Lighting can truly enhance any room and when it comes to bathrooms the wow factor lighting can be just as important as the task lighting. This is because there is not a great deal of opportunity to infuse character or a touch of bling into the bathroom. As a designer I rely on fabulous light fixtures like these crystal pendents pictured above. They provide just the right amount of glam while illuminating a section of the bathroom. Read more
Whether you have a new or existing home the task of designing and specifying window treatments can be daunting. Today I want to help you work through the process and teach you the simple ways to infuse some wow into those windows without the stress. The first step is to identify the two types of window treatments you may need; HARD- the functional window coverings such as blinds and SOFT- these are the decorative treatments made out of fabric. Above is an example of combining hard and soft window treatments using my favorite plantation shutters and simple side panels for a touch of warmth. Also a good example of how simply going a few shades darker than the wall with the fabric choice can create a finished look without the fuss. Read more
The concept of the Wow Factor is truly one of my favorite ways to design and can apply to so many aspects of a room. Windows can give instant architectural wow in any space by creating a fabulous design focal point. Below the grand scale and ceiling create some serious window wow. The blue finish is unique and adds another element of design.
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 am obsessed with exposing brick when designing interiors. It doesn’t matter if the environment is modern or traditional the earthy character and warmth it can bring to a space is unmatched. In essence exposing brick is like adding an accent wall or a wow factor into your design. It blends with any color scheme, instantly adds a cool factor to your space and you can hang whatever you want on it (how to hang; read here). Above this work space shows how brick can even work when incorporating alittle shabby chic vibe and pastel hues. Read more
I love designing bathrooms, especially master bathrooms. Maybe it is the endless array of beautiful tiles to choose from, the luxurious bathtubs, or just the simple pleasure of helping my clients create their dream bathroom. When designing a bathroom function and layout are foremost but not to worry, as your designer, I always have the Wow Factor in my back pocket.