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Fabric, Glorious Fabric

Posted by Suzanne on June 5, 2014 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I love fabric. It's an obsession, really. I consider it to be a byproduct of being a Designer, akin to an mechanic who collects antique cars or an accountant who loves spreadsheets (I'm told people like this actually exist, though I'm skeptical).

A significant portion of the work that I do entails textiles of some sort, be it rugs, furnishings, accessories, or window treatments. As a fan...

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Shutters Shutters Everywhere!

Posted by Suzanne on July 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Let's face it. Shutters are in. Whether you use old charactered shutters, or pick up new ones from the hardware store, the ideas are endless when it comes to using shutters as a design element in your space. Here are some ideas on how you can incorporate shutters into your decor.

Create an accent wall. By using a variety of sizes and colors, this wall becomes a remarkable focal point in the room. Place the shutters like a puzzle along the wall. Select a handful of col...

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Tile Trends for 2013

Posted by Suzanne on July 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The international tile and stone exposition, Coverings, just finished.  This is the show where the geniuses behind the tile and stone industry gather annually to unveil innovative textures, patterns and mediums. Trends in tile and stone, just like textiles and clothing, continually change.

I've collected the best of the best upcoming trends to share with you.

Exquisite patterns. This magnificent mosaic, featuring a black glass field, is compris...

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Color Consult: Working with Gray

Posted by Suzanne on June 14, 2012 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Charcoal gray may be a neutral, but it's also a statement. It's bolder than its lighter brethren; more modern than its neutral cousins, the beiges; and less dramatic than black.



True gray (or achromatic gray) is a mixture of black and white. It has equal values of red, green and blue (RGB), and thus no hue. Off-grays — what we most often use in decorating — have very subtle but important differences in the values of red, green and blue. Cool g...

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The Painted Ceiling

Posted by Suzanne on May 4, 2012 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

"Psst! Look up here!" declares your ceiling. "What about me?" Give your ceiling the attention it deserves.

If you're getting ready to paint the walls, don't forget about the often overlooked ceiling. The ceiling should be treated as the 5th wall in your room. Often times, it has the largest visible surface area in the room because it doesn't have windows, furniture, doors, or artwork to break it up. It's large and continuous. They are often forgotten and neglected, even...

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Bring the Beach Home

Posted by Suzanne on April 19, 2012 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

As I get ready to leave on a beach vacation, I'm reminded of just how much I love coastal decor. The soothing tones, the nautical remiders, and the soft feel all calm my spirit. This got me pondering the idea of bringing the beach home. Even if you live in snow country, you can infuse coastal elements into your home to add calm. Here's how:


Ocean Hues

A light-blue shade on the cabinets and island complements the sea-inspir...

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The Painted Door

Posted by Suzanne on March 29, 2012 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Doors. Let’s face it, we all go through them day in and day out.  Whether it's the front door, the back door, the office door, the closet door, or even the revolving door (for good or bad), a door is like saying “hello." It is the first impression. Why not make the right impression?

We all know the impact an a painted door can create on the exterior of a home....

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Using Multiple Cabinet Finishes

Posted by Suzanne on February 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Just as I always recommend against buying a whole bedroom or living room set, I also recommend against using the same finish on all of your kitchen cabinets. Mixing up the colors or finishes adds a bit of the unexpected, and let's face it, the unexpected results in visual interest.

But don't the cabinets need to match each other and doesn't the kitchen table need to match the cabinets? Negative, Houston. In fact, the opposite is true. Every room becomes more attractive with...

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Choosing Paint Colors the Easy Way

Posted by Suzanne on February 16, 2012 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

How to Choose Paint

If you are looking for ways to kick-start your room redo, My Image Inspiration is a tool that allows you to upload a picture of something you like and think would work for your space—whether it’s a piece of art, furniture, fabric—anything! Once your photo is uploaded, the program gives you color palettes based on your inspiration!

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10 Beautiful Home Office Layout and Organization Ideas

Posted by Suzanne on January 26, 2012 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm in the organizational mood. Perhaps because I'm working on a home office project for a client, or maybe because I'm working through my home to get everything, including closets, organized. Organizational systems don’t have to be ugly eyesores that we hide from friends and family!  Here are 10 office solutions that you can create for your own home office! 

1.  Colorful Fabric Bulletin Boa...

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