Interiors

Entrances: First Impressions

From the moment you open the front door to your house or apartment, you instinctively feel the emotional rush of being home. The entrance hall is the face and character of the house. Just as a writer must find his or her voice, your place…
Interiors

Start With A Master Plan

Good rooms evolve. They grow, change, and become more refined and beautiful over time. When you plan your ideal room, and determine how you want it to look and feel, you can build toward that goal in a continuous process.  Sketch out a floor plan…
Kathleen's Tips

The 60/40 Rule

How do you decorate a historical house with ornate architectural features? Keep it clean. Mix it up. Keep the palette interesting- don't be afraid to mix patterns, finishes, and textures. It's all about ratio.  When selecting furniture, try to keep to a 60 percent skirts,…
Inspiration

Trust Your Eye

I am often asked if good taste is something we can acquire.  My answer to this is a resounding Yes! Some people do have innate taste, but for most of us, good taste emerges once we have learned to trust our own eyes.  If you…
Interiors

Ideas for Decorating With Patterns

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start when selecting and combining patterns. When something is well designed, you see the pattern as a whole, a cohesive design.  If a pattern is not well balanced, certain areas will pop out at you, disturbing the harmony. …
Interiors

The Power of Stripes

Adding stripes to your decor or space is an easy effortless way to add a bold punch to any room. Stripes tend to add drama to a room.  They have an almost architectural power to redirect the eye and reshape a space. They can be incorporated…