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.

Spring was here… February 23, 2011

We had our taste of Spring just the other week and as quickly as it came it left us with another foot plus of snow.  Yes, it’s been a long winter for us Minnesotans and we will all rejoice when the grass pokes it’s dirty head again.  This doesn’t mean we have to stop enjoying the idea of Spring.  Maybe the warmer the wishes the warmer the weather will become? 

It’s never too early to start planning.  You can add touches of Spring into your home by making simple inexpensive changes.  Changing out pillows, lamps, or adding a simple floral arrangement can help to change the mood, brightening not only your home, but your entire attitude.  We can all use a little uplift once in a while, especially through the winter months.

Check out these fine lamps from Wildwood Designs and Tracy Glover and you’ll see what I mean.

It’s all about the fabric…if you want to change things out for the season look at cotton, linen, or silks with either printed or embroidered motifs as velvets or chenille fabrics can feel heavy in the warmer months.  I’ve added a few of these types of fabrics above to get you thinking.  –You don’t always have to go floral to feel like Spring.  Although, florals have come a long way from the polished chintz that Grandma once had.  Sold colored pillows with a contrast colored welt or a fun trim added can make a fresh statement to your room.  Bolder patterned damasks in bright new colors like the ones I’ve shown above can also make a splash in your home.


February deals… February 7, 2011

International Market Square (IMS) is Minnesota’s center for Design products including custom home furnishings, lighting, accessories, tile, area rugs, fabrics, and wallcoverings available only To The Trade. These IMS showrooms showcase luxury brands not available to the general public or through most retailers. 

The start of the year can be a good time for you to look for closeout deals in furnishings. IMS Showrooms and their manufactures look to highlight new products previously shown at Fall Market and therefore need to make space for these special pieces by getting rid of last season goods. Luxury furnishings available as shown doesn’t fit everyone’s design needs, but if you have a plan for what you need then it could be added reason to buy. To top off the great deals on showroom floor items, many manufactures are kicking off the new year with a steeper discount on special order items as well. Industry professionals such as myself are your ticket to International Market Square’s vast array of specialty showrooms. I’d be happy to guide you through the showrooms to find that specialty item you’ve been looking for. Call me today to schedule an appointment! Follow the link below to reach me by phone or email:


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.


Nature inspired home furnishings… November 5, 2010

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.


Fall Design Event Highlights… September 29, 2009

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The Fall Design Event at International Market Square last Thrusday was a great treat–some of today’s hottest fashions for your home were showcased! The day was full of new and innovative products to inspire great design. Presentations ranged from fabrics, to furnishings, to flooring and everything in between.

A few of my days highlights included:

Barclay Butera, an Interior Designer and product stylists for Kravet fabrics and rugs. He talked to us about his designs and about doing what you love! Check out this link to get a taste of who he is and the fabrics he has designed for Kravet:

Leather floorsdistributed by Torlys flooring.  Yes, leather is not just for shoes anymore! Torlys have developed a system for installing leather floor tiles and planks similar to the way laminate floors are being installed. They are beautiful and offer a range of design options as you can mix your materials. The flexibility to design with all leather, leather and cork, or a mixture of leathers to create your own unique texture and look. The leather and cork are very green products as they are made entirely from what would normally go to the landfill! To view samples of this exciting new product check out the link below:

Century Furniture Industriesvery own, Eric Schenk Senior VP and COO, ripped apart a chair for us!  Yes, Upholstery from the Inside Out: This presentation, which included the deconstruction of a fully upholstered chair to highlight the amount of care and quality of materials that go into each piece of Century Upholstery. I was able to take photos during this presentation and have included them below. I hope that this will give you a good understanding of quality upholstery and the costs associated with it.

I’ve been using Century upholstery for years knowing it’s quality and great fashion sense, but it’s nice to be reminded. Check out their website: they offer more than upholstery. It’s apparent this family owned company takes care and pride in all the furnishings they construct in North Carolina, and it was fun to see them showcase it during this demonstration.

Hair-On-Hide Area Rugs was one of the last presentations that stands out for me and was showcased at the Holly Hunt showroom. These hair-on-hide area rugs, designed and constructed by Kyle Bunting in Texas! Yeah, USA! I know what you are thinking, the typical cow hide rugs that have come into fashion and are shaped like the beast–No, these are glamorous and beautiful art for the floor or wall. Custom designed just for you–any shape, any size, any pattern, and fully repairable! Check out Kyle’s website: for a view of this unique product.


The Jon Arlen Group September 28, 2009

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A few more highlights from The Jon Arlen Group showroom at International Market Square. Design is definitely in the details!


On windows…. September 1, 2009

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Window treatments offer more then just privacy and light control; They finish a room by adding comfort color and design to the space; They can help to humanize the scale of over-sized windows; Prevent sun damage to your fine furnishings, artwork, and area rugs; Add warmth at night by closing off a black pane of glass. (Some can even keep drafty windows at bay.)

 What’s on your windows can really tell the story of who you are and how you live.

Below are a variety of snapshots I’ve taken of treatments that I designed and were installed for my own clients. The fabrics we selected played a very important role in the overall design of the treatment and completion of each room:

Master Bath Custom Roman valance and roller shade.

Master Bath Roman valance and roller shade.

Master Bedroom Custom layered treatment

Master Bedroom layered treatment

MBR showing Roman shade down

MBR treatment showing Roman shade down

Master Bedroom Custom Roman valance

Master Bedroom silk stripe roman valance with pleated trimmings

Kitchen valance on curved rods

Kitchen valance on curved rods

Stairwell valance and shade

Stairwell valance and shade

Patio doors

Patio doors mirrored treatment in wool plaid