Your bedroom is your sanctuary....

It should be a place of retreat after a long day's work or an exhausting day with the kids. It's nice to have a romantic, serene place to end the day. Warm tones help to set that mood; they are more relaxing than bright colors. However, the color is not necessarily as important as the hue of the color. For instance, if yellow is your choice of color, use a muted yellow instead of a bright yellow. Lighting plays an important role in the peacefullness and ambiance as well. Add an elegant chandelier and install a dimmer switch to control the lighting. You can read about the importance of lighting in my previous post.

Get rid of the clutter! It's proven that being in a cluttered room adds to anxiety and can affect your sleep. A clean, organized room is tranquil and calming. It's hard to fall asleep when you're staring at a pile of laundry or books and papers on the nightstand that need attending to.  If you have a beautiful view like this room, angle the bed towards the window.  There's nothing more beautiful and tranquil than going to sleep and waking up to a breathtaking view.

If you have the space, designate a corner of the room to watch TV separate from your bed. Treat yourself to a nice comfortable chair and ottoman to kick back and watch your favorite show. Having a separate seating area keeps your bed cool and crisp to slip into, for a good night's sleep.

Here are a few bedroom retreats that are fit for a king or queen. Whether you prefer contemporary, traditional or transitional design, your bedroom should reflect your personality.

Work hard, play hard and end the day in your own beautiful serene sanctuary.

How Lighting Affects our Living Spaces

Lighting is one of the most overlooked and yet important elements of good design.  It sets the mood and esthetics, not only inside, but outside as well.

Now with summer upon us, we are spending more time entertaining outside in our back yards. Properly lit areas add ambiance that is welcoming and comforting. Flower pots and trees that are back lit will set the scene, as well.  Highlighting important features with the proper lighting is essential for a well- balanced design.

Uniformity of light on ceilings and walls help make spaces appear more attractive. When adding canlights on a ceiling or wall, be careful to avoid "hot spots" or glare. Exterior wall lights should be a wash of light to enhance corner brick, columns or a particular feature.  It should never be a spotlight shining into a window.

With the proper placement of lighting, you will accomplish a comfortable "Zen-like" environment that will be an inviting place to entertain or relax.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Decorating Ideas and Resolutions to Declutter in 2016

Your home is your sanctuary: It should be peaceful, relaxing, and comforting.  A "safe zone" so to speak, after an otherwise hectic day. Cluttered rooms contribute to anxiety and stress. Here are some simple tips to transform those cluttered rooms into chic beautiful living spaces.

Purge the clutter: Clear out bookcases, shelving units, and countertops. Keep only a few larger statement pieces on the shelves as an artistic feature. It will make a great impact and it will actually make the area feel bigger and brighter.  

Small changes can make a big impact:  A fresh coat of paint can make all the difference in the world. There are incredible sales after the holidays too. So take advantage of this opportunity to purchase a few key items that will transform your tired room such as a new area rug or a comfortable chair. You can refresh and update your room by just replacing a few of these pieces and add a touch of the latest new color palette to transform the look.

Baskets and boxes:  Hide unsightly remote controls, car keys, etc. in a decorative box. Use a large decorative basket for newspapers and magazines that you haven't had a chance to read yet.  A pretty container on the kitchen desk area or countertop is an attractive and convenient place to keep mail and important papers that need immediate attention.  There are tons of beautiful containers available out there in various sizes and styles. It's an inexpensive way to add beauty to functionality.

Donations: Give back to those less fortunate and donate those unused items that are just filling space. The local women's shelter or Goodwill are happy to receive your donations. We can make a difference!

Happy decorating and have a safe and healthy New Year!

Fall- The Season of Textures

As summer activities dwindle down, the first day of school quickly approaches, and nights become cooler, fall is nearing.  Summer's remnants of lightweight, bright fabrics will soon be replaced with dark colors and wool sweaters. Fall is the season of textures; fabrics range from plush velvet to soft angora.  It is time to take cues from our wardrobes and emanate them into our homes. Here are a few tips to incorporate fall’s warm colors and textured textiles.

