My sister Elizabeth inherited her kitchen with glazed creamy cabinets, chocolate brown walls (that’s what they were before we painted the walls CA100 Beechwood or BM HC-45 Shaker Beige or PPG 414-4 Dusty Trail) and a very busy and blotchy laminate countertop. The first thing we changed was the colour… Continue Reading →
Day 12 in my 37 Days of Learning Undertones Series is on my Facebook fan page right now! Come on over and join the conversation, we are having fun! In Day 11, one of my readers asked the above question so I thought I’d answer it here in a quick… Continue Reading →
source I chose two different faucets for both of Mom’s bathrooms in the carriage house she built last year. Because I’m in her house and see them all the time (different from a client’s home) one day I said to her, I like the faucet downstairs so much better than… Continue Reading →
Yesterday I posted my Styled Interiors board from Pinterest on my Facebook Fan Page and one of my readers commented that it was her favourite board and wondered if I would post more images on tablescapes for coffee tables and end tables. So I clicked over to Ralph Lauren Home… Continue Reading →
Designer Closet Guys Master Bedroom Solutions There comes a time when you get tired of your clothes hanging on barely adequate shelves and rods, when having your shoes strewn about the closet floor just gets old. So I decided I wanted a grown-up closet before we move in to our new… Continue Reading →
I received this question the other day and realized that even though my ebook covers it in comprehensive detail, I don’t have a single post that answers this question directly. So here are the 6 best ways to choose one: 1. Start with the living room because that’s where the… Continue Reading →
My House Beautiful magazine just arrived and this month they are featuring 101 Tips from from the Experts. I love read little ‘best tips’ from designers because I always learn something. These are my favourite 10 Best Designer Secrets from the Experts: 1. Once you’ve used a fabric in a… Continue Reading →
The biggest problem with renovations is deciding exactly what to do in any given situation. There are so many questions to resolve. Here are a few my lovely client in Dallas had when analyzing her kitchen.
1. Should I paint these cabinets or is the current colour okay?
A. The existing colour is definitely pink beige. I would paint them to update them but it depends on how you feel about them.
There are many colour choices for laminate floors, but how do you know what is the most timeless and classic flooring colour for laminate? I’ll show you. Laminate floors have come a long way from the photocopied look of the 3-planks-in-one-board we first saw in the beginning. Now it comes… Continue Reading →
Sometimes when a client takes me to an undecorated room to get my advice they will say “Everyone loves this dated lamp, art, vase, chair [insert dated piece here] so I want to keep it and/or build the whole room around it.”
Annie sent me this photo and with a question, ‘Are my sofa’s pink beige?’. She said in her current house (2nd photo) they looked yellow and in her last house (photo below) they looked pink. And she was absolutely right. The reason why complex neutrals are so complicated is because they change depending on which colours are beside them.
The wall colour below is BM HC-105 Rockport Gray (the whole room is the same colour but the light coming in from the left makes it look lighter in the photo) which has a green undertone. This pulls out the pink in her sofas.
Reader Question: “One thing that is not clear to me… with the colors trending from brown, beige, cream to grey, black, white, how do you incorporate grey, black and white when the furniture is wood (cherry, mahogany, whatever)? Do you just ignore the wood color? I’m guessing you’ll say no…. Continue Reading →
Recently a client asked if the chaise lounge chairs we were considering for her den could be designed so that they matched her living room furniture in the event she were to move. Another couple is redecorating their living room but they want to make sure that the furniture they select now will potentially fit into a condo when they downsize.
What about if you rent? That’s when a lot of people are even more inclined to wait until own before they purchase ‘custom’ furniture specifically for the rental they live in.
I am getting lots of questions about lighting and how it affects paint colour. I’m including this one to start off this post because it’s even more complicated than the usual one I receive (and it’s a great question, thanks!) source “Maria, do you know of a seminar that would… Continue Reading →
So just to be clear, I am not a kitchen designer. In other words, if you need a new footprint, or you need someone to design your cabinetry, where your spices and cookie sheets will be stored, well I am not that person. source However, which colour? Which countertop? Floor?… Continue Reading →