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Both at the Maison & Objet show in Paris and more recently at High Point Market, I had the opportunity to attend several presentations on trends in home furnishings. Trend reports are always good fun and I manage to take them both seriously and not seriously at the same time. Seriously, because I’m fascinated by the ways cultural, economic and political events influence our collective appetites for different colors and styles in our home environments. Not seriously, because it’s hard to keep a straight face when fed such nuggets of wisdom as “antlers are out” and “Caesar busts are in”.

The Maison & Objet trend seminar was actually one of the more abstract and conceptual ones I have attended in my career. Phrases such as “the transcendence of nature”, “the tension between minimalism and maximalism” and “the odor on the moon” were some notes I jotted down during the presentation. I’m not sure what those things mean in terms of home décor but they sounded like sophisticated thoughts one might sprinkle into a fancy conversation, if one wanted to sound au courant.

tea room
In this capsule space from the Maison & Objet show, a  tea room is decorated with a metallic print wallpaper created using NASA space image photography.

I am going to try to break down some of the overarching trends in color and home decor that I observed in my multi-show tour through High Point and Maison & Objet this fall. I have to start by saying that the thing that surprised me most, actually, was the degree of consistency in the trends between the US and Europe. I had expected Paris to be far, far out ahead of us and didn’t really see that. It may be that in the age if Instagram and Pinterest, design ideas are making their way across the pond faster than they used to. Or maybe we are just catching up because we’ve read that book about why French women don’t get fat and we now know all their secrets.

Now Trending: Luxury

The overall theme of the Maison & Objet Show this year was Precious.  Precious as in, things that are rare, valuable, or require great skill or time to make. It seems that this craving for things that are “precious” may be influenced by decreasing access to natural resources, such as fresh water, in some parts of the world. It may also be driven by our increasingly hectic and technology-driven lives, the idea of quality time with loved ones as a luxury.

jeweled box

In décor terms, the precious theme translates into use of gold, semi-precious stones, marble and other minerals to embellish home furnishings.  Metallics continue to be a huge trend, especially raw or natural gold. Though the jeweled box above (a “phylactere” actually) is from the Louvre’s 13th century collection, it is right on trend now. Run out and buy yours today!

blue box table

This modern trinket box (actually a side table) is the very epitome of the “precious” theme, with its gold link chain legs and gem-like blue crystal case perfect for displaying .giant mollusk fragments because, of course.

upholstered chest

Wrapped into the luxury trend are all sorts of plush, sumptuously textured fabrics and textiles like fur (faux and real), velvet, plush knits, brocades, and even lace. Even casegoods receive the luxury treatment, like this dressing table upholstered in thick patterned velvet.


This shearling-wrapped bench seen at High Point plays right into the ongoing trend for luxury hides in décor. But forget about those antlers! So passé. Oh, wait, I think those are horns, I’ll allow ’em.

Also Trending: The Decorative Arts

blue room

I guess this is where the Caesar busts come in (note Chaddock’s showroom above). There has been a resurgence of interest in the decorative arts, and we’re seeing a return of ornamental details inspired by Greek Classicism to Art Deco and everything in between. In general I think there’s a slight fatigue with the mid-century modern mania of the past decade. So long, Don Draper. It doesn’t really mean mid-century goes away entirely, but maybe becomes a less prominent feature within an overall collected mix.


