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,…

Making a Punch List

Put a pad of paper on a clipboard. On the top right-hand side of the pad, write the date.  On the top left-hand side, write "Punch-List." Items on your punch list should be numbered and should contain keywords to identify areas that need to be remedied.…

Making the Most of Space

No matter how large or small a room is, the scale of the human form often determines the appropriate spacing between objects.  To create a room ideal for moving about with ease, for intimate conversation, for comfortable walking between furniture, you need ample space between…

Scale and Color Juxtaposition

Scale and Color Juxtaposition To achieve a harmonious scale in your home, it is important to understand the power of color juxtaposition.  Color has a huge influence on scale.  White and light colors have the power to enlarge objects or a space visually, while dark…

Three is Better than Two

Three Is Better Than Two When hanging objects on a wall, one over another, three is better than two.  You can hang five, but not four. The eye wants to focus on something interesting, not the lines created by the negative space between the objects…

Manipulating the Scale of a Space

When decorating our homes most of us know what we like but the challenge is often how to pull it all together. Scale and proportion, two very common interior design terms, are what make a home or room warm and inviting- and neither one costs a…

Adding Color to a Room

Adding Color to a Room If you feel your room is in need of a little zing - try adding a little color to your decor without picking up a paintbrush. I think adding a pop of color against a timeless neutral backdrop can be…

9 Lemons in a Bowl

Your energy is the most important thing in the world.  Our homes should be a place to rejuvenate ourselves with regular doses of positive energy.  Negative energy has a way of sneaking into our homes via TV, telephones, newspapers, computers, visitors and those “negative” conversations we…

Layer Your Lighting

Layer Your Lighting When thinking about the flow of space, ambiance, and atmosphere in your home, lighting can be one of the most fundamental elements. Beautiful interiors have a variety of lighting for different times of the day, tasks or moods. Take a layered approach…
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