Shop For Your Home like an Interior Designer

So, first, you daydreamed and let all the ideas come.

After that, you narrowed down, refined and put together a room that you love.

Bravo!  You are way ahead of the pack.  You are on the verge of having a plan.

Today we are moving on to Step Three in our Design Series:  The Doing Stage – Create the Vision.

(Wait…you’ve done Step One and Step Two, right?)

Raise your hand if you’ve ever meandered around the aisles of, say, Home Goods and bought some pillows or a lamp, only to find out it didn’t fit into your house at all once you brought it home?  Did you then decide you’re not very good at this decorating thing, get discouraged and wish you’d gone to art school?

What??  You too? [Read more…]

Cracked Patina Online Workshop: Coming Soon!

I know I promised you guys Part 2 of the Designing Series I started last week, but everything finally came together to begin filming my first on-line workshop!  (Insert excited squeal!!)  

This week I painted this beauty while filming the first course, How To Use Cracked Patina

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I’m so stinkin’ excited (and a bit nervous) to get everything edited and ready to offer to you.

I mean, don’t you want to learn how to create this finish??

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A Beginner’s Guide to Designing the Home of Your Dreams

Lately I’ve been looking at my home with a critical eye.  We’ve been here for 12 years and it has just sort of evolved as I had the time and/or money to tackle different areas.  Some rooms look great, a few are completely neglected (because I could never get a vision for that space), but most are almost but not quite finished because I got stuck.

Stuck picking out a durn rug or figuring out what to hang on the walls like I did here.

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Or stuck when I lost steam because I didn’t have the heart to tell my husband that I hated the paint color I had picked out and sworn to love.  Ahem.

And a lot of people get stuck right here.

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The Number One Thing You Must Do Before Your Next Furniture Makeover

This is so simple, I hesitate to write a whole blog post about it, but this is the number one take-away everyone thanks me for after classes and workshops.

It’s my first suggestion when people ask me what color they should paint something.

It’s what I didn’t do for a long time, until I got smart and realized how much time and energy I could save.

It’s what designers do all the time.

Ready for the big secret? [Read more…]