My client’s family room had a red brick fireplace that dominated the space and she wanted a change. Because of the odd size and the lack of a mantel, the fireplace seemed out of place and unfinished. And since the client wanted to upgrade to a remote-controlled energy-efficient gas insert, this was the perfect time to redesign the fireplace surround. A full fireplace renovation was in order. In the end, she wanted her fireplace to complement the look and feel of the rest of her home that we had updated and transformed over the years.
In my childhood house, the kitchen sink had no window over it, only a mirror. Even at a young age, I imagined how much better it would be to have a window with a view, providing distraction from the daily drudgery that is dish washing.
Clients usually ask me for ideas for their kitchen window coverings that have unpleasant aspects or a lack of privacy. Happily, the house I live in now does have a window over the sink and I love looking out to my back garden. This window doesn’t need a covering for sun protection or privacy, but … Read More
This seasonal home décor project is how to style an autumn themed fireplace mantel with seasonal items.
For me, fall decorating is all about bringing in natural materials and using found objects from in and around your home to create your seasonal decor displays.
This mantel is only 5 1/8″ deep, which makes styling it a bit of a challenge because the decor items all have to work in a linear arrangement. This means that I have to create interest by adjusting the heights of the various items as well as using objects with a variety of shapes and sizes.… Read More
The new “it” colour in design for 2012 is Tangerine Tango. This has been determined by PANTONE® which is the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries which ranges from fashion, graphic design, plastics, automotive and paints.
I like what Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, says about this year’s color: “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”
So should a … Read More
I love using natural materials at any time of the year to decorate my home, but I especially love it during the Christmas holiday decorating season.
Here is one example of a quick arrangement that I put together in a very short amount of time. I took photos of the process.
- Gather from your garden (or local nursery) some cedar branches, huckleberry or boxwood branches along with some decorative ornaments.
2. Fill your urn with water and place the cedar branches inside, arranging them to hang over the edge of your planter.
3. Place about 3 twigs of huckleberry or … Read More