Love it or loathe it? Marsala is 2015’s Color of the Year

Worldwide color authority Pantone (yes, that IS a real thing), recently announced the 2015 color of the year: Marsala. As the name suggests, Marsala is a red wine hue, sort of a faded burgundy. Pantone is trying to play up the French, foodie, oenophile associations with Marsala. But from what I have read in the blogosphere, reception to the color has been mixed. I will admit that I fall squarely in the not-a-fan camp. To me Marsala is the color of OLD, STODGY, PRISSY, and CORPORATE APPROVED. Give me dusty leather-bound law books, Victorian bed and breakfast bedskirts, hotel conference … View This Article Love it or loathe it? Marsala is 2015’s Color of the Year

Gift Guide 2014: Shop These 18 American Artisans

For my fourth annual holiday gift guide, I decided to expand my search beyond the Carolinas to include the whole US of A. I scoured Etsy to come up with a curated list of unique, finely crafted pieces made by American artisans. My criteria were loosely based on a “know it when I see it” approach: items that caught my eye had to be stylish, functional, genius or some combination of all the above. Just in time for Small Business Saturday, I hope you’ll see something for that special someone on your list! Click each photo to link to the … View This Article Gift Guide 2014: Shop These 18 American Artisans

2 DIY Bedroom Makeovers

Recently I’ve been sharing the results of some of my DIY client spaces. I call it DIY design when I provide the ideas, plans, and color palette, and my clients handle the shopping, purchasing and implementation on their own. One client in particular has been working with me for the past year or so this way. I created DIY plans for five of her rooms, and she’s been executing them one at a time. Today I’m sharing the results for her master and guest bedrooms. I think this client has done a great job following the design plans, transforming the spaces from so-so to swoon-worthy:

Client DIY: A Boy’s Bedroom Grows Up

In my last post I talked about how to achieve successful DIY design. The first step is to have a design plan, and this is the part I’m often asked to provide by my clients. A design plan includes a furniture layout, color palette, and ideas for accessorizing and finishing the room. The DIY project I’m sharing today is a design plan I did for 9-year-old Jake. Jakes’ parents hired me to come up with ideas for their son’s bedroom, but they were willing to handle all of the implementation. They did a great job! Here’s what the room looked like before I … View This Article Client DIY: A Boy’s Bedroom Grows Up

The Three Keys to Successful DIY Design

You might be surprised to know that in my work as an interior designer, some of my clients are do-it-yourselfers. While I most often provide turn-key design and implementation, some of my clients just want a little advice and guidance. Whether it’s for budget or personal reasons, they are happy to do the legwork themselves. For me it’s exciting to be part of their design journey and see the results of their efforts! I think great spaces are within the reach of just about anyone. Here are three keys to getting DIY results you will be proud of:

Five New Decorating Trends

Just like the right jewelry or scarf can make the outfit, art and accessories are those final touches that make a home feel more personalized and finished. Last week I was up in High Point for the bi-annual international home furnishings market, and while I was there I took note of some of the latest trends in home accents. In fact, much of what I saw was quite jewelry-like, with lots of precious metals and sparkling crystal. Here are five of the latest trends in home accessories, coming soon to a coffee table near you. Or not. You decide.