanable fibers.

Elegant and functional with great cleanable fibers.

So the next time that you look around your home or office and realize that it isn’t functioning properly call a designer. Be honest. And see how functional and beautiful your home can be!

Even Closets Need Good Design Wednesday, Feb 19 2014 

One area that gets overlooked all the time when design homes or redesigning them Are the closets and pantries. For some reason there is this idea that just adding shelves and rods makes a closet or pantry workable. Reality is that good interior design focuses on all aspects and that includes the function of the closets and pantries. For me I speak with the client and determine the way that they need the space to function. If they only ever have a few pieces that need long hanging then we only devote a small portion of their closet to long hanging. If they would like to get rid of their dresser and have all of their clothes in the closet we create dressers in the closet.

Wood closet solutions

Wood closet solutions

Wire shelving solutions

Wire shelving solutions

For Pantries think about things like what needs to be kept in the pantry and the access needed. Do you need can holders and bread drawers? Do you keep lots of cereal or bulk items in your pantry? Are you storing just food or does it need to also be able to incorporate paper goods? All of the uses are important to know when designing for clients and to ask yourself when working on your home.

A reach in pantry with baskets and shelves.

A reach in pantry with baskets and shelves.

So don’t forget those closets and pantries when you are working on your home
they are just as important to your home functioning correctly as the family room.

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