interior design tips

Interiors

Defining Appropriateness

I don't think I fully understood the meaning of appropriateness until I started traveling to Europe and visiting very old cottages and homes with their peculiarly shaped spaces, curves, angles, and juts.  I noticed how owners embraced their homes, just as they are.  They might…
Interiors

Choose Simplicity

You will never slip into pretentiousness or artificiality when you build your rooms on a solid foundation of simplicity. But most of us have a tendency to overdo, to reach for the most complicated and usually costly solution. Instead, try to keep in mind that…
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,…