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Renovation Obstacles: Why Open Floors Are Not Always The Best Option

Hopping on my Soap Box... Excuse me while a rant a bit about the open floor plan that is so popular in new construction and remodeling projects today.  While they are super trendy and seemingly helpful for family living, open plans come with a myriad of obstacles that consumers don’t anticipate when…

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Never Enough: Why most people don’t have enough furniture in their rooms

The more (furniture), the merrier One of my claims to fame is how much furniture I can fit in a room.  Almost every client I have designed and decorated homes for has commented on how much furniture I can fit in a room.  In fact, in most of our meetings…

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Pairing Fabrics and Wallcoverings and the Tendency to Play It Safe

Pattern Crazy One of my greatest talents and passions as a decorator is to pair fabrics and wallcoverings, coordinating multiple patterns in a room. To me, it is a missed opportunity to not put multiple fabrics on a sofa or a chair.  I often tell clients, “Hey, we are ordering this…

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You do not live in a padded cell: How to avoid the seduction of a white room

Public Service Announcement I have to speak out on something I feel is a public service message, and it has to do with the color white.  I feel like we are at the end of the Poseidon Adventure.  You know the movie where a rogue wave knocks a ship in the…

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The Covenant of Wallpaper—Choosing a Paper You Will Love for Years 

Wallpaper is back and it’s amazing Some of you are still suffering from PTSD from the last wave of wallpaper in the 90's, but I'm telling you it's time to get back on board. Wallpaper is amazing from a couple of different perspectives:   ONE: It’s amazing because the choices are…

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