The most ignored space in the home is the ceiling. Homeowners spend oodles and oodles of time and money decorating their walls and floors with wallpapers, window treatments, paint, rugs, tile, and hardwoods but rarely elect to do anything with the ceiling. The ceiling represents a great opportunity to add an additional design element to your space. Here are five ceiling treatments that will add a bit of pizzazz to your home.
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I normally don't write about fashion on this particular blog but fashion and interior design go hand in hand, influencing and borrowing from one another and thus, here I am writing about fashion on my Interior Design blog. One would have to be living in a vacuum to not be aware of the recent partnership and release of the Maison Martin Margiela with H&M collection. The collection was released on Thursday, November 15th and I am totally head over heels in love with the lucite
If you follow me on Instagram or Tumblr or Twitter, then you may have seen some of my photos from the 2013 DC Design House earlier this week. The photos did not reveal much, as the house is still in it's bare bones state so if you didn't understand what they were about this is my attempt to clarify. The DC Design House is an opportunity to raise money for charity, while allowing local area designers to showcase their talents. A house is chosen that is for sale or going to
Aside from budget and space planning, scheduling is one of the most important factors to consider when undertaking any interior design project. Having a good grasp of your project’s time constraints will help keep a tight leash on your budget. The longer a project drags on beyond the expected date of completion, the more time there is for budget overruns and costly mistakes.
I often run into homeowners undertaking first time DIY (do-it-yourself) home renovation projects
After spending quite a bit of time last week at my grandfather's upholstery business, Durham Upholstery, I started thinking more and more about upholstery and how the right fabric can make (or break) a piece of furniture. Selecting the right fabric is extremely important. The fabric should be durable for the amount of use it will receive and visually, it should help tie the remaining pieces in the room together. Having your furniture re-upholstered can be an expensive investm
Last Saturday, my mom celebrated her birthday with a party at home. The fact that she was having the party at her home made things just a bit more hectic, as she wanted everything to be perfect...perfectly spotless. Even though I was only in town for the party, I knew I wasn't going to get off easy, so it was no surprise when she asked me to dust...the entire house! I went about fulfilling my task but as I dusted and polished and dusted again, I also began removing things I f
s a designer, I'm always on the hunt. I'm always looking for that new and interesting take on things that are very old and common. I may stop into the same shops and showrooms a couple of times a week, to see what's new and what I may have looked over the last time I visited. As I'm making my rounds, I always make sure to include a Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams stop on the route. I think this is more for inspiration than anything else. MGBW has a very modern, yet classi
It's no secret that I love color. I always have, it's just something that makes me happy. Color inspires me to be creative. When I see a well designed room with rich, vibrant colors, it evokes an immediate reaction. Pair color with texture and well, it's like I've died and gone to heaven. But while I like color, my favorite colors are jewel tones. Jewel tones are intense, rich, and highly saturated (meaning that the hue is dominant; a color like grey would have very lit
Last week, I attended an event at the Edelman Leather showroom in Washington, DC. I've worked with Edelman in the past and am always eager to learn about their new products and services. The event was an overview of the basics of leather, much of which if I tried to explain here would probably be too technical but it was a great refresher and I walked away with a couple great ideas for different leather applications. #interiordesign #leather #edelmanleather #furniture
When it comes to my design projects, I very rarely actually "do" anything myself. Understand, I do design the spaces. I develop the ideas and concepts but as far as the labor, I usually leave that to the professionals. On a couple of occasions, I've been asked to paint or re-upholster. I usually decline as I'm not as skilled as a professional painter or upholsterer but on the rare instance that a close friend or family member asks, I have been known to say, "yes". The mos