Fashion Week NYC Fall 2013 has ended and I wanted to share my favorite dress of the week. Glamour and luxurious designs epitomize fashion designer Jenny Packham, known for her fabulous evening wear and party dresses. Her sumptuous designs have been worn by the most iconic and influential women, from Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Rhianna and Beyonce to The Duchess of Cambridge. Recognized as one of the UKs most successful fashion brands and world renowed. I just adore this dress showcased on the runway at Fashion Week, drawing inspiration from it for interior design is a piece of cake. Read more
In honor of NYC Fashion Week our inspiration for interiors is from some of the top fashion designers from around the world. Today we are featuring a personal favorite of mine, Carolina Herrera. Herrera sums it up best here, “I have a responsibility to the woman of today – to make her feel confident, modern and above all else beautiful.” – Carolina Herrera. In addition to her ready to wear collections she introduced her bridal line in 1987. Read more
This week we are talking all about accessories; how to use them, where to find them, why we need them and how to style them. Today I wanted to take you on a House Tour that demonstrates what a well styled home looks like and how simple decisions can help you select and place your accessories. I just adore the open plan concept and this condo sets the stage for chic styling. Starting out in the seating area; an area rug defines and grounds the seating arrangement, fabulous throw pillows add a subtle pop of color and pattern while a simple coffee table arrangement finishes the look. 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
Solving design dilemmas in Just Ask is one of my favorite parts of the blog. This week I received a record number of questions, so if you’re waiting for a response no worries its on the way. I answer every question I receive giving each question my undivided attention and I select a topic that several readers asked about. Today we are talking “L” shaped rooms and how to layout the furniture.
Q. We live in a cape cod that has an “L” shaped living room dining room combination. There is a fireplace and beautiful windows, but I have no idea how to decorate it. Joan
If you are an HGTV fan you will hear the phrase “open plan” tossed around consistently on two of my favorite shows, Property Brothers or Income Property. After designing all day watching HGTV is not exactly my idea of relaxing but the men on these shows are seriously talented and not so bad to look at LOL. Ok, back to the topic. When I graduated from design school the term open plan was mainly used in commercial interior design, I had a few clients in Florida that were experimenting with the concept in residential design. 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.
Wednesday is all about solving design dilemmas for my readers and this week was a banner week answering over sixty two questions sent in. Ranging from space- planning your kitchen to re-covering sofas to holiday decor. I truly love sharing my years of professional experience with you so send your design questions in anytime. Today I chose to share a question from newlyweds in Hoboken, NJ and their super small studio.
Q. We just got married and are now renting a studio in Hoboken, NJ. It’s a great space with exposed brick and architectural details but I have no idea how to lay it out and wanted to know if you could give us some tips and options. Jocelyn B.
House Tour is one of my favorite categories on my blog because it allows me to take a break from designing and tour a beautiful home with you. Like a mini vacation for an interior designer, which is probably why I can’t get enough of House Hunters International. Today, it is the home of designer Catherine Kwong featured in CA Home & Design; a chic 1,300-square-foot space in San Francisco’s Jackson Square. This is such a hip neighborhood encompassing only five blocks but boasting twenty-five furniture and decorative art galleries. A design lovers dream neighborhood. Also spot the fabulous architectural elements and details when stopping in for a visit, like this building above. Read more
Wednesday is one of my favorite blog days because I get to answer design questions I receive from readers all day. I then choose the question I think most readers would be interested in and share my response with everyone. Being able to share design advice and solve design dilemmas is what I do best so if you are working on a project or need design advice don’t hesitate to ask; go to Just Ask and ask away!
Q. My living room is long and one seating arrangement in the center leaves odd open space on each side of it. Is it strange to have two seating areas and should they both match? Jillian T.