The Lighter Side of Leather

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A deign dilemma that I consistently face is how to design around an existing leather sofa or clients that love the durability of leather but are looking for a way to keep the room from looking too heavy. This past week I received several questions from readers looking for a fresh ideas to brighten up their rooms with leather furniture confirming what I have been experiencing with my clients so I decided it was time to share some ideas while answering our readers question  from Just Ask. Read more

Living Room Trends: Part 1

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The living room as we know it has changed drastically since I was growing up. The biggest change is that we actually use it! Personally I love having a space to go hang out with my family where a flat screen doesn’t exist, although I have designed several flat screens in living rooms for my clients. Today we are talking about the latest trends that I am incorporating into my living room designs from multi-million dollar homes to cozy cottages these concepts can apply. Read more

Accessorizing Made Easy

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I am helping accessorize a room for my client Patrica this week and realized that there are a few basics when it comes to making a room feel finished. Her exact words were, “I want to walk in and feel happy”. I can select the perfect pieces of furniture for a room but unless I take the time to style it then it is not going to invite you. So where do we start? That is the best part, with accessories its up to you. I suggest starting with what matters (or bothers) you most. Horizontal surfaces were most important to my client; her coffee table, bookshelves and mantel needed to be addressed. Read more

Mirror Mirror on the Blog

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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

Quick Fix: HomeGoods

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Lets be honest, when it comes to accessorizing our homes this typically happens when we have nothing left in our budget and our patience is wearing thin. One of my solutions to this problem is to take a run to HomeGoods, they have an ever-changing selection of intriguing accessories and furniture. I go to find those pieces that can complete my design or even to inspire a renovation. The HomeGo0ds blog is also a great place to find tips about the latest store finds and design topics. Check out this article on accessorizing your coffee table HERE.

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