Kid-Friendly Decorating

October 18, 2010

Don't wait till your kids are older, to think about decorating your space. It's important to love the space you live in, and here are some creative ways to decorate a space so it's durable AND dazzling!Mark Scott and My Home IdeaWhen painting your walls, choose a satin or eggshell finish. It has a slight sheen, but it's much easier to clean off finger prints and crayon marks than a flat finish paint.Use durable fabrics on your sofas and chairs, that will look better with age. Leather is a great option because it's easy to maintain and never goes out of style. Chenille fabric is also … [Read more...]

Family-Friendly Organization

October 18, 2010

I'm a mom with young kids, and at times it's challenging to have a nice looking home amongst all the toys of my children. I want them to be able to play with their toys when they want, but at the same time, my home is important to me and especially with being an interior designer, I want to portray that. Designing your interior decor around young kids doesn't have to be a challenge. Kids go through their ages and stages so fast and as they're continually growing and changing, so are the toys they play with. I think the most challenging time when the amount of toys can get overwhelming is … [Read more...]

The Color of Green: Soothing, Relaxing, Calming

October 15, 2010

Every color you incorporate into your home has a meaning and you subconsciously react to it. Because the color green surrounds us in nature, it's an ideal backdrop to introduce in our interiors. All colors in the green family, from lime green to forest green, portray a sense of peace and harmony. And many of you who know me well, know that my favorite color is green!Enjoy some of these GREEN inspirations!Check out Pieces, a design store based in Atlanta, Georgia, that offers unique furnishings and home accessories. Their style is a bit edgy, yet modern and incorporates the Southern … [Read more...]

The Beauty of Banquettes

October 11, 2010

Don't you just love a comfy, chic banquette where you can enjoy your morning coffee or a glass of wine with friends?  Banquettes provide a great way for lots of seating and great conversation, as well as plenty of room for storage.  Seating can be designed in a small nook of your 1920's home or in a large breakfast room that is open to your gourmet kitchen.  Whatever your space allows, your desire for a banquette can be achieved.  Check out some of these banquette designs...Check out this banquette from Ballard Designs. If you don't want a permanent, built-in banquette, … [Read more...]

DESIGN TIP: Buying Window Treatments

October 10, 2010

When buying new window treatments or decorating materials, take a cushion or pillow from the sofa when going out to shop.  This will ensure you get the right color match! … [Read more...]

Built-in Cabinetry for your Home

October 9, 2010

Last weekend I went on the Showcase of Homes tour in Saratoga and a common thread throughout each house was the use of built-in cabinetry.  Built-ins were very popular in the 80's with their shiny, laminate, contemporary design, but today's aesthetic is much simpler, sophisticated, and will change any room!  Your first step is to think about where you are going to put a built-in.  Built-ins are great for almost any space in your home, but it depends on the room available and what you are trying to achieve. Fireplace Built-ins If you have a fireplace that is centered on your wall with two … [Read more...]

The Transformation of Wallpaper and How It Can Transform Your Home!

October 6, 2010

Wallpaper from the 70's...Ugly, Ugly, Ugly! As soon as you saw the blog topic, wallpaper, you might have wanted to stop reading.  The thought of wallpaper might bring you back to your childhood home when the walls were covered with pea green and orange colors in an ugly, 'retro' pattern.  BUT WAIT, please read on....Wallpaper colors and patterns have made a complete 180.  The vast selection of wallpapers that are available today, can completely transform any space from blah to beautiful! Similar to using a dark paint in a small room, many people are reluctant to use wallpaper, thinking … [Read more...]