When I talk about decorative arts as a trend, what I really mean is pattern, detailing, trim, ornamentation, or, frou-frou, to use an industry technical term.  It’s all the stuff the modernists tried to do away with in the first half of the 20th century when architects started building glass box houses with like, one chair inside, if they were feeling generous. Today’s look is collected, with carefully considered layers of ornamentation. It’s not over-the-top fussiness, but rather about creating a tension between minimalism and maximalism (see how I did that? This blog just got FANCY.) The photo above is like a jewelry box filled with decorative handles for cabinets by Tritter Feefer.


inlaid bone chest

Pattern, color, and ornamentation becomes a key design feature in interiors, and you see it popping up in so many different ways, from these fun and colorful wood floor tiles from Mirth (top photo above), to the bone inlaid chest (second photo) from Harden.

klaus red pillows

The decorative arts trend looks to cultural as well as historical sources for inspiration. The folk arts of eastern Europe, Scandinavia and the far east are reflected in patterns and motifs, particularly in textiles. The top photo above shows folk-lore inspired prints designed by Finnish designer Klaus Haapeniemi, who has also done extensive work for Finnish tableware company Iittala that I absolutely adore. Below that are beautiful red vintage embroidered linens from Hungary. Embroidery and needlepoint (both vintage and contemporary) are another area of the decorative arts that has seen renewed interest.

Some Thoughts on Color Trends

gold and black vases

side table

Really color needs its very own blog post but let me summarize here: Gold. Gold, gold, gold, gold, gold. Are you sick of gold yet? Cause we are juuuuust getting started. I realize gold is a metallic but there is always going to be something metal in any room, whether it’s a lamp, faucet, knob or what-not. I went looking for a nickel lamp the other day and was hard-pressed to find one, that’s how far the golden pendulum has swung. By gold of course, I mean anything gold-toned, which might include brass, bronze, or rose-gold or even copper. Gold paired with black (like the vase from Eur Decor above) and gold paired with marble (like the second photo showing a side table from Caracole) are particularly on-point trend-wise.

red bed

black and red room

One major distinction in color trends between Europe and the US was I noted a lot more deep, saturated colors and jewel-tones in the US market. I saw vivid lacquer red like in the four poster bed from Harden above, sapphire blue, coral, emerald and fuchsia. On the neutral side, these colors are balanced out by strong black and white as seen at Chaddock (second photo above), and a continued emphasis on grey.

Illums Bolighus

On the other hand, I saw a lot more muted colors, natural neutrals, and macaron-hued pastels in Europe. And lots of pink. Although it could be mistaken for Barbie’s Dreamhouse, the above photo is actually a store window in Copenhagen. I saw a lot of this particular shade of pink in Paris as well, and won’t be surprised to see it headed our way soon.


So there you have it, my world-tour of trends. I’m brewing my afternoon coffee and it smells heavenly, like the odor on the moon.


Tamara Leicester is a licensed interior designer and owner of Tamara Heather Interior Design, LLC. She designs casually elegant interiors with an artistic sensibility, often drawing upon the talent of local artists and craftspeople in her work. Dreaming about updating your space? Learn more at

My Design Tour Through Paris

In early September I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in a “designers’ tour” through Paris. Led by Parisian decor maven Deb Barrett, the tour granted access to specialty fabricators and studios and provided guided introduction to the Paris flea markets and the Maison et Objet home show. Considering that I also opted to tack on visits to the Louvre and Versailles, my week in Paris was an absolute visual feast.

Here I am in front of Versailles Palace.

I think what makes France such a design destination, and inspiration to design lovers around the world, is its combination of historical wealth in the decorative arts and its continued commitment to producing finely crafted products. A walk through the decorative arts galleries at the Louvre, or through the Palace of Versailles (which is where I am in the photo above) is an education in design history. Even if you don’t particularly love the period or style (and let’s face it, how many people are designing their homes in Louis XIV?), there are many details, proportions, patterns, and color palettes that are ripe for inspiration and just as relevant today. Included in our tour were behind-the-scenes visits to three French studios who embrace France’s rich design history as they create exquisitely crafted materials for today’s home and fashion markets.

A fabric from Pierre Frey's current collection.

1. Pierre Frey

Perhaps no one understands the history of the French decorative arts so well as fabric house Pierre Frey, which is a manufacturer of high-end fabrics and wallcoverings. A company that has been managed by the same family for three generations, Pierre Frey bases many of its current designs on an amazing collection of historical fabrics that they’ve amassed over the years. Shown above is a spectacular blue fabric from the company’s current collection – one of my personal favorites.

