From the active design files of my brain…. Don’t be afraid to move your furniture around. Try different arrangements. What happens if you angle your sofa? What happens if you move the lamp to the other side of the room? Shake up the energy flow in your room, and see what happens and how it […]
Mother’s Day Wishes One of the most rewarding activities I’ve participated in recently (this past March) was the Cattle Baron’s Ball of Martin County, Florida. Now, growing up as a suburbanite in Fort Lauderdale for most of my life, the concept of something called a Cattle Baron’s Ball was a bit alien to me. Let […]
How much tile can one designer stand? An awful lot, my friend. An awful lot. A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Coverings 2012 Tile + Stone Experience in Orlando, Florida. Filled to the brim with tile and stone of every variety and from every corner of the world, I […]
I recently experienced a luxury so magnificent, so epic, I had to write about it. I was shopping at a kitchen and bath showroom with a client when nature called. I excused myself and retired to the loo, which was outfitted very nicely with a Toto toilet. I’m quite familiar with Toto toilets, having owned […]
Nothing marks the passage of time more obviously than the growth of children from one year to the next, as I learned this morning when my 6-year old exclaimed “O.M.G.!!” when she saw where the Elf on the Shelf landed this morning. May your holidays be filled with traditions, new and old, that bring laughter […]
Did I ever mention I have a thing for chairs? I love funky, fun, whimsical, strange, bizarre chairs. When you’re in the throes of digestion after your sumptuous Thanksgiving feast, imagine collapsing into or onto one of these. Enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Halloween is coming, and I’m getting excited! Here are some cool things I’ve come across recently that are getting me into the Halloween mood. A lovely line of monster supplies comes to us from the Hoxton Street Monster Supplies store in London. (It’s really a front for the Ministry of Stories. After squeeing with glee […]
Be nice. Is that so hard to do? One of my best, longest-running clients told me that this is one of the few mantras she teaches her children: “BE NICE!” Yesterday, I was kicked out of a furniture store. My mother and I went to see a very cool dining table she was considering purchasing […]
Can lifestyles be changed like a pair of shoes? There is no cookie-cutter solution for you. You cannot buy a “lifestyle” out of a box, no matter how much you want to. And isn’t that a good thing, anyway? We’re all slobs, with messy kids, and big ol’ lazy streaks. Perhaps you have the wherewithal […]
Do you have a dark room that doesn’t get enough natural light? Besides using light colors and mirrors (carefully with the mirrors) to reflect and bounce more light around, here is something else to try. Keep your lamp shades white. White lamp shades will help brighten and disperse the light from your fixtures more effectively.