Designs to Inspire

Great design brings people home. As a residential Interior Designer I think it's important that you love the home you are in, no matter what kind of budget you are on. This site is to help you start thinking about your home in a new way.

Just in…Custom drapery panels and tiled backsplash- November 16, 2010

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These custom drapery panels were installed at my clients home yesterday and finish off her kitchen dinette space. My workroom was kind enough to send the photos as I wasn’t able to be there. I’ll be sure to post more photos of this space once I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the new changes in person. You can find some before photos of this project on my blog post Custom Furnishings Installed, Sept 20, 2010. On Friday we finished installing the tile backsplash in their kitchen. I’ve included images from my contractor during this install as well.

Changes we made to the kitchen include: -Adding a mosaic tile backsplash with colored-glass tile accents. -Adding under cabinet lighting. -Painting out the center island to coordinate with the new tiled backsplash and new drapery panels. -Painting the refrigerator wall Pratt & Lambert’s Manchester Red to pull in the colors from the floral drapery and family room furnishings. – Painting the existing kitchen dining chairs black to coordinate with the black granite countertops and painting the dining table base Manchester Red. -Replacing the patio door vertical blinds with a decorative stationary contemporary floral drapery panel on a double rod with full closing sheer panel. These are hung on a back metal rod to work with the black accents throughout the kitchen. The sheer panel tucks behind the floral panel when fully open.


Color Forecasting 2011… November 5, 2010

It’s always fun to understand where our color inspiration comes from. As I’ve said many times we are influenced by our surroundings. Travelers bring back images and collectables from foreign lands. Lakeside residences often like softer palettes, while those in the mountain regions tend to go warmer in color and rougher in texture. Those in metropolitan areas tend to like sleeker designs and finishes yet when it comes to color they are either soft and sensual or bold. As people move from one region of the country to another they take with them what they know and along with this comes their comfort zone on what defines home. This is then transferred to the people they know and meet. Our cultures intermix and we are broadened because of it.  

The other week I had the opportunity to sit in on Sherwin-Williams Color Forecast for 2011, which defines 4 color zones. Taking some cues from the year prior while culturally exploring some new palettes.  I’m not one to follow trends, but am always intrigued by what is leading the fashion of design. I take from it what I can and build from it. As individuals from various backgrounds we tend to grasp for the known.  It’s my job as an Interior Designer to help you get out of your comfort zone and discover your true colors.

Jackie Jordon, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams was our presenter. Here are some brief details on the new palettes and the color story behind each group.

Palette 1Gentle Medley…A fresh, airy, innocent approach to color. –Think vintage floral, motifs of dragon flies, butterflies, and leaves. –Mismatched flea-market finds. –Hand-tinted photos and maps. You will see: wheat, sand, Soft greens, a sharp yellow-green, copper, and a deep brownish gray, followed by mountain gray in this palette.

Palette 2Restless Nomad…Sultry hues, exotic and primal. –Influenced by Ethnic patterns, exotic animal skins and aged leather.  –Patchwork and tapestries. –Both Moroccan and Turkish influences. These colors take on a deeper hue: Indigo, dirty gray, purple, burgundy, a soft brown, sharp yellow and gold, sweet orange, silver, and crisp red and pink fill this palette.

Palette 3Purely Refined…The elegant tailored and yet understated color palette. –Understated luxury at its finest. Clean classic lines, with exquisite tailoring. –Ombre-dyed fabrics and textured linens. –Concrete. –Pleated detailing and Artisan-crafted pieces.—Clean lines and oval shapes. We are back to softer hues: slate blue, soft sage and yellow, a light gray and lilac, bluish gray, yellow-buff, umber, deep peppery gray, and reddish cocoa top this palette.

Palette 4Bold Invention…An experimental artsy and expressive palette. I’d say this is my least favorite for the forecasts. A little too high-energy are the hues, but that’s the point. We are talking rebellion in a city that never sleeps. –Graffiti art.  –Neon. –Latin American influences. –Pixilated images on art and textiles and clashing patterns and motifs. –Modular furniture and sculptural ceramic. You will see: A chili red, bold turquoise, Sapphire blue, pea green, bluish green, soft blue and beige with a steel gray, and high energy yellow.

So what does the future hold in your next interior project? Be sure to stop in at your local Sherwin-Williams to view the actual color samples. You will also see the wonderful new faux finish lines they have developed.  Techniques that will surely get your ideas flowing, but that’s another blog post…


Nature inspired home furnishings…

Most everything we do in design is inspired by our surroundings. Nature plays a big part in both fashion and interior design. Here are some great finds to help you bring the outdoors in. From wallcoverings to fabrics and furnishings let nature be your guide.


ASID Sample Sale starts today! November 4, 2010

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If you are looking for quality furnishings at discounted prices, check out this years ASID Sample Sale starting today at 4pm. Sale is located at International Market Square, Minneapolis’s home for Interior Design specialty products. Sale goes from Thurs, Nov 4th thru Sat, Nov 6th. I will be helping out on Saturday from 9am to noon. Hope to see you there! Check out the following link for more details and some sample sale highlights!