We were especially amazed at how vibrancy of these hundred+ year old fabrics.

Our tour group was thrilled to be invited down into the Pierre Frey archives, where we were shown drawer upon drawer of historical fabrics dating back to the 17th century.We were amazed by the vibrancy of this yellow Louis XV fabric (approx. 250-300 years old).

This is the original design model for a train cabin for Napoleon Ist.

Here, we are delighted by this original design model for a train cabin built for Napoleon III. I’m trying to imagine having to create dioramas like this for my client projects. Thank goodness for CAD and Sketch-Up is all I can say!

Designer Jean Baptiste at Aintoinette Poisson show us remnants of vintage wallpaper that have been preserved.

2. Antoinette Poisson

Another Parisian company looking to French history for inspiration is print design studio Antoinette Poisson. Specializing in hand-blocked and hand painted wall papers, the designs are based on vintage wallpapers, fabrics, and even book linings, which they have collected from flea markets and auctions. In the photo above, designer Jean Baptiste shows us remnants of a vintage wallpaper that has been framed and preserved. You can see that next to it on the right is a pillow in a fabric they’ve created based on that same print.


Shown above are several wallpaper and fabric prints from Antoinette Poisson’s current collection. Designs range from Marie Antoinette-inspired florals to Moorish-influenced geometrics that actually read quite modern. The wallpapers are sold by the sheet, each roughly the size of a piece of legal paper. At about $45 per sheet, an entire room done in one of these wallpapers would be spectacular (and spectacularly expensive), but I think they could be used to great effect in a small accent area or even framed individually as art prints.

Photo courtesy AP

3. Sophie Hallette

How can anyone forget the stunning gown worn by Kate Middleton at the royal wedding? Designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, the lace in her gown was actually created by Parisian lacemaker Sophie Hallete.


It was thrilling to visit the Sophie Hallete showroom and see bolt upon bolt of luscious laces in every color and pattern imaginable, as well as, of course, the very lace Kate herself made famous. Following a centuries-old tradition, Sophie Hallette’s artisans train for up to seven years to become skilled in lace-making. The lace is still made using antique iron looms and bobbins, and each design can take up to four months to produce.


Although Sophie Hallette’s laces are most commonly used by big-name fashion houses for couture creations, there are obvious applications in home decor as well. I can imagine making some seriously dreamy window treatments. Of course, probably NOT in a household with cats! The close-up above shows the amazing detail in one of Sophie Hallette’s laces – it’s actually a scarf which I was able to purchase for myself at the showroom, and a cherished souvenir of my design tour of Paris.

I have more to report from my design tour, especially some great insights on trends and a color forecast from the Maison & Objet show, but the rest will have to wait for another day. A bientot!


Tamara Leicester is a licensed interior designer and owner of Tamara Heather Interior Design, LLC. She designs casually elegant interiors with an artistic sensibility, often drawing upon the talent of local artists and craftspeople in her work. Dreaming about updating your space? Learn more at


Design Destination: Denmark

One of my greatest influences as a designer was my semester spent studying architecture and design in Copenhagen in 1995.  As a student I was won over by the warmth and simplicity of Danish Modern;  it’s a pared down aesthetic that doesn’t sacrifice comfort for good looks.

Here I am (pictured on the left) with my Danish host family and several friends from my exchange program in 1995.
Here I am (pictured on the left) with my Danish host family and several friends from my exchange program in 1995.

With mid-century Danish Modern styles enjoying a resurgence of popularity today, Copenhagen is currently experiencing a renaissance as a cultural and design destination. It is a city of acclaimed restaurants and celebrated designers. With this being the 20th anniversary of my study year abroad, it seemed like the perfect time to revisit Denmark on a family vacation. While I was there I took time to appreciate the many ways great design is factored into the Danes’ daily life.

