A NEW SUMMER TRADITION

WHAT DO YOU THINK?04.01.13

Starting a tradition of having dinner outside on the porch at midnight on the first day of summer (June 21st). Doesn’t that sound like fun? I think the kids would love it.

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MY LATEST PROJECT

From my wonderful Los Altos client03.24.13

LIGHTING

02.15.13

If you put in cans in the ceiling, try and angle them towards the walls to lighten them up. No one looks good in straight down overhead lighting.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I SPEND?

02.13.13

Chinese proverb “ if you buy the best you can afford you only cry once.”

WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR HOME TO BE?

02.11.13

I want mine to be charming. Well worn and well lived in.

ENEMIES OF DESIGN

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR02.08.13

1. Decor must be suitable. Watch out for all things impractical.

2. Too much money. Do you remember on You’ve Got Mail the name of the fabric on the sofa was money? Ha.

3. Art. A picture should never be bought to be a part of decoration. If a picture isn’t LOVED for itself and by the person it shouldn’t be bought. Don’t ever buy anything you don’t really love.

4. Avoid what is super trendy. What’s trendy today is most often bad taste tomorrow.

WORKING WITH CLIENTS

I SHOULD HAVE TAKEN MORE Psychology02.07.13

Ladies, I’m going to be honest here. I enjoy working more with men clients. And really for no other reasons then they can produce a budget quickly and don’t change their minds so often!

I struggle with the same problem when deciding on things for my own house. Why do you think we can’t make up our mind and doubt ourselves?

Wish I knew…

 

 

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HIRING A DESIGNER.

A FEW HELPFUL TIPS.02.05.13

1. If you plan to hire an interior designer, look around. Ask friends on Facebook, neighbors, etc.

2. Hire someone you trust and once that has been decided LET GO.  If you know the designer is good then let them do there work.

3. If you get some ideas back from the designer that you don’t like, sleep on it. It may be the “new” you that pushes you out of your comfort zone and isn’t that one of the main reasons you are hiring someone and not doing it yourself? You don’t know how to make it original or you would have done it. I have even found this with people I hire for things. The next day I start to see the vision. If I can hold my tough long enough I end up loving it. *Only if I hired a person I really trust.

4. Be honest with them. If you don’t like a picture they show you of a room say NO WAY! I promise it doesn’t hurt our feelings. And it makes the job so much easier instead of you saying you like it when you really don’t.

If I were richer I would hire Vicente Wolf, Celerie Kemble, or Robert Stilin*.

In my current situation I would hire myself of course! Danielle Oakey, or Jenny Komenda.

 

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HOW TO MAKE A ROOM SUCCESSFUL?

Tips from the legend Albert Hadley01.24.13

Have a strong point of view and be very particular about what goes in the room and a good reason for it.

LAUNDRY ROOM ESSENTIALS

Keep things organized01.23.13

Ever great laundry room needs…

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