Category Archives: interior design

This is a broad category but it will cover topics such as interior decorating, styling, window treatment, fabrics, wood flooring choices, kitchen and bath design, bedroom design ideas – whole house ideas.

Putting Christmas Away

Racoon ornament in Christmas tree

Packing Up My Favorite Christmas Decorations   Even the lamps got into the Christmas spirit! I know I’m a bit late in doing this, but I am only getting to put away my Christmas decorations. I put them up so late – Christmas Eve (trees and everything…and even some decorating Christmas morning before my family came over for dinner that afternoon) – so I just had to leave them up a little longer. It’s a … Continue reading

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Color Roundup: Using Radiant Orchid in Interior Design

Radiant Orchid

My Take on Radiant Orchid   I have always been a fan of this color – whether a more or less intense or more red or violet versions. Color experts say it’s an artistic color (I would agree!) and that it symbolizes innovation, creativity and originality. Yup – in total agreement. This girl loved it so much that she dyed her communion dress orchid! A few days after the ceremony, I had my mother buy some … Continue reading

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Happy New Year’s to All and a Little Table Decoration!

Happy New Year Christmas ornaments and candle on table

 Happy New Year’s to All My Readers and Friends I hope you are all planning a wonderful celebration.  I am having a little pre-dinner celebration and then my husband and I are meeting my brother and sister-in-law (a yearly tradition) and having a wonderful Italian dinner – and we’ll be ringing in the New Year at the restaurant. I am looking forward to it!  On the table I put about 4 or 5 clocks. A … Continue reading

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Why a New Ring Setting is Like Interior Design

 A New Engagement Ring Setting is Like Interior Decorating? Yes! A week before Christmas, I received an early present from my husband – a new setting for my engagement ring. I wanted this for such a long time but I always felt that it might be too expensive and that I should be happy with the actual ring that my husband gave me. It’s the memory thing, you know.  I wanted to preserve the beautiful memory … Continue reading

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Color Roundup: The Secrets to a Beautiful White Room

let art inform the color scheme in a white room

You all know how much I love color…especially on walls. I don’t have any white walls in my home but that doesn’t mean I hate white – I just hate it when white walls fail…because then the room fails. The room fails because most people either put a cacophony of color in the room to make up for the lack of color on the walls…or they don’t use any color or textures or patterns to make the … Continue reading

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Color Roundup: How to Pick the Right White Wall Color

 The Key to Picking the Right White I get this question all the time…”How do I pick the right white for my room?”  Hey, I’m the color girl remember? I love color and I would love to see my readers choosing more daring hues on their walls. White is one of those tricky paint colors because there are so many different whites and off whites to choose from – all with different casts of blue, … Continue reading

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Embossed Plaster Art for a Home Staging Project

metallic plaster art with overlay glaze

For a home staging assignment two weeks ago, I had to create some artwork for the property. Yes – I could have used some that I had on hand…but nothing was quite right.  The investors wanted the home to be a bit more contemporary than what I usually do – and I didn’t have anything that would work in a contemporary setting, artwork-wise. So, I decided to create my own. I did several pieces for … Continue reading

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My Interview with Artist, Mary Hong

glass art by Mary Hong

I follow a fellow designer, Cara McBroom, and was really taken by two art pieces in one of her client’s homes.  It was by Mary Hong, an artist working in Florida.  I had to contact her and found we had a lot in common – she appreciates the experimentation that faux finishers are fond of and she’ll be traveling to the same region of France that I visited back in 2001.  Mary, though, will be … Continue reading

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Decorating the Porch for Fall with an Outdoor Rustic Sign

happy autum sign on front porch

So, I came across a wonderful, rustic Welcome sign made by Shayna of The Woodgrain Cottage – such a nice touch to her absolutely beautiful fall porch. I am in the midst of decorating my front porch and felt that something like that sign would be a great addition.  My husband had an old wooden board taking up space in our shed, sooo… I felt it could have been a little taller…but for now…it was perfect. 

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Blue, Blue, My World is Becoming More Blue!

a serene bedroom in Woodlawn blue

  I have been a non-lover of blue for a long time now…but my taste has been slowly changing. I guess that happens to everyone.  Has this happened to you?   Back in 2007, my husband was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and while he was in the hospital I made a huge change in our Master bedroom, knowing that he would be recuperating for quite awhile. I wanted the room to be as serene and … Continue reading

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