Thursday, December 17, 2009

Savor The Moment

We've decorated the tree, the mantle, the dining table, and the landscape outside. We're hustling to find those last minute gifts and stocking stuffers. Soon our homes will be filled with family and friends, and hopefully fun and laughter. Take time to savor it, live in the moment, and realize that it is all too fleeting. It is not the gifts that we give that endure the test of time, it is the memories that we give. Think about that as you gather together. What do you want your family to remember about you, and you them?

The greatest gift you can give to anyone is letting them know that they make a difference in your life. A gift of the heart is one they will always cherish.

Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Get Organized with

I found this new innovation thru Seth Godin's blog and it is FABULOUS! So easy, uncomplicated, versatile, and quick. As a small business owner I wear many hats, as my Mom would say, "You are the chief cook and bottle washer." I am a habitual note writer. My desk and drawers are littered with 4x4 notes some legible, some not, of phone numbers, measurements, and names. I don't throw even the most cryptic note away for fear that I will need it "someday." (I live in fear that Oprah will show up with a camera crew for her next hoarding show.)

I realize this is a departure from my usual information about Interior Design, but I like to think of this little tidbit as my way of helping you design your time more effectively so that you will have more time to devote to the "fun" things, like decorating!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Are You A "Right or Right Now" Client?

In the course of a design project you may be faced with a dilemma that is going to force you into making a choice. A choice to either delay the project or make a new selection. I call this the "Right or Right Now" decision. If the delay is based on a crucial element of the project, you have to decide what you are willing to sacrifice for the eventual outcome.

Many of the projects that I begin for clients are "event" projects. The client has put off purchasing draperies for the home they moved into three years ago because they just couldn't decide what they wanted to do. But now, they have agreed to host their best friends bridal shower in four weeks and it has to be done by then. As a Designer I love these life events, it spurs people into action! (And I work well under pressure) But, invariably, some element of our choices will be "backordered" until the week after the event.

Now, in most cases this is not a crisis because we can find a suitable substitute. But what if there isn't a better substitute? What if this is the best choice for the project. I have to ask my client "Do you want it right or right now?" Only they can make that decision because they have to live with the choice.

Design projects are expensive, time consuming, emotional, and aggravating. But they can also, more importantly, be fabulous and worth the effort if your willing to make the sacrifices needed for a beautiful result that you will enjoy for years to come.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Candice Olson, "The Queen of Bling" in Home Decor

We don't usually think of "Bling" as being a home decor element, but we do now! Candice Olson has introduced a gorgeous line of designer fabrics chocked full of metallic threads, rhinestones and shiny patent leather. Her own unique style of "Contemporary" is not the sparse, often cold hard-edge styling that has in the past been associated with that genre.

Candice has perfected the fusion between the clean lines of contemporary and the soft and warm touch of traditional and a smattering of bling, to create a style that is now coveted around the world by thousands of Divine Design junkies.

If you are a fan of her show you have no doubt begun to see her new fabrics, that she developed with the help of world renown textile giant Kravet Fabrics, on the latest episodes. As these fabrics have been introduced, sales have skyrocketed sending many patterns into "backordered" status overnight. Never before has a single collection had such an impact on the home decor fabric industry. Now anyone can have Candice Olson styling right in their own home by covering a chair or adding window treatments with fabric from her gorgeous collection.

If you have not had the pleasure of seeing the Candice Olson Collection you can go to to see the entire line or you can log on the to order fabrics and swatches from the collection. And, just let me say, you must order at least a swatch of the fabric in order to appreciate its true beauty, the computer screen does not do them justice!