One of the most common reasons people renovate their homes is a change in their lifestyle - an upcoming wedding, a new baby, or grown children moving away.
The perfect antidote to dark, cold and creepy is light, warm and cozy.
Paint goes a long way in making old look like new.
Things have changed a lot since the earth was cooling and I was a teenage girl, but the basics of teenage bedrooms have remained the same. Every girl wants a place that they are proud to call their own and where they can express their own individuality.
Dining rooms are really all about the table and the chairs.
Clients usually come to me when they want to update the look of an existing room.
I tell people marriage is a compromise, and so are renovations.
Ask any teenage girl to describe her perfect bedroom, and you'll get answers like 'a room with a private phone line, a place to hang out with friends, and for it to be way-cool and funky.' Ask parents the same question, and 'a locked door that opens on their 21st birthday' might top the list!
I never try to be the poster child for the perfect mother/wife... You prioritize, you do the best you can possibly do, and you don't beat yourself up.
In tight quarters, it's important to choose small-scale items.
I think people underestimate the importance of lighting - layers of lighting, not just one light. I do a lighting seminar where I take a $300-a-yard fabric and a $3-a-yard fabric. I show what lighting can do to either one.
I'm an interior designer, first and foremost. I can do one thing really well, and I'm going to stay in my little niche.
A common mistake people make regarding dining rooms is to buy a matching set of table and chairs, which can be monotonous. I like to mix guest chairs in one style and head chairs in another for a more interesting, dynamic look.
Great French design is often about unexpected touches.
I firmly believe that if your environment works for you and your family, it translates into a better life.
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