March 6, 2014
How to Complement Ethnic Design for Clients
My clients collect Southwest art, rugs and pottery showing a love of ethnic design. And trend reports suggest ethnic designs are popular. They live in an Arts and Crafts home and also enjoy transitional design. So my challenge is to blend and enhance the collection as we furnish the living and dining rooms.…
February 27, 2014
Why do Interior Designers need art museums? Museum exhibits feed our imagination, create connections to our client projects and ‘connect the dots’ to so many aspects of our daily work. And so was the case with the recent show at Bellevue Arts Museum by Isabelle de Borchgrave, A World of Paper, A World of Fashion: Isabelle de Borchgrave Meets Mariano…Read More
February 20, 2014
Does moving create a color crisis? It certainly can.
Moving creates one of life’s most stressful events and even with the same furniture, rugs and collectibles, it requires a new palette. Why? Keep reading ~
“Having the right palette is like creating the perfect environment,” says Christina Harris, an architectural color consultant in Pasadena, CA (http://www.colorific.biz). “The colors should reflect…Read More
February 13, 2014
Valentine’s Day Love from an interior designer.
Valentine’s Day brings some nostalgia along with indulgent dreams. I recall the cards exchanged during my school years which today transfers to cards I send to clients, referral partners and others. And I think about my love of interior design and how I prefer to design.
Happened to find Bonnie Marcus stationary which…
February 6, 2014
Create Good Flow in Your Interior Design
When designers talk about the flow in a home’s interior design, they refer to how you navigate your rooms and spaces. Good flow means the arrangements give the guest and visitor a queue, a hint of where to put a hat or purse, for example, in the foyer. A clear entryway guides guests…
January 30, 2014
Sketchup equals success for my creative communication with clients. These days a 3-D picture is the quick way to come to agreement with my clients around the design concept direction. It’s the ‘Ah Ha’ moment when the vision comes into focus. For example, in my Sanctuary Townhome project, we have a tall, narrow home with multiple floors. (Also a great…Read More
January 23, 2014
Screens in Your Interior Add Architecture
Enter the folding screen, a solution for architectural interest, privacy and a solution for dividing interior spaces. As many of my readers know, I work on many projects in condominiums. Often they are without architectural interest and an open space that my clients divide into home offices, dining, living and sleeping.
Just as they…
January 16, 2014
How I Selected Colors and Finishes for Pike Market Project
This before image tells the story of West facing exposure 7 stories above the famed Pike Place Market in Seattle. Accounting for the light guided my color and finish selections for the kitchen and bedroom and the baths with no natural light. It’s a juggling act in the Pacific Northwest…
January 9, 2014
Enter 2014 with a Tabula Rasa~A Clean Slate for Your Design
My Latin teacher would be pleased that I recalled the phrase, ‘Tabula Rasa’. It just strikes me as appropriate for interior design after disposing of holiday decorations, trees, tinsel and more. I found this definition, “the mind in its hypothetical primary blank or empty state before receiving outside impressions”.…
December 11, 2013
Seems Gap to Gucci is the new design trend language. Previously ‘design speak’ used phrases like low to high design. As I acquainted myself with a new Queen Anne project and clients, we adopted this phrase for our approach to their new home. We will be working in 5 rooms as we combine existing furnishings and add new ones.