I am a huge fan of window seats and have designed dozens of them for my clients. The two questions that my clients often ask are; how will it be designed and where will it go? The basic design of any window seat looks similar to this one pictured above. The simplest, most cost effective way is to construct a box, add a door and hinges to the top, add panels to the front, trim and base molding. Design details to address (1) The face; recessed or raised panels, bead board, open shelves, doors or drawers? (2) How will you access the storage inside; a door on top of the seat or from the front which we just touched on. (3) The base; to the floor or a toe kick (open space)? (4) The top; will it have a cushion, a decorative slab of wood on top and will it need to open? Read more
Q. I am taking down the wall between my kitchen and dining room, should I keep a formal dining table or go more casual now? Leeanne
A. Let me start out by saying, I just love the open plan concept mainly because I believe it can increase the quality of your life through natural connections. These connections can be visual as well as interpersonal, the open plan creates opportunities to connect on many different levels. Now on to our readers question, consider the following items when deciding what the dining area should look and feel like. Read more
When I’m working on a project I find that by the time we are at the stage for accessorizing my clients have lost their enthusiasm and just want to be done. I understand why, especially when new construction is involved, so I am here to make it easy. This week I am focusing on simple ways to achieve a finished look in your home and tips for accessorizing, starting out with mirrors. Read more
I just adore books and designing places for them to be displayed. Books can bring instant character and warmth to any room. Bookcases can store treasured collections, family heirlooms and pictures in addition to books. They bring visual interest to a room, they can create a focal point or an architectural detail. Today I want to explore all of the ways we can live among our books and how bookcases become vital elements of the room design. Read more
Here I am in 1976, my Mom introduced me to tennis and I played from age seven through college. One of my New Years Resolutions this year is to get back on the court. Tennis got pushed aside when building my career and family but I am back in the game today sharing some fun ways to incorporate a little vintage tennis into your decor. Pull out those vintage tennis racquets from the attic, basement or garage and blow the dust off. Read more
This time of year my clients consistently ask me to infuse some “cozy” elements into their homes, especially because the glow of the holiday decorations has been packed away. This is easily achieved if you live in a log home like this one with a fabulous stone fireplace situated across from your bed. For the rest of us, I will share some tips today on how you can create some “cozy” without relocating to the mountains. Read more
I had a super fun Wednesday getting back to everyone about their design dilemmas and project questions this week in my Just Ask category. The topic most people were interested in was organization, in particular mud rooms as we approach coat and boot season. I have designed hundreds of them so I am happy to share some inspiration.
Q. As the holidays and winter months approach I need to finally design my mud room. I have the space for built ins but wanted to also see what you can recommend if I just did a long bench with some storage. Barb L.
It is so much fun answering your design questions in Just Ask and it is especially fun when several people ask a question about the same topic. This week I received five questions all about staircases and how to utilize the space underneath. Is it safe to do, tacky to do, ugly to do, pretty to do and a good idea to do? I picked the question that basically covers all of the design options regarding this topic (they also complimented me, hehehe) and I hope this provides the inspiration needed to make dead space into functional space.
Q. We are building a new home and are pretty much set with the plans except for the entrance foyer. The home is not huge so I want every bit of space to be functional and fabulous. That is where you come in; I am crazy for your blog and I know you will give me some good ideas of what I can do under the staircase. Read more
I have designed hundreds of closets for my clients and I have to say there is a certain thrill in helping someone realize their Dream Closet! We all feel better about ourselves when we are well dressed and well organized.
Having a luxury closet or a closet that is organized fulfills that need as well as providing a happy space to decide what to wear that day. Imagine starting off you day in this closet, personally I would be very happy. The trend in bedroom design is less furniture pieces that house clothes (dressers and armories) and more seating areas. In smaller homes or city apartments some bedrooms even double as home offices so maximizing floor space is essential. Utilizing every inch of space in your closet is the way to go in a large or small place! Read more