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

Passion for Powder Rooms

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This week I received several questions about powder rooms and creative ways to make them feel special. I decided to post another solution from our Just Ask category where I solve design dilemmas for you daily.  

The definition of a powder room or half bath is a room that contains a toilet and sink but no bathtub or shower stall. Based on the scale of the room there is not a lot of opportunity to create design details or bring in a wow factor. This means each decision has to be well thought out and purposeful. Here are five steps you can follow to help you through the design process that will help you create a well designed powder room with personality. 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

Blank Wall Blues

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Happy Halloween and Happy Wednesday! For me Wednesday means answering your design questions, Just Ask. Being stuck in the house because of Hurricane Sandy I am more than thrilled to get designing and today we are talking about what to do with your blank walls, one of my favorite subjects. So often I design a beautiful space and we never get around to addressing the walls so I was so excited to hear from two readers that want some advice.

Q. Hoping you can give me advice, I have several blank walls that I need help with. I have hung picture collages and artwork, that was easy but now I need more ideas. What can I do to turn my walls into interesting places people will want to look at or a conversational piece. Janel T.

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A Peaceful Retreat: Master Bedroom

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Q. I have wanted to re-do my master bedroom for the past five years and I am finally getting the chance! I want a peaceful and soft color scheme but my husband doesn’t want the room to look dull. How can I create a calm & soft look that is not dull and boring so my husband is happy to. Elaine D.

A. I am so excited that you have the opportunity to create the master bedroom of your dreams! A peaceful color scheme in pastel hues when combined with dramatic choices of furniture and beautiful lighting/accessories will make you both happy. Start by selecting your Wow Factor, the element that you can build the design around. Read more