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Newly Published: Interior Design for Children

For anyone who hasn’t already heard, I just published my very first e-book!  Interior Design for Children is a guide for anyone looking for professional tips and tricks for creating a functional and beautiful room for their child.

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Tips for Accessorizing Your Home

I just finished perusing the book Accessorize Your Home by Caroline Clifton-Mogg.  I’m always looking for new ways to display collections, hang artwork or arrange side tables.  If you need some fresh new ideas, you will enjoy this collection of photos and easy-to-read tips.

Accessorize Your Home

The rooms featured in this volume tend toward the cottage and casual styles, without a focus on very formal or traditional spaces.  The accessories are often shown in layered groupings, creating a decidedly “unstuffy” appearance.  However, there are some very symmetrical and precise groups of wall art featured, along with tips for getting them hung just right.

Have you read this book?  Perhaps used a tip or two in your home?  I would love to hear your thoughts about what worked for you!

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Speed Decorating: Book Review

I recently had the chance to peek through a copy of Jill Vegas’ Speed Decorating:  A Pro Stagers Tips and Trade Secrets for a Fabulous Home in a Week or Less

As a professional designer, I thought she had some great tips and tricks for quick and easy updates to anyone’s home.  She offers some fresh ideas, including some wonderful thoughts for do-it-yourselfers.

One idea I especially liked was Ms. Vegas’ suggestion to keep a Design Notebook about your home.  As you evaluate your needs for each room in your home (she offers suggestions on how and what to evaluate), keep a notebook and pencil handy.  Jot down notes on what items you need to purchase for each room and what projects need to be done.  Details are key; write down sizes, colors and other items of importance, so you know exactly what you are shopping for.

Although, most likely, all of your “to-do” list will not be accomplished immediately, it provides a master plan for your home.  As time and budget allow, you will have your plan in place, and won’t flounder aimlessly wondering what to do next. 

Additionally, when you are out shopping, keeping your Notebook handy will allow you to snatch up bargains when you see them – and to know what will work in your home!  No more buying an accessory, only to find out it is too large, too small or not the right color.  I think this idea is helpful for any homeowner; what do you think?

I thought the book was well laid-out, making it easy to read and easy to skim pages for the facts.  If you have read this book, I would love to hear your comments.

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Not So Big Remodeling

I just finished perusing a copy of Sarah Susanka’s book Not So Big Remodeling.  What a fantastic resource for anyone considering a home remodeling project!  Sarah and I share many of the same ideas when it comes to home remodeling – bigger is not always better.

Not So Big Remodeling
Not So Big Remodeling: Tailoring Your Home for the Way You Really Live

Clients are often concerned that they don’t have enough space to make their kitchen, bathroom, (insert room here), the room the REALLY want.  This belief stifles them into doing nothing.  I feel, however, that you truly can create an amazing space – even if it’s small!  In fact, it’s often even more accessible for clients to get that “magazine cover” look in a smaller space.  With fewer square feet to cover, upgrading your finishes isn’t quite so daunting.  For example, that $25/sq. ft. backsplash tile takes a big bite out of a budget when you need 60 square feet to complete your kitchen.  However, when the backsplash only requires 20 sq. ft. of tile, it becomes much more affordable to add that custom touch.

I also think builders and remodelers (and, yes, even architects sometimes!) too often add space just to add space.  Adding square footage to a room simply for the purpose of making it bigger isn’t enough.  That extra space needs to be useful!  Adding an extra 2 feet to the width of a living room may mean that you can now fit your grandmother’s antique chair in the corner.  Or, it could mean you have a really big walkway through the room!  More isn’t always better when it comes down to function.

A better way to approach a remodeling project is to really analyze your space needs.  Do you really need to add on to your kitchen?  Perhaps your current cabinet space is just fine, but the configuration is all wrong, creating traffic flow problems with more than one cook in the space.  Or, maybe your appliances aren’t conveniently located.  Or, the lighting is bad.  It’s amazing what good design, good lighting, good color choices, can do in a space.  More space isn’t automatically the answer; it may be the best choice, but there are other ideas to explore as well.

I would encourage you to pick up a copy of Sarah’s book and take a peek.  If any of you have read it, and would like to offer your opinions here, I would love to hear from you!

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