Tag Archives: Home Design

Desiring a Touch of Gold? These Are a Must Have…

 Gold Planter

As a designer I see trends come and go.  And with the alchemy of metals occurring now in home trends, gold will be here to stay for a while.

Many are not comfortable doing any type of permanent fixturing in gold!  But, I would totally do it in a pop of an accessory here and there to freshen up a room.

REAL plants are the rage again, so these planters at WEST ELM, are so beyond fabulous especially for the price!

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Don’t have a green thumb?  No worries.  The planter above is a great place to store birch logs by a fireplace (or in a non-working fireplace).

Design on people,


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No Lives Have Ever Been Lost from Design Errors…

But you would think that…when a Designer creates an error even with something as simple as a pillow.  That life support needs to be on stand-by.

Here are 10 ways that Designers like to create that unique stamp on a room!HomeDesign6

  1.  Comfort is the key to Great Design.

  2.  Create Impact walls with Art not just color!

  3. Do NOT over Design the room…most importantly CONTRIVED ROOMS are BORING!

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4. Buy the BEST you can!

5. Gathered rooms create interest…something old, something new, something black, something shiny, and add lots of textures.

6. Stop doing DECORATIVE Bed…instead create FASHIONABLY Functional beds!



7.  Layer, layer and for gosh sake LAYER…with color and textures!

8.  Try not to match Art work with room decor.

9. Books…add lots of CHARACTER to a room!

10. Buy quality main pieces…coordinate with TRENDY accents so that it’s easy to transition out…when you’re updating!

No fabric or accessory was hurt in the creation of this blog post!


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7 Ways to Good Design…

Interior Design is like any other art form…is such a personal expression.  Some create their homes with basic needs in mind, they look at their home simply as a shelter or a refuge from the world.  A home that is gathered with family items usually pieces that are dated and well past the “normal” wear and tear usage.   Then you have those that like to decorate with a very status quo esthetic.  Their homes have that  “hey…look I like to shop at all the same place’s that everybody else does so that I don’t look too showy or pretentious.”

The final category are for those that like to have their homes be the “over stylized glamourized emporium’s”.  Their room’s are usually a showplace that says…”hey look at me I’m a success!”   They represent a certain taste level that either the designer felt was appropriate at the time it was created, or perhaps they were thinking “this is what I liked when I walked into the closest furniture showroom”.

Those who usually DIY-it…usually feel that their taste is so much better than any “designer” can come up with-and have a great deal of pride knowing that they  saved a lot of money too.  Perhaps thinking “not only I’m a designer-but I’m smart too!”

Furniture showroom’s or design studios can be very beautiful and attention grabbing, we all can be captivated by a beautiful room they can be very inspiring.  So whether your style is slick and modern with a need for minimalism, or high traditional with a wide selection of fabrics with trims, pillow collections, and ginger jars.  I feel true interior design is a collection of elements that can literally be a 3D piece of art and like with all art-it is subjective.  Because what I like…someone else may despise.

So what separates good design from bad?  Well…that is the age old question.  It’s not that creating a basic room with pretty things is bad design.  Determining good design is more of a question of how you feel in that room.  So many homes fall into those basic categories that I have already discussed:

Basic Needs-Utilitarian Décor-No style or substance.

Classic Suburban Status Quo “I shop there too…we have so much in common!”

Highly Stylized Glamourized Emporiums-Please do not touch anything and for gosh sakes if you have to sit there…make it quick.  Because I will need to fluff that pillow again.  These EMPORIUM’s can be “designer” induced inspirations…or an individual’s compilation of self mutilation by bad taste singing the cliché phrase of “but look how much I saved.”

Either way the question at hand is what makes good design?  Huge-huge question…so my answer is of course multi-layered:

  • Comfort
  • Welcoming
  • Stylish
  • Interesting
  • Attention to Detail
  • Warmth
  • Collected

Well designed rooms are more than a pretty room…a well designed room evokes a feeling of WELCOME, come in, and sit for awhile.  That is why with so many taste levels and style preferences you see why it is difficult to say what is good design and what is bad.

My personal favorite to live in…is a bohemian inspired, with a collected-eclectic vibe…wow that is a mouthful.  Here are some pictures of some commercial and residential designs that have a very unique vibe.  These kind of environments make me happy!   I love a room where I can’t stop looking around…taking it all in.  Where I want to touch and discover something new and unique at every turn.  Those environments tell me that who ever created this…is interesting and very creative, and I need to know them.  “Pretty” rooms, say nothing about who lives there…or maybe it does…and that might be “that I don’t really have much to say”.


