Swooning for Staircases


Wednesdays are the day I take to answer reader design dilemmas and I have to say it is such a fun day. I just love the combination of working with my design clients and then helping hundreds of readers weekly in Just Ask, so send your questions in friends. Today we are talking about entryways, staircases and railings.

Q. We are building a new home and I “think” I want an interesting railing but my husband wants basic spindles, help! We both agree on white wood spindles with a stained wood hand rail. Roxanne Read more

Passion for Powder Rooms


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

How to Design the “L” Shape Room?

L shape

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

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