Urban Planning & Landscape Design

Yep that's me on a bike!

Copenhagen is not only a very walk-able city, it’s also one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. Nearly all of the streets in Copenhagen are flanked by generous bike lanes. Everyone bikes everywhere. Maybe that’s why the Danes all seem to be so fit and healthy! We had fun renting bikes for the afternoon and touring around the Copenhagen central lakes district.

basketball court

Who said a playground has to have swings?

Copenhagen has no shortage of recreational areas. In addition to the lakes and lush green parks, there are also interactive urban spaces like this skate park/basketball court/ gathering spot. It actually forms the roof of an underground parking garage. Who said a playground has to have swings to be fun?


One more cool feature we noticed about Copenhagen’s sidewalks: they’re embedded with low-profile metal bars, to help the visually impaired navigate city streets safely. What a thoughtful design feature.

Culinary Arts

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The introductory course of fresh baked popovers with butter served in a carved out stone, at Host.

Copenhagen is currently home to the anointed “best restaurant in the world”, Noma, famous for its nouveau Nordic cuisine. Though we would have loved to have eaten there during our trip, aligning hard-to-get reservations with local babysitters didn’t pan out. But we did enjoy a special dinner out at Host, a restaurant just down the street from our Airbnb apartment. The 3-course prix-fixe menu included hake served with frozen smoked cheese, roasted goose glazed in prune juice, and salted caramel ice cream, plus several intermediate amuse bouche courses. With a 3-glass wine pairing, the meal came to about $75 per person. We felt we did quite well and got to enjoy a taste of nouveau Nordic at a fraction of Noma’s cost.

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The roasted goose breast at Host.

Another wonderful food experience we enjoyed in Copenhagen was the Torvehallerne, an open-air food/farmers market, with vendors selling a cornucopia of fresh meats, seafood, artisanal cheeses, baked goods, and farm-fresh produce. We were lucky to be staying near the Torvehallerne, so we were able to pick up food to prepare at our apartment on our way back from our daily outings. Hot-smoked salmon, Danish havarti, and cinnamon rolls were a few of our favorites.

Art & Design

Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen. Photo credit: Fritz Hansen.
Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen. Photo credit: Fritz Hansen.

For a small country of 5.5 million people, Denmark has contributed more than its share to the world’s lexicon of iconic designs. From the Sydney Opera House (designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon), to Arne Jacobsen’s famous Egg chair, to the ubiquitous LEGO, the influence of the Danes on modern design has been pretty monumental.

Illums Bolighus window

The Illums Bolighus store window was "pretty in pink".
The Illums Bolighus store window is pretty in pink.

For anyone who loves modern design, the Illums Bolighus department store right on the Stroget (walking street) in central Copenhagen is Mecca. Representing all of the most prominent Danish design brands, including Georg Jensen, Louis Poulsen, Hay, Normann Copenhagen (the list goes on and on…) as well as other notable contemporary European brands, this store is three floors of wonderland. There are sections devoted to fashion accessories, kitchenwares, furniture, lighting, and a small clothing department.

Vases and bowls by Lena Pedersen
Vases and bowls by Lena Pedersen

In addition to fine furniture and woodwork, Denmark has a long tradition of ceramic and glass arts. While we there, a contemporary crafts fair was taking place and honestly there were so MANY things to love I simply could not choose a thing to buy. What a problem to have! Fortunately I did not come hone empty handed. I discovered the ceramics studio of Lena Pedersen just down the street from our apartment, and was beguiled by the tonal variety of her chalky, pastel hued vases. I selected several vases in a palette of soft blues from her collection.

Hand-made leather purses at Tactila.
Hand-made leather purses at Galerie Tactus.