A textured rug can centralize a space or be used as a statement accent. Wool rugs are soft but also long-wearing.  It is a perfect, durable fabric for an office or a bedroom. Try a dark print with deep hues of blue or brown for a more unique fall look.  For a more rustic approach, a sheepskin rug is perfect for a family room or as a small accent for the side of a bed. A textured rug feels decadently soft and brings a rich textural element to any room. Try out different patterns, textures, fur or faux, see which one feels right and works with your space!

Wallpaper can be a more dramatic route for layering textures into your home. Bring the feeling of the crisp outdoors into a space by using grass cloth as a textural twist.  Not only does it come in an array of colors, grass cloth is durable and compliments any space. Try a beautiful olive color for a warmer tone or a slick gray for a modern take.  Any type of woven or textured wallpaper can also hide a less than perfect wall surface. Options are endless for a subtle or more daring look.

Accessories, accessories, accessories! After being out in the chilly night who doesn’t like cozying up on a warm, plush, couch with pillows and blankets? This is one of the easiest way to incorporate texture by far. Swap out summers canvas pillows and opt for a velvet or mohair fabric instead. Mix and match different sizes and textures.  For a cheaper alternative try faux fur- it feels just as soft as real! A throw blanket can also add a pop of color and warmth to your family room. Try a bold burnt orange or a beautiful jewel tone as a fall accent.

Last but not least, bring the outdoors indoors. The most inexpensive way to add texture to a home is with branch clippings. Fresh curly willow in tall stems dramatically makes a statement but also add a sculptural element. Fallen bright leaves could also be beautiful on a dining room table. Don’t be afraid to bring the outdoors, in!

You can find inspiration for fall all around you from your wardrobe or the changing trees and weather. Have fun and get creative. Fall is all about starting something new and welcoming the upcoming season and holidays.


Welcome To Our New Blog!

I am very excited to start my new interactive blog on helpful design tips, and I will also be answering some frequently asked questions by homeowners.  

Please submit your design questions to me here, and I will try to answer a couple in each blog. I love a good challenge, so remember to send me your most difficult design dilemmas, also!

Continue to check in to see what’s new and exciting in the decorating world.  “Like” my blog and forward it to your friends! I look forward to hearing from you.

Why Should You Work With a Professional Interior Designer?

An interior designer will guide you in selecting furnishings that will fit your family and lifestyle. A professional has valuable experience and knowledge of the quality of various manufacturers, they are educated in current color trends, and have the resources to help you make quick and concise decisions.  

The convenience of the internet has given people the ability to shop online and find items on their own.  However, oftentimes they don't know how to put it all together or select the proper pieces for their rooms.  They often make a purchase without knowing if it's the right scale for the room or how to coordinate various patterns and colors.  This frequently becomes a costly mistake.  

Remember - you may save a few dollars getting that piece of furniture at a discount site, but unless you know how to put it all together, your savings can turn into a disaster! Why risk your valuable resources - call a professional today and discuss your needs with them!

Using Color to Revamp a Room

I often get calls from people who want to change their space, but do not necessarily have the budget for a complete and total makeover.

My answer to that is:  PAINT! It is an inexpensive - yet powerful - way to change the mood of an entire room.  Don't be afraid to be bold! 

Intense colors such as Cranberry, Chocolate, and Mustard are all gorgeous colors on a wall, and add so much interest to an otherwise ordinary room.  It is a dramatic way to give a room a warm yet bold statement that will make that old beige sofa pop.

Decorating your home is a lot like accessorizing an outfit.  A neutral color dress is nice, but doesn't nearly make the impact as adding bold color shoes, purse, belt, or accessories to that dress.  That is what really completes the outfit. You should dress your home the same way. Adding intense color to your walls and/or accessories is a lot less expensive than changing all your furniture, and it can make a huge impact on the mood of a room.

Don’t be afraid of color – have fun with it!  Changing your wall color is a lot less expensive than changing all your furniture, and it can make a big impact on the mood of a room.

Take a look at the impact intense color can make on a wall in these rooms that I have designed.

DESIGNER TIP: Painting your ceilings the same color as the walls will make your room appear taller.