About Blogging

What this blog IS:

  • It's me just throwing some ideas or thoughts out there - sometimes I'm in a teaching mood and sometimes I just want to share a little piece of my day.
  • It's a collection of pictures, taken with my iPhone. Imagine me (see photo above) wandering around my home or office, dust cloth in hand, setting up little vignettes to illustrate the topic of the day.  Sometimes I venture into the yard, sometimes they're pics from projects, vacations or shopping trips.
  • It's created in a totally ethical,  sustainable and fair-trade sort of way.  Seems like a no-brainer, but there are other ways to create a blog post and you see them every day.  Which leads me to:

What it's NOT:

  • It's not a place where you will hear about the virtues of spending big money on "curated," "bespoke," or "innovative"  items when they are none of those things.  I'm not into stuff.  I'm into life and creating rooms that make life very pleasant.  I'm not into pretending.  I'm into reality--life is messy and I design with ease of maintenance in mind.
  • It's not a candy store filled with professional photos grabbed off the internet. While I would love to use those fab photos, it requires obtaining written permission for every single one.  Who has time for that?  It's so much harder to write a blog without those gorgeous pictures that I did not take myself, but it's ethical and fair.
  • It's not a monetized blog, although I might head in that direction some day.  I'm not here to sell you anything, but I see no harm in monetized blogs.

So it's not a fancy design blog.  I do just fine by being myself (although maybe at the next photo shoot adding a necklace to my outfit wouldn't hurt).  I'm a formally trained and experienced interior designer and I dabble in blogging.

Welcome to my dabble!



Pillows That Snap, Crackle And Pop!

  Every now and then the iMovie app gets my attention and I have to make a video or two.  They're not flashy nor very professional, but I have fun creating them as a way to talk to you - and isn't that the point?  Yesterday I published the one that's on the Home Page (here's another chance to watch it!).

This morning I made one about accent pillows.  Here it is:

I'd have to give up my day job to make these things smooth and flawless and we can't have that!  Hope your week is a good one.



Latest Design "Don'ts" that I DO NOT agree with!

  cranky teacher


Lately, I've read a couple of those  "Design Don'ts"  lists.  While I usually gloss over those cheeky experts,  when they include snide comments about some of my favorite things, I must disagree.  I'm being lazy today and using photos found on Houzz (in a completely permissible embedded way to use the photos of others).


Here are the worst offenders:


1.  'Don't karate chop your pillows.'  This is baloney.




I love a karate chop on a quality pillow.  In the photo above, it relaxes those chairs a bit.



Doesn't have to be a deep chop.  On the bed above, look at that gentle chop on the back pillows.  Nice.



Oh baby, what fab colors.  Chop away!  It looks great!


2.  'Don't use a painted accent wall.' This is salami.



This kitchen is beautiful, but the accent wall makes it a showstopper.  Without that shot of color, it would be yet another white kitchen.


A chalkboard wall is always going to make me smile.  This added so much personality to the space.



A painted accent wall should draw your eye to something special. The artwork above would have been kind of lost if all the walls were white.


3.  'Don't use "busy" patterns on window treatments.'  Now they've really gone too far!



I see the shape and layout of the room above a lot.  Those "busy" drapery panels pull the eye all the way through and soften up any hard lines in the space (Mr. TV, I'm talking about you).





Doesn't this room just steal your heart?  It's a modern, gender neutral child's bedroom that would be nothing special without that bold pattern on the drapery panel.  It POPS!  Oh yeah, the snoots don't want us to say "pop" anymore either.





Ok, I'm not a big fan of that chair,  but those boldly patterned drapes are warming up the appearance of this room like nobody's business.  The bed is beautiful.  They really should have gone a little further and added roman shades to those small windows in the same fabric.

Please don't listen to the naysayers with all of their Don'ts.  Good design depends heavily on lots of "Do's."  DO what you like.  DO pay attention to scale.  DO add something fun to every room.


Just remember, your home should make you smile!