This is a fresh, new, and exciting-detailed and inviting all at the same time commercial space.  Real plants are huge again, love the mix of new and vintage furniture pieces combined, and the use of scale large and small…excellent job!


Loving the teal tile in classic hex pattern and the factory styled windows.  Personally the table (perhaps a gray marble) and rug could have been slicker…I know everyone’s a critique.


Loving the thrift art…personally I would done a lot more…perhaps a whole wall in the back!


Use of color…BRAVO…arrangement needs to be on left of the mantle!  Always start with highest element on the left…we read left to right.

Maybe that is the reason that I have always preferred to be called a Home Stylist versus an Interior Designer, a room needs to have a sense of STYLE to evoke interest…not just pretty fabric.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Real…But No Maintenance…


A glimpse into the home that I’m designing…notice the green’s in the background they’re REAL but they require no maintenance.

How?  They are sealed in their natural state…before they’re shipped over from overseas.

So pretty and no…watering can needed!


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What I’m Obsessing Over This Week…

Baskets….I’m so glad that they’re making a comeback!  Whether your into a color presentation or a total neutral look!


They’re so elegant…the textures and tones…add some to your own piece of heaven today!

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Friday Fav…


Wall framing…taken to a whole other level.  You can also see the “art deco” trend coming through.


These are the details that I love about design…LOVE IS IN THE DETAILS!



xxoo, Inspire





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Interior Designer…going ROGUE!

Interior Design…I have a LOVE-hate standpoint with it!  First lets take the actual title of the role…Interior Designer!  I feel that even the title alone brings on air’s of en-“title”-ment.  Bad pun I know but intended and purposeful.  Yes, I LOVE creating…I mean I truly LOVE creating!  I LOVE…when others invite me in to their space and ask me “how can you help me make this better?”

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The joy of creating and seeing your vision going 3D is amazing.   The most powerful weapon that a Designer has is his or her knowing!  That absolute confidence that the choice we make was the correct one.  So many have an inability to make quick and decisive choices…and feel completely overwhelmed by all of the different avenues that can even be possible…those are the one’s that need an ID.

I understand that every career has it’s pluses and minus’s…but sometimes I feel that ID’s get a little extra torture.  Sometimes I just feel that this particular career direction is not take serious…so superfluous too many.

Interior Designer…for myself I prefer Interior Stylist.  Why do I prefer this name because it is more relaxed and to me conjures the desire to “style” a room.  To create a feeling or presence within that room.  Not just creating a sofa and chair and then placing it in the proper place with it’s fabrics to match the artwork (so GGGrrrr Animals) or what I like to call “housewife chic”.

My other favorite design direction is going into a home and it looks like that they have had the same furniture since college.  Seeming as though they’re just warehousing stuff…and then asking me to re-do the room for about $3000.00   This little number I call…a LOP-“lipstick on a pig”.

This now brings me to taste…yes this is why you select an ID…some are good, some are better, while some…well they’re there to make the good one’s look even better.

But back to the point of this article…my top 10 reasons Interior Designer’s take too much SHIT!

1. Our client’s that think they can do it better…but just don’t have time.  But then have time to call 5 times a day asking 10 questions.

2.”I can find it cheaper on the internet…great then you should buy it.”

3.”You know I design my house, my friend’s house, my neighbor’s house…oh and my cousin’s house.”

4.”I need the whole house done…and my budget is $5000.00.”

5. There’re many alpha women that hate to have another alpha woman tell them how they think their room should look.  But if a male designer created that very same room then it is even more fabulous…go figure.

6.When the client just placed the order and a couple of day’s go and by…they call and ask when is it going to be ready?

7.Designing up a space…but then you never hear from the client again…only to run into them some time later…and they so show you their space…and it is exactly how you designed it…but they got it somewhere else!  Thanks!

8.Working with a sub-contractor?  My top favorite in this arena is…”I never got that…no you never said that…or that’s what you said you wanted”.  Everyone needs to cover their asses at another’s expense.

9.Ordering a custom piece of furniture…then bringing it home a week later and wanting to return it-when they approved the sale to begin with.

10.Or my other favorite aspect…”this is made so poorly”…when they refuse to pay more than a couple hundred dollars for a piece of furniture. Really?

So what is my answer:  I prefer to go back to my original vision and how a made a living for years and that is not being responsible for selecting the furniture (at least that is what I prefer).  But instead taking what they currently have and make it the best it can be…in other words “setting the style” for the room.

Even though as an interior designer their responsibility is to create the basic look…and yes it is beautiful.  The pictures are taken as though not a soul lives there…everything in it’s place.  But…I want a home to have a soul’s presence…I feel that when you walk into a room you should be captivated by the collection of items and how they’re placed.  Versus how pretty the drapes match the artwork!

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