While home furnishings seem to have the spotlight in Denmark, exquisitely crafted jewelry and fashion accessories are also not to be missed. Visit the Georg Jensen showroom to get a glimpse of how the royals shop. For the rest of us, there are so many little ateliers, boutiques and studios it’s impossible to see them all in one stroll down the Stroget. I especially enjoyed Galerie Tactus, which is a small design collective representing a few select jewelry, textile and leather goods artisans. I swooned for their printed leather clutches, and could not leave without buying one for myself. The sales lady told me that the Duke of Denmark’s girlfriend carries one of the same clutches. So I’m feeling a little bit royal now myself!

Tamara and swans

I feel like I could go on for days about the wonders of Denmark’s design scene. But this post wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t also mention that the Danes are also some of the nicest people on the planet. Several times we were offered help by a a kind Danish soul, obviously sensing our confusion as we tried to read a map or find our way around. We were let off the hook by the train conductor for not understanding about punching our ticket first at the platform. We were given a pass when we showed up with the wrong number of ride tickets for the roller coaster at Tivoli. I’m not sure I’ve traveled anywhere else where I’ve been treated with such kindness and graciousness. I do hope to return to Denmark again someday, and I don’t think I can wait 20 more years for the next visit.


Tamara Leicester is a licensed interior designer and owner of Tamara Heather Interior Design, LLC. She designs casually elegant interiors with an artistic sensibility, often drawing upon the talent of local artists and craftspeople in her work. Dreaming about updating your space? Learn more at

5 Solutions for TV-Challenged Spaces

Do you have a room that simply does not have a good place for your TV? You’re not alone. It’s probably the challenge that comes up most frequently when I work with clients. Houses built before 1950 were certainly not designed to accommodate televisions, and I would argue that most houses today are still not designed with proper consideration for optimum TV placement. The most common problems I see are lack of sufficient wall space (due to window placement, doorways, etc) and too-high traditionally styled mantels that lend themselves neither aesthetically nor functionally to hosting a TV screen. Over the years I’ve solved the TV problem both for clients and for myself in my own home in a number of different ways. Here are a few of my favorite solutions:

1. Challenge: No Wall Space; Solution: Create a Room Divider

HT TV Cab front and back_550

This client’s lovely 1920’s Craftsman home was most definitely never designed with any inkling of its future occupants binge-watching The Walking Dead. Living room wall space was extremely limited due to window and door placement and putting the TV over the antique mantel was simply a no-go. For the record, I consider putting the TV over the fireplace to be a last resort when there is no other option. More on that in a minute. Anyway, I solved the room’s double challenge of lack of an entry foyer and lack of TV space by designing a large oak Arts & Crafts style cabinet that acts as a room divider and media console. It has shelving on the entry side, and houses TV/components on the other. And it looks beautiful and is perfectly in keeping with the homeowner’s style. Win-win-win!

2. Challenge: Mantel Too High; Solution: Lower the Mantel

Lower the mantel

OK, remember how I said I HATE putting the TV over the fireplace? I really do, and advise clients against it. But sometimes it is really is the only location given the layout of the room. I think this is a major failing of contemporary home builders who neglect to consider furniture placement when they design rooms. Besides aesthetic issues, fireplace mantels are too high, in general, for comfortable TV watching. In this room I was able to ameliorate the situation by redesigning the fireplace mantel and surround. I created a more contemporary looking streamlined design in keeping with the client’s style, and lowered the mantel about 6 inches, as much as possible given code restrictions. It still may not be ideal, but it’s a lot better.

3. Challenge: Mantel Too High; Solution: Change the Focal Point

Custom unit

This contemporary home also had a too-high fireplace mantel (it’s on the wall not pictured). Fortunately the room offered the luxury of a large expanse of wall space directly opposite the fireplace, so I was able to use that space to create a secondary focal point for the television. I designed this contemporary wall unit with a walnut back panel that allows the TV to blend nicely into the space. The doors/drawers below house components, DVD’s, etc, and the shelving provides display for lovely art objects.

4. Challenge: Windows in the Way; Solution: Pull a Disappearing Act

pop up TV cab

This client wanted to be able to watch TV from the comfort of their 4-poster bed. The problem? A wide bank of plantation-shuttered windows spanned the wall opposite the bed. A TV placed in front of those windows would have been unsightly and the very opposite of restful. I found the solution in the form of a TV cabinet with a remote-controlled mechanical lift that allows the TV to be raised and lowered at the push of a button. Additionally, I specified custom-made ripple-fold draperies to provide additional light control and unify the backdrop behind the cabinet.

5. Other Alternatives

While physical challenges often limit TV placement in a room, the room may not be ideal for a television for many other reasons – noise factors, aesthetics, or other competing functions such as entertaining or quiet reading. If that’s the case, you might consider re-purposing a secondary, under-utilized space such as a guest bedroom or dining room as a TV room.

no tv

When we built our mountain retreat, we knew right from the start we didn’t want a TV in the main living room (pictured above). We wanted nothing to compete with those stunning mountain views. Instead, we were able to carve out a little nook in the basement for a small sectional and TV.


In the photo above, the TV sits on a cabinet in front of the wall not pictured. We really don’t watch a lot of TV when we’re in the mountains, so it works just fine.

Do you have a TV-challenged room? Bring it on! Give me a call and let’s talk about how we can make your space work for you.


Tamara Leicester is a licensed interior designer and owner of Tamara Heather Interior Design, LLC. She designs casually elegant interiors with an artistic sensibility, often drawing upon the talent of local artists and craftspeople in her work. Dreaming about updating your space? Learn more at

Will Getting Tidy Change My Life?

One of the things that drew me into the profession of design was a love of beauty, and beautiful things in particular, from clothing to art to furnishings. But having too many beautiful things quickly causes those things to lose their luster, turning them into STUFF. Stuff to be cleaned, maintained, and stored. As a small-house dweller who loves beautiful things but also craves order and a serene environment, I’ve long been on a cycle of binge-purge-binge-purge with my possessions. A sort of bulimia of stuff. Living this way, I never felt I could stay organized for very long. It wasn’t until I read Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up that I found an approach that worked for me.
The book was recommended to me by a client, in fact, who had followed Kondo’s tidying process herself while working with me to renovate her kitchen and update several other rooms in her home. I read the book in an afternoon and was immediately inspired. Kondo’s method is simple yet profound: her core advice is to keep only those items that truly inspire joy. She recommends a process of going through categories of things one at a time, such as clothing, then books, then kitchen ware, etc. Everything of the same type is laid out together, then you must evaluate each and every item to determine if it sparks joy.

Here I am beginning the tidying process. These are just my top and sweaters.
Here I am at the beginning of the tidying process. These are just my top and sweaters – and they covered the entire surface of my bed!

As Kondo suggests, I started with clothing. In an afternoon I culled 24 tops, 7 dresses, and 10 pants/skirts from my closet. On another day I eliminated 16 pairs of shoes, 12 pieces of underwear and 5 bags/purses/wallets. So how could I tell if something sparked joy? That was definitely part of the discovery process and perhaps it’s different for everyone. For me, (with clothing, at least) joy was when an item did not yet feel “old” no matter its actual age. If I still felt the same thrill wearing it as I did the first time, then I knew it was a keeper. To relieve guilt with the give-aways, Kondo has you thank each item for it’s service. I acknowledged each item of clothing as I went: “Gray pants, you were perfectly professional in my corporate days but I am a different person now and now you make me feel frumpy. Bye-bye, and thank you for your service!” . Each item got a proper send-off. I have yet to tackle winter coats and jewelry, but thus far, have reduced my wardrobe by about 25%. So what’s life changing about that?

My shoes used to
My shoes used to be spread between two closets, on two different floors of our home. After purging I was able to fit all of my shoes, sweaters and bags in this one tiny closet.

Besides freeing up a good bit of closet and drawer space, the process forced me to zero in on exactly what I love and why. I started making notes as I evaluated each item. Likes: boatnecks, natural fibers (especially silk and linen), navy blue, jewel tones, box pleats, A-line blouses, wedge heels, skirts. Dislikes: fabrics that attract lint and cat hair, mid-tone colors, overly fussy details, gaping necklines, and most non-denim pants. (Pants, oh how I do not love thee. My dresspant collection was decimated in this process.) Furthermore, I starting making a list of the key items my wardrobe is missing, so that when I’m shopping I can focus on exactly what I need.

These are my
All of my tank-tops, short and long sleeve t-shirts now fit in one drawer and can easily be seen and retrieved.

Additionally, I found Kondo’s recommendations for storing clothing truly revolutionary. She advises that clothing be folded and stood on end (rather than piled) in the drawer, so that you can see every item at once. At first I thought she was bonkers. Surely it would NEVER work. Nevertheless, I tried it and was amazed. It took a bit of practice to get each item folded into a neat little square, but once I got the hang of it I was able to pack 20-30% more clothing into my limited drawer space. My pajama drawer, which was perennially a spaghetti mess, is now the picture of orderliness. I bought some spring-loaded drawer dividers to keep the clothing rows neatly segregated.

Even bulky sweaters can be folded and stacked on end. Who knew?
Even bulky sweaters can be folded and stacked on end. Who knew?

I’ve been practicing the folding technique for about a month now and am pleased to report it’s working great for me. It’s actually even kind of fun (full disclosure: I also enjoy ironing and painting wood trim. Anything fussy and neurotic = happy funtimes). Now that my drawers look so tidy and each item has its very own designated spot to live in, I find myself actually WANTING to put away my clothing, rather than letting it pile up on the bench next to my bed. I also find myself WANTING to make my bed, which is a chore I’d never been very consistent about before. There’s something so calming about having a bedroom where everything is put away and in its place. Totally worth the effort.

In case you are interested in stacking your drawer items on end, I created a little graphic to show the folding technique. There are also many good video tutorials online. Have fun!

I still have several big purge categories in front of me, and I’m excited to discover what changes may be in store as I complete the process. Kondo suggests a scenario where nearly all household papers are eliminated. Just a tiny to-do folder, nothing more. Is that crazy talk? It sounds incredibly liberating. So yes, I do think tidying up just may change my life. And I think it would be an incredibly valuable process to go through for anyone planning a home renovation, addition, or interior update. If you can discover what you really love and eliminate all the distraction and clutter, you can create a space that is inherently peaceful, satisfying and more fully expresses who you are. Which is ultimately my goal for every one of my clients.


Tamara Leicester is a licensed interior designer and owner of Tamara Heather Interior Design, LLC. She designs casually elegant interiors with an artistic sensibility, often drawing upon the talent of local artists and craftspeople in her work. Dreaming about updating your space? Learn more at

My New Office

Earlier this year I decided it was time to move my home-based business to an office location. As much as I enjoyed working from home the past four years, my 64 square foot dormer office was barely enough room for me and one overweight tabby cat. I was bursting at the seams with catalogues, sample books and other tools of the trade. So, I was very excited to find an office building very close to my home offering affordable 1-2 person office suites.  I’ll miss my faithful feline assistant, but now I have enough space for an actual human assistant (TBD)! Come and take a tour of the new digs: View This Article My New Office

Easy Decorating: The Guest Bedroom

If you’re fairly new to DIY decorating, a guest bedroom is the perfect place to start. I am currently learning to ski, and in skiing terms I would rate guest bedrooms an easy, green circle level. The reason for this is that while you can play around with color and style, the main ingredients in a guest bedroom are fairly constant. Here are the basics every comfortable guest room should have: View This Article Easy Decorating: The Guest